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I'm in the process of setting up an affilate program for my site. I have just one main concern. Can having inbound links from affiliates with their link ids in the url affect my site negatively with search engines?
My site is dependant on having a decent pr and I don't want to jeapordize it. I am not concerned about gaining pr from the links I just don't want to get penalized.
as I understand, it should actualy help. If you are really concerned about it and really don't care about the inbound links in terms of SEO, set up a 2nd domain name to handle the affiliate links and then just redirect traffic to the 1st domain.
You could also try making affiliate links point to a subdomain:
real site: www.example,com
just a thought.
Set the affiliate cookie "aff=aff36" and then redirect to:
Keep in mind that you'll need to have affiliate cookie-setting logic in every single page that affiliates can land on.
If you're concerned with your Google traffic, an even a bigger issue with affiliates will be the use of datafeeds. If you make datafeeds available, make sure that they are used appropriately, and not just used to make a mirror image of your site. While the affiliate will likely be penalized for duplicate content, it might be you who gets the penalty. You don't want to take that risk.
The landing page is the home page.
Here's an example of the affilate url
What I was thinking of doing is seting up a dummy landing page and from that page people would be 301 redirected to the official landing page. Would this work?
Either solution would prevent that from happening, as the affiliate landing pages would set a cookie and then redirect to the normal page.
For instance, with your method:
This page would set a cookie (affid=1) and then redirect to the home page. The aff.asp page wouldn't be indexed since it's just a redirect. No possible penalty.