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Google index position risk of text hidden with CSS Would using an iframe instead be any safer? bordering msg:4068232 5:59 pm on Jan 26, 2010 (gmt 0) To help with evaluating response, I want to track requests for advertiser phone numbers rather than just displaying them on the page.
What I was planning to do was display a JS link which says "View phone number", which when clicked will reveal the phone number, while in the background a jquery ajax call will record the request.
This would only affect a small percentage of the content of each page, but if I use it everywhere (which I need to for it to be much use) it would affect several thousand pages.
Hidden text has a bit of a bad name. I've never used it, or wanted to, as an aid to 'optimisation' and can see why it could be looked upon with disfavour by G and other SEs.
Is a small amount like this OK? The other possibility I'm considering is an iframe, but it's much less elegant technically.
maximillianos msg:4068490 10:10 pm on Jan 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
We've done this for probably 5-6 years and have never noticed a problem in search engine rankings.
bordering msg:4070976 12:32 pm on Jan 30, 2010 (gmt 0)
Thanks Maxim, that gives me hope. I'll give it a try on a few ads initially to see if there are any discernible downsides.
The advertisers are likely to whinge whatever... that's life.