joined:May 22, 2009
I am fairly new at this affiliate game, but I am a quick study. Some of the programs that I am trying to promote give me my own copy of their product's web site. Usually well put together and attractive with nice text content.
The problem is that these sites are not optimized for SE, and since they are hosted by the sponsors, I don't have access to alter them. I could restructure them on my domains, but I still wouldn't have access to their style sheets and master scripts. I know that I can build my own page and link to my affiliate page, but wonder about how that will affect my customers' fickle attitudes. In other words, by adding an additional "stop" in the path, I might lose the customer. Also, it seems like such a waste to re-invent the wheel, so to speak, by creating a site that basically says the same thing as the site I am sending them to.
I am thinking about redirecting, with a 301 or 410 code,to the corporate site from my optimized page without the customer ever having to see it. I haven't been in the game long enough to know if G. will slap me for that. Is it bad practice or is that the way it is done? My ear is wide open if anyone wants to talk on the subject. Thanks