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Could this solve my duplicate content issue?

   
8:59 pm on Jun 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Mine was one of the many sites affected by the 26th April drops. I suspected that it was down to a duplicate content or canonical issue.

I found today on google that a supplemental listing in the form www.mysite.com/default.asp?affilliateid=XX is returned on the site: search and that if I search on 'mydomainname', that this page actually ranks higher than our proper homepage. I also ran the link: search for the affiliate page and it returned the same backlinks as the regular homepage (whereas plain www.mysite.com/default.asp does not). So I suspect that this may be the source of our problems (or at least one of them).

The site that is using this very outdated affiliate link (from circa 2003), I frankly wouldnt want to let know that our site could be caused problems in such an easy way (since us not ranking well is helpful to their own rankings).

So what I've done is rename default.asp to index.asp, making their link 'dead' so to speak.

My questions are a) should this solve my problem for duplication on that particular page and b) should I put a 301 redirect in place of default.asp or just leave it as a dead link? I cant use a .htaccess or IIS redirect (due to being on shared windows hosting), but I can use a javascript 301.