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Hidden text?

black on blue image?

     
2:57 pm on Sep 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have a background image that in one area is dark blue, specifically #000034. Is it considered hidden text if I use black text in this area?
9:51 am on Sept 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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google don't expicitly state what they consider hidden text or how they detect it. If they did it would just lead spammers to find new workarounds.

The best thing to do is use some common sense. If the text is hard to see in a browser then don't do it unless you're prepared to explain to google why doing it this way helps people viewing your site.

You may escape the existing algorithms, but they can and do change regularly and chances are that at some point you'll get caught out.

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9:54 am on Sept 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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IMHO the kind of hidden text you are talking about is only picked up by your competitors and reported to G.

automated filters like - position in layers or invisibility are easy to pick up by a bot

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9:54 am on Sept 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Yeah - wouldn't chance it IMHO. The old yellow on white was rumbled real quick about 2 years ago so I am sure that other dodgy combo's have been thought of!