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Slowly they were being indexed as broken in the index and then the cloaked page would be replaced by the actual page it was redirecting the human visitors to.
Interesting. I know this question is off topic, but I am curious... were you using an actual form of redirection to send the visitor to the destination page? Did the URL in the browser actually change? Did this also happen for search engine spiders?
were you using an actual form of redirection to send the visitor to the destination page? Did the URL in the browser actually change? Did this also happen for search engine spiders?
Yes, on page of text was fed to the spiders and another one to humans. The URL did change for humans, but it never changed for the spiders. The human pages contained simple redirects to pages on my site. In a way it wasn't really spamming since they were being redirected to content that matched the cloaked page...but the uncloaked pages just didn't rank well on their own since they had little text and were dynamic. There has been some talk on here about Google sending out spiders which mimic browsers and then comparing the two pages...if there is a mismatch then straight to supplemental hell. The only pages I have had spared are ones with direct links coming in to them. Unfortunately, all of my indexed pages from my online store which aren't cloaked have also been pushed into supps...and the cached version is from 2005. many people are seeing that, not just me
Now I see that all of my cloaked pages have a cache, even though I have had noarchive tags in place for two years. When i realized this was happening I added noindex/nofollow tags to many of the cloaked pages to pull them from the index but Google has ignored them.
Fits with what's being talked about in the Google ignores the meta robots noindex tag [webmasterworld.com] discussion. Seems like this has all been happening since G instituted that new multi-spider routine.
The only pages I have had spared are ones with direct links coming in to them.
did you consider the possibility that Google simply doesn't KNOW of your inner pages without external deep links, because your cloaked pages also contain the navigation/links to the inner pages? Why not add some real links from your homepage to some inner pages and see what happens?