[thelist] Link Text and SEO

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Wed Jan 21 18:46:39 CST 2009

On 21 Jan 2009, at 15:46, Sarah Adams wrote:

>>> I also agree that the proposed anchor text is too long and would  
>>> recommend
>>> using a shorter keyword phrase.  Most importantly you are writing  
>>> for your
>>> readers not for search engines.
>> I decided I could fake them out--I will put the 'excess' text she
>> asked for in a <span> and then either have it -1000px off to the left
>> of the browser window OR just use display:none;
>> I think the SEs will still read it.
> I'm going to guess that you are joking, but just in case you're not,  
> and
> for the benefit of others... This is a risky way of trying to trick  
> the
> search engines. While you may not see any negative result right  
> away, it
> could get the site banned form search engines.
> http://www.seologic.com/faq/hidden-text.php
> http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=66353

And if SEs are blocked from css via robots.txt, how are they going to  
And how would they differentiate from 'legitimate' uses of such CSS  


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