Google, I Want To Cloak...

Jun 7, 2013 • 8:31 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

google cloakingSometime the shortest responses are the best. A Google Webmaster Help thread has a long detailed example given by a webmaster looking to do some cloaking to make their site work.

He goes through this long walk through of how the web site will function, what the URLs may look like, what content a user might see on one URL and what the search engine spider might see on an another URL. But he explains the content will be the same but the URLs will differ.

The only thing different in pages that robots and visitors end up on is page URL, not page content (aside from rel="canonical" at the main domain).

Should he do it?

John Mueller at Google said, basically, no. In a very short respond, John wrote:

Giving mixed signals like this is not going to deliver consistent results over time. I'd strongly recommend finding one site structure and using it consistently.

Check out the thread, what do you think he should do?

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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John Edward Doyle

06/07/2013 12:48 pm

So basically, no cloaking. Pretty sure we all knew that already.

Barry Schwartz

06/07/2013 12:50 pm

Yep, slow news day. I admit it. But hey.

John Edward Doyle

06/07/2013 12:58 pm



06/07/2013 01:55 pm

"but it's only metacontent" hahahahh

Jim Christian

06/07/2013 03:20 pm

Look at it this way... SMX in 3 days, awesome Seattle food, and Matt telling us everything will be alright....


06/10/2013 04:45 am

cloaking has always been no no for Google.

Spook SEO

01/29/2014 10:58 pm

It is one of the major rules of Google that must not be violated or else ...........

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