irldonalb - 10:38 am on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0) Not quite cloaking; sorry if I mislead you. Most have a small text link in the footer. Itís the only way into these pages.
How do you plan on showing the content to the se only?.. Cloaking? Yes this is blackhat. If not then you will have your bad content indexed
Agreed. They do have bad content indexed and these act as gateway pages. However they are ranked high and getting the visitors. Visitors land on these pages full of text. I believe most just click on one of many links to the main site.
they're going to be severely handicapped on phrases where external inbound links matter.
I'm not so sure. Isn't this similar to Grant's argument about Adobe appearing 3rd for "Financial Services" in the SEO Myths Thread [webmasterworld.com]. I don't mean to compare them to Adobe, but these pages are appearing for massive phrases and they have no external links to these pages.
Not quite cloaking; sorry if I mislead you. Most have a small text link in the footer. Itís the only way into these pages.