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Google and hexadecimal links


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GoogleGuy Says

PostPosted: August 11, 2003 7:09 PM 

Importance: Medium

GoogleGuy replies to a question about whether Google considers hexadecimal link cloaking as spam.

GoogleGuy Says: [Link to quote]

I think we can parse/follow valid links even if they're url-encoded. Not sure about the old trick of using hex-type encoding to bury an IP address so that it's not as visible.

So a) I'm not sure if we follow them, b) if we do follow them, our automatic algorithms would not penalize for them, but c) if someone reported spam involving a page with these type of links, it would be pretty trivial for someone to manually reverse, and doing something like would be curious enough to invite more poking around.

It's also pretty useless for users, who like to have an idea where they'll be going if they click a link. Personally, I'd probably steer clear if it were me. Just a 2 minute take while waiting for a compile though.

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