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cloak and organize my affiliate links

looking for a search engine friendly way to mask my affiliate links

8:27 am on Nov 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Good day all, I am new here, and glad I found your site, lots of useful content here.

I have a question regarding masking, protecting and organize my affliate links.

I have a forum and affiliate links in many many posts,
Sometimes my affiliate partners are changing tracking links, then its impossible for me to go through all threads and posts to change them.

So I want to have all my affiliate links organizes, so that I need to change it only 1 time on my site.

I created a folder "visit" and uploaded it to my root
in this folder i have then files like

After doing some searches I am using now this php code in the .php files

header( "HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently" );
header( "Location: http://www.example.com" );

and then i disallow also the folder "visit" in my robots.txt

I would appreciate if you could let me know if this ok so to do.
The reason I am asking is, I started to convers my links since about 10 days, make daily a few, and now it looks like I lost drastic in google serps.

Many thanks in advance

[edited by: incrediBILL at 8:50 am (utc) on Nov. 24, 2009]
[edit reason] exemplified - only use example.com [/edit]

10:07 am on Nov 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I am not cloaking in the way you mean

All I do is organize, protect my affiliate links

In the industry I am working at it happened to me already a few times that a merchant changed the affiliate platform and I have been asked to change ALL links, well this would be a pain if I then have to change each single link in all my forum posts.

This cannot be cloaking, I only redirect
and even tell my visitors in the link where I am sending them too, i.e. a link looks then like /visit/merchant-noname.php


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