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Who Stripped this Affiliate's Links? Google or the Merchant?

Discussion in 'General Affiliate Marketing Forum' started by Linda Buquet, Dec 14, 2005.

  1. Linda Buquet

    Linda Buquet <span style="color: #daa520;font-weight: bold;">Me

    I think we have all seen raw affiliate links in the Google serps that go direct to the merchant page. I still think it's just a Google glitch, but many merchants have gotten upset because these affiliate link anomalies can replace their own top rankings in the serps. I have gotten lots of merchant questions about it over at the SearchEngineWatch Affiliate Forums that I mod. Some merchants have asked about using re-directs on affiliate links to prevent this from happening. Over at Search Engine RoundTable, Barry points out a thread from WebMasterWorld where an affiliate was blessed with this affiliate link 'oop's until his affiliate ID was recently stripped from the URL string in the serps. Did the merchant do it or did Google???

    Read the rest over at Search Engine RoundTable
    then come back to discuss it.

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