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    Regular Coder noneforit's Avatar
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    Hiding text for keywords?

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    I have read that hiding text on a webpage will not be greatly recieved by search engines and may lead to removal of pages from the index.

    However the page that im designing has the following in the main content

    Felling Maidstone Tunbridge Wells~Pruning Maidstone Tunbridge Wells~Hedge cutting Maidstone Tunbridge Wells ~Stump grinding Maidstone Tunbridge Wells ~Firewood logs Maidstone Tunbridge Wells ~Wood Chippings Maidstone Tunbridge Wells

    The more they add of these, the better ranking they get. For example adding the Wood Chipping Maidstone allowed them to rank higher if you searched for those keywords.

    The problem is that these look messy and unprofessional. Obviously I need to include them or it will drop down the rankings. Can I just colour them the same as the background and make the text very small so they cant be seen?

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    But this method of hiding may some time SE treat as black hat... better try to include it in title, description or in the content.. not as its is word by word

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    Can I just colour them the same as the background and make the text very small so they cant be seen?
    That has absolutely no effect with regards to the search engines. Bots do not read the formatted output, they read the raw html - unaffected by styling (color or size).
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    In which case the bots will still be able to read my text, its only hidden by colour not by any css hide command.

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    I heard that Google also some time check the text color with the background image/color for possible hidden text. So it is always risk to use any form of hiden text for search engines.

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    Not worth the risk IMO

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    As mentioned, its Black Hat. Just like you can speed and not get caught 90% of the time, people do check and its possible that you'll get penalized greatly for it.

    You are better off to do it the right way, by making relevant content and putting your keywords there rather than hiding a bunch of stuff somewhere. Besides, being found on a search is only useful if your site has something useful to the searcher.

    Sure thats a lot of crazy keywords, but perhaps its better to hire someone who specializes in writing copy for SEO.
    jeremy - gnomeontherun
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