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How can you tell if a competitor is cloaking?

10,000 million pages is not possible

     
9:08 pm on Aug 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Using site:name.com

We have a major competitor that in the last year has gone from a few thousand pages showing in Yahoo to over 10 million in the last update. Their site hasn't changed and I know for a fact they do not have that many pages. In product they have maybe around 300 thousand at best. Going by links on their site they should only have maybe around 5-10 thousands links

Any idea of how they managed that? I know they are cheating but have no way of telling if it's some kind of cloak or other way of doing it.

If it is a legal way of making this happen, I'd sure like to know how.

As for cloaking...how can you personally tell if someone uses this method?

Thanks for you help

5:12 pm on Aug 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There's a legal way of making sure this kind of thing doesn't work....it's called Yahoo quality feedback.
5:21 pm on Aug 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You can use something like Sam Spade, to forge your browser id to Y!'s id.

Then visit the web site.

If they use cloaking based on IP address, you are out of luck. (there is ways to fix that too, but it is pain.)

4:15 am on Aug 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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How would you get around cloaking by IP?
4:29 am on Aug 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Forge the source in header, and get the sequence number right, and do it before the targets gets a NAK back from the true IP holder.

but it can be done.

all is a certainly pain...

 

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