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using CSS to hide onpage content

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by danclarkie, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. danclarkie

    danclarkie Newbie

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    Morning all.

    I have a site I'm really promoting but I think its being ranked lower than I would like by the fact that it has very little on page content (its a bit fancy looking). Now on page content would mess up the look of the page really :(
    I already have H1 tags on the page that I have aligned using CSS to place them off screen as they would ruin the cosmetic look of the page.
    How safe would I be putting say a 300 word fairly kw rich article on the pages and CSS'ing them to be out of view.
    This is pretty much the definition of blackhat I suppose as its entirely for the purpose of manipulating the google rankings.

    Question simply how safe/advisable is this idea?:D

    Cheers!
     
  2. danclarkie

    danclarkie Newbie

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    Anybody have an input on this :)?
     
  3. secguy

    secguy Newbie

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    Sure, you can get away with doing it for a while...sometimes a long while :D

    How safe is it? Not safe at all. If Google etc catch on, they'll penalise your site. Simple as that. However, the chances of them catching on are on the low to medium side. As I said, you can get away with it for a while.

    How advisable? That depends on your site and how important it is to you. I run a site for my wife's business, and I wouldn't dare do anything black hat with it (more than my life's worth). My sites however are a different story...I'll blackhat them to death. If I get caught out...well that's all part of the game isn't it.

    Not sure if the above helps...but bottom line is: if the site is important to you...don't do it. If not, go with it.
     
  4. JesusBack

    JesusBack Executive VIP Premium Member

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    I've heard real stories of losing ranking for invisible text so not sure how well this will work.
     
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    this is real black hat SEO and if Google catches you it will penalize your site and you will loose your all ranking.. Its risky but effective.. you will get your ranking quite early then you are thinking but if you caught by Google you will be out of indexing
     
  6. danclarkie

    danclarkie Newbie

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    Ah bollocks :(
    Cheers Guys I guess i will have to try and get the text on page somehow :frusty:
     
  7. soultrain

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    Yes, it is possible.

    Create an element with very small dimensions, 1 x 1. Set "overflow:hidden" as a property of the class. Type whatever you want and it will not show :)
     
  8. xbox360gurl70s

    xbox360gurl70s Elite Member

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    You wont get caught unless someone reports you. Happens to all of us many times
     
  9. shudogg

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    I will answer you question. I don't know how safe or not safe it it.. I use it to hide some of my h1 tags on some of my sites because I use images for almost everything, so shitty text in a header can ruin the look of some of my sites. Use at your own risk.

    Code:
    <div style="display:none;">
      all the stuff you want to hide here, even code...
    </div>
    
    It works, I am on page 1 of Google for a competitive term with 216million results. I am hiding my h1 and h2 tags.
     
  10. danclarkie

    danclarkie Newbie

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    What about defining a div style in the CSS "text-indent: -9999px"
    then simply putting the hidden contenct in a div.
    for example in the CSS

    #apples
    text-indent: -999px


    Then on the page you want to hide the content

    <div id="apples">

    lolz this is hidden

    </div>.

    Google crawls the HTML output of the page and only see's

    <div id="apples">

    lolz this is hidden

    </div>


    Right??
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2010
  11. tpaolo

    tpaolo Regular Member

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    CSS hiding is an out of date method, in some way google catch it

    you can try mosaic cloaking, you need an up to date bot list to make it working