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Best Referral Linking Strategy For SEO?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Reefer, Jun 19, 2010.

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Which is better?

  1. site.com/?ref=2814

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  2. site.com/join/2814 which redirects to site.com

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  3. other scheme

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  4. all the same

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  1. Reefer

    Reefer Junior Member

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    I am going to launch a membership site soon and will have a referral program (refer a friend, get x).

    Now, how should I structure the links so that I get the most for seo?

    Should I like to index with variables?
    e.g. site.com/?ref=28174

    or a separate page, mod_rewritten which then forwards to the homepage
    e.g. site.com/join/28174 ---> redirects to homepage

    or this there another better structure?
     
  2. pk_69

    pk_69 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    there is no difference, as long as you capture id either method will work.

    if you do redirect ref ID wouldn't stay on the address bar, but again you can use redirect with both methods you mentioned

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    Reefer Junior Member

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    I ended up doing site.com/?3423, i set a cookie and redirect to site.com via php. I think this is the best way to go.
     
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    they would all work, although for some reason I can not explain I would go for :e.g. site.com/join/28174 ---> redirects to homepage
    as long as the redirect is almost instant.
     
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    You should always try to remove special characters such as ?. Although probably not a big deal as many sites use them.

    :)
     
  6. Reefer

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    Its a 301 redirect... set cookie and redirect page. So technically all juice should get passed to homepage.

    Yeah I heard that too but then you look at sites like ezinearticles and wonder how true it is.