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    Server Side Redirects and Google

    I read a suggestion to use meta tag refresh to redirect affiliate links to keep parasite ware from stealing sales.
    I.e. your link points to a page that then redirects to the affiliate web site/product. Supposedly this keeps parasite ware from recognizing and then rewriting the link to steal whatever sale might result.

    I'm not currently doing this. My affiliate links are right out there in the open and I'm wondering if I'm losing sales.

    So instead of metatag refresh I was toying with the idea of a redirect page (I code in asp). So I pass my redirect page the affiliate URL as a querystring variable and then do a response.redirct to the affilaite url.

    I'm wondering though if Google will see this as shady even though it's obviously not.

    Hey you Google/affiliite experts out there!

    Will Google get mad if I do this? And how much do you think I'm losing to parasites anyway? 10%? 20%? More?

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    I use a server side redirect on my home page..

    it has not effected the ranking of the page at all.

    Yes it works, and its not shady!

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