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Is there an easy way to tell if a site is using cloaking

Suspcious of sites that may be using cloaking.

3:46 am on Nov 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Im not trying to find the contents of a cloaked page, as I realize that would require a combination of IP spoofing and a DNS type attack, which to say the least is illegal.

What im trying to find out. Is their an easy way to statistically find out if someone is using cloaking, and if there a program to flag someone that is using a cloaking method.

3:06 pm on Nov 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I doubt there's any kind of automated program available for cloaking detection (maybe Google has one by now).

One way to see if somebody's cloaking is to look at the search engine results. See what text is displayed describing a website under their link. If that text isn't found anywhere on their page, then they might be cloaking.

Also, if their Google cache doesn't match the website you see displayed they may be cloaking. A lot of cloakers don't allow Google to cache their sites for this reason.

9:12 pm on Nov 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Interesting, This has just made me think a site that is listed in INK, hmm.. strange it has a different Title in the INK listing than in the google one. Maybe they are cloaking for INK?
9:19 pm on Nov 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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They could be cloaking for either or both.

Best technique I've found is surf to the site in question and look at the source. Compare the metas with what the SEs show, they should match. If an SE shows snippets and the snippets are not on the page or not identical, the site MAY be cloaked. Or the site may be updated and the current version is not yet indexed. So check it all again in a few weeks...

7:08 am on Dec 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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One thing that makes me suspicious is when Google cache has been blocked, ie.

<META NAME="googlebot" CONTENT="noarchive">

Otherwise you can find cloaked content from the cache.

"Instead of wasting your time trying to find out if a competitors page has been cloaked, simply build a better page."