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H1 Hidden In Comment Tag
Posted 21 October 2006 - 07:35 AM
<!-- <H1>KEYPHRASE HERE</H1> -->
I found it quite interesting, the attempt to fool the engines with an invisible H1 tag, hidden within a comment tag, as the first thing after the body tag.
This competing site is in Google position 1 for the keyphrase in question.
Anybody ever seen this? What do you think? Is this doing anything for the site's ranking, or are the engines not fooled by this comment tag?
Posted 22 October 2006 - 03:09 PM
The engines have been ignoring comment tags where any positive ranking effects are concerned for long, long time now.
Posted 22 October 2006 - 04:24 PM
The morons probably think it's actually helping them.
Posted 22 October 2006 - 09:43 PM
To be fair, I suppose it's possible that it was actually in the code for a legitimate reason and was commented out as part of a redesign or something, though from what you describe it's seems pretty unlikely - especially in view of the H1.
Comments should be comments. I think more webmasters should use them, honestly. But they are useless for SEO, and just make the person using them look more clueless and desparate than normal.
I'd love to see their metatags...
Posted 23 October 2006 - 03:54 AM
Now they've commented it out, perhaps they will slip from No 1? Perhaps they are testing?
Just because something is commented out I don't quite understand how that can be interpreted as an attempt to spam a search engine. I often comment out bits of HTML when I'm not certain the client really wanted the change they just asked me to do or if I know I will be reverting the code to its original state in the 'near' future. It also acts as a memory jog so I remember what I did.
Posted 23 October 2006 - 06:56 AM
It's not. Since they don't read comments, it isn't spam or an attempt to spam.
However, it's just amusing if they think it is helping their rankings.
Yep, me too. I have tons of commented out stuff on my site. But it of course has nothing to do with the search engines since it's invisible to them.
Posted 23 October 2006 - 09:08 AM
Posted 23 October 2006 - 10:47 AM
If the person doing the commenting out thinks that SEs do take note of comments then that seems like they may be attempting to spam. Spam in the sense that they are attempting to deceive a search engine. Hence the word 'attempt' in my post. It's just as likely that it's simply a completely innocent comment though.
Of course, we know it will do no good, or bad, but at least 1 person (the OP) thinks that it might be a contributing factor to the page's ranking.
Posted 23 October 2006 - 11:04 AM
I got an email this morning from a client who so hates the fact that his competitors are studying his site and copying some of the methods we've used on it that he wants me to put a link in his source code in such a way that the only way to see it would be by looking at the source (so he's basically asking for a comment). The link would go to another domain of his, where'd he'd put up a page that said [edited to protect those who've just had breakfast]
Eat a bag of ***** you low-life ****-pile.
Posted 23 October 2006 - 11:05 AM
Either way I guess it doesn't matter, since the comment tag is ignored. It is pretty funny though. I do think they actually think it's helping them. I guess they are doing something right, however, as they are #1 on Google. But not for long....muahahahahaha.
Posted 23 October 2006 - 11:08 AM
Posted 23 October 2006 - 11:11 AM
Posted 23 October 2006 - 11:18 AM
BTW, he used "low-life" twice. Maybe he could benefit from having a professional content writer help him out with this new page.
Posted 23 October 2006 - 11:52 AM
Yeah, but it's more accurate to say "lame attempt" to spam!
Posted 23 October 2006 - 01:56 PM
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