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Affiliate links: GG bot is indexing the end target pages under my domain?!?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Nakama, May 5, 2012.

  1. Nakama

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    Normally we have:

    my-money-site.com/my-aff-link >> GOES TO >> site-like-amazon.com/end-target-page

    All good above but I see that Google actually indexes:

    my-money-site.com/end-target-page

    Huh?? :confused:

    I do a check and see:

    site:my-money-site.com

    .....
    TITLE FROM END TARGET PAGE 1
    my-money-site.com/my-aff-link-1
    SNIPPET SHOWING END TARGET PAGE CONTENT

    TITLE FROM END TARGET PAGE 2
    my-money-site.com/my-aff-link-2
    SNIPPET SHOWING END TARGET PAGE CONTENT
    .....

    Why is Google indexing these pages under my domain?!?

    If anyone has any ideas why this is happening, I would be glad to hear. I use the same aff link cloaking WP plugin Pretty Link and I select the use of 301 to redirect to the end target pages. Most of the time no issues at all, sites build the same way but I do have a few sites showing this.

    I fear this may have caused a duplicate content penalty as these sites were not ranking normally - before the penguin update.

    Is this an error made by Google? If yes, I guess I should simply stop using the plugin for a while, let the bot crawl some time, then reuse it hoping that this time Google will correctly NOT index the end target pages?

    Many thanks in advance!