Hidden, but clickable, content. Can I get penalised by Google???

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Hi guys

I'm currently building something that I aim to turn in to a content authority site. It's within the mortgage niche in the UK. There will be landing pages for the most highly search keywords and then the smaller keywords I will write long articles of advice and information with lots of contextual links to other pages and landing pages. I want it to be a very high quality site and not just treat it like a quick fix IM scheme.

The main thing is that I want to include a lot of relevant content for the main keywords I'm targeting but cannot find a way to make the really long article content mix naturally in to the actual landing page. It's feels like forsaking quality, leads and attractiveness for content and visa versa.

I've seen on other websites where they offer a snippet of content and then offer a "read more" option for the rest of the content to suddenly appear on the page. If I was to do this:

- would it be html content readable by google?

- would it be under the same URL after the read more button has been pressed?

- could i get penalised for it by google? basically, for having content that isn't visable but still gets read by the spiders?


if the above isn't a viable option, do you think I should keep the content in? or leave it out?

Thanks a lot for any advice anybody can offer me.

David
#clickable #content #google #hidden #penalised
  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Just like anything else in IM you can do this 100 different ways. An easy option is either a slider or tabs that will both show the html in the Google Cache (text-version).

    Or, like you already said If you can find a read more script that will load the content without a page refresh, just be careful that it's not 100% javascript.

    Again, Google Cache (text-version) is how you can verify that Google is reading the text.
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    • Profile picture of the author birdman87
      thanks man, i apptreciate it. How do I view just the google cache?? noob question i know...

      Also, might I potentially get spanked by google for it? Will doing it through javascript get me punished?

      cheers
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by birdman87 View Post

        thanks man, i apptreciate it. How do I view just the google cache?? noob question i know...

        Also, might I potentially get spanked by google for it? Will doing it through javascript get me punished?

        cheers
        This is how you view an existing Google Cache:

        cache:www.warriorforum.com
        Once you land on the full Google Cache page most times you'll see a text link in the upper/right corner to view the Google Cache (text-version). If that text-version Cache link isn't showing then add this to the end of the full cache URL

        &strip=1
        Working examples:

        Google Cache (full version) = http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&hl=en&strip=0

        Google Cache (text-version) = http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&hl=en&strip=1

        You want the text-version cache because it shows all the text that Google is looking at without all the clutter (images, etc...).

        Here is a Firefox plugin that will help simulate a Google Cache (text-version), it's not 100% the same as Google, but it's a very close simulation.

        http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...gle-cache.html

        Google doesn't care about javascript, the problem is Google can't read all javascript, just depends on how it's coded, that's why you should avoid javascript, not because it will get a penalty.

        If you make everything look professional on the page & very user friendly, I wouldn't worry about Google. I'm not suggesting you stuff keywords. There are plenty of legit reasons to pre-load content on the page. Example, most sliders in Wordpress blogs have hidden content in the header, etc...
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    Learn a new thing everyday. I didn't know about the strip=1 option to view the text only version of the cache.

    That's an incredibly useful option to get an insight as to how Google actually sees your site and what content it is using.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by UMS View Post

      Learn a new thing everyday. I didn't know about the strip=1 option to view the text only version of the cache.

      That's an incredibly useful option to get an insight as to how Google actually sees your site and what content it is using.



      I've been using that text-only (&strip=1) cache page for a few years, it's very helpful.

      I also use that text-only cache page for spying on my competitions on-page SEO, it gives me a better idea of what's going on SEO wise.

      The link above to my other forum thread is useful for setting up new sites/themes/pages, gives you a better visual idea what Google will look at before your page ever goes live on the net.
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