I have been involved with a fairly large scale IP delivery campaign for just under a year. The category we are targeting is moderately competitive.
The project is managed by a third party...and let's just say it isn't cheap! Don't worry, I won't be revealing the name...but they are fairly high profile in this relatively underground sector.
Well the thing is we are nearly 12 months in and so far the effects, in terms of SE traffic generation is really not very significant at all...like 50-100 uniques a day from a total of 150 cloaked domains.
There is also a large scale SEO project supporting the cloaked pages...I guess that's why the solution is so expensive.
The current traffic mainly is derived of very tail term typo's too.
99.9% of the pages indexed are supplemental results also.
Should that be a concern?
I should add, that these domains are new ie registered at the start of the project and as I understand it(from the vendor) the domains will still be in the "sandbox" resulting in weak traffic, however upon release things will improve significantly.
I suppose this could be accurate for Google but what about the other SE's...does Yahoo! have a Sandbox that keeps you held in for a year too?
One thing that I have noted is that the actual SE spider crawls have been significant crawled.....but is that a good measure of success?
Is crawling automatically followed by indexing and then ranking?
Is anyone out there in a similar position to me?
Conversely is anyone out there experiencing fantastic traffic results from cloaking?
Of course I'm not asking for specifics etc I suppose at base level I'm looking for reassurance!
Interested in hearing from all, Particularly the latter as it will help with my now very disturbed sleep.