I thought I would post this here becuase I have checked the net, Google Search, WM Tools Etc and found no real answers.
What I am trying to achieve is as folows:
The client has asked if we can make these links trackable and record click off stats in the mySQL database.
The method we need to use is as follows:
The link looks like this:
The 'GO' page uses a 301 redirect to send the user to the final destination.
Step 5: the user lands at the final destination.
Why so many steps and why not just put that URL in the href in the first place?
Why have step 3 at all?
The website owner has been very specific that he wants to be very clear about the fact that this is an advert and to not confuse the user, he wants to be clear.
The fact is that the website owner is worried that this type of redirect may cause his site to be treated as an affiliate site and not it's true purpose by the search engines.
He is pretty savvy as am I when it comes to SEO, but this redirect and record system, and indeeed how to do it right, is a grey area.
So the main questions are as follows:
Anyone any comments on if we are doing anything ethically wrong here?