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Will   Affect Our Seo? (when Tidying Typography)

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#1 becfaye


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Posted 27 April 2009 - 07:00 PM

Just a quick question...

Will the use of   through a website affect the ranking in Google?

I'm thinking of using it to tidy up the typography of the body copy. There will may be 1 to 20   joining 2 words together.

ie. to get rid of the orphans and neaten the type rivers.

<p>The cat sat on&nbsp;the&nbsp;mat.<p>



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Posted 28 April 2009 - 04:06 AM

firstly the question is why are you using &nbsp; in your example, if you only want one space between words then you use the space bar.

The problem arises when you require more than one space between words, as markup ignores the spacing in the source code when rendered, unless wrapped in a <pre> tag.

Our old graphic designer used &nbsp; to create an underlined hyperlink that had a huge preceeding blank space before the hyperlinked words. It didn't seem to affect our ranking.

Though I didn't like its use, so recoded it using CSS.

It's not good to use tables for layout, in the same way it's not good to use spaces to line things up.

The one place an &nbsp; is really needed is ...
<div class="clear">&nbsp;</div>
When you want a blank div to clear all floated elements, just putting a space between the div tags doesn't seem to be seen as having content in some browsers and the height atribute for example is ignored until you place the escape coded space character!

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 07:54 AM

There will may be 1 to 20 &nbsp; joining 2 words together.

It won't hurt your SEO, but like NASA says, why would you use it? A plain ole space works fine to separate words!

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