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Cloaking to hide affiliate code
Question about affiliate codes and whether to cloak the code
mistydk




msg:679587
 2:30 am on Nov 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hey guys, I've noticed there are so many varying opinions on cloaking. Some people despise it to an unbelievable extent, others are fairly liberal. My question! I have sites with plenty of original content and hundreds and hundreds of non-cloaked normal pages. I decided to put an affiliate program on ONE page of my site. I cloaked the site so that it would not display my affiliate code if the surfer clicks. What is the opinion on this? I put no index, no follow tags in the meta so it's not like I'll be benefiting in any way from search engines/bots crawling and getting traffic and also warded it off in the robots.txt
What do you guys think? Honesty is entirely welcome. What is the harm in it? I noticed it certainly has helped my conversion ratios.

 

DaveAtIFG




msg:679588
 3:32 pm on Nov 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

The "Quality Guidelines" included with Google's "Webmaster Guidlines" [google.com] suggest that cloaking pages and using hidden links are techniques that may cause Google to "respond negatively." All leading SEs have similar guidelines.

MrSpeed




msg:679589
 2:42 am on Nov 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

I think there can be some merit to hide your affiliate links. It makes it more difficult for parasites and scumware to hijack your link.

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