On 7/24/07, H. Bartel [EMAIL-REMOVED]> wrote:
> if I use a <span> inside a headline to substitute a .png image with text in IE5.5 which is set to
display: none, does this effect Google or general search engine indexing in a negative way?
> It usually looks like:
> <h2><img src="images/img.png" alt="one or two words" width="170" height="18" /><span>one or two
Googlebot (and bots in general) will ignore the stylesheet, so it will
read and index the text which you hide.
However, there was a passing fad for keyword spamming by stuffing lots
of (usually off-topic) keywords into an element with inline styling to
hide it - until search bots started detecting and punishing that. I
believe the bots are clever enough to discriminate between keyword
stuffing and normal Image replacement methods, however. Just stick to
having the text match the alt attribute and you should be fine.
Richard Grevers, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Dramatic Design www.dramatic.co.nz
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