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Block affiliate tracking
but keep the main page in Google
chubba

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3389362 posted 9:57 am on Jul 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi People,

Had a few looks into this and cannot find a solution so hoping someone here can help.

We post items as /item.php/85756

We ask affiliates to send us traffic as:
/item.php/85756?ref=partner1

Google is now indexing /item.php/85756?ref=partner1

Want to still allow Google into /item.php/85756

but block the?ref=partner1

Is this possible using robots.txt?

 

oziman

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3389362 posted 11:24 am on Jul 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

chubba,

a better and more solid way would be to redirect 301 anything that comes in with an affiliate link to a url without the aff parameter.

oziman

ska_demon

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3389362 posted 1:14 pm on Jul 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

I don't quite understand what you are trying to do.

Are you saying that your affiliates links are being indexed and ranked by google and you want to stop that happening?

Or that you don't want the end user to see the aff code on the end of the string?

Ska

[edited by: ska_demon at 1:53 pm (utc) on July 9, 2007]

goodroi

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Msg#: 3389362 posted 1:23 pm on Jul 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

that is going to make some affiliates not happy. affiliates generally want to see their id code in the url to make sure they are getting credit for all sales. the redirect would solve the search engine issue but create a new issue with affiliates. maybe your affiliates aren't that sensitive and will be ok with it.

an alternative would be to use pattern matching aka wildcards in your robots.txt for google.

good luck

chubba

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3389362 posted 2:26 pm on Jul 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

Cheers oziman, very sensible! Have now done this, thanks for the help.

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