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Does Css Have Any Negative Effect On Ranking?
Posted 04 January 2007 - 01:04 PM
If they are, it is possible that it is being carried out leaving another Bot signiature.
I think it would make sense for them to be developing some such tool, because CSS has become the more sophisticated replacement for the Old Text/Background color (I probably meant colour) match.
Google is unlikely to stand by while the number of sites using CSS this way is mushrooming at an alarming rate.
I recently reported 5 out of the top 10 sites for one search term because they were using CSS to spam their way onto the first page forcing my client down the page and almost out of the top 10. One of them had "No Visible Text" but 250 words of hidden spam.
Having said all that, proper use of CSS (I think) helps bots by reducing the stripping time of retrieved pages. Not much time, but multiply that by the billions of retrieved pages and it is a very significant saving on time and therefore Hardware resources.
Code:Text ratio could be a Goodness Factor that matters to SEs on economic grounds and might therefore influence factors that directly benefit a site.
Posted 04 January 2007 - 10:47 PM
That's like saying milk is better for you because it's nourishing.
CSS doesn't reduce parsing time for the search engines. It doesn't reduce file size. It doesn't speed rendering times. It doesn't offer any savings in terms of time for anyone or anything.
There is a lot of propaganda out there about how great this or that is. If someone is using superlatives to extol the virtues of a coding methodology, your best assumption would be that they are expressing an extremely biased and unjustified opinion. That has always been the case in every "this is better than that" controversy I have ever had to endure, and I've had to suffer through many.
Posted 05 January 2007 - 03:45 AM
First off in most cases when CSS is thoughtfully introduced, file HTML sizes are significantly reduced due to the amount of formatting that is moved to external file/s. Second, there are also factors no longer measured by a spider because they don't apear in the HTML file, such as Text/background colour combinations and opx or 1px font size for hidden text detection.
A spider retrieval and stripping exercise takes a finite time. The more it has to do the longer it takes. Rendering Speed is not relevent to this exercise. Robots Parsing time as you call it is reduced the less there is to process.
Posted 05 January 2007 - 01:45 PM
I must disagree with the point you made Michael about using valid XHTML and CSS, on average the file sizes is cut to about 50% from a table layout to CSS, when you add up the XHTML and CSS file. This will make the crawl slightly faster, but as the bots go through sites at a phenomenal rate the difference would be small, but there is still a difference. The effect on rankings however isnt effected either way from the research iv seen.
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