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I need to implement this in a hurry as I'm already getting traffic for some of the long tail key words and thought that I had a little bit longer to mess around with this stuff to try and understand it before the site really start attracting traffic.
So, as I see this, I have two options:
- php script and redirect
And point the affiliate links to a redirect page?
- an affiliate link cloaking and click tracking 3rd party host.
Which direction would be best considering I need to do this quickly and I don't have an idea what I'm doing?
What can go wrong?
[edited by: jatar_k at 3:49 pm (utc) on Aug. 14, 2007]
[edit reason] please use example.com [/edit]
Is this right?
If this is the point I recommend you to build one of this two systems:
1.- Make the link look like this:
affID.example.com -> 12345678.example.com
And make a subdomain catch-all DNS entry, in the handler script get the HTTP_HOST and extract affID, then 302 redirect to www.example.com using PHP header('Location: www.example.com');
2.- Make the link look like this:
And make an .htaccess file to Rewrite internally to some handler script (handler.php?affID=12345678) that 302 redirects to main site.
This are just two ideas I just came with, if someone sees some PROs/CONs regarding SEO (redirecting issues, etc...) please discuss here so we can come with a good affID URL system.
If I understood you well you dont want to have this type of links:
Is this right?
Yes, you have it right. I'll have a closer look at your suggestions. Thank-you.
It would be nice to have an 'easy to follow affiliate link cloaker' method of some kind.
This is the first site that I am building with affiliate links and I am a newby in this field. It just feels wrong to me to have a link with an affiliate account number easily accessible.
I can do this with
- a php script and redirect the affiliate page and make the directory with affiliate pages not crawlable by search engines?
The problem is that I have a stacks of affiliate links and this is time consuming and management intensive.
- with 3rd party service - I prefer not to do it this way.
What is an easy way, that is not going to get the search engines all in an uproar and will hide those links?
It isn't "cloaking" in the usual sense of the word, and just about every single big affiliate catalog or coupon site uses link redirection (link cloaking). Just keep the page that's being used to traverse the link from being crawled and indexed.