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    ABW Ambassador kse's Avatar
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    Question Is this link cloak ok?
    I am currenly using an access database to hold my affiliate links, however using access with my current hosting company has caused some dalays lately. They say they will have the problem fixed in a week or so (New Hardware)

    Anyway I was thinking of getting ride of access and creating a file for each link as shown below. Is this ok, would Search Engions have any problem with such links??

    <html>
    <head>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1252">
    <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW">
    <META HTTP-EQUIV="Refresh" CONTENT="0;URL=http://www.************/click-123456-123456">
    </head>
    <body>
    </body>
    </html>

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    Hi kse,

    I am not sure what the search engines would think of that but it sure looks difficult to support over time and if your site grows. Why not do a split test to see how the search engines react?

    Dave

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    Thanks Dave,
    I am currently testing this out on a few links right now, however I was wonder if Big G would think I was upto something by having the page automaticly redirect to yet another page. You have to keep Big G happy or you will pay the price.....

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    Keeping G happy is a tough game to play (without knowing all of the ever-changing rules).
    Best of luck with your testing!


    Quote Originally Posted by kse
    Thanks Dave,
    I am currently testing this out on a few links right now, however I was wonder if Big G would think I was upto something by having the page automaticly redirect to yet another page. You have to keep Big G happy or you will pay the price.....

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    Redirecting via php would be much easier to maintain, using a db.
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    ABW Ambassador kse's Avatar
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    Thanks for the reply Drastic I am currently using ASP & Access. I was thinking of getting ride of the database all together. Not sure what to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drastic
    Redirecting via php would be much easier to maintain, using a db.

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    You could use flatfiles with php (I'm sure you could with ASP too), I just wouldn't do longterm (years) tracking with them.
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    You are using cloaking. why don't you use something else afterall search engines do not like this

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    Quote Originally Posted by kse
    I am currenly using an access database to hold my affiliate links, however using access with my current hosting company has caused some dalays lately. They say they will have the problem fixed in a week or so (New Hardware)

    Anyway I was thinking of getting ride of access and creating a file for each link as shown below. Is this ok, would Search Engions have any problem with such links??

    <html>
    <head>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1252">
    <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW">
    <META HTTP-EQUIV="Refresh" CONTENT="0;URL=http://www.************/click-123456-123456">
    </head>
    <body>
    </body>
    </html>


    If you use ASP .. this is what you should use for Redirects

    <%
    Response.Status="301 Moved Permanently"
    Response.AddHeader "Location","http://www.blahblahsuperblah.com"
    %>


    I know this is a old old post but hey .. people use search option is seems
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    I did change from my orgional post to:

    <% Response.Redirect "http://www.blahblahsuperblah.com" %>

    I was also looking at what you justed posted and did not know which way was the best. I have a nofollow in my orgional link that points to the above file & a noindex in the above file so I did not think a 301 was required???? Do you think my current methed is ok??? Or do you suggest using 301??

    Thank you for your reply.



    Quote Originally Posted by Magi
    If you use ASP .. this is what you should use for Redirects

    <%
    Response.Status="301 Moved Permanently"
    Response.AddHeader "Location","http://www.blahblahsuperblah.com"
    %>


    I know this is a old old post but hey .. people use search option is seems

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    On a side note ... Run.. don't walk... away from ASP. You are using a very outdated technology that has no future. Get to .NET or something else ASAP my friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BatteryFuelPatrick
    On a side note ... Run.. don't walk... away from ASP. You are using a very outdated technology that has no future. Get to .NET or something else ASAP my friend.
    I have taken a 5 day .net training and have bought Visual Studio and have started working with .net however I still desiding which way to go?? .Net or php however I do not know php & SQL at all.

    ASP is old but it looks like it will be supported for a while yet (I hope)

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    redirect is "safer" than refresh in the eyes of G. Or that has been my experience over time.
    Doing cloaks via htaccess is even better.
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