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Do you redirect your affiliate links?

     

Karma

3:16 pm on Aug 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hey all :)

Wondering - do you use a redirect script for your affiliate links?

At the moment I have a (self-coded) HTTP 302 redirect for all affiliate links and I'm wondering if this is the correct way of doing things, might Google think I'm trying to be sneaky with my affiliates?

eljefe3

7:15 am on Aug 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Some sites I use redirects, others I don't. I usually do this just to see what effects, if any,this has on the site in terms of ranking.

bateman_ap

8:56 am on Aug 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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At the moment I have a (self-coded) HTTP 302 redirect for all affiliate links and I'm wondering if this is the correct way of doing things, might Google think I'm trying to be sneaky with my affiliates?

I do as I want to track click volumes etc, i just don't trust some of those advertisers!

YesMom

10:27 pm on Aug 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I use affiliate links in my emailed newsletters, so often the affiliate is too long to include (plain text). I run all my affiliate links through individual permanent redirects in my .htaccess file. Plus it looks like a 'friendly' link to my readers, as the root URL is my own.

YM

Atun

12:10 am on Sep 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Sort of on topic:

While of course you try not to overdo the affiliate links on a page, I'm wondering if Google is hip to affiliate links built in short .js files?

Been doing it for a long time, keeping everything short to avoid overloading the site with code vs. content.

Can't imagine a Google 'bot being able to figure out what I'm constructing in one of these .js files. It's not like I'm passing an obvious link in.

Doesn't appear they've ever been spidered by looking at my log files.

Any thoughts on this practice?

Atun

 

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