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Will this get me banned from google?

 11:34 pm on Nov 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have a php script that checks the useragent for googlebot. If the user agent is googlebot, it will display the following title:
My Site - $pagetitle ◄

$pagetitle is a dynamic variable I use on my pages, but is irrelevant.

If the user agent doesn't equal googlebot it shows this:
My Site - $pagetitle

Will adding the "◄" by being cloaked, get me banned from google? I've already contacted google and they said I could use ◄ in my title. However, only googlebot see's this in the title. Will they ban me for only showing it to googlebot? Also, how would they find out.. if its done server-side (php) and not client side (js)?




 1:12 pm on Nov 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

Will adding the "◄" by being cloaked, get me banned from google?
It COULD get you banned.

 3:57 pm on Dec 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

my understanding of cloaking is if you do any type of cloaking it will get you banned


 5:23 pm on Dec 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

Google will penalize you IF they discover you're cloaking, I'm uncertain if this penalty is as severe as a ban presently. If may depend on wheter your cloaked page is relevant or off topic.

Ink doesn't seem to mind relevant cloaking but dislikes off topic cloaking. For example, a cloaked page on a "mature topic" being listed in a search for DisneyWorld will get you banned. Promptly!

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