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301 Redirect Links Not Showing Up in Google Webmaster Tools

Msg#: 4391817 posted 9:51 pm on Nov 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

My site has a custom affiliate program setup where http://example.com/abc.html 301 redirects to http://example.com/ , where abc.html is the affiliate's special URL. The problem is, I know I have hundreds of links from affiliates, but I don't see ANY of them in Google Webmaster Tools.

I've confirmed in the "Fetch as Googlebot" tool that Google does in fact see an affiliates URL as a 301 redirect. However, should this be cause for concern that Google isn't seeing these links because they aren't in Google Webmaster Tools? Is there anything I can do to confirm they are or aren't being picked up by Google?

[edited by: phranque at 8:23 am (utc) on Nov 29, 2011]
[edit reason] exemplified urls [/edit]



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Msg#: 4391817 posted 1:28 am on Nov 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

In which WMT section were you expecting them to appear, and why?


Msg#: 4391817 posted 3:51 pm on Nov 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

I'm expecting them to show up as external links to the site. These are affiliate that are linking to my landing pages. When they use their affiliate code, it gets 301 redirected to the main page, but Google isn't showing these as inbound links.


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Msg#: 4391817 posted 12:03 pm on Nov 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

google is probably not showing those links because they have been discounted.

Paid links -
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=66736 [google.com]:
Links purchased for advertising should be designated as such. This can be done in several ways, such as:

* Adding a rel="nofollow" attribute to the <a> tag
* Redirecting the links to an intermediate page that is blocked from search engines with a robots.txt file

Google works hard to ensure that it fully discounts links intended to manipulate search engine results, such as excessive link exchanges and purchased links that pass PageRank.

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