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    affiliate program & self-replicating sites


    Hi everyone,

    Our company is about to launch an affiliate program to a lot of different affiliates. Rather than using banners for the affiliate program, we are actually going to the trouble of creating a mini-store of our products for our affiliate. We are doing this with self replicating pages which essentially dynamically load up a mini-site of products on the affiliate's site.

    I am writing because I want to know if there is any negative impact with google, as I heard about mirror sites and their impact. I believe that google just doesn't take into account mirror sites, but does it penalize the parent.

    These self-replicating sites are not to be hosted on our site and will have a link that is not the name of our site, as we're going through a software company to do this.

    Essentially, I just want to know that this strategy is not going to negatively affect our ranks. It is not intended to have anything to do with optimizing, although we do plan to have some backlinks to our site in these mini-sites.

    Any thoughts appreciated.

    Thanks.
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    If you are worried about it, you could setup your robots.txt to have search engines simply not spider the clones.

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    Hi Shawn

    Thank you for your comment. Can you tell me what the meta tag should say, as I'm not sure what the robot.txt should say. Are you saying some meta tag should say"not follow" or something like that?

    I'm not a webmaster so would appreciate you giving me the full code if possible (i.e. <meta NAME="robots" CONTENT="????">

    Thanks.
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    Seems like my example of what the meta tag should say was not posted on my message - is this what you mean:

    "meta NAME equals "robots" CONTENT equal "I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO PUT IN HERE - NONE?"
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    You can find info on the robots.txt file here:

    http://www.robotstxt.org/wc/norobots.html

    - Shawn

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