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entry link tracking distroying rankings?

3:43 pm on Aug 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi all

Just wandered if you guys can help me?

I've got a client's site that has had a few issues. Some of them such as changing servers and making minor adjustments to the homepage hasn't helped. But my new client has brought me on to work out a problem and I just need it sanity checked!

They've put in a new link counting sytem that when visits come from chosen places they are counted so clients can track where their "sales" come from.

The only issue is now that the homepage used rank highly (1st page) for a small range of important (but fairly general) keywords. Now, since the changes above have taken place, this click counting url comes up instead of the homepage.

www.domain.co.uk/cgi-bin/ linkclick.cgi?type=XYZ&refstat=ABC

This redirect goes to the desired content.

The problem is we'd rather proper content come up as people finding these pages is destorting the figures.

The pages that link to this files have a high PR.

I've looked at www-cj and the case still exists so was ruling out server changes that happened 2months ago.

Should I work out another way to count clicks?



1:19 pm on Sept 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Do you get both if you search with &filter=0 appended to the Google results URL?

If so, then both URLs are indexed and the other one just happens to beat the homepage due to better incoming links. Google tries to avoid listing very similar URLs; &filter=0 just avoids the filter.

If not, then either there's a problem with the homepage URL or, far more likely, Google found the URLs to be identical when it visited and merged them in its index. In this case, the backlinks should be merged and the cache for both pages should report show the tracking URL at the top.

In either case there's no problem; Google's just picking the URL with the best links.