I have an html page with a css overflow:hidden affected to body My <content> is at top:100% positioned in absolute. When I scroll, a javascript code change the <content> top position to simulate a scroll so I control where the user will land each time he use his mousewheel (I also do it for touch screens)

Will that badly affect my SEO? Or does google panda + rankbrain are smart enough to get it right?

  • I've run across a few sites that do that (usually news articles) and I always wonder why. It is really confusing to me. I don't usually end up reading those articles. I certainly don't come back to those sites if I can remember which they are. Why do you want to do this? Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 12:32
  • Except that it's not an article/blog page, it's a home page only composed with interest points. (like most of the fwa or awwward winners)
    – vincent-d
    Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 13:17

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This is a bit of a guess so don't hold me to it.

With tools such as SEMRush (Helps identify weaknesses in your sites SEO); I think this reads the page only up until you would be able to execute jQuery / JS. So whatever is on your page within the DOM on load - is what is read.

Having objects 'overflow: hidden;' isn't going to make a difference to your score.

So long as you are not spamming multiple H1's, or using things like 'display: none; & visibility: hidden;' on boxes filled with keywords. You should be okay.


Yes, it will affect it. Anything that comes after "hidden" will be weighted less, so you wanna avoid having keyword heavy stuff after "hidden".

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

  • No, it doesn't work like this anymore. Your article is really old.
    – vincent-d
    Commented Sep 6, 2019 at 7:34

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