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    Question cloaking and FLASH


    Checking into a big drop in GOOGLE placement under the keyword "Fractions",
    I looked into sitechecker.pro and they claim that one of my critical errors is:

    Google: page isn't same.
    Cloaking is considered a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines because it
    provides users with different results than they expected.

    At one time visualfractions.com pages were built with FLASH animation but after
    reading that the IPAD and now many browsers are not crazy about running
    FLASH aps I decided to switch over to ADOBE ANIMATE CC to write
    animations with javascript. All done.
    Since then I sent in a new sitemap.xml file that lists only the javascript versions
    of the animations. I removed the FLASH versions from the xml file on the site
    but the FLASH versions are still on site.

    My guess is that is where Google thinks the "cloaking" is going on. I like to leave
    the FLASH versions up because there are many links to them.

    Here is what I'm considering:
    Listing the FLASH animations in the robots.txt files such as:

    Disallow: ../CompareL/comparel.html

    Any opinions on this matter?
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    My recommendation..

    Use 301 redirects on the old urls pointing to the new urls.

    Remove the old pages one at a time as you migrate to the new format.

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    This makes sense to use the 301 redirect. There are over 70 FLASH animations on the visualfractions.com website so the .htaccess file will be quite large.

    Thank you for your input.

    FractionRich
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    Don't worry about the overhead.

    Not because it doesn't impact loading, but in your particular case the impact will be quite minimal.
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