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At the end of September, a colleague of mine filled out a SPAM complaint on Google using the "Dissatisfied? Help us improve" link. We did the same about a week later. As of today, that site is still there, with the white font text on a white background on the page.
How can that site be in Google at all, not to mention being in a relatively high position for that search phrase?
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Don't wait to send Jagger-related spam feedback; I'd send that now. Using the keyword "Jagger" at [google.com...] will get someone reading and checking it out.
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Site one has <span style="font-size:0px; text-decoration:none"> with links to internal pages and text, cant read it as its size 0 that site is now position #1 on google for UK and global search for its main keyword. G seems to now like it as it was position #60 to #70 before Jagger baby started. When you look at the cache page on G its just rows and rows of yellow and green blocks highlighted.
Site 2 has hidden text and <noscript> tags was in position #200+ yep its now in #3 for its key phrase.
LOL genuine sites have shuffled a bit too but its these 2 that leave me wondering #*$!
Having said that I still come across sites in plain old HTML with the same foregound/background colours. If they can't find that what chance have they when skilled people get to work?
Anyone who raises reports on this is quite simply wasting their time. I would not do this until Google guarantees that the offending sites will be swiftly penalised, manually or otherwise.
A few months ago we noticed a specific site showing up in the top three SERPS for a specific phrase in Google using hidden texts.
You have to wonder how long it will last. For a dash and grab approach (survive for a while, and when you disappear you do it again with new sites), it obviously works - just look at the serps in G or Y for almost any set of kw's. But if you want a site that lasts, with no need to change the domain, I don't know...
QED..so they know how to fix it and don't wish to ..
like many other "issues"
Could someone explain the appeal of using hidden text please.
Keyword spamming that isn't visible to a visitor.
It's worked since G began
I don't know, man... the one time I tried it on a page it was soon found and booted (I was trying to get some fieldnotes to show well in searches for a particular researcher I knew, without having it obvious - sort of a grudge involved ;-). The page came back some time later, once I'd removed it. Of course, only that one page went missing, not the whole site.
site:www.domain.com returns zero results.
I don't enjoy being a tattle tale, but it is sometimes frustrating when we take the time to make sure we work with white hats techniques and someone else comes in with hidden texts.
What am I apologizing for? Anything to help our client, right?
Does white hat include trying to remove pages ranked above your client? Instead of looking for reasons why those sites shouldn't be above your clients' sites or your own, why not improve yours so they continually rank above the competition?
Text is just text - hidden or otherwise. Just one on page factor. If your client doesn't rank above a page with hidden text don't get the impression it would if the text was visible. You should really be looking elsewhere for reasons why the page ranks as well as it did. ;)
Reporting a page above yours or your clients may also risk their ranking. Don't think that only the page you report will be checked. One typo can make your own text appear to be meant for search engines only....
1. Buy hundreds of domains with the kw in the name
2. Redirect each and every one to your main site (relevant page or even home page seems to work)
3. Attach .htm pages to your main site for each kw and make sure the kw is in the url.
4. Stuff the page with relevant keywords for that kw phrase you want to be found for but for each .htm page you make.
5. Stuff that that .htm page with a link to every other url you bought earlier.
6. Put a redirect on the .htm page for Google, to the relevant page on your website.
7. Person searches for term, and sees your site at the top with indented page.
7. When the searcher clicks on the page, the page redirects to the relevant content on that website.
If you click on the cache of the page you will see nothing but a blank page. If you click on the link on Google heading for the cache which says 'cached text only', you will see the stuffed (and I mean stuffed with many repetitions) page full of H1 tags, kw stuffing and al the url's that company has bought and links to all urls on the site itself.
8. End result - you will dominate Google for every keyword you wish, and even better on MSN where your sites will figure in 6 our of 10 results on page one, even though they all look like different sites on the MSN page. You will also apparently survive a major update which sees zillions of clean sites flushed down the pan. Rub hands together and think of all that traffic you have stolen from honest webmasters.
(recipe taken from analysis of top serp across hundreds of kw's in my sector)