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Would the following be flagged as hidden text?
Body background is white. Text is white, in a div with an image as the background.
OK as it is? Or should i just pick another colour for the text, or would setting the background colour of the DIV help?
One set of posts proclaims how Google does nothing with the spam reports, while this one...
This thread says you are going to be visited personally by Google at your home and they will take your website and crush it into oblivion if a competitor even hints to Google that you are using somewhat hidden text. Obviously Google sits around at their computers all day check up on the 100000s of complaints they receive about other websites! That is what 90% of the employed people do, didn't you know that?
Unless you are using identical text and background colors that is easily identified by a bot, you will not be banned. If you use CSS etc. then it is no problem. Competitors can complain all they want.
Is it ethical? No.
Is it necessary? No.
Will using identical background and text colors get you banned? Yes it can quite easily if you do it wrong.
Will using identical background and text colors get you banned if you do it correctly? No.
Will using similar colors get you banned? 99.999% No.