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Testing hidden content methods & Google

edited February 2017 in VIP Section
I'd like to add some content to my site that Google crawls but that visitors don't see. I've done some testing with display:none and visibilty:hidden, these don't appear to work and Google ignores them - although quite how that works I'm not sure as there are many innocent uses for that. Googlebot can presumably figure out the intended use by rendering the page as close to 'normal' as possible.

 Has anyone done any benchmarking on this to see what "works"? 

(I'm not talking about content stuffing, that's a bit 2004)

Best Answers

  • edited February 2017 Accepted Answer
    Put the content under an image (any image). Works a treat. I have tested a full page image and user clicks a CTA button (whole image is clickable) they click-thru to retailer. Worked for years, even with manual reviews from affiliate networks. They don't like it exactly, but can't complain with CTR.

    I've done this with many sites and had 2000-5000 content underneath.
  • 2Take22Take2 UK Accepted Answer
    I saw a (probably hacked) site with some content hidden using this html code:

    <div style="filter: alpha(opacity=0); opacity: 0; position: absolute; z-index: 1;">Insert your Spammy HTML here with link </div> 

    I've no Idea how well it works though, as I've not tried it myself.


  • edited February 2017
    <script src=""></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">


    <center><img src="image.png" alt="keyword" /></a></center>

    <div id="spunko">

  • shaunshaun
    I have no idea about code stuff but I am pretty sure this is what the hacks niche guys do. So many of their ranked landing pages have content when you view source but when viewed as a webpage it is all hidden somewhere.

    When I get more time I might mess around with that code judder :).
  • @JudderMan thanks, do you shrink the text down? I'm trying to hide a row in a table basically.
  • I haven't shrunk the text but then I was using a full page image so maybe that would be the option to shrink it. Not 100% sure if it would stick out of the bottom. a legit travel site did something similar and G hasn't hit them. My sites that I did this were pure pure Spam, so got hit. Tempted to redo them a bit safer linkbuilding.

    What about a 'read more' type drop down box but have a symbol or something not 'read more' wording. Something that a user wouldn't click enough to hide the content.
  • @JudderMan thanks, do you mean ? .com doesnt work for me.
  • Yes sorry but just chekced and the whole site looks different now. Can't see any hidden stuff (content anyway). 
  • @shaun if you don't mind can you please PM me such a site using this method? I won't share it.
  • shaunshaun
    Just had a quick look mate and I cant see any. Not sure if it stopped working or went out of fashion, it was just something I noticed when researching the niche a while back.
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