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Cloaked site in top of serps - Wondering how this was done.

Discussion in 'Cloaking and Content Generators' started by island_state, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. island_state

    island_state Newbie

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    So basically, there is a site at #1 position for a fairly competitive search term (27,000) monthly searches. The search has 5,260,00 results.

    I'm not going to reveal the niche or site etc, in case it's a fellow blackhatter.

    The site in #1 has a domain rank of 50, 50k links from about 40 IP's all made since last October.

    When you visit the site in google, it redirects to another site which is ecommerce. The redirect is user agent, as if I change my UA to googlebot, I see a wordpress site, which is basically an autoblog, on the same keywords, but with spinned content.

    So obviously using cloaking, but just user agent? I thought it was a bit more complicated than that?

    Reason I'm asking is I'm looking into doing the same thing, and came across this site in my research.

    Does anyone know if this footprint (wordpress site using spinned relevant content and UA cloak) belongs to any of the known cloaking programs, or could it be a combo. Maybe perhaps WPcloaker (or similiar) coupled with WP-robot? I haven't used either of these really. Does WP-robot autoblog on keywords, preserving keywords but spinning everything else?
     
  2. Red Giant

    Red Giant Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Cloaking is a search engine optimization (SEO) technique in which the content presented to the search engine spider is different from that presented to the user's browser.
    For cloaking as used in science fiction, see Cloaking device.
    For cloaking as used in extended DOS device drivers, see Helix Cloaking.
    so it is necessary and very important.
     
  3. koolkake

    koolkake Regular Member

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    What a waste of a post, spamming copy paste wikipedia. Did you even read the OP? Did you really include cloaking in reference to science fiction? Jesus christ, stop making yourself look like a spammer. same with the post above.

    Anyways, OP, the cloak is based on user agent. My client's site was hacked a few weeks ago and cloaked all the pages on his site. The Google bot UA saw spam link all throughout his site, but normal users just saw a normal website. So it was very hard to detect. It was a basic cloak, by just displaying a different page per user agent sent by the headers. I'm not familiar with WP cloaking plugins, but it can be relatively easily done with PHP
     
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  4. dandan594594

    dandan594594 Power Member

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    It maybe a combination of php and java cloaking. It may look simple, but blocking all bots except the ones a site needs to rank takes the right tools. It is almost a reverse of PPC cloaking in that sense. It is even possible to trick ranking bots the cloaked site is another authority. There is only one service I know of where all of this is possible.... and I far as I can tell only been mentioned a few times in this forum, so as I use it, I must follow suite and keep publicly quite.
     
  5. TrafficWizard

    TrafficWizard Junior Member

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    OP, you got some programming skills ? maybe you can try to reverse some more, change UA and go explore all includes and site directories, get some tool to do quick scan on site proior change settings to bot ;) and get all content what google got's !

    My guess its cloacked for bots and stuffed with generated contet stuffed with keywords what else could it be
     
  6. BlackBenny

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    Generally when a site ranks at the top, especially a crappy spam/cloacked site, is because of the backlinks. That's the "secret" ingredient to ranking.
    The actual cloaking can be done in many ways and only testing tells you what works at a moment.
     
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    Clocking is simply showing a particular page to Google and showing entirely different page to the user Because the page which has shown to Google will have more backlinks And the clocked site will get juice from the old site
     
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    Organic cloaking was very popular at one time and even today you'll find many corporations using cloaking for organic listings to target long tail phrases.

    There's no magic about why cloaked sites rank -- they rank because of the content they show the search engines and the links they get to their cloaked sites. Add whatever ranking factors you want to this -- cloaking by itself is a traffic technique, not an SEO technique.