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hidden text in rollovers

anywone think they have been penalised for proper use of it?

     
4:00 am on Feb 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have a client that wishes to use a rollover effect, to replace the main product image with 4-5 different images, and also replace the description text each time on rollover. The text would be in 4-5 different divs hidden by css.

I am curious whether anyeone else had done this, and been penalised for hidden text by Google?

Its not reasonable for me to open a new page or do a pop-up with the more info, its got to be on the page.

I am sure I would pass a google manual check, but may not in fact pass a googlebot check! I don;t wish to ahve to display all the text in one go, just to please google.

ANyone?

4:34 am on Feb 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have an entire store that takes an onclick user action to reveal the "hidden" text, not just an onmouseover. Google loves it - just as long as a user action reveals the content, you can do very well.

One concern: how will you handle visitors from search engine results whose search terms are not visible in the default configuration of the page?

We use a script to grab the keywords from the referer and, if they are not on the default page configuration, we load the changed version for them as the default. Some slightly fancy scripting is needed, but it's a challenge most tecchies can appreciate.

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We use a script to grab the keywords from the referer and, if they are not on the default page configuration, we load the changed version for them as the default.

Inverse Cloaking :^)

11:56 pm on Feb 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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ok kewl, should be no problem to detect what the user searched for, and if to present the correct div, depending on in which div it appears within.

If not in any, show div 1
Show in first div found, so if found in div3, but also in div4, show div3

Thanks Tedster

2:30 am on Feb 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Ahh, Matt Cutts mentioned something not to long ago about google being able to spot hidden css text. I am sure its a matter of time if its over abused that it will be caught and penalized.