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Also, our site is listed at the bottom of the Google directory with a blank PR scale, yet when we look at our index page in a browser the toolbar PR is about a 5. Could these tracking codes be resulting in our site being penalized for duplicate content or could it be that since the domain Google has listed most frequently, (with the tracking code "ATA") does not match the URL in the directory ( our home page) it does not know how to assign it a score?
Thanks in advance for any tips you may have!
Our sites have been using tracking codes for years and we have not been able to figure out our poor ranking, but I think your post may be the answer. If we have been penalized by Google by having duplicate pages will they remove the penalty when the duplicate pages are gone. I have heard that Google penalties are tough to remove and may be permanent?
A couple suggestions for tracking codes to avoid: session_ids, and codes that look like cookies. I'd suggestion trying to keep your dynamic parameters short if at possible. That increases the likelihood that any search engine spider will crawl you (not just Googlebot).
Hope this helps,
I'm not finding this in every case, but I believe it's something Google is working on (and rightly should be) so that tracking urls, affilate links, etc. should be giving credit (PR) to the site that the link redirects to, and not to the tracking URL. Perhaps GoggleGuy will fill us in, but it looks to me that it's a change that is being worked on.