Questions tagged [cloaking]

The act of serving different content to different website visitors, particularly when serving different content to search engine bots than normal website users.

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Can I hide ads for Googlebot so it loads my site faster?

I have ads which load sometimes slower, I want to hide those ads for Googlebot. I plan to hide that ad code for googlebot only and show them only to users. Do I risk a Google penalty if I hide ads, ...
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Will I get penalized by Google for cloaking if I redirect mobile users to a sub domain?

I have a website https://example.com which is responsive but it came a time where it displays too much text. So I decided to create a progressive web application version and would like to deploy it ...
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Hide a privacy policy banner from GoogleBot

I want to hide a privacy policy banner from Google. A similar question has been asked over here however a lot has changed since then. In our case, we have been advised by our lawyers to ensure that ...
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Serving static HTML pages generated using Rendertron - Is it considered cloaking?

Preamble Hello, I'm trying to improve SEO of a web app built with Angular 7. Unfortunately, I can't (not allowed to) install node on the server it's being hosted on, so I cannot implement server-...
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For cloaking, what is the difference between the two examples Google gives: changes based on user agent, and text instead of flash to bots?

In that Google documentation about cloaking it is explained that cloaking could be either: Serving a page of HTML text to search engines, while showing a page of images or Flash to users ...
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Is search engine cloaking caused by JavaScript changing the document object model?

This current article from Wikipedia defines Cloaking as: Cloaking is a search engine optimization (SEO) technique in which the content presented to the search engine spider is different from that ...
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Would using mouse movement to change how the page is rendered be considered “cloaking” to Google?

My site can enhance itself to client side rendered (CSR) (ish) if a prediction can be made by mouse movement analysis. It can gauge a visitor's familiarity with the site, confusion, etc. The content ...
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Is this site cloaking to hide my backlink from spiders?

I wrote a guest post at the following URL: https://wparena.com/integrate-google-tag-manager-wordpress/ At the end, you can see my author box with a URL pointing back to my site. This link is a ...
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Will disabling javascript be considered as cloaking by Google

There is a site with dynamic content generation (angular). Google is not indexing it well. But it is indexed well with static pages (same content). Static pages are not fast because of page reloading ...
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Can I disallow JS scripts in robots.txt for Googlebot if the website degrades to offer equivelant non-JS functionality?

To my knowledge, Googlebot is currently fully capable of rendering complex SPA applications, and this is recommended as a rule of thumb. The website is currently routed from server side and served as ...
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isAccessibleForFree and cloaking

I need an advice regarding isAccessibleForFree and cloaking. I'm running a subscription based news website which has standard free to view teaser (short description) and the full article. When user ...
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Could changing the download link and screenshots based on user agent be considered cloaking?

I sell a software product. I currently detect if the user agent identifies itself as Mac somehow. if so, the server generates the landing page, so its default download link is for Mac and shows a ...
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Does text-shadow CSS affect SEO ranking by risking a cloaking penalty?

I've done googling this but didn't found any answers and would love to try this out on my website. As it's a good ranking website, I want to ask you before risking it. font-size: 50px; ...
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Is it cloaking to hide a <canvas> and display a message for mobile browsers?

I have a simple website with a single page containing a canvas element that is rendering a video game. I have a script on this page that hides the canvas element and displays a special message when ...
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seo implication of taking user to some other link rather than href given on anchor through javascript

I have the following URLs on a page: <a class="mylink" href="http://www.example.com/old-product1" /> <a class="mylink" href="http://www.example.com/old-product2" /> <a class="mylink" ...
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Personalized content for users who came from Google SERPs: cloaking?

Imagine that there is a video site like youtube, it uses personalized content for users based on their Geo, referring site data, cookies and similar. On certain pages different users might see ...
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Does an age confirmation overlay screen on the landing page for a porn site negatively effect SEO?

I am creating a porn website for my client. Now because of UK laws, we need to have an enter page that confirms that the user is over 18 years old. Now I've had a look at competitors and they are ...
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How to hide product prices from search engines when they vary by country?

We have a site which sells items online only for US customers. The site checks the location based on IP and decides if the price should appear on not. Customers from other locations can buy the ...
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Is it considered blackhat to show structured data to search engine bots but not humans?

Is it considered blackhat if the JSON-LD structured data is only shown to search engines? The content is still present on the web-site for users, but it's only marked up as structured data when we ...
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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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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 http:/...
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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 ...