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Should I buy it

Newbie with a possible new toy



8:43 am on Mar 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Some advice from experts required.
I stumbled across some search engine cloaking software. As usual the web site makes it sound fantastic. I already have web position gold that I am going to start using this week and wondered if this other software would be beneficial or a waste of money.



8:52 am on Mar 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tigger is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Hi Graeme & welcome to WmW

Most software packages will claim to offer you the world and seldom doesn’t, I would suggest before you make any online purchases to read through this forum & try using the site search for past discussions on cloaking.


9:02 am on Mar 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member chiyo is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

agree with tigger, but also suggest you do a Web search and newgroups search for the name of the product AND any uniqiue identifying info as well. You will get some idea of the reactions to it from that. First thing I do before springing for any product now.

Newsgroups postings and discussion postings on poorly moderated discussion boards invariably contain spam from competitors and pro-postings from "friends" but you can usually detect a trend.

WMW being one of best moderated boards on the Net, has great credibility for objective info. Thats why searching here is the first stop.


6:39 pm on Mar 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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As the author of a commercial cloaking software product, my views may be a little biased, but here's my opinion.

Cloaking software itself doesn't improve rankings on any search engine. If the promotional copy of the website is telling you that, then take it with a grain of salt. All cloaking does is show different content to different users based on IP address and/or User Agent info. It can and usually is used to show optimized web pages to search engine spiders and the home page to human surfers.

If this is what you want to do, and you think spending the money is worth it, then go ahead and buy it. Or find a shareware version of cloaking software and try it out. I've found that most commercial cloaking packages do what they are supposed to (see above), so I think you're OK going with any package. The thing to consider is the level of service you'll receive after you make a purchase.


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