Sgt_Kickaxe - 10:22 am on Nov 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
On content pages, yes, but I'm concerned with the redirect pages and the blank pages Googlebot receives. GWT reports all the blank pages as not chosen for example and they waste considerable crawl time looking up urls that are noindex'd and will never have content. I tried serving up 404 errors instead of blank pages but that was a disaster, it made googlebot think all my links were broken.
- Is it ok to serve googlebot a blank page instead of redirecting it to the affiliate destination? (standard behavior on some popular affiliate software packages).
- Is it ok to use rel-canonical on the blank pages, pointing them all to one blank page, so that they are all at least concentrated into *hopefully* one page?
- or is it ok to redirect googlebot to one blank page instead of serving a blank page for every jump url?
I like the last option best but does it run the risk of running afoul because I send Googlebot(and any visitor who fails the referrer check and isn't on my site) to one url and visitors to another?