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Matt Cutt's State of the Index 2009

     
4:38 pm on Jan 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Matt just posted a new video re-creating the State of the Index talk from last years Vegas Pubcon:

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[edited by: tedster at 5:42 pm (utc) on Jan. 21, 2010]
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6:44 pm on Jan 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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That video jogged my memory about one valuable tool I'd forgotten - "Fetch As Googlebot". This Webmaster Tools function lets a webmaster see if they've been hacked, especially when the hack also cloaks content and only shows it to googlebot.

There is a lot of this kind of cloaked hack going around for the past year, and it is very devious. Switching the user-agent in your browser to googlebot doesn't always reveal the cloak. This is because some cloaks also embed IP detection! This makes the "Fetch As Googlebot" utility a very helpful tool.