Hi. I'm new to this forum. I read the Charter, Library (including Air's excellent "Newbie Cloaking Primer") and a few threads but couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. I am a total novice when it comes to cloaking. This would be my first attempt at it.
One of the websites I run has a message board section in which we currently allow users to post links in messages when it's appropriate. We try to follow the same basic rules that WW uses.
My concern is that if someone posts a link to a site that is considered bad by the search engines it could negatively affect our ranking. Considering how often Google crawls the message board I'm referring to the effect could be felt in a matter of days.
We currently average 7th out of 4,750,000 matches on Google for our most popular two keyword combo and I don't want to risk losing what I've worked so hard to achieve to get us on the first page because of some bad links.
In your opinion how much trouble am I asking for if the cloaking I do is limited to not displaying any links posted in message board threads?
I'm willing to go so far as to limit the display of links to members only, in which case I wouldn't really be cloaking in what seems to be the classic definition of the word.
But I'd like to try classic cloaking first so, let's concentrate on my concerns about that for now. Thanks.