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Old 23rd September 2007, 09:21 PM   #1

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Question Cloaking Affiliate Links: 301 Or 302 Redirects?

Hi all,

I'm currently using PHP redirect files to cloak my affiliate links. I'm doing this for a variety of reasons, including preventing affiliate links from being hijacked, and also so if affiliate links ever change for whatever reason, I only need to change one file.

But now I've been reading that Google may penalize your site if you have too many PHP 302 redirects. Since PHP defaults to 302, should I change it to 301 (permanent) instead to avoid this? I don't need to have these links indexed, but I don't want Google kicking my petoonies because it thinks I'm a spammer either. I made sure all the redirect files are in a specific folder which is disallowed by robots.txt, so would this be enough?

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