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Posted 21 December 2003 - 06:38 AM
I sub-contracted, SEO work of my client's website in September 2003 to one local company.
The SEO company added one link to their website from my client's homepage with the same color as of my background image. I have read in SEO forums that writing text with the same color as of background color is considered SPAM.
But what about the text with same color as Background Image? Will the google consider it span and penalize my website. How Google can trace the color of image?
Google has not indexed this website in search results although it was added in September 2003.
The website is ranked on good position on MSN.
Also tell me how I can find that my website is penalized or not.
Please note that, the website still has pagerank of zero and Google last visited the website on 13 December 2003 with 3 hits.
Posted 21 December 2003 - 08:21 AM
If you have the Google toolbar, you can also navigate to the site's home page and bring up the cached copy (either by right clicking or clicking the arrow next to the circled "i" on the toolbar). If they don't have it in the cache, that's also a good indication it's not in the index.
You mention that the work was started in September. When was it completed? And when did Google begin spidering after that? It's possible you're still too new to have gotten indexed.
I'm not sure whether Google can tell algorithmically that the text is the same color as a background image, but I'd take it out anyway. If a link to the SEO's site was part of the deal, make it visible. If it wasn't, there's no reason it needs to be there at all.
Posted 21 December 2003 - 11:41 AM
Since it's not on your page, but on someone else's page, it probably won't hurt you, but if you don't want spam to be associated with your site, it would be a smart idea to ask the other site to remove it, or make it visible. Why would they want to hide it anyway?
Posted 22 December 2003 - 02:17 AM
The schedule for development and Search engine behaviour was like this:
The website was completed and outsourced to another company for SEO work. (Mid September)
The Seo company made few changes including hidded keyphrases, replacing few images with Text, and the hidden link to their website on homepage. Finally the web site was added to Google, ODP. (Semptember End)
Site was reflected in Google listing for some good keyphrases at rank 2 but not on the desired ones. (Mid-November)
The site is ranked on top 20 results on all the desired keywords in MSN. (Mid November)
The site in not available on keyphrases search in Google even in first 500 results but it is still available on search with URL (not always). (10 December onwards)
The site had 3 hits by Googlebot (13 December).
I have removed the hidden keyphrases from three pages (19 December)
Please note that Page Rank of website is still zero.
The website is still not added in ODP, have zero backlink except from my portfolio.
The website still have a hidded link on image to statistics (IPSTAT) at bottom of homepage. Will this hurt?
Posted 22 December 2003 - 08:18 AM
The real issue it seems to me is that you need to start a link building campaign. It's been my experience that Google (especially) will give you decent rankings for some time when a new site does not have other relevant sites linking to it, however after a time this "artificial" PR bump will be removed.
In other words, they know that when a site first opens it will naturally not have lots of incoming links. But once the site has been open for a time, the better sites will natually get to the point that others are linking to it.
If it were me, I'd be spending the majority of my time resolving the links situation. Especially since it takes the most time to complete.
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