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I also showed a simple menu stripping out JaveScript that's early in my code. I figured that by reducing the code, the pages could get searched deeper. I didn't change the content or structure of the menu.
Asking Google about this, I was told to absolutely not cloak under any circumstances - it's purely black hat. My feeling was that I was simply making things easier. I wasn't changing content.
I'd like to know what webmasters generally think. I knew cloaking was common and now ran across this forum. I got the feeling from Google that cloaking was a big risk and eventually would eventually land me in on SERP # one million.
Might as well paint a target on your site and say "ban me!"
Many of us do some form of cloaking, often there is simply no other way.
For instance I cloak the text ads on my site to stop Google from running impression counter or from crawling them.
They're there for the content, not the ads, the ads are for the visitors.
I've spent the better part of last year learning SEO but don't have much practical experience yet.
I was under the impression that ANY cloaking would eventually get discovered and would result in a real hard slap.
Anyone have a suggestion of where the line may be between white hat, gray hat and black hat cloaking?