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Nice Article on Cloaking

 3:16 pm on Sep 16, 2001 (gmt 0)

Nice article by Greg Boser titled To Cloak or Not To Cloak? [searchenginewatch.com] over at Search Engine Watch.



 3:42 pm on Sep 16, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thant you Brett, nice one indeed.

On this issue, I have to admitt I never used any cloaking script else from experiments on test sites that I play with.

I kind of agree with Mikkel Demib Svendsen:

Mikkel presented the opinion that search engines should focus their efforts on detecting and eliminating spam, regardless of the methods used to deliver it.

I is not what you use, it is how you use it.

I was kind of tempted to offer the cloaking solution for a huge JSP/JS links site. Someday, I will purchase one of those scripts that offer a good update program.

But I will always resist the temptation to SPAM with it.


 7:04 pm on Sep 16, 2001 (gmt 0)

Yeah, Greg did a nice job on it. Very news like reporting, I believe Alan Perkins posted here for a while, I seem to recall a pretty spirited discussion in this very cloaking forum with Alan, Mikkel, and many others. Those same participants had expressed the same points of view they apparantly still hold.


 11:37 am on Sep 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

Cloaking, our version of religion and politics. I would like to have heard exactly what was said at the conference.


 5:00 pm on Sep 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

The article was a great read, not that it really answered many questions, but it does bring focus to an already hot topic.

Spam is spam, regardless of the source! We cannot ban techniques simply because they are abused by spammers!~ If we ban all the methods spammers use, then we would also have to include JavaScript, frames, layers, and many other site enhancing techniques.

The focus must be on tracking down the spammers, banning their sites and possibly the hosts which serve them as well as their authors!~


 11:40 pm on Sep 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

>>Yeah, Greg did a nice job on it. Very news like reporting

Thank you. :) I can't begin to tell you how difficult the whole "objective journalist" thing really is. When Chris asked me to cover a couple of sessions, It sounded like a fairly easy task. When I actually sat down to do it, I learned how much different that type of writing really is.

A reporter, I am not. My hat's off to those who do it regularly.

>>I would like to have heard exactly what was said at the conference.

There really wasn't anything that hasn't been covered at length here. What was interesting, was who was attending the cloaking discussions. Some pretty high-profile names were printed on many of the badges. (No, I'm not going to give names)

It appeared, based on the types of questions, and who was asking them that despite all the search engine chest pounding, personalized content delivery fo45 search engines is gaining popularity.


 11:59 pm on Sep 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

Very nice article WebGuerrilla!

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