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ASP to randomise content
Is this dangerous?

 10:57 am on Apr 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'm thinking of having some ASP .Net code which picks random content for my site.

For example, I'll have 5 front page articles which the code will randomly select 1 to display for each person.

I am considering doing this for two main reasons and a couple of minor ones.
1. The content will change often and I might get a Google fresh tag
2. I can cater for US and UK spellings (I know there are many other ways of going about this)
3. A couple of other reasons.

My question is this. Could the code constantly changing content be considered by search engines as cloaking? I don't believe so but I want to here you opinions.



click watcher

 11:07 am on Apr 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

i have experimented with this tactic with some iternal pages,

but have found that it hasn't given me a google fresh tag, perhaps to get "fresh" you need a higher page rank.

i haven't tried it on the index page although i do have an asp coded time date stamp, the page is visited by googlebot every day but no fresh tag


 11:26 am on Apr 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

My main concern is them thinking I'm cloaking beause Google will constantly get different content. I don't know exactly how they tell if someone is cloaking their website.


 11:36 am on Apr 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

Could the code constantly changing content be considered by search engines as cloaking?

I don't think so. CNN's content is also constantly changing :)

I have a list bestsellers on my pages which is also constantly changing and have no problems with SEs.

Not really sure how much the random content will help with your fresh tag efforts. My page with the bestseller list does not have it, some other pages that change once per month do.


 11:37 am on Apr 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

Could this show that Google fresh tag doesn't work properly or is it our lack of knowledge of what they class as fresh and why?


 4:28 pm on Apr 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

The Google fresh tag may not be determined by the content of the page. It could be determined by the last modified header sent by the server.

Be careful with using random text that changes every time the page loads. Perhaps a new random page every day wouldn't hurt, but if the page changes every time it loads, you could have problems if the site is human-reviewed.

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