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It is complicated... How can I split Test 301 Domain without damaging the 301's ranking?

Discussion in 'Cloaking and Content Generators' started by Physaux, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. Physaux

    Physaux Regular Member

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    Hi guys I am running into a little problem. Let me try and explain.

    I have a domain, eg mydomain.com.
    I send traffic to mydomain.com from many different sources.
    Daily I get about 100 visitors to mydomain.com.
    mydomain.com REDIRECTS(301 permanent) to a clickbank hoplink, which goes to a landing page. So when my visitors type "mydomain.com", they land on a clickbank page.

    Ok here is the tricky part. It took me about 2 months to get my domain indexed by google. Now when you google "mydomain.com", mydomain.com is the first result, and has the title and description of the clickbank affiliate landing page.

    *I haven't done any iframing or cloaking ever before
    *~10% of my traffic comes from people typing 'mydomain.com' into google, so I don't want to lose that spot

    Ok and here is what I want to do. I have written a short php script that will randomly redirect the users to 1 of 3 different landing pages. I'm split testing. My only concern is, what if the google bot spiders mydomain.com, and goes to a different landing page than normal? Could that mess up my rankings for the term 'mydomain.com'? What should I do?

    Here are the choices I can think of:
    -split test all traffic, could damage my SERPS if it sends google bot off?
    -split test NON GOOGLEBOT traffic only, send googlebot to the regular redirect (is this cloaking?)
    -or, change to iframing my split test and tell google not to index the site because it is 'undergoing changes/ maintenance' (some header stats I don't remember them off the top of my head)- could this prevent cookies from being properly saved on visitors?


    So has anyone had the same situation as me before? What do you recommend I do? I think each decision has risks, but I want to find the best converting offer because I could be losing money.

    Please share your advice thanks guys!
     
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  2. russaus

    russaus Junior Member

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    try unbounce.com

    or script something in the header to server version A or version B. Like a rand() functions or something. Or you can probably take all the live server data and mod() it, but that' overkill and server intensive.
     
  3. Physaux

    Physaux Regular Member

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    I don't think you understood my question.
    Common anyone else any ideas?
     
  4. factor0

    factor0 Newbie

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    Hey, I went looking around for you and found this website:

    http://www.antezeta.com/blog/avoid-search-engine-indexing/

    Under the second method (the first may also work), if you add <name="robots" content="noindex" /> to the page header, it should keep the spiders from crawling it.

    I can't think of any reason why this would negatively impact your ranking, and it will still allow you to split test your campaigns. If anyone else wants to chime in, I'm sure he'd welcome more insight.
     
  5. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    I'm not sure about how g00gle indexes based on different types of redirects, but it is possible it might be more favorable to do a 302 or 303 redirect. 301 redirect is used to tell that the redirect is permanent, the 302 and 303 have the same effect on redirecting, but is telling the spiders that it is a temporary redirect. It might be worth looking into whether the 302 or 303 redirect might have less negative effect on g00gle indexing.

    Like I said, I don't know if it will help, just that it might be worth researching it. Maybe someone else can say for sure.
     
  6. Physaux

    Physaux Regular Member

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    hmm yea good idea, I changed it to a 302 redirect.
     
  7. russaus

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    I re-read what you wrote and decided that this is the best answer: hxxp://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=66355

    reference 1: hxxp://www.seoegghead.com/blog/seo/3-tips-for-seo-aware-split-testing-p160.html

    reference 2: hxxp://www.mattcutts.com/blog/a-quick-word-about-cloaking/
    ^ here the user "lifeinsearch" asks a great question that is evaded.


    plus, definitely a 302 redirect is better, definitely moreso (at least in my opinion) than a 303 or 307.
     
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  8. Physaux

    Physaux Regular Member

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    great thanks for all the information, I am going to read it now