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Just for record you'll find some content management programs employing this very technique. Imagine my surprise when I discovered my PageRank 5 realty site had two sets of Meta keywords on my pages, easily seen when I view Google's cached versions....
I was choked... especially since their user agreement didn't disclose this fact!
Is using invisible text in cascading style sheets good? Nope!
There’s a new school of thought claiming you can use an alternative cascading style sheet (CSS) approach to placing invisible text on your web pages without penalty.
The theory is predicated on premise that you could employ an external style sheet in another directory. There you’ d simply define a special class for a tag like < P > where font and background colors are identical.
The claim is there’s no way for current search engines algorithms to distinguish color codes and penalize you. While this may or may not be immediate situation it’s fundamentally WRONG!
Invisible text is invisible text & it's spam.
Since many invisible text tricks utilize CSS positioning properties to hide their contents, you’ll soon see (if not already) search engines employing advanced algorithms to find hidden text in CSSs.
If you subscribe to CSS theory you’ll undoubtedly be revisiting your strategy or paying later by being blacklisted or removed entirely from various search engine indexes.
Incidentally, before you roll dice on this one you might want to consider fact that tool I just referred you to is only beta version and developer is already planning to add support for identifying invisible text in CSSs! Just how much more advanced and further ahead do you think search engine techs are?
So what does it all mean to you & what should you do?
1.Check your cached pages for invisible text. 2.If you find Invisible text or advertising determine it's origin 3.Read every user agreement very carefully 4.Take action & do something about removing it!
The bottom line lesson here is simple. Trying fool search engines with Spammy tricks or hocus pocus schemes has never worked for long in past. Don't employ unethical spam techniques and don't become an unsuspecting victim yourself.
Lawrence Deon is an SEO/SEM Consultant and author of the popular search engine optimization and marketing model Ranking Your Way To The Bank. http://www.rankingyourwaytothebank.com