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Cloaking to hide affiliate code

Question about affiliate codes and whether to cloak the code

     

mistydk

2:30 am on Nov 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hey guys, I've noticed there are so many varying opinions on cloaking. Some people despise it to an unbelievable extent, others are fairly liberal. My question! I have sites with plenty of original content and hundreds and hundreds of non-cloaked normal pages. I decided to put an affiliate program on ONE page of my site. I cloaked the site so that it would not display my affiliate code if the surfer clicks. What is the opinion on this? I put no index, no follow tags in the meta so it's not like I'll be benefiting in any way from search engines/bots crawling and getting traffic and also warded it off in the robots.txt
What do you guys think? Honesty is entirely welcome. What is the harm in it? I noticed it certainly has helped my conversion ratios.
3:32 pm on Nov 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The "Quality Guidelines" included with Google's "Webmaster Guidlines" [google.com] suggest that cloaking pages and using hidden links are techniques that may cause Google to "respond negatively." All leading SEs have similar guidelines.
2:42 am on Nov 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I think there can be some merit to hide your affiliate links. It makes it more difficult for parasites and scumware to hijack your link.
 

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