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301/302 For Affiliate- free Googe PageRank Boost

redirection for affiliate programs and PageRank

9:50 pm on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've been analyzing one online bookstore (on Polish market). They have a very good Affiliate Program -- links from partners are counted by Google. Because it is bookstore with a lot of books and a lot partners-site, PageRank is boosted. And actually they receive that for free.

I checked HTTP headers and I saw strange mix of 301/302 redirects. However it works perfectly, because link commend on Google shows links from affilitates.

So, here is example:

1. Link form partner site looks like this:

2. Then there is 301 redirection to

This script adds cookie, and I think write some informations in databases.

3. And last, there is one more redirection, this time it is 302 redirection to final 'static' website:

On Google:

shows some pages which contain this link:

So, it works, but for me it is strange, that 302 redirection is used, Would it be better, to use twice 301?

Thank you in advance for your answers.

[edited by: ciml at 11:00 am (utc) on May 18, 2005]
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