moopy - 9:02 am on Feb 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
I kinda like g1smd's solution because it's the friendliest to the user experience.
Rather than show breadcrumb trails at the top of the product page, instead a box on the right says
etc, and those link back to the relevant category pages.
If you used cookies, it would also be possible to show a personalised breadcrumb trail of how the user got to this page; and omit it for searchengines and users without cookies.
I wonder though - it's this considered as cloaking?
Cloaking refers to the practice of presenting different content or URLs to human users and search engines. Cloaking is considered a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines because it provides our users with different results than they expected.
Some examples of cloaking include:
Inserting text or keywords into a page only when the User-agent requesting the page is a search engine, not a human visitor
This becomes more complicated, as the path the user chose to get to the specific subcategory or product page reflects not only on the breadcrumbs but also on the category's navigation menu and possibly the descriptive text of the category.
What's your take on this?