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Does Invisible Texts Work For Adsense?
Posted 10 February 2005 - 04:29 PM
I am gonna try it on a few pages but don't know if there's any penelty from google.
Anybody have experience?
Posted 10 February 2005 - 04:40 PM
Bad idea. Hiding text like this is spam and if a human over at Google finds out about it, most likely they will revoke your right to be an AdSense publisher.
Why not try to at least optimize the title tags of each page and then see if Google does not deliver relevant ads for each page? However, don't resort to hiding text. That will end up biting you!
Posted 10 February 2005 - 04:54 PM
Posted 10 February 2005 - 05:07 PM
If they did, what would prevent people from hiding text that will target AdWords that generate the highest CPC ratios even though their site might not have anything to do with the text they are hiding? Not only would the ads be unrelated to the site but because they were unrelated, they would not generate click-thrus.
You see that is the whole thing that makes AdSense so effective is that Google can deliver highly relevant ads that are related to the scope of the site.
Now I don't think that is your intention (to hide unrelated text) but why should Google make an exception to a guideline they have of not hiding text just because you do not want to place any visible text on your pages?
Posted 10 February 2005 - 05:22 PM
The same reason they allow sites that require registration to serve content to the Google spider that's different from what the user would see: the exception serves the best interest of all affected parties and harms none.
In this case, as long as the hidden text was very relevant, the ads would be clicked more which benefits:
1. Google (because they get more ad revenue)
2. The advertiser (because they got just what they were looking for: visitors)
3. The web site owner (because they get more ad revenue as well)
4. The web site visitor (because they found something interesting to them, otherwise they wouldn't have clicked)
Now, Google may indeed decide to enforce the letter of their law, but it doesn't seem like the spirit of the law is being broken here.
Posted 10 February 2005 - 05:31 PM
The question is whether it's worth the risk of being dropped from the AdSense program, not knowing what Google's response would be to the hidden text, given that hidden text is technically a no-no with them.
My If it were my site, I wouldn't do it. I'd try to find ways of optimizing what's visible on the page. YMMV.
Posted 10 February 2005 - 05:49 PM
Posted 10 February 2005 - 06:27 PM
BuBobetteKyle, I buy your concern. However, first, as mentioned above, the hidden texts are relevant; second, there's no need to spam the keywords. You can put a hidden sentence with good keyword variety.
Posted 10 February 2005 - 06:36 PM
I don't think your intentions are bad, but I think the outcome could be bad.
Posted 10 February 2005 - 06:38 PM
Since it doesn't sound like you're actually interested in anyone's opinion, I suggest you try it out and let us know how it goes.
Posted 10 February 2005 - 08:21 PM
Also, from Google webmaster guidelines at http://www.google.co...guidelines.html :
* Avoid hidden text or hidden links.
Posted 10 February 2005 - 11:27 PM
Posted 10 February 2005 - 11:37 PM
Posted 11 February 2005 - 07:25 AM
You can't fully appreciate the pain of having a site blacklisted by the SE's unless you've been through it. There's no appeals process, and you're left to start over from scratch. Based on that alone, I would do everything I could to stay within the rules. You don't want to wake up one day, as many have related here, to find that your site is suddenly nowhere to be found in the search engines.
Posted 11 February 2005 - 08:16 AM
When it comes to dealing with AdSense, I imagine the thought process is that if you are willing to cheat in one area, you'd be more likely to cheat in all areas (read clickfraud) and I don't think they'd see it "in the spirit of the law".
If your page has no content other than images, it's not very useful to the search engines either as it's pretty much invisible. I would find a way to incorporate text into the page or forget putting AdSense on it (or put it on there and not worry about what ads it pulls.)
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