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The problem is that most of them will link to your site through reditects instead of straight html links. I used the Server Header Checker tool and the redirect allways reports a 302.
I am ready to start submiting, but due to the 302 redirect problem on Google reported on several posts lattely, I'm affraid getting a listing there may cause me more damages than beneficts.
Please share your opinion.
Paste [some-directory.com?redirect=12345...] and hit "Check it"
If you get a 302 (temporary or found) you can have an issue.
If you get a 301 (permanent) everything is ok (I think).
If you paste your URL you must have a 200
but non-302 Redirects aren't Evil
I know that most SEOs disregard links if they redirect but consider that even if they don't give you a Pr/anchor text benefit (arguable), then the ABSENSE of them could be a flag for google.
Google has an array of data to flag overly SEO'd sites. You'd think that one pretty obvious one is a link portfolio that only has static links with anchor text.
Maybe it is paranoid, but I thought is a pretty important addition to link portfolio.
Just a thought,
header("Location: [example.com...] /* Redirect browser */
This might explain my unnaturally high rankings for some keywords
I think that most of the existing 302 redirects in directories and such are unintentional in this way, and not a malicious attempt to hijack rankings. However, the effect can be the same.
The big question is, HughMungus, are you going to change your code now you're aware of the situation? ;)
I agree, at least until until now that word has spread. Face it, many people would sell their mom for money so they will not lose any sleep when adding your site to ther "directory". What's amazing is the lack of response from Google. It is their thing and only they can really stop this. Microsoft would've been (rightfully) creamed on this.
Is this a good way to link out to the merchants websites?
How do the big shopping search engines cope with this 'outbound linking' issue, they are all using affiliate urls...?