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If this is the case I'm not sure - like littleman said >it is like screeming "Hay look at me! I'm a professional SEO.."
It would be fairly easy for them to downgrade these pages. On the other hand why support the tag then?
I don't know that there would be many people who look at your cached version instead of your current version. I would think it would be an additional thing.
I know when checking on who is who on the Internet for various reasons, Google's cached copies have been VERY helpful.
Well it completly buried now
I can't find it any where in the top 50 listings even searching for the exact title or 5-6 word terms from descp.
The funny thing is i took the same exact page and placed it on one of my other domains and now it's in the #1 slot
and does NOT have the tags
<META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOARCHIVE">
<META NAME="GOOGLEBOT" CONTENT="NOARCHIVE">
With this in mind I'm going to remove the tags from my sites and see it it comes back up in listings.
I'm gonna miss that traffic :(
Google is the one engine that we dont use cloaking for and have never used cloaking.
With the no archive tag, I was keen to start experimenting with cloaking for google.
But, Littleman - I think your reasoning is spot on! I am not prepared to take the chance.
In saying that - have noticed quite a few sites in reasonably competative industries with the tag holding their own.