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Adding the link masking directory to robots.txt?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by irdeto, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. irdeto

    irdeto Regular Member

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    Hey guys,

    Just want to know if you have any experience with this.

    Is it worthwhile blocking search engines from following the link masking directory.. (what i mean by this is the directory that holds the link redirectors to an affiliate site:

    example:
    mydomain.com/go/thislink

    goes to
    amazon.com/affiliatelink

    I want to know if blocking the go directory in robots.txt is a good idea or a bad idea?

    I am not using wordpress but rather a custom built php site where i need to manually decide on these things.

    any advice would be much appreciated.
     
  2. misteryou.

    misteryou. Power Member

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    i use no follow ,no index with hidden links

    but no follow or no index....
    ...doesn't mean search engines can't read it
     
  3. irdeto

    irdeto Regular Member

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    totally agree.
    hence why i am blocking the /go/ directory in robots.txt or maybe even htaccess
    i want to know if that is a bad idea?

    anyone?
     
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  4. SEOZONE3

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    Sir,
    according to me it's not a good idea at all!
     
  5. irdeto

    irdeto Regular Member

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    thanks for replying.
    may i ask why in your opinion?
     
  6. zigzag

    zigzag Registered Member

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    I'm pretty sure google can and will follow the links still and follow the redirect, they're going to want to know what your still doing. I wouldn't say its a bad idea, your cloaking you affiliate links as to ensure you get the commissions, I see a lot of sites doing this. Just don't put to many of these type of links on a single page or it will cause a penalty. I seen spencer haws write a post about this on his blog that caused a penalty because he had like 50 of these links on a page and once he numbed the number down the penalty was lifted.