Archive for the ‘Cloaking’ Category

IP Cloaking Software

Before we go over the specifics of some quality cloaking software, I’d like to cover a few basics.


Some definitions:

Cloaking: Cloaking Involves using the ip address or features of the HTTP request (e.g. the User-Agent field) in order to identify and deliver unique content to a specific ip or User-agent.

IP Cloaking: IP cloaking means using the IP address of the HTTP request to deliver different content to different IP addresses. Because it is extremely difficult to spoof IP address ( and still receive your packets), IP cloaking is the preferred method for delivering different sets of content to different users or spiders.

IP Delivery: Cloaking has an evil sounding name. The euphemism “IP Delivery” was coined so that all the big corporations including Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM . . . and just about everyone who knows what they’re doing could “cloak” with impunity.

We’ll go over some of the many benefits to cloaking early next week, but if you’re anxious for an early peek – check out Kloakit’s IP Delivery Site. They cover some of the many benefits to IP Delivery.

Kloakit has a money back guarantee, so clearly Dan (the owner) stands behind his product. Yes, it’s an affiliate link – and yes that means we endorse Kloakit.

Fake any Google Page Rank with User Agent Redirect

It seems like the Google update that took place around Oct. 5th is finally being reflected in the green pixie dust Page Rank displays. SEOBlackhat.com did OK for 80ish days online with a legit page rank 5 for our homepage and 1 page rank 6.

On some of our other domains, we have shown that faking Page Rank is possible by redirecting the Googlebot User Agent (as opposed to IP cloaking). Sorry kids, no example domains but here’s the root index.php code that worked for us on several domains with WordPress installed:

<?php
if (strstr($_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’], “Googlebot”)) {
header(“HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently”);
header(“Location: http://domain-with-page-rank-you-want.com/”);
exit;
}
else {
define(‘WP_USE_THEMES’, true);
require(‘./wp-blog-header.php’);
};
?>

seoblackhat.com and our “faker domains” fared much better than http://www.msn.com who inspite of a link from the page rank 9 http://search.msn.com/, is apparently only worthy of a bitch slapping Page Rank 2. It makes me wonder if I should be throwing on a rel=nofollow condom when linking to them. I’m clearly taking a big risk linking to your shadey neighborhood. So, MSN:You owe me one.

Matt Cutts from Google’s response to this Google Bitch Slap of MSN was:

“We’re showing the main PR on msn.com, not www.msn.com. If you check http://msn.com, it’s PR8:
http://www.seochat.com/?go=1&option=com_seotools&tool=9&url=http%3A%2F%2Fmsn.com%2F&submit=Check”

But of course that’s all crap. If you type msn.com into any Google search box it directs you to www.msn.com. So they know exactly what they’re doing.

Do no evil . . . but it’s cool to be childish and petty?

Update: Something happened to correct the Page Rank to a PR 9. Tin Foil Hat theories welcome.

Getting PHP Redirect URLs Indexed by Search Engines

A while back, when our hats were still gray, we started using php redirects for our PPS (pay per sale) affiliate links. We did this so that when we wanted to change from one sponsor program to another, we could change the code in just one location – the php redirect file – and have it populate throughout our sites.

One day, we started noticing unusually high CTRs for certain sponsor programs. We were happy about it, but still scratching our heads a little. Finally we realized that our PHP redirect pages were being indexed on the 1st and 2nd page of MSN for many search terms.

So, a surfer would do a search, click on our indexed link and be taken directly to the affiliates sell page with our tracker ID attached. Now, redirects like this are not that uncommon for us except for one thing: we weren’t cloaking on these sites!

Many of these PHP redirect URLs still populate the top pages of MSN SERPs.

Some of our adult webmaster friends tell us that they have had similar experiences getting their CCBill referral URL indexed by MSN and Yahoo. CCbill is an affiliate aggregator that independently tracks clicks, joins, rebills . . . etc. Instead of sending surfers directly to the affiliate, you would send them to CCbill so their system could track the user: CCbill uses a php refresh (or possibly a meta refresh) similar to the ones I set up when sending to affiliates.

Now, I really don’t know why our php redirect pages are coming up higher in the MSN SERPs than the sponsor’s sites, but I’m sure not complaining.

My best guess is that because my sites generally perform very well in MSN, they have a high MSN “page rank” (for lack of a better term). Therefore, when these pages point to another URL, they might have “throw” in the MSN algorithm.

So the two obvious questions ares:

1. Should I use php redirects to send to PPS affiliates?

That is a question you have to answer for yourself (or your client) depending on your (their) risk /reward tolerance. Because no cloaking is involved, I’m not even sure if this is a Black Hat SEO tactic or not. Short answer – Yes.

2. How can I set up php redirect pages?

Instead of putting a hyperlink like http://theirsite.com/affid=453513 on your web pages, put links like http://yoursite.com/affiliate-name.php . This php file is the one line of code:

<?php header(‘Location: http://theirsite.com/affid=453513’) ; ?>

As always, anchor text matters as does the context of the page your are sending from.

Note: If you don’t understand that you need to put your actual link codes & tracker IDs of the affiliate program in the above code instead of “http://theirsite.com/affid=453513”, go here for training.

How to Fake a Google Page Rank 10 . . . or any PR you want

So you want to get into link exchanging, but no one wants to trade with you because your page rank sucks.

Guess you need to spoof a reasonable Google PR like a 5, 6 or 7.

Well the good folks at SEOdarkteam (among others) demonstrate how you can spoof or fake a PR 10 or any Page rank you want.

Here’s how you Spoof a Google Page Rank:

1. Buy a domain.
2. 301 Redirect the domain either in you .htaccess, PHP header (anything server side) to a page with the desired page rank. It’s better to redirect to something relevant. For example, if you are doing a mortgage site, redirect to a mortgage site.
for php the code is:

<?php
header(“HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently”);
header(“location:http://www.seoblackhat.com”);
exit;
?>

3. Link to the page with the redirect from another of your sites that gets regularly spidered by Google. Since you use the Alexa Toolbar, you should have several sites that are spidered daily by google.

4. Wait for google update. Google Updates happen about every three months. The last update occured the week of July 15th, 2005.

5. Now you use cloaking software that says:

<?php
if(ip is in list) (list of google IPs){
header(“HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently”);
header(“location:http://www.seoblackhat.com”);
exit;}
else
{
header(‘Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1’);
//Show your site
};
?>

The main drawback is that your site will not actually be indexed by Google as long as you are redirecting the Googlebots to your competitors site, so it’s really only good for link selling / trading.

BTW, don’t claim to have a certain PR when you are selling – that’s fraud.

This further illustrates how useless Page Rank has become in measuring a sites importance.

Buyer Beware.

Google and WordPress are Search Engine Spammers

So what kind of evil scum participate in SEO Black Hat Search Engine Spamming, Cloaking and Keyword Stuffing?

Well Google and WordPress to start. These two articles:

Google Caught Cloaking and Keyword Stuffing?
and
WordPress Website’s Search Engine Spam

illustrate how everyone is doing it – and sometimes even the big boys get caught. Two quotes that aptly apply to SEO Black Hat:

“If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying” and “if you ain’t got caught, you ain’t cheating.”

So if you are going to use SEO Black Hat tactics like Keyword Stuffing (Search Engine Spamming, Black Hat SEO, Cloaking, IP Delivery) be smart about it so you’re not easily caught. Remember:

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” -Verbal Kent.