[ic] Spiders and affiliate tracking
edl at newmediaems.com
Wed Jan 7 11:54:53 EST 2004
At 12:32 AM 1/7/2004 +0000, you wrote:
>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
That will be tough. The spiders are probably following these links from the
affiliate sites and indexing as they go. You might try a [bounce] to a page
with no args when the landing page is called with an affiliate code, that
might prevent the index of the mv_pc string - but I am no expert at these
things, just a suggestions.
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