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6:48 pm on Nov 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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While researching how to let Googlebot index (but not cache) login-protected pages, in hopes of gathering a user's interest enough via search results to have them subscribe to our site, I ran across an example of exactly what I want to do.

The following link is a list of search results, the fourth one down being a .pdf file on the IEEE website. Now, when you go to it you're redirected to a "login required" screen. This is cloaking, is it not? How do you go about doing something like this?

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9:48 pm on Nov 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi Semitracks and welcome to WebmasterWorld :)

It's more likely a URL rewrite, where the user agent is detected as a browser, and the URL is rewritten to the URL of the login page.

To do something like that yourself, look into the Apache module Mod_Rewrite [httpd.apache.org]. You might also be able to get some help in the Apache forum [webmasterworld.com].

5:33 am on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the point in the proper direction, and thanks for the warm welcome :).