[ic] Spiders and affiliate tracking

Jamie Neil jamie at versado.net
Tue Jan 6 19:32:38 EST 2004

Rene Hertell wrote:

> Why don't you use the robots.txt file and redirect them to a page the
> generates a complete index of your products and a url to each product?

I do have a page like you suggest, and I don't have a problem getting my 
product database crawled, in fact I think every single product we sell 
is indexed by Google at the moment.

The problem is that in order to track affiliates and PPC advertising, we 
use URLs like this:


but these links are somehow getting crawled by certain search engines 
and we are ending up with affiliate links in Google (and others).

I can't stop the spiders following affiliate links, so I'm just trying 
to stop them from indexing the page they land on without affecting 
normal crawling behavoir.

Jamie Neil | <jamie at versado.net> | 0870 7777 454
Versado I.T. Services Ltd. | http://versado.net/ | 0845 450 1254

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