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Oh yeah... and a scrpit that you can buy..which will remain nameless.. had a section in their FAQ about their program being able to "steal" competitors rankings... is that possible? :)
You don't need your own server to cloak, most of the scripts are designed to be installed in your own web space (domain) including the one you refer to (if it is the one I'm thinking of - from spiderhunter?).
>"steal" competitors rankings... is that possible?
What they are probably referring to is stealing a competitors well ranking page code by copying it, and then using it as your own cloaked page in the hopes that if their page ranked well it will rank well for you too.
And as far as the servers go... The host I was with gave me no access to cgi. And the programs I was looking at all said to install it on your server. AGGGHHH I dunno. Thats why I'm asking the experts. But I just found a virtual server that gives me complete cgi-bin control... hope I did the right thing... :)
Ahh, no cgi on the other account, well that explains why you thought your own server was needed. Yeah, a cgi-bin where you can install custom scripts is what you need, also having SSI available will be required to make most implementations slick and stealthy :)
Unless you have loads of time, go for auto updating spider lists and a few more features.
Still, I'm lazy.
Without SSI you would be forced to imbed the script in the page itself, making for a messier implementation, you can equate .html or .htm to .cgi but then plain .html pages won't work for whichever extension you equated to .cgi.
Not trying to take over this thread but I have one more question before I begin hacking at my script again. Is there a practical reason to have both IP based and UA based detection? My database log is 22K and I can cut that in half by eliminating the UA portion as well as the full hostname address. All I'm using at this point is IP detection but I'm thinking of the future. Perhaps there will be a reason to do both?
Thanks again everybody. This forum has been a great help!