White Space, Below The Fold, Matter With Engines?
Posted 06 October 2008 - 05:42 PM
I'm 95% sure the amount of white space between the above the fold and text below the fold does not matter, but you never know so I have to ask-- could that affect ranking weather the text below the fold is down 1-2 pages or down 5-10 pages? thanks!
Posted 07 October 2008 - 02:57 AM
Posted 07 October 2008 - 10:13 AM
Barry, what do you think? Do you agree that Google will see the page breaks and it's an issue?
Posted 07 October 2008 - 10:47 AM
Posted 07 October 2008 - 09:25 PM
my text below the fold was about 1-2 pages down. But a friend of mine said he stumbled upon it and suggested to put it much farther down. You think the more page breaks you have, then greater a risk? I have no idea. Maybe there is zero risk if it's 10 pages down. Maybe it's an issue? what do you think?
Posted 07 October 2008 - 09:48 PM
The observant will see that vertical scroll bar at the right and realize there's something down below. The quickest way to check is to click on <control><end>, which takes you right to the bottom. Of course those who are savvy enough to realize this may wonder why you are going to all this trouble.
Since I wouldn't want to irritate these more expert visitors, I think you've got to design the upper part and the text so that it looks good to them. This will also be in line with how search engines like to see things arranged too. Perhaps you need to join the Big Footer League, as by coincidence I blogged about yesterday.
Posted 07 October 2008 - 11:58 PM
Lets face it right, 97% of population does not notice the right hand scroll bar, or think of scrolling if the page looks complete and done, right?
Posted 08 October 2008 - 02:35 AM
This trick is so transparent that the SE will pick it up in seconds so don't do it.
97% don't notice the scrollbar? Where did that figure come from?
Posted 08 October 2008 - 10:37 AM
what do you recommend? The page currently, (which is indexed for 10 years, and does very well ranking wise)
curretnly has about a page of white space. I would love to quaduple that or even more, but should I be worried about all the extra page breaks, as the poster said? I don't want to jeapordize my listing. It would not be worth it. But if it was 100% no risk I would increase.
Posted 08 October 2008 - 10:55 AM
I would worry about the possible effect on some of my more astute human visitors.
Posted 08 October 2008 - 03:20 PM
Right now is about 1 1/2 to 2 pages below the fold. So I'm going to stay put. I lot of people have about that amount as well
Arcane, but important discussion. thanks!
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