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    For how long is Google indexing affiliate URLs?
    Hi,

    I just wanted to ask how long can one expect the affiliate URL to last in
    Google? What if I use a redirect, will that get the link kicked out?

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    Affiliate links on pages won't get sites kicked out of Google. Just make sure there's some original content on the pages.

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    Affiliate links themselves are fine enough (assuming you mean the same thing by an "affiliate link" as is normally meant on ABW).

    Redirects (as in your page zaps someone over to another page via .htaccess or meta-refresh or the like), on the other hand, are ban-bait from what I understand...
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    Redirects (as in your page zaps someone over to another page via .htaccess or meta-refresh or the like), on the other hand, are ban-bait from what I understand...
    So, if the redirects are problem with google - is it good to disallow googlebot in the robots.txt for these redirects ?

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    I don't know how you can say redirects are ban bait. Every major site uses them. If you go to Bizrate, Shopping.com, Pricegrabber or even Yahoo or MSN shopping the links leading to the merchant sites are all redirects. This is for click tracking, so there really is no reason to get banned for this type of activity.

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    So Snib, if I am using a redirect like
    mydomain.com/page http://affiliatelink.com
    I should be fine with Google ?

    I have recently started an aff site and google is indexing the above redirect pages happily, however I would not like this domain to be banned by google.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newaff
    So Snib, if I am using a redirect like
    mydomain.com/page http://affiliatelink.com
    I should be fine with Google ?

    I have recently started an aff site and google is indexing the above redirect pages happily, however I would not like this domain to be banned by google.
    Do you mean something like this:

    mydomain.com/redirect.php?url=http://affiliatelink.com

    If so, I don't think that'll cause you any problems.

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    Thanks Scott for taking time to answer my questions.

    Here, I wasn't referring to the redirect script rather I was referring to the redirect with htaccess.

    I have the following setup in my htaccess which redirects a non-existing page like mydomain.com/page1 to the affiliatelink.com with the following command

    redirect /page1 http://affiliatelink.tld

    Since the page1 is a non-existing page, I am not sure if this would be fine with Google.

    Also I am not sure whether the above redirect would be a considered as a temporary or a permanent redirect.

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    Thanx guys
    Thanx, I just needed some reasurance. There's much, much talk on the
    internet nowadays, but so few people know what they're talking about.

    I've noticed some ClickBank affiliate URL's in the Google results, but they were
    gone very soon. They were in a form of:

    http://affiliate.vendor.hop.clickbank.net, the usual stuff.

    Anyway, I did have some of mine indexed a long time ago an they were gone
    soon too. They were JavaScript redirrects, and were something like this:

    http://mydomain.com/affproduct

    I now believe, that I did a mistake back then as I didn't put a copy in them.
    Even though the sites use redirrect, I think you should put some content in
    it. Search engines don't read Javascript and when they index a page, they
    might take it off soon as they see that there is no content on it.

    Maybe the problem is lack of content and not redirrection.

    As for .htacess files. They are completely invisible to the search engines, I
    believe.

    Have fun

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