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Old 10th July 2011, 02:51 PM   #7
Sanity Check

Join Date: Jun 2011
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Originally Posted by 3Aces View Post
Okay, so in a nutshell, I understand that cloaking links (affiliate or otherwise) on one's own site is not such a great idea. Do URL shorteners like tinyurl fall under cloaking????
Cloaking is where a visitor to your site sees something different from what the search engine sees when it spiders your site. So the question becomes: if you link to a page using TinyURL, will a visitor to your site who clicks that link see the same page that Google sees when they spider that same link?

Having said that, there is certainly a degree of deception with a TinyURL link no matter whether the link shows the same page to both users and robots or not, so I would avoid using TinyURL at all on my web site.

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