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#1 EricLaszlo


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Posted 05 May 2009 - 10:59 AM

Hello, folks --

Can search engines detect/penalize if I apply visibility:hidden through an external style sheet? (I'm not using this for spammy purposes - I just have some text and links in an Iframe that I'm afraid will not be recognized by the spiders, and I'd like to compensate for this with some hidden content.)

On a more general level, can search engines read CSS, inline or external?


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Posted 05 May 2009 - 01:20 PM

I would think SEs will view your hidden text as spam. Why don't you use the iframe's ability to display a noframe text?

  <IFRAME src="foo.html" width="400" height="500"
             scrolling="auto" frameborder="1">
  [Your user agent does not support frames or is currently configured
  not to display frames. However, you may visit
  <A href="foo.html">the related document.</A>]

Source: http://www.w3.org/TR...ent/frames.html

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 04:06 PM

It's not something I would be tempted to do Eric. Not unless the hidden content is able to be made visible.

Sure it might not get caught. Or it might not get caught today. But if it ever does get caught and the text can never be made visible by user interaction it's probably going to attract the type of attention you don't really want.

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