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Posted 05 April 2004 - 05:39 PM
I am testing cloaking for the first time in one of mini sites that sends links to my main site. Since I know that this mini site could be banned for using cloaking, could that ban drag my main linked website? So, what I need to know is if SE will ban only the site using cloaking or all sites linked to it?
Posted 05 April 2004 - 05:59 PM
When the search engines catch your cloaked site, it's impossible to say what they might do and how far they will extend it. They basically hold all the cards, so yes, you certainly do risk the chance that any or all sites appear to be associated with yours could get banned.
That's probably a bit dramatic, but the bottom line is that cloaking is a stupid thing to do and you should only do it if you are prepared to pay the consequences.
You can get the same effect as cloaking by using Yahoo's trusted feed program, and I suggest you do that instead.
Posted 05 April 2004 - 06:01 PM
My advice would not be to use cloacking in any format - it's not good for your users and certainly it's liked by SE's.
- Don't go down that path!
Posted 05 April 2004 - 06:18 PM
Welcome to the forum, rominosj!
We like to promote SE-friendly SEO here, not tricks and tactics that can get your site banned.
Posted 05 April 2004 - 06:36 PM
Posted 07 April 2004 - 03:01 PM
Posted 07 April 2004 - 10:02 PM
There are times when a search engine spider seems something than the average site visitor, that aren't necessarily cloaking.
Here's an article with the definition of cloaking and why cloaking is always a bad idea.
Posted 08 April 2004 - 12:50 AM
Short answer: Showing search engines one thing, and users something else.
Medium answer: Using IP and / or user-agent delivery to spot that a page visitor is a Search Engine Spider, and delivery additional and / or different content to what a user would see.
Long answer: the definition of cloaking and why cloaking is always a bad idea.
Cloaking is often a "if we define it well enough, we can prove it isn't spam" kinda deal. Cloaking is too risky to even consider unless a company is stupid, ignorant, troublesome or inflexibe with their site, and they currently get no SE traffic whatsoever, and never want to change. If that is the case, the company has bigger problems IMHO.
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