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Follow or NoFollow affiliate links?

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Hello Experts,


I have a website which most of out links are pointing to affiliate websites. Most of the links appear on multi pages. I use PHP redirect to mask these links (EX: www.mydomain.com/links/affiliate1.php )and then setup redirect on affilite1.php to the affiliate website.

What do you think is the best practice in SEO eyes?
- Should I setup "nofollow" on all affiliate links?
- Should I use robots.txt to noindex these links?
- Should I just leave the way it's right now .. followed & indexed ?



Looking forward for your inputs.
Thanks
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Question by:Dido123
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by:edster9999
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you don't loose point or page rank by linking outwards (as long as the content or link is somehow related to your site / page).

Stopping robots from following will just affect the score further down at the affiliate site.
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gwkg earned 1500 total points
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It depends on the affiliate page.  If it has a good reputation and is related to your site, don't nofollow.

If it has a shady reputation or you are unsure, use nofollow.

Linking to sites "in bad neighborhoods" can hurt your site's rank.
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by:Dido123
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Thank you edster9999 & gwkg for the answers.

Anymore inputs?
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by:Dido123
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anymore inputs?
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by:cooljeba
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It depends if you are using the link for ? Is it with respect to traffic or with respect to SEO.
Mostly for affiliate link we expect the user to click and make purchase.. So I really doubt if it has any SEO value. After akk we are not doin SEO for the parent company are we ;-)

So I recommend you to use a no Follow link.
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