So say for whatever reason, you want to track outgoing links on your site. What are the best ways to do this for SEO?
Does google punish a site if it sees a lot of tracked outgoing links? I have a Panda inflicted site that has a lot of openX links (popular link tracking program that uses redirects to get the job done). Bad idea...possible culprit?
Now everything on adserver.maindomain.com was (in theory) blocked by robots.txt.
But was it a major mistake in switching our outgoing links in this fashion?
Did Panda's machine learning algo correlate bad sites with site that tended to track outgoing links? And therefore openx got flagged?
Or perhaps, linking to an external domain (even if a subdomain) then redirecting 302 to the site is bad?
Perhaps google considered my Tracklink.php as one url (because I used the WMT consolidate variable trick)...and with the change, google thought I was flooding my site with external links all at once?
Perhaps it wasn't even these links?
I know google is touchy about doing mass link updates... Our company once updated all of our say 'section titles' to link to 'special information pages' that already existed. These special information pages did great in the rankings...then tanked.