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Old 09-03-2008   #1
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I stumbled across a website using a bunch of keywords in a 'FONT color=#ffffff' tag on a white background.

This website still ranks in the first 10 results for most of these keywords.

Has anyone had an experience with hidden text lately, does Google still care?
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Old 09-04-2008   #2
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Re: Hidden Text - Does Google not care anymore?

This is an old 'black hat' seo technique and Google should be picking up on it as although white font/white background cannot be seen by human eyes, it can be picked up by the 'googlebots'.

Hidden text does have a quick effect in getting a site to the top of the search results, but it will eventually be picked up and the website penalised. A good way of getting banned from google search results.
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Re: Hidden Text - Does Google not care anymore?

Yeah that's what I thought should have happened, I guess the Algorithm has missed this one for what ever reason. It's now been a good 6-9 Months in the top 10 search results..
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Has anyone had an experience with hidden text lately, does Google still care?
Yes, submit as spam report via your Google Webmaster Tools account.
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Yes, submit as spam report via your Google Webmaster Tools account.
Does submitting via your Webmaster Tools account have more weight?
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Re: Hidden Text - Does Google not care anymore?

I'm sure that Google is still concerned about hidden text. Maybe they haven't adjusted their algorithms yet for it
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Re: Hidden Text - Does Google not care anymore?

sometimes we think that Google does not care any more but it eel be too late for us to resolve the panelists and it may takes 6 months of time to be normal...
It's better to have late but consistent results on serp's instead of fast results with black hat tactics...
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Re: Hidden Text - Does Google not care anymore?

I can tell you that despite not being able to pick it up right away at all times, they do in fact, care about hidden keyword stuffing... Consensus seems to point to the intent (like hidden text for a nav solution, etc being ok), but stuffing a bunch of keywords as white on white to affect the SERPs is a great way to disappear off the rankings...
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