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Will google ban me if I hide some text for graphical reason?

     
11:29 pm on Nov 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Will goggle ban me for this code

#fancymenu ul li a{
text-indent:-500em;

I will replace some text links in a menu with graphical equivalent for aesthetichs reason. Am I risking a Ban?

11:55 pm on Nov 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If they find it then maybe. There is no reason to hide the links from what you are telling us. As long as you are not using some awful JavaScript links in your nav then you should be fine. Add ALT attributes to the graphical buttons. If you are worried about spidering, also add some closing text links at the bottom of each page.
12:08 am on Nov 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Would you be doing this

a) to improve your search engine ranking
b) to help visitors
c) both

If your answer is (a) I'd imagine a penalty's possible.

12:36 am on Nov 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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No. It is for the Users. I wil have a normal nav, but on the top of the page a sort of evidenced menu, with some important links, will appear and it will have some js frills (moofx stuff), even though it will be completely W3C compliant.. I will replace some texts with some pngs reading the same texts.

I think it won't be banned, since a ban should come from a human checker. But, will I be penalised?

12:56 am on Nov 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Why not be transparent about it?

span.image_swap {
display:none;
}

<a href="/the-page.html">
<img src="/the-image.png" />
<span class="image_swap">Linked Text</span>
</a>

Or something to the above effect.

Justin

I have used something similar to the above without harming rankings, but that could change with a twist of the dial, so I would use any method of hiding text with caution.

 

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