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i joined the forum today, am so excited about what i have been going through. but i will be fast to announce it also that am new to webdesigning. I have a question which is "What is cloaking?" i have heard the terms used several times. How is it done? And what is the advantage and disadvantage if any?
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Cloaking affiliate links is completely different, it's just "masking" the actual URL of the affiliate link using a type of redirect script, redirecting the links with a script running on the site. So instead of the regular affiliate link, it would look like
And the script will know which affiliate (or network) URL to send the user agent to because it identifies the URL that either widgets or gadgets is defined as in the list of variables in the script.
[edited by: volatilegx at 2:25 am (utc) on Jan. 17, 2008]
[edit reason] cleaned up example url [/edit]
The point of all this is that highly optimized web pages are served to search engine spiders while human visitors get a different web page... all from the same URL.
But the word scramblings or attempts to improve your keyword SEO relevance by serving a page that is fundamentally different than what humans get to spiders & bots (at least the ethical ones) does seem a bit underhanded - and not useful.
Any updated thoughts as to how this is breaking in the real world today?