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Cloaked or is it from the META in Google?

stolen meta-tags showing in Google but is it cloaked site?



4:47 pm on Sep 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have monitored my site for certain key phrases for over 8 years now. My meta-tags have primarily remained the same. I have known what other sites in the top 10 have been: Content, structure, format and meta tags.

For the first time in 4 years I've been bumped to #11 on the second page. I reviewed the "new comers" in my quest, of course, to get back on the first page.

To my surprise, and chagrin, the 3rd position on page one is sporting my meta-tags with the "gentleman's" name inserted where my name appears in the tags.

Google shows "my" meta-tag description as the position description in the offending site's search results. The text in this meta description appears no where on the web site in actual "content". Would it be safe to assume that this site is cloaked based on that analysis?

To my knowledge, Google still is not using meta-tag information. Has anyone else seen meta-tag descriptions from their site being used in Google descriptions again?

The search term is not in their naviation. The search term is no where on the site that I can find. As a matter of fact, most of the content on the site has to do with this person's family, friends, and awards without any content to support the claim that he is making about his "services".

My other question is....how can you claim to be a seo expert when you have to cloak
and steal other people's work to do it?


4:37 pm on Sep 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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"how can you claim to be a seo expert"

Anybody can and does claim just this. Look at the google cache if there is one. If there is not... suspect your original content *could be* cloaked. Cloakers say they cloak so their own original content won't be copied... this *can* be the case though a good deal of the time folks won't have any original content save for their landing pages. The best thing is to search for your company name or a trademarked word you own...find it in their page cache and go after them for trademark. It is easier than trying to prove they are cloaking your pages.


4:59 pm on Sep 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

go after them for trademark. It is easier than trying to prove they are cloaking your pages.

That is very true. There is copyrighted material that I have already had a 3rd party service take screenshots of and document that exists on the "other" site.

Thank you for your time and observations concerning this situation.


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