Successfully Cloaking in 2013?
I am well-aware that Google’s algorithm is work in progress and they continuously work on improving their search quality algorithm. What I saw today, however, makes me wonder if I give the algorithm too much credit.
Search query “assumptious” brings up the following page:
I was shocked to see something like this ranking as #1 even for rare queries. This should not be ranking first after Panda and top heavy / layout algorithm update. After repeating the search I was given the full content page instead, which is also given to Google. Here’s the cached page:
I asked one of my guys to check this search query as well and they got the content page first time indicating at a possibility of this being some form of sneaky A/B test.
Is this a common practice? I’d love to hear more from our readers.