I am planning to add some keyword rich text to my homepage at the very top. I have written almost a mini essay and putting all this text at the very top left of my page wouldn't look too nice. I was wondering if putting it inside a 500 X 200 div and using overflow: auto on it would help or get me penalized?



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It won't make any difference on your rankings at all. You're not doing anything to manipulate the rankings which is what matters.

  • I read that google penalizes for hidden content so if instead of overflow: auto I had used display: none or even overflow: hidden. I think overflow: auto is definitely a gray area at best. If it doesn't harm then it will be great though.
    – user13091
    May 2, 2012 at 22:17
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    It's not a grey area at all. As long as you're serving the same content to the search engines as your users and you're not trying to manipulate your rankings you're fine.
    – John Conde
    May 3, 2012 at 0:55
  • I agree with John, I don't think this is a grey area at all. Overflow:auto is just telling the browser to show a scroll bar if the contents cannot fit inside the specified area. Why would Google penalize you for doing this? May 3, 2012 at 6:14
  • That's good to know. I just thought if for example someone gave a div the height of 1 px and filled it with seo text and gave it overflow auto then it could be seen as the same as hiding text. I am not giving it 1px height, just saying.
    – user13091
    May 3, 2012 at 23:15

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