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White text on blue background

will MSN see it as hidden text

     
9:02 pm on Jan 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My homepage has been dropped for the umpteeth time from MSN, it will come back in a couple of weeks but it's frustrating.

I have a fair amount of white text on blue background, could this be triggering a filter that sees it as hidden text and causes the page to be dropped?

Is there any way of talking to someone in there?

9:11 pm on Jan 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"triggering a filter". I very much doubt it, I think it was Brett that was explaining how hard / impossible it would be for robots to detect hidden text with the thousands of possible colour combinations avaliable.
9:25 pm on Jan 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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MSN note hidden text as one of the few things they will penalise you for. They must have a way of detecting it and it's probably innacurate.
White text on light blue might just do it.
11:01 pm on Jan 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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i think you will find its just a case of msn having such a sh@t spider and poor indexing capability that your site is in the index one day and out the next through no fault of your own.

We see it all the time on many different sites - you start off looking for a problem because you think its a site issue then after your have seen it twenty times the penny drops that desipite all the BS and hype from MSN the search engine is a) still in early development and b) cant deep crawl and index properly yet and c) a very poor search facility next to Yahoo and Google.

I would also add that its extreamly easy to rank in msn in position 1 for almost any search term! A lot of work still needs to be done here. Either that or scrap it all together and go back to working using Yahoos results.

11:16 pm on Jan 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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<<scrap it all together and go back to working using Yahoos results>>

If they had any sense that's what they'd do, they haven't got a clue, they are $ oriented only and you can't build a good SE when you ONLY think about the $'s

I'll take the white text out in any case, just in case, but my homepage gets dropped for 2 or 3 weeks every couple of months and I have to at least try to correct it, but I agree the problem is probably nothing to do with the site BUT why is it me and not my competitors? the age old story.

 

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