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Linking out to an affiliate site

 7:27 pm on Nov 8, 2007 (gmt 0)


We have some products that we want to sell off an affiliate site.

We don't want the bots to follow the links going to the affiliate site.

We do want the bots to index the page the products are on, so we can get listed on the Search Engines.

How do we go about this?

Please respond,




 11:42 pm on Nov 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

I can think of a few ways this might work.

First would be to get the destination page blocked by robots.txt on their server. This might be easier said than done.

Second is to use 'rel=nofollow' in the link. This should keep most spiders from following the link, but not everybody.

Third would be to link to a page that is blocked by your robots.txt, and then have that page redirect the user to the real target. You could create a php script called redirect.php, and then block redirect.php in your robots.txt. Redirect.php would in turn do a redirect to the real landing page. That should stop most of the legitimate bots.


 5:38 pm on Nov 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

If your worried about PR being passed to the affiliate site, just use the 'rel=nofollow' and none of your PR will be passed along. The major engines will support it and your page will also get indexed.

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