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Block affiliate tracking but keep the main page in Google chubba msg:3389364 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:
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 msg:3389426 11:24 am on Jul 9, 2007 (gmt 0)
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.
ska_demon msg:3389507 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?
edited by: ska_demon at 1:53 pm (utc) on July 9, 2007] goodroi msg:3389516 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.
chubba msg:3389569 2:26 pm on Jul 9, 2007 (gmt 0)
Cheers oziman, very sensible! Have now done this, thanks for the help.