How Do I Spot Cloaked Sites?

Aug 31, 2004 • 10:59 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Search Engine Cloaking / IP Delivery

Forget the debate about cloaking, I am a bit tired of that anyway. How does one detect some of the cloaking going on around the Web. Follow these instructions:

(1) Download the Firefox Browser (2) Install it (3) Download the User Agent Switcher for Firefox/Mozilla while using firefox (4) Restart the browser (5) Under Tools --> User Agent Switcher --> Options --> Options (that will open a dialog box) (6) Click Add Under User Agents section (7) In the description add "Googlebot" and in the user agent add "Googlebot/2.1 (+" (8) Repeat this process for all the spiders you want to test. Updated comprehensive list of user agents. (9) Under Tools --> User Agent Switcher --> select the user agent (10) Then navigate to the pages that you want to test for cloaking.

Hope this helps some people be Googlebot. :)

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