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#1 doso

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 12:34 PM

Hi all, sorry if my english is terrible ;)

 

I `m working on a ecommerce website that use a 2 column template, one used ONLY to display some top 10 informations ( like Best Sold This Monts , or Suggested Products, Best Rated) that seems to be created for  SEO reason .

 

I Would like  to know if it is possible to hyde those informations inside a toggle ( or if someone knows other tecnique) without affecting SEO.

 

TO make an example REMOVED is a page with a second column I would like to hide ( it is just a sample page, not the company im working with) 


Edited by chrishirst, 24 October 2014 - 01:14 PM.


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Posted 24 October 2014 - 01:19 PM

Either it should be there or it shouldn't. "Hiding" it for so-called SEO it absolutely NOT a great idea EVER!

 

It is is ONLY there for search engines take it down FULL STOP (period for the merry cans)

 

It is there for users, as "related products" links normally are leave it alone.



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Posted 24 October 2014 - 01:49 PM

Showing top rated or most popular products can be beneficial to your site visitors. If a product is popular with others, there's at least a passing chance it might be what the next visitor is looking for, too. Giving her a quick link to get directly to the product would be good usability. Even if the product wasn't what she came there looking for, seeing it and discovering it's popular (or well-rated) might very well convince her to buy that product in addition to whatever else she was originally intending to buy.

 

It's called "merchandising."

 

If the stuff that's there is actually "only for SEO purposes" then you're doing it wrong... ;)

 

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Edited by torka, 24 October 2014 - 01:49 PM.
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#4 doso

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 01:54 PM

Thanks a lot for the reply . 

 

So there is no wa to hide some information to the customer and leave the same informations for the Search Engine? ( Like the Toggle funcion, that collapse all the info into a row) 



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Posted 24 October 2014 - 02:10 PM

That's called "hidden content" and it's a huge SEO no-no. (Unless there's a clear and obvious way for customers to reveal the hidden content... even then, you're running a risk if the search engines decide your intent was for the content to be visible only to the spiders and not to your human visitors.)

 

Why would you not want to highlight top-rated or best-selling products to your customers? This is a standard feature of most ecommerce sites.

 

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 07:45 AM

If you're talking about hiding the content when the page first loads, but giving the user the option of making it visible, you can certainly do that with CSS and scripting, and it won't get you in any trouble. There are even scripts that will make the reveal visually appealing.

 

But as the previous posts have pointed out, you shouldn't do that unless you have a really good reason to. This isn't really a matter of SEO; it's more about design, the presentation of your content, and what's going to be useful for people reading the page.

 

If you do choose to hide the content in one of your two columns, what are people going to see when they load the page? Is half of the page going to be blank (which will probably look like a design flaw), or do you plan on putting something in that space that will get pushed out of the way when and if the user makes the previously hidden content visible?

 

And what do you believe you have to gain by doing this?



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Posted 25 October 2014 - 09:36 AM

Actually, Google said earlier this year it may ignore content that is not visible to the user when the page first loads. So if you have so much content on a page that you feel compelled to "hide" some it behind CSS styling (tabs) then you would probably do better to move some of that content to other pages. You can still use the TABBED navigation format if you find that to be visually appealing.

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 12:07 PM

Just in case it's not abundantly clear already, ...

 

SEO is not about search engines,

 

it's not about search engine algorithms,

 

it's not even about search engine 'rankings'.

 

It is all about search engine users!


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