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What do you do to cloak your affiliate links (if you do) from GG bot?

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

  1. Nakama

    Nakama Newbie

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    If I want to stop the GG bot from knowing that I have aff links on my sites, what do you do usually? The question is not about cloaking long/ugly/obvious aff links from humans here. Just GG bot.

    A WP aff link cloaking plugin like Pretty Link is no good as it simply does 301 redirects to the end target pages and it is pretty obvious to Google that these are aff links. Good for humans though.

    I read that one can use CPA Redirector 2 to stop GG bot in its track. Never use it as I never did BH CPA. Is this a good idea or do you know an easier solution (paid or not) for a lowly non-coder like me please?
     
  2. blackieman

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    in robots.txt disable access to a certain directory and route the links into that directory for a redirect from there. I think you use something like pretty links lite, and then add a robots.txt..
     
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  3. Nakama

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    Thank you blackieman!! Yes, I do use Pretty Link Lite and I will do what you advised. I was searching BHW and I saw that another member recommended Pretty Link to you so I guess you tried with this plugin and I imagine it worked exactly as you wanted? If you are not using this plugin any more, what do you recommend now please?

    I really want to avoid Google mistakenly index my affiliate partner pages under my own domain so your method seems pretty much what I was looking for! :)
     
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    Nakama, you are welcome. I have installed it but have not used it. Generally if you can specify any redirect like http://mysite.com/recommend/file... then you can simply put a robots.txt ban on the /recommend/ directory. Pretty Links can do this. Suggest reading on robots.txt specs as defined by google. Using the google specs, you can even mask certain filenames or file types. Also suggest validating robots.txt file, search for robots.txt validators.

    Good luck.