Yes! Its time for this topic ^_^
I have been working on a new blog for my website, yes… Im going to blog o.o beside that weird fact, i have run in to a rather had issue, I want the blog to run as fast as possible so I’m pulling all optimization techniques i know out of the closet, from mod_deflate to image sprites and element reducing. Every KB i can save will be saved, and reused.
Nice, but whats the problem… In my design i have a tag list in each article, instead of a text url this is a icon.
(looks really hot) Would google punish me for that, as im not "showing" the content as it is. I transform it in to the product that it stands for.
For example, i have the tag Adobe Dreamweaver. I will image replace that with a DW application icon.
Im hiding it using by giving a <li> a height attribute and a overflow:hidden. Than i give the tag a padding-top of 20px so it goes hidden because of the overflow hidden. Than by using the background image position i show the right icon.
(Great technique if u ask me ^_^)
So, will google punish me for using such technique? Or not..
(see http://blog.3rd-Eden.com (firefox / safari are pixel perfect, no clue about ie, because im to lazy to test it atm) for the current progress / design in questioning :P
(ignore the grid, and markup / borders ;) its in development ^^)
I like that, very sneaky, like ninja.
At the moment I don’t think it will have too much of a detrimental effect and will degrade pretty well too. I don’t see why it would be too different to using a text indent of -9999px (I am amazed this is still allowed). I don’t think you will get negatively marked for it, like you do with same color / background color.
It is best to ask on an SEO forum as the goal posts are always moving and they would know better.
Having said all this I think it is better to stick with text indent, at least we know the bots are cool with that (for now).
If I’m not entirely mistaken, Google, like every other crawler, crawls through the markup, not the design. GoogleBot will see:
…while visitors will see the icons. Also, I do hope you’ll get some :hover-feedback on the icons.
Better yet, here’s Google’s own words about PageRank and what they (GoogleBot) searches for:
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