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hidden text - google

OK so everyone has in some point of time had an issue with there design and how it would work with google.

So here is a few tips just to keep in mind:

  • If you have text which is the same colour as your page properties background colour Google will see this as Hidden Text
  • Even if you have a table cell with a background colour which is different to your text i.e. black text on a white table cell background if the Page Properties background colour is black this will be seen as Hidden Text
  • Also an easy way to check how your site would be seen in Google is to disable CSS if your using CSS and that is basically what Google’s Robots will see.
  • Also to keep in mind the penalties if you are caught Google will penalize your site and slowly decrease your rank till you are in the supplemental index. This won’t happen overnight but if you are court this will happen eventually. In some rare cases Google will ban your site from their index.

I hope these little tips are useful with your designs when thinking about SEO in Google.

8 Comments so far

  1. Pulkit Sachdeva May 13th, 2007 9:18 pm

    Hey! Phoenix from kF here. I see you got that SEO problem sorted out a little. And it’s great that you’re sharing some of the answers you got there.

    Hey! This comment gives me a teeny bit of promo on Google too since it has the link to my site ;)

    Reach #1 man! All the best.

  2. George May 15th, 2007 1:26 pm

    Hey Phoenix! Welcome and congrats on being my first poster!

    I did manage to fix that SEO problem and soon there will be more little tips and annoying fixes for things that people don’t like doing.

    I’ll check your website out ;)

    I need more promo tho…but i’ll get it over time :)

    Cheers

  3. Just me May 15th, 2007 2:12 pm

    “This comment gives me a teeny bit of promo on Google too since it has the link to my site” - no it doesn’t, it has nasty “rel=nofollow” on it. What it does give you is a chance of someone clicking it.

  4. Pulkit Sachdeva May 18th, 2007 4:25 am

    “no it doesn’t, it has nasty ‘rel=nofollow’ on it”

    Dang! I didn’t check that :P

  5. George May 18th, 2007 8:58 am

    i’m going to double check that and see if i can delete that code from it…i wonder if it might work? ;)

  6. Pulkit Sachdeva May 20th, 2007 4:01 am

    That would be very cool. Even if it doesn’t work :P

  7. George May 21st, 2007 12:56 pm

    Hey Pulkit,

    Just added you to my blog roll…and nice blog you have their! I also tried to find where to remove the “external nofollow” thing i think i’m close but not too close…and if i crack it hopefully i’ll be the only blog which allows follows in links :D

    I’ll be sure to keep you all posted.

  8. George May 21st, 2007 1:05 pm

    Update - I found a plugin which does the hard work for me and is a plugin for the latest wordpress with some extra functions, see the link below:

    http://kimmo.suominen.com/sw/dofollow/

    I hope this is a useful link for those interested and i’ll implement this when i have the chance. :D

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