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Problem with affiliate linking

Hosted affilate stores being indexed problem

     
4:13 pm on Mar 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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My sites setup has hosted affiliate stores run off our own store. I am worried about duplicate content as a site search shows that msn has indexed all of my affiliate’s stores landing pages and nothing else.

We have added NoFollow and NONE tags in the Meta description of these pages but that does not stop them from linking to their store running off our website. Allowing the page to be found by a spider.. I doubt willingly that any of our affiliates would want to add in a no follow tag to all links going to their store on our site.

So here is my problem.. how do I get MSN Live to ignore links from my partners to their store hosted on my site? Google ignores these links but Live and Yahoo don’t..

Could it be as simple as adding in the robots.txt file ( disallow: /*affiliateid )?

Or would I need to create a spider only 301 redirect or 404?

4:48 pm on Mar 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member marcia is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



See my comments in this thread, it could be rooted in the same issue if it's the same provider:

[webmasterworld.com...]

setup has hosted affiliate stores run off our own store

Are you using Javascript or PHP stores for including remotely hosted stores on your own site? And is it your own private arrangements with individual merchants to include their stores, or are you using aggregated scripts by a third party provider called from the developer's site?

[edited by: Marcia at 4:52 pm (utc) on Mar. 16, 2007]

6:07 pm on Mar 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Are you using Javascript or PHP stores for including remotely hosted stores on your own site? And is it your own private arrangements with individual merchants to include their stores, or are you using aggregated scripts by a third party provider called from the developer's site?

The stores are our own private server with our url and their affilate id in that url.

2:35 pm on Mar 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Our Partners have their own sites that are related in content to the products that we sell and we offer them a storefront using an I-frame to change the header and the rest of the site is our store..

Basicly our partner url would look like this.
www.mysite.com/?partnerid=#*$!

We use no index meta tags on the stores and that stops google and yahoo from seeing these sites but what MSN picks up is the actual link and not the content.

So if i did a search for Blue Widgets

the result would show

mysite.com
www.mysite.com/?partnerid=#*$!x

the noindex prevented MSN from actually displaying any information of the page but it still uses the link in the index.

How do i get MSN to stop this behavior?

 

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