I have an affiliate program that is hosted on a different site and server. It is an eCommerce site that accepts payments for my products. So all my affiliate links are pointing to this eCommerce site and then subsequently 301 redirected to my site. The route is "link->eCommerce->301->my site".
I read that it's okay for ranking and Google considers this as a backlink to my site (correct me if I am wrong). However I don't see these links in my Google Webmaster Tools account and that's what I am concerned about. I can see other (direct) links, but not these with redirect. Maybe it is because I added my site to WMT only about 20 days ago?
When I test affiliate links with HttpFox I see that eCommerce site also does some POSTs to
ocsp.verisign.com while redirecting to my site. Not sure if this can be a problem?