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May 14Liked by Joeline

Nice

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Hi,

Big mistake in your article...!

For the "textarea" version, the text was not hidden!

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Hi Alex

How do you come to that conclusion?

The <textarea> element was used in the study we referenced to hide content.

Hiding content is the main function of it. So I am not sure what mistake you're referring to?

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Feb 14·edited Feb 14

Hi,

Here is the link to the experiment :

https://www.rebootonline.com/blog/hidden-text-experiment/

See by yourself, the following 5 domains were created :

acquarbour.co.uk

batringies.co.uk

cheurebiti.co.uk

doncernuti.co.uk

jehostrasa.co.uk.

They use <textarea>, and not <textarea hidden> !

There is a big confusion in this experiment. They say it themselves : "Textarea was also a common way of encapsulating text in a restricted area". In this experiment, the texte was encapsulated in a "scrolling" <textarea>. But the "hidden" attribute was never used !

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Hi Alex

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I wasn't aware that they did not implement it correctly. Still, the main findings of the study prevail: Even though Google does say that hidden content is treated equally, it isn't. I'll amend the article in the next weeks.

Thank you, Marco

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Feb 14·edited Feb 14Liked by Marco Schlauri

Absolutely, the general idea remains valid, the hidden text is devalued.

I was surprised (and enthusiastic !) to read that a simple "textarea hidden" tag would allow to hide text that would nevertheless have the same SEO impact as visible text.

Disappointing, but ultimately very logical :)

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