| 10:47 pm on Jun 19, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Yes, either redirect to the same page URL but without the parameter OR get the script to detect what URL was requested and if the parameter is in the URL then serve the page but with an added <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> tag on it. Either one would work.
| 4:27 pm on Jun 20, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Hey thanks. So which method would be better as far as making sure the incoming link counts for my page? If Google sees a link to my site on another and gets a 301 when it requests it, does it still count the link? Or if it gets a meta NOINDEX does it still count the incoming link? Thanks.
| 6:19 pm on Jun 20, 2006 (gmt 0)|
The 301 would help the link be counted for PR, but affiliate links generally don't count for very much PR anyway.
| 8:03 pm on Jun 20, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I think serving up a 301 redirect to the googlebot and the regular page to regular users is a little risky since google might find this to be cloaking. Inserting the meta noindex seems like a safer alternative.
| 8:14 pm on Jun 20, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I was wondering the same thing, but thinking it might be safe since it's exactly the same content, the only difference is a tracking parameter on the URL.
| 9:20 pm on Jun 20, 2006 (gmt 0)|
true, good point.
| 9:25 pm on Jun 20, 2006 (gmt 0)|
It is not cloaking.
Cloaking is the serving of different content depending on whether a browser or a bot asked for it.