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Can I “cloak” for crawlers and not use session id parameters and redirects to check for cookies?

I track my users using GET parameters to be able to do it even if they don't allow the use of cookies. And to do that, I need to do 2 redirections the first time the user hits my page. I am having ...
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Could using SEO title and SEO excerpt be considered a form of cloaking?

The SEO title and excerpt might be written in different verbiage than the article. Then, the user looking up a particular word or word group might not see that word or word group in the article. Is ...
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Eliminating need to create near-duplicate content

Ever since I included the tutorial feature on my site, my adsense income consistently went to the bottom every day since the feature was added. Now I feel the only way I can make money again is to ...
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Path Forwarding with cloaking or masking [closed]

I have recently developed a website that allows users to have a sub-domain creation of our online store: www.USERNAME.example.com I need to offer the user the ability to have their own complete ...
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Is it considered cloaking if I show different content to users depending on wether or not the pageview was a “landing”?

If a user comes to my website from an external source, the page they landed on will be modified to include all the "landing page tips and tricks that increase conversion," plus a small message pops up ...
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Is responsive content penalized by search engines? [duplicate]

I want to know if I use server-side technology to detect mobile devices and render different content for mobile and desktop users, will my site be penalized by search engines? It looks something ...
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Hide joyride (intro javascript) for Googlebot

I am using a joyride script for new visitors. Example here: http://foundation.zurb.com/sites/docs/v/5.5.3/components/joyride.html After the vistior is done with the intro, a cookie will be created ...
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How bad is cloaking for my site's search engine rankings?

My website is very JavaScript-heavy. All the content of the site is loaded asynchronously using JavaScript. So my developers implemented cloaking - server sends a static version of the webpage if it's ...
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Domain cloak and redirect shows just the root domain everywhere?

I'm putting up my first website using AlterVista as a hosting. I have bought a second level domain from them with redirect and I am trying to set it right. normally my page would use http://[...
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Could Google detect Cloaking if I displayed content to Google user agent using PHP

PHP is server side and all Googlebot would see is the output HTML, right? if (strpos($_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’],"Googlebot")) { // do some functionality }
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Can my single page application deliver an HTML snapshot to search engines?

I’ve SPA (Single Page Application) project that works 100% using AngularJS, with all of it’s content dynamically generated through JavaScript on the client side! As you know this means no crawlability,...
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Implications of SEO for single page websites

I built a server application that handles bot requests for my website, which was built using AngularJS. It works great, but I'm not entirely sure if it's valid in terms of Google's policy for SEO. ...
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displaying first few pages of a pdf on a page = duplicate content?

I am embedding scribd PDFs on my website. These are exam papers PDF which are available on other websites. As it is scribd is an embed/iframe, I think Google considers my page as being empty with no ...
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Is limiting the page views from users but allowing Googlebot unlimited access considered cloaking?

Domaintools when accessing Whois info like this: http://whois.domaintools.com/google.com gives error once free account reaches 20 or so lookups. It then does not return a HTTP 200. But Google it ...
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Does changing phone numbers in content just for bots qualify as cloaking?

I'm a small business owner (I run a little computer repair shop), and I'm attempting to track calls to my store from different advertising channels. I use three separate tracking phone numbers: one ...
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SEO implications of blocking users viewing more than X pages

I'm considering the option to block non-premium users after viewing more than X pages. This basically means blocking the content after a fixed amount of pageviews per session. I can either: Keep ...
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SEO + ViewState = to the bottom for crawlers only? Is it cloaking?

I have some large controls that are swelling my ViewState to 10KB+. Ignoring the discussion about using alternatives to ViewState, I'm trying to minimize any impact my ViewState might have on SEO. ...
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Hide <noscript> contents from google and other search engines

I've got some content wrapped into <noscript> tag which I don't want google and any other search engines to see, is there a way to hide it?
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Is offering Google Bot a lite version of site skin considered cloaking?

If you have multiple templates a user can choose from on a site (like a forum), and you offer Google Bot a "lite" skin, is this considered cloaking? Or is this considered okay? The actual content ...
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SEO - Google and link cleaning / cloaking [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the Google spider render JavaScript? This a SEO related question, not a code related one. Googles own link cleaning / cloaking Gå to http://www.google.com and search ...
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Why is honest cloaking for Ajax considered bad practice? [closed]

Ajax-only websites are laden with many problems. Search engine invisibility is merely a small problem. They are also unbookmarkable and unlinkable and they break the functionality of back- and forward-...
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Is using Progressive enhancement, overriding links with .js considered cloaking and can it be see by search engines?

I'm using .load to load content from a page /about.html, so that search engines can see what is going on. I've made the links that trigger the .load <a> tags to the page /about.html but for ...
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Disable outbound links without letting others know that

Is there a way I can tell google not to follow external links ( pointing to other sites) without letting other know. I know you can disable outbound links by putting rel=nofollow or something in ...
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Redirect domain address to host address with cloaking [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to redirect my naked domain? I have purchased a domain name with hosting. I would like visitor to my website http://www.smarttelecom.be to see only ...
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Could AJAX + caching be seen as cloaking?

I have a website where we use a technique to speed up loading times based on a combination of AJAX + caching. Basically, when we have a section in a page with content which is slow to retrieve, we ...
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Google Free Views and Crawling

We plan on giving our users 5 free article views before prompting them to buy a subscription. (for logged in or anonymous users). This will be a cookie-based security (we are all aware of the ...
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SEO for multimedia site with little text

How would one optimize a flash website that consists primarily of images and video and has minimal text (i.e. only navigation), without changing the visual design of the site? If one were to use the ...
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Hiding content from search spiders

I have a requirement to challenge a visitor to accept the terms and conditions of the page they are viewing. If a user has not accepted the terms, it will be displayed on every page they visit, it ...
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Menu hidden links and bots!

I want to make a menu with a list with hidden links and when the user points the menu with he mouse the links will appear, my problem is that the bots may think this as a deceiving tactic and lower my ...
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What is domain “masking” or “cloaking”? Why should it be avoided for a new web site?

What exactly is the domain name "masking" or "cloaking" offered by some hosting companies, (as opposed to redirection), and what are the various reasons it should be avoided when setting up a new web ...