How Dark is TOO dark for font use before getting penalized

by sdlive
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in terms of SEO. thanks
#dark #font #penalized
  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    I don't get your question?

    Do you mean hiding font in the background of your page by making it the same color?

    You should never do this type of stuff.

    Any type of artificial SEO will always get you penalized in the long run. It might not be today, it might not be tomorrow. But it will happen.

    Just stick to creating content people actually want to share and link to. That is how SEO should be done nowadays.
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  • Profile picture of the author sdlive
    not for Black hat seo, but for design purposes. im just scared of using it because of what i hear
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    • Profile picture of the author David Keith
      Originally Posted by sdlive View Post

      not for Black hat seo, but for design purposes. im just scared of using it because of what i hear
      why would you want to design text that is very close to the BG color? Isn't the point of putting text on the page so it can be read? If there is low contrast between text color and BG color, it will make your text hard to read.
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    • Profile picture of the author ejullya
      I don't believe there is such thing of using too dark a font as far as SEO is concerned. But think of how it looks for a reader.

      If your text is too dark it may be hard on the eyes.

      Is that what you are referring to?
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      • Profile picture of the author WillR
        Originally Posted by ejullya View Post

        I don't believe there is such thing of using too dark a font as far as SEO is concerned. But think of how it looks for a reader.

        If your text is too dark it may be hard on the eyes.

        Is that what you are referring to?
        If the background color of a section of content is black and you make the color of the text in that section black as well, it can be something search engines look at. This was a popular technique years ago where people would stuff keywords on to their page. The visitors could not see them because they were the same color as the background of the page. It's deceptive and search engines know about it and do not like it.

        This is not good practice and should not be done.
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        • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
          Originally Posted by WillR View Post

          If the background color of a section of content is black and you make the color of the text in that section black as well, it can be something search engines look at. This was a popular technique years ago where people would stuff keywords on to their page. The visitors could not see them because they were the same color as the background of the page. It's deceptive and search engines know about it and do not like it.

          This is not good practice and should not be done.
          What if you make it a different dark shade/color (different code), that is barely noticeable?

          Example: The difference between ____ and ____

          I'd imagine someones already thought of this?
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      How Dark is TOO dark for font use before getting penalized
      Originally Posted by sdlive View Post

      in terms of SEO. thanks
      Originally Posted by sdlive View Post

      not for Black hat seo, but for design purposes. im just scared of using it because of what i hear
      Sounds like you want to hide text from traffic for stuffing keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    You should know that there are other GREAT means to get traffic other than Google. You can consider Bing, Yahoo, and even Youtube. But i dont think that font color has anything to deal with search engine rankings. Just strive to write and promote great content.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    I have no idea what you mean or what this thread is even about.
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  • Profile picture of the author faisalmaximus
    No design should be such that the font color matches almost with the background color. In such case font color should be changed to make it properly visible.
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  • Profile picture of the author PanditaC
    What would be the advantage of doing that? I mean, if you want to stuff keywords you can just put a ton of relevant text behind a slideshow or behind pictures, it makes more sense than black on black text. Not that I condone either way, but there are less unattractive ways of making sure Google penalizes your site. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author abdobasha2004
    if you mean on a dark background, then when a human eye can see the text then no problem !
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  • Profile picture of the author legoog8
    Iv always wondered about this as well because certain background colours may go from light to dark and this could make the text harder to see. even though didnt intend to....
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