Domain Forwarding, Domain Masking, and Domain Cloaking
What is the major difference between normal "Domain Forwarding" and "Domain Cloaking"?
- Domain Cloaking is not visible for any user. Domain Names with cloaking are able to be registered to all Search Engines.
- Domain Names with a normal DNS Forwarding are visible for all users (The browser address bar shows the new forwarded domain address).
- Domain Names with normal DNS Forwarding are unable to be registered to any search engine. Search Engine Robots will stop after the forwarding command.
Domain Forwarding just might be the way to put any domain name to work, whether you've built a site for it or not. Just select a domain name (or names), add forwarding, and any visitor who types in that name will be redirected to the existing site you designate. Domain Forwarding is especially useful if you have a site with a long, complicated address. Now you can just register a simpler domain name (easily done using one of the less common top level domains, like .BIZ instead of .COM, for example) and then forward it. It's that easy.
Domain Masking lets you protect the address of a particular site, while still allowing customers to access the content. Here's how it works: First, you purchase a domain name, like domain1.com. However, this is only an address; domain1.com is not going to have its own web site. Through masking, you use this address to display the content of another web site, say, forwarded-to.com.
Search Engine Tips
Some site owners create target pages that automatically take visitors to different pages within a web site. The meta refresh tag is one typical way of doing this. Some search engines will refuse to index a page with a high meta refresh rate, and Google will not index pages with any redirection whatsoever.