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#1 agmccall

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 05:53 PM

Hello All

I have a website that is about 7 years old. about 3 years ago we were doing ok in the Search engines.
This all ended a 2 years ago when we had our site revamped.

The site now looks great and has all the functionality we needed, but our hits have dropped to about 20-30 a day, and no matter what we do we can not climb in the search engines.

If you view the source code on our site you will see that about the first 120 lines are blank. This is actually ghosted content. I do not know how it got their, (Probably the company that built the site.) and no mattter what I do I can not get rid of it.

So, my question is.

Is this having an affect on my SEO and if so, how much.

Thank You

Al

#2 Jill

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 08:33 AM

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Is this having an affect on my SEO and if so, how much.


No, not at all.

#3 piskie

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 12:36 PM

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the first 120 lines are blank

Jill says that will not affect SEO, is there a threshold above which it could do?
For example what if it were 1,000 blank lines or 10,000 blank lines etc. Would it reach a point where it did have an effect. If so, could anyone guess where that threshold is ??

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 12:46 PM

I s your website a CMS like Joomla?

#5 Michael Martinez

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 01:28 PM

The only time I have seen blank lines used as a signal for search indexing is when spammers place "real" content at the top of the document and use dozens or hundreds of blank lines to push their keywords down below the fold where visitors won't see them. Matt Cutts has commented on that practice once or twice.

It doesn't sound like you're doing that so I agree with Jill -- I don't think it's having an effect. White space shows up in document source code all the time for all sorts of reasons. It's usually a result of lazy coding practices by developers.

#6 Jill

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 04:04 PM

QUOTE(piskie @ Nov 30 2011, 12:36 PM) View Post
Jill says that will not affect SEO, is there a threshold above which it could do?
For example what if it were 1,000 blank lines or 10,000 blank lines etc. Would it reach a point where it did have an effect. If so, could anyone guess where that threshold is ??


Why would it? Other than it making the page load slower due to increasing its file size, the blankness would simply be ignored.




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