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    Affiliate links and SEO


    With clickbank, the affiliate link looks like

    a href="http://affiliate.publisher.hop.clickbank.net

    this link then redirects to the publishers domain www.publisherdomain.com

    Will that link pass on PR to www.publisherdomain.com because that's the destination of the link, or will it be lost?
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    check this link with the seochat redirect-check tool
    if the redirect is 301 then PR is passed.
    if it's 302, the answer is no.
    I believe that in this case (clickbank), the answer is no.

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    Suspected as much...so getting an affiliate program that links to you with

    www.yourdomain.com?aff_id=blah

    should be a priority for commercial websites then...

    I know directtrack does the same thing as CB. Does anyone use an affiliate service that does that?
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    I am also bothered with this issue.
    I have affiliates linking to my site, with url containing affiliate id.
    something like
    product_a.php?affiliate_id=1
    product_a.php?affiliate_id=2
    product_a.php?affiliate_id=3

    the thing is they don't all link to the same url and PR is per url. not per page.
    I thought about sending a cookie with the affiliate id and after that 301 to the page without affiliate_id, but I don't think it is possible to send a cookie and also 301.

    I'm not sure it is possible to solve this problem.
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    You shouldn't have a problem setting the cookie and then 301 redirecting. As long as the redirect header is sent before any page output, it'll work fine. As far as I can tell, setting cookies isn't seen as page output.

    Do bear in mind though that many website owners nofollow affiliate links, so you still might not get any link juice benefits, even with the 301 in place.
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    Originally Posted by JagNet
    Do bear in mind though that many website owners nofollow affiliate links...
    you are right about that, I also add nofollow on my outbound affiliate links,
    However, if the affiliated companies will ask me to remove the nofollow tag, I don't think I'll have a problem with that.
    I believe that most of the affiliates won't add nofollow, just for the fact that most of them are not aware of this issue, and are just copy pasting the links from the affiliate interface as is.
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    If an affiliate company asked me to remove the nofollow from my links I'd tell them where to stick it in no uncertain terms. I'm already helping them by promoting their products, and they also want 100s of search engine friendly deep links from me in the process? No chance.

    I'd imagine that the number of affiliates using nofollow is only going to increase as more and more people become aware of it.

    Even without the nofollow in place, I'd hypothesise that Google does make some attempt to recognise, and devalue affiliate links to a degree. Given that it was Google that suggested that nofollow be used on affiliate links, I'd imagine that they'd also have a filter built in to their algorithm for these.
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    Originally Posted by JagNet
    the number of affiliates using nofollow is only going to increase as more and more people become aware of it..
    You are right.

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