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Getting a redirect to be nofollow ?

290 100+

I am using a dynamic redirect to take vistors to the database stored
url as in this part of the script:

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  1.   $sql = "SELECT ad_link FROM adverts WHERE advert_id = $N_ad_id";
  2.      $result = mysql_query($sql)    or die("could not execute find PRODUCTS query". mysql_error());  
  3.          $num = mysql_num_rows($result);
  5.          if ($num == 0 ) {
  6.          echo "There an ERROR in locating this product.";
  7.        }  // endif    
  8.          else{       
  9.             $row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result);
  10.                 $N_ad_link = "http://".$row["ad_link"];
  12. $sql = "UPDATE adverts SET click_cnt = click_cnt+1 WHERE advert_id = $N_ad_id";
  13. mysql_query($sql) or die("could not execute adverts update query". mysql_error());
  15. header("Location: $N_ad_link");
  16. exit(); 
Now I want to ensure that search engine robots and web crawlers do not
index these links. Can I insert a bit of html code to accomplish this ?


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  1. $sql = "UPDATE adverts SET click_cnt = click_cnt+1 WHERE advert_id = $N_ad_id";
  2. mysql_query($sql) or die("could not execute adverts update query". mysql_error());
  4. echo "
  5. <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC \"-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN\"
  6.  \"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd\">
  8. <html>
  9. <head>
  10. <title>Temp Page</title>
  11. <meta name=\"allow-search\" content=\"no\">
  12. <meta name=\"robots\" content=\"all, noindex, nofollow\">
  13. </head>
  14. <body>
  15. header(\"Location: $N_ad_link\");
  16. </body>
  17. </html>";
  19. exit(); 
I have escaped the double quotes because they are inside the
echo statement.

Is the header(\"Location: $N_ad_link\"); in the correct place ?
Do you think this is the best way to do it ?

Thanks for any advice.

Maybe I should use a meta-refresh instead:

So in the above html I will put:

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  1. echo "<html>
  2. <head>
  3. <title>Temp Page</title>
  4. <meta name=\"allow-search\" content=\"no\">
  5. <meta name=\"robots\" content=\"all, noindex, nofollow\">
  6. <meta http-equiv ='refresh' content = '0;url = $N_ad_link'>
  7. </head>
  8. <body>
  9. </body>
  10. </html>";
Is this a better method ?
Mar 14 '09 #1
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6,050 Expert 4TB
Second example will you a 'headers already sent' error.

I believe setting the header to a 301 redirect will discourage spiders from indexing it - 301 is a permanent move. I may be wrong.

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  1. header( "HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently" ); 
  2. header( "Location: ..." );
Mar 14 '09 #2
290 100+
Thanks for your reply,

I should mention that with the
suggestions above, the code is being loaded
from a .htaccess re-write command.

So the rewrite is like this:
RewriteRule ^[\.-a-z]+/bonuses-K([0-9]+)\.html$ ad_linker.php?a=$1 [NC,QSA,L]

and then the ad_linker.php?a=$1 code
will look like this:

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  1. require_once("my_functions.php");
  3. $today = date("U");
  5. if(isset($_GET["a"])){                          
  6.     $N_ad_id = safe_sql($_GET["a"]);
  8.       $sql = "SELECT ad_link FROM adverts WHERE advert_id = $N_ad_id";
  9.      $result = mysql_query($sql)    or die("could not execute find PRODUCTS query". mysql_error());  
  10.          $num = mysql_num_rows($result);
  12.          if ($num == 0 ) {
  13.          echo "There an ERROR in locating this product.";
  14.        }  // endif    
  15.          else{       
  16.             $row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result);
  17.                 $N_ad_link = "http://".$row["ad_link"];
  19.      // update database
  20.        $sql = "UPDATE adverts SET click_cnt = click_cnt+1 WHERE advert_id = $N_ad_id";
  21.          mysql_query($sql) or die("could not execute adverts update query". mysql_error());
  23. echo "<html>
  24. <head>
  25. <title>Temp Page</title>
  26. <meta name=\"allow-search\" content=\"no\">
  27. <meta name=\"robots\" content=\"all, noindex, nofollow\">
  28. <meta http-equiv ='refresh' content = '0;url = $N_ad_link'>
  29. </head>
  30. <body>
  31. </body>
  32. </html>";  
  33.      exit();
  34.      } // end else
  35. } // endif
  36. echo "No Link data !! - please inform admin";
  38. ?>
Do you see any problems with this ?

( I don't think headers sent earlier will be a problem as this is a new page,
unless I misunderstood )

Mar 15 '09 #3
290 100+
Hi Marcus ( or anyone else)

What did you think of this as a solution ?

Have I misunderstood anything ?
Should it work OK ?
Mar 18 '09 #4
6,050 Expert 4TB
Sure, if it works for you, then ok. But it's more code that what is necessary; the page loading the html isn't needed, and will just make it a tad slower. I'm pretty sure my post above would prevent spiders from following the redirect.
Mar 18 '09 #5

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