Does the Google Bot index css hidden divs?

POST UPDATE 04/09/2015
Its been almost a year since we tried this…we think it is still vaild – but scroll down for some new links.

What did we test?

Well – we wanted to know if Google indexes hidden div’s in HTML code.  Seems logical that Google would – but who flippin’ knows – right?

Back when this test concluded and went live – March of 2013 the conclusion was Google did.  Which is cool.  But – its always good to keep testing.  And I was looking for the original files I used to test with…and they were no where to be found.  Which is fine, but not a good way to show people you are a good testing guy.

So we recreated it.

The Test: Does Google index hidden div’s?

People use this method all the time – its like hiding tabbed content.  But – does the copy “hiding” behind the tab ever see the light of day algorithm of google?  Well – it sure used to a year ago…so we think it still will.  But we may as well test it.

Here are the pages I set up to test.

2015 Tests

Here is the composite google search for the three terms.

Keyword/Test 1:  frediaconineda
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Keyword/Test 2: booleebagadolly
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Keyword/Test 3: sooweedingladoebadoo
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2014 Tests

Check these out…you can see the search results here.

Keyword/Test 1:  funkyityfootoo
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Keyword/Test 2: sassygogopantalones
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Keyword/Test 3: lillywillywallymon
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The visuals

The highlighted section (yellow) shows that all elements with the keyword, in this example the “H1” and the second “div” (shown with the orange text and arrows) have both been hidden with an inline style.  Then, we use CSS & javascript to show it after the page load.  The green circles are used to show you the existence of the “funkyityfootoo” keyword.

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Conclusion

As we mentioned above – in 03/2013 Google indexed these just like other content on the page.  Information will be added here to tell us if that is still true.

It makes sense and is a valid test.  There are many, many websites which hide portions of content for a better user experience.  Some of those tabs have very boring information only nerds would look at.

Here is a quick link to the google search results for all three keywords.