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Using cookies to cloak GoogleBot

Discussion in 'Cloaking and Content Generators' started by kimkils, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. kimkils

    kimkils Power Member

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    It's commonplace to use the referrer and user agent to cloak traffic as well as IP addresses.

    However i was thinking of this...

    Have a php page which sets a cookie... then some php to check if the cookie was set, if it wasnt set then its likely a bot.

    What are peoples opinions on this?

    Googlebot doesn't read cookies, or store them.

    Just another detection method to add to the others.
     
  2. vloza

    vloza Registered Member

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    First I'm not really sure that googlebot doesn't store cookies.
    Second for this to work you'll need that googlebot read some pages not only one.
    Third many people block cookies in their browsers.
     
  3. CottonMouth

    CottonMouth Newbie

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    Google said just this week that 2011 was going to be the year they attack cloaking head-on. I'd say relying on cookie setting after January is just putting off the inevitable banning from Big G.

    Javascript cloaking is likely going to be targeted as well with the new Googlebot.
     
  4. cookie48

    cookie48 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I dont believe in some great war against cloaking.
    Cookie based cloaking may be an option along with some more advanced methods, like IP tracing, referrer checking etc.
     
  5. mataff

    mataff Junior Member

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    php/curl or any other automated tool can easily handle cookies.

    Only sure fire method (that I've heard of) is to test the incoming user with code (flash, js detect mouse movement, ajax, etc) to see how it interacts. Look into the cloaking methods being used in here for more info.
     
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