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We no longer have regulatory rights to show the content but have a 4 week hiatus before the new site owners take control and slap their own regulatory stamp on the site. Messy but thats how it has played out.
Technically I cant show the content as it is right now without the regulatory authority. To do so risks a fine
But the last thing I want to do is take the content down for 4 weeks and leave blank pages up there which will screw 3 years of hard work.
When researching on the web I have come across all kinds of dodgy methods which all seem to promote cloaking or hidden text.
I have seen one method of using css ..hideme code but even that looks way too dodgy for my liking
So what is the recommended method here? Is there a way to temp send the bots away or will Google still crawl and adjust the serp value or PR on the site?
4 weeks is a long time in this game and I really am struggling as to the safest way of cracking this issue.
Any advice gratefully received
Don't cloak or hide your content. You are only asking for trouble from search engines, or you are going to lose some users.
Can't you just remove your stamp? Seems to me that the new owner is the one who should be making this post and worried about it, not you... ;-)
There is no halfway house
Im leaning towards just deleting the on page text and leaving a few riders but will then restore/republish once the new owner activates their authority
Sounds ridiculous but thats the UK finance industry for you. Er ...I mean widget industry