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How to redirect affiliate links?

     
9:48 pm on Jun 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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This may be a bit old hat but I am trying to determine why some of my sites have tanked lately, and although I know that it might be several factors at play I think a good place to start is the common factors they all share which has made me think of affiliate redirects.

I know there are different ways of doing this, but post Panda and post Penguin 2.0 which way works best?

At the moment I have links going to a php file in a folder which holds a variable with the link, which includes a file using a meta refresh which redirects the user to where they want to go. I also get to track this using web analytics. The user sees a 'You are being redirected to..." type message and I know how many times the page has been visited.

I set this up years ago and never thought twice about it since but I'm beginning to get the feeling this could be part of my woes.

Would I be better off redirecting using 301 redirects at folder level? Using .htaccess? How can 301 redirects be tracked? Or is it now better to just display the links with nofollow?

Thanks
10:16 pm on June 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I might be paranoid but I assume that anywhere a user with a Chrome browser goes so goes Google.

I have used iframes for affiliate links as well as 301 redirects and meta refresh. I have not noticed any better performance than straight affiliate links. I do get better tracking to keep my affiliate manager honest.
11:27 pm on June 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I might be paranoid but I assume that anywhere a user with a Chrome browser goes so goes Google.


Be strange not to be paranoid in light of PRISM.

Maybe its time for a new SE? [webmasterworld.com...]
 

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