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Css Tooltips Causing Ranking Issues?


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#1 mediawalker

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 05:11 PM

Hi there.

 

I was wondering if anyone might have an opinion/any thoughts on the following?

 

I run a web design firm and we recently implemented CSS tooltips on two pages since we did this though (around 2 months ago) both of these pages' rankings have dropped by about 15-25 places on Google UK.

 

Now I GUESS this is probaly because of the tooltips however would anyone have any experiences they can draw on to confirm my thoughts?

 

In terms of numbers, the pages have about 20 links each on with hover tips - showing around 2-3 sentences each.

 

Regards,

Charlie



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 07:16 AM

'Rankings' change ALL the time, it does NOT mean it is anything more than coincidence.

 

 

But just remove the 'tooltips' see if it reverts the 'ranking' changes,

 

rinse and repeat until satisfied.



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 07:39 AM

If you stuffed the tool tips with keywords it could be a problem. Try Chris's advice above.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:08 AM

Thanks both. Will remove the tooltips and update this post in the coming weeks/months with ranking changes. I'm 90% sure it is being ranked lower due to it.



#5 Jill

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:29 AM

There's nothin wrong with using tool tips. Only using spammy ones.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:36 AM

Hi Jill,

 

I have a site. Not a spam site. And the tooltips weren't spam filled. However rankings went down over a period of 2+ months after they were applied. Site is 5+ years old. Structure is:

 

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<a>TITLE<span>HOVER TOOLTIP TEXT</span></a>

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And CSS is like

 

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span{ display: none}

a:hover span{display:block}

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So do you think CSS tooltips wouldn't have a negative effect in this instance? Or do you think "there's nothing wrong with tooltips"? And if that's your thoughts - do you have any experience of implementing tooltips and seeing if any rankings change over a period of time?

 

Thanks. And sorry for all the questions! :)

 

Regards,

Charlie



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:20 AM

If they weren't keyword stuffed, it's doubtful they were a problem. 



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:26 AM

Ok. Well, will try what you and Chris orginally said and will see if any change is noticed.

 

Thanks again.



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 10:50 AM

Just out of curiosity, can you tell us why you're implementing it this way rather than just putting a title attribute on the anchor? Do you have this formatted in a more attractive way? Is it because you want the content of the tool tip  to be indexed?



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:09 AM

Hi Qwerty
 
Well - the pages are showing basically a services table. So it lists items to the left and then to the right says whether or not you get it with the package. Like the below:
 

                                      |   Product A       |    Product B

Facebook App              |    Yes                |     No

Timeline Management   |    Yes               |     yes

Syncronisation               |    Yes              |     YES

 

Now in my case I wanted an explanation for each item (i.e Facebook App, Timeline Management etc.) so I thought a CSS tooltip would be best for this. I could have used <a title="ADD TOOLTIP HERE INSTEAD"> but it's a bit ugly, you can't style it and I was using a couple sentences in the tips (and wanted the option to also add images as well) which title="" couldn't (I assume) offer. Whereas the CSS tooltip solution could.

 

I could use Java pop-ups etc. Don't know. Just want the most SEO friendly solution and think that at the moment I don't have it (due to rankings decreasing on those pages).

 

I was going to paste a link to the forum (so you could see it in action - as it is) but I think admin would delete the link. Hope my explanation makes sense though. And your thoughts would be much appreciated.

 

Regards,






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