What is Cloaking?

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  • nisha
    Junior Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 17

    What is Cloaking?

    Clocking is the procedure of using some deceptive techniques which allows the user with a different version of the website than that presented to the search engines.
  • sonia sharma
    Senior Member
    • Jul 2015
    • 156

    #2
    The term Cloaking is practice of presenting different content or URL to human and search engines.
    For example
    Inserting text or keywords into a page only when the User-agent requesting the page is a search engine, not a human visitor.

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    • AmitSood
      Member
      • Oct 2015
      • 89

      #3
      Cloaking refers to the practice of presenting different content or URLs to human users and search engines.

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      • Priyanka
        Senior Member
        • Aug 2014
        • 178

        #4
        Cloaking is a software that creates hundreds of web pages that are optimized for a special search term so that search engine spiders get the impression that the website contains a lot of relevant information about a special topic.

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        • shilparana
          Senior Member
          • May 2015
          • 194

          #5
          Thanks priyanka to define a Cloaking as such an understanding way.

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          • Daljeet
            Senior Member
            • Dec 2014
            • 205

            #6
            It's SEO technique in which the content presented to the search engine spider is different from that presented to the user's browser.

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            • sangeetanegi
              Senior Member
              • Dec 2015
              • 140

              #7
              Cloaking is often used as a technique to search engines giving the relevant site a higher ranking.

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              • lisajohn
                Senior Member
                • May 2007
                • 309

                #8
                Cloaking, in the context of SEO (Search Engine Optimization), refers to the practice of presenting different content or URLs to search engines and users. Essentially, it involves showing different content to search engines than what is presented to users, in an attempt to manipulate search engine rankings or deceive users.

                Here's how cloaking typically works:
                1. Search Engine vs. User Content: When a search engine bot (like Googlebot) crawls a website, it sees content that is different from what a regular user would see when visiting the same URL.
                2. Purpose: The primary purpose of cloaking is to deceive search engines into ranking the website higher based on content that users may not see or find relevant.
                3. Methods: Cloaking can be achieved through various methods:
                  • IP-based: Serving different content based on the IP address of the visitor.
                  • User-agent based: Showing different content depending on the user-agent (bot vs. human).
                  • JavaScript or CSS tricks: Using scripts or stylesheets to manipulate content after the page loads.
                  • Redirects: Redirecting search engine crawlers to different content than users.
                4. Penalty: Cloaking is considered a violation of search engine guidelines, particularly those set by Google. If detected, it can lead to penalties such as lower search rankings or even removal from search engine results pages (SERPs).
                5. Legitimate Uses: In some cases, there are legitimate uses of cloaking, such as serving different content for accessibility reasons (like screen readers) or for different device types (mobile vs. desktop). However, these must be implemented carefully and in accordance with search engine guidelines.

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