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Want to cloak 15 pages for several SE all leading to 1 homepage. How?

 3:51 pm on Aug 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

Am attempting to get my site ranked highly in several different keyword areas. Site is a recruitment site and so am attempting to rank highly for general "job" keywords as well as actual themes (eg LAw, It etc). Will cloaking be able to have 15 themes for several SE's all leading to one homepage?



 3:57 pm on Aug 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

Yes--cloaking can definately turn a small site into a giant themed site in the eyes of the engines. But before you jump on the cloaking bandwagon, take note:

(1) The search engines will hate you if they catch you.

(2) The technology behind it is rather tricky, even very technically competant people try and fail because they don't understand a few crucial nuances.

(3) This is high maintenance intensive SEO work. You can't just put up your pages then forget about them.

(4) There are other ways to accomplish the same results.


 4:03 pm on Aug 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

1. Why will they hate it if the cloaked pages are all relevent?
2. It techno is that tricky who could do it?
3. Why is it such high maintenence? Is it coz of the changing SE algorithms?
4. What are the other ways?.....


 4:07 pm on Aug 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

1. Why will they hate it if the cloaked pages are all relevent?

Because there some people that abuse the technology to spam the SE's

3. Why is it such high maintenence? Is it coz of the changing SE algorithms?

Keeping track of the spiders and bots IP adresses can be a heavy task itself!


 4:14 pm on Aug 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

3. If I buy a cloaking software solution, will that remove a lot of that maintainance?


 4:15 pm on Aug 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

Essentially, you want the search engine to believe that you have a very comprehensive site with lots of directories, themed areas, all devoted to specific topics. But in reality, your site is not set up that way. So I can see why they would object to your use of cloaking; your site is being placed above sites which legitimately have more to do with the topic than yours.

One alternative approach is to actually design your site in the way that the cloaked pages would pretend. E.g., if one of your important searches is "telecommuting jobs" then make a whole sub-section called "The Telecommuting Jobs Center" and stuff it full of text and links related to that term.

I hope you weren't looking for an easy way to dominate the search engines, 'cause this ain't it. If you find one, mail me!


 4:20 pm on Aug 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

4. What were the other ways you mentioned?

I don't want to duke the system, just trying to think of ways to get my site to rank well in a wide spectrum of themes....any ideas?

ALSO: if I used doorway pages, is there anyway of not getting penalised/banned for using a redirect to the homepage.


 4:40 pm on Aug 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

About a year ago Air posted some great advice on cloaking. If you want to be low key about it, and I suggest you do, then you should fallow his advice. I am a spammer, frankly, and I push it all the time. I don't recommend the over the top approach if you want to sleep.

Anyone have the the link to Air's post handy?


 8:01 pm on Aug 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

Is this it?



 8:43 pm on Aug 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

That's a good one, but I was thinking of this one [webmasterworld.com].


 2:56 pm on Aug 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

Mnay thanks for all your help. V useful

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