Google Bans Itself for Cloaking

    March 9, 2005

The Google cloaking farce continues. As Danny reports, Google has indeed owned up to inadvertent cloaking…

…(how many times have we heard that excuse from others) and has taken the steps to remove the offending pages from the index, effectively banning itself.

The fact that the cloaking went on without action – until the public outcry – suggests one of two things. One, Google knew about the cloaking and turned a blind-eye. Or two, their own algorithm was not adept enough to spot the cloaking. Either one is pretty sad.

Read Danny’s report.

Andy Beal is an internet marketing consultant and considered one of the world’s most respected and interactive search engine marketing experts. Andy has worked with many Fortune 1000 companies such as Motorola, CitiFinancial, Lowes, Alaska Air, DeWALT, NBC and Experian.

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