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Geo Cloaking? Safe or not?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by designsonline, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. designsonline

    designsonline Power Member

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    I have a website that I only wanted UK traffic to.
    So I added a load of ip blocks in the .htaccess file for the other main countries that I was getting traffic from, it worked brilliantly for about a week. Then I vanished from the serps for themain keywords that I wasnumber 1 for.

    About 3 or 4 weeks later I decided to create a video sitemap for the website, and opened a new web master account in Google so I could submit the sitemap.

    I opted to upload the html file for Google verification, but found that Google couldnt read the file. I realised that at least some of the Google spiders were being blocked from my website by the .htaccess file. So I uploaded a list of the known IP addresses for the Google Spiders and set them to allow in the .htaccess file.

    Is this enough, or should I remove the .htaccess altogether?
    I still dont want visitors to the website from any other country. (im fed up with the constant sales calls fromabroad and dud enquiries, this site only provides a local service to the UK so there is no reason for anyone else to visit it...)

    How long till it comes back up,do you think?
    Any Suggestions, have you encountered anything like this before?
     
  2. designsonline

    designsonline Power Member

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    Bummer, no replies...

    Do people not understand what I said because I wasnt clear enough?
    or do people just not know the answer? - (cant believe that with the likes of Micallef on here...)
     
  3. designsonline

    designsonline Power Member

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    Ok I now realise that my website was blocking Googles spiders for about 3 weeks or so, and tghis has caused my site to vanish from the rankings. (It is in there, but has dropped from position 1 to 1000+ according to market samurai)

    I have since removed the redirect code that was blocking Google, but they havent returned to spider my site for weeks. I have pinged it every day, I have build loads of links to it using Autopligg, but I havent seen any activity from Googles Spiders.

    How can I encourage Google to come back and visit and spider the website again?
    Ive changed the homepage title and meta tags, and have changed the H1 tags and some of the page text to reflect the new title. (which is the new keyword /phrase im targeting)

    Any ideas?
     
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    Maiami Registered Member

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    The best way to get spider visits is to get I VERY good back link. He will visit you each time when he visit this VERY good site.
     
  5. designsonline

    designsonline Power Member

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    Does anyone know if after deleting a .htaccess file it remains in some cache memory anywhere? I removed my .htaccess file because of the problems it was causing, but is seems that some visitors to my website are still being redirected?
     
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    It can be maybe in the cache of there browsers.

    How you detected that there are redirected?