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Is this true?

I read this today

     
3:56 pm on Jun 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member agerhart is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Has anyone heard of this before?.....it seems legit, but I am not sure:

"Go easy on the non-breaking spaces. Remember, we are trying to increase your keyword density here. A non-breaking space will be counted as a word.

If not monitored,   can easily become the most relevant term on your site.

9:49 pm on Jun 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

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no, no it is not.
9:52 pm on Jun 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member agerhart is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



It said to check on alta vista for   and that this would prove it, but I got nothing from AV. I then checked Google and got a bunch of results for  

http://www.google.com/search?q=%26nbsp%3B [google.com]

I think what they are referring to is something like the site about 5 down with about 3 dozen or so   in their title and description.

9:56 pm on Jun 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

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>>If not monitored, can easily become the most relevant term on your site.

If they were truly counted as a word, then you would think that it would be something that was indexed. A quick search for *  on AV and Google certainly didn't return enough pages to suggest that the tag is indexed as a word. The only pages that show up are either articles that talk about the tag, sor pages that are coded poorly and the tag is being displayed by the browser.

On the other hand, I'm a firm believer in cleaner code=better rankings, so I'm sure it can, if overused, have a negative effect. I just don't think it really is a keyword density issue. More of a file size/download time issue.

Note: The * represents the tag non-breaking space tag that didn't show up because this board is html enambled. :)

10:07 pm on Jun 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member marcia is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



I used to use a lot of non-breaking spaces. Then I read that it was best not to use them, because they'll "choke spiders." No idea if it's true, but I stopped using them, except for a couple here and there. I've seen sites' source code where it looks like multiple paragraphs full of of them.
 

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