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.
Here is the composite google search for the three terms.
Keyword/Test 1: frediaconineda
Keyword/Test 2: booleebagadolly
Keyword/Test 3: sooweedingladoebadoo
Check these out…you can see the search results here.
Keyword/Test 1: funkyityfootoo
Keyword/Test 2: sassygogopantalones
Keyword/Test 3: lillywillywallymon
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.