Yesterday, I came across an interesting way that I had not heard of before to see if a page does cloaking. Cloaking is nothing unusual for the web, especially in industries where there is a lot of money to be made. Many affiliates operate using different methods to their outmost, and by that I mean that they sometimes gain position in the search results with methods that Google thinks is non-ethical.
Now some background information about what I found. I sat and reviewed the top 100 competitors this week on google.fi for the keyword “casino”. I found nothing new, except that there were three blogspot sites that ranked well. The amount of text for the posts on each of these three blogspot sites surpassed 3,500 words. Upon closer examination, the sites had additionally spun content which had been translated into Finnish. As always the quality is poor. This is an example of the text -translated to English; The quality of the translation shows how poor the text is in both English and Finnish: ”Do not play . So , while enjoying optimum coins online casinos for striking big jackpots, something unique : the technological know-how to get games That give you a different video game , then you could enjoy at an internet casino . Showing some bonuses and special offers, it really is the best , however , is a clever When playing, regardsless if the game Provides casino bonus deals and special offers . Between the properties of Their favorites online . ”
Usually you can see if these pages are cloaked from the Google bot. You can see if a page looks different for a Google bot by setting an agent to see the page as a Google bot would see it. You can even use the site command in Chrome and look at the cached page. But it is not certain whether cloaking can be that simply detected. There are different ways to do cloaking. I was quite surprised when I found this page as a result in Google Translate. However, I got this result only in Chrome with Google Translate.
I’m used to seeing a lot of casino sites who use different methods to rank for the term “Casino”. Often they acquire 30-70,000 links in a month but they seem to get faster with the automation of the link acquisition. These blogspot pages acquired their links in just 2 weeks. I’m sure it will not end until they acquire the links in one day. In the Scandinavian search results there seems to be nothing that is un-natural for Google. It will be exciting to see when sites in Scandinavian search results will be reviewed more harshly and what the outcome will be.