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11:25 pm on Feb 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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i have noticed a few competetor sites that use the urlredirect in some out clicks.
My question is this?
bearing it in mind they are related sites if i were to append my url to there thus giving me a link, so?id=111&url=mydomain.co.uk can that help improve my rank even though its a redirect?
The reason i ask is that i notice many other sites using these types of link.
9:20 am on Feb 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hey stevelibby,

In a nutshell, no, it's not a fabulous way to be linked to. If anything, depending on the redirection method employed, the site linking to you may be very basically claiming your content.

If you can turn javascript off in your browser and you click one of their current links that are set up that way and find yourself on a page at the 'so?id=www.example.com' which happens to have a 'nice' link to 'http://www.example.com/' then it's a beauty, go with it.

If with javascript off you find yourself at the target URL then I won't rely on it for any credos with search engines because they are doing one of three things:

<meta name="refresh" content="0;url=http://www.example.com/" /> although I'm pretty sure Googlebot will go and checkout www.example.com but I don't think he will assign 'link love' there.

'302 Found' What, they own my content now? Grrr. ( ASP: response.redirect is very lazy and a touch evil to do anywhere but your own domain as target!)

'301 Moved Permanently' What, they were once authoritive for my content and now perhaps I am? Thanks anyway, don't link to me that way!

ps. your 'title' makes it look like your post might belong in 'Apache' forum!