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garydav

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Msg#: 804 posted 12:01 am on Oct 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

I first heard of cloaking as a technique to fool search engines and so would be very fearful of employing it on my website.
But I wonder if it could be used ,say, to provide a different content to visitors from diferent countries.You see ,I would prefer to have business with a particular foreign country rather than another or even with a foreign country rather than my own.
So is this possible? And if it is ,is it to run the risk of being banned by the search engines?
I have zero programing skills and no access to the server that hosts my website so perhaps I am disqualified from the outset
thanks in advance
PS Am I on the correct forum even?

 

encyclo

WebmasterWorld Senior Member encyclo us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 804 posted 12:07 am on Oct 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

Welcome to the forums garydav.

is it to run the risk of being banned by the search engines?

The risk is very small if you are doing what you suggest - as Google themselves do exactly this. I'm in Canada, and when I type google.com I get redirected to google.ca and have a different page from the US version with a choice of English and French. Having said that...

I have zero programing skills and no access to the server that hosts my website so perhaps I am disqualified from the outset

Yes, this means that you are currently disqualified - but that can change as you can change servers and learn the techniques. :) The basic idea is to deliver different content dependent on the user's IP address range - but this takes server-side scripting as well as a database of IP address ranges and their geographical locations.

kokaroach

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Msg#: 804 posted 9:08 am on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

encyclo,

you can get directly to google.com by typing, or setting [google.com...] as your home page.

The problem is that your computer settings show you're in canada and the browser is passing that info on to google, which then serves you google.ca.

Setting your browser language settings to English US should also cure it

K

jatar_k

WebmasterWorld Administrator jatar_k us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 804 posted 8:49 pm on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld garydav,

as encyclo explained it is a common practice. The term for it would be geo-targetting. If you do decide to get down and dirty with this there are a ton of ip databases around and the programming of it is very straight forward.

to answer kokaroach

those of us in Canada have a nice link to 'go to google.com' we don't have to do anything but click and that sets it forever ;)

hmmm, been a while since I looked that link isn't there anymore, oh well, if I type in google.com it goes to google.com, not .ca ;)

Total Paranoia

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Msg#: 804 posted 12:13 am on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

I am looking for an answer on this - except not geo targeting - site targeting. So I am trying to have a page for visitors that come from xyz.com and a different message for visitors from abc.com or even another page (if poss) abc.com/sendingpage.asp. All links come in to the homepage (I have no control over that) but I want to redirect them if they come.

Can anyone send me to the right place for this?

volatilegx

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Msg#: 804 posted 2:05 am on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

Total Paranoia, you can accomplish what you want by using Mod_Rewrite. You might want to ask abou the technical details in the Apache forum [webmasterworld.com].

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