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Hidden site title affecting SEO? (4 posts)

  1. MayLum
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi, I hid the site title with a logo and I am not sure whether it is affecting my SERP. Before logo change, I used to rank #6 on first page for "tiger mommy". After logo change, I am dropped from all the pages.

    The is the website I need help with http://www.tigermommy.com and below is the code that I used to hide my site title and replaced with a logo. Thanks!

    h1.site-title a {
    color: transparent;
    }
    h1.site-title {
    background: url(http://tigermommy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/logo1.png) no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
    color: transparent;
    height: 146px;
    width: 444px;
    }
    
    .site-header h1 a, .site-header h2 a, .site-header h2 {
        display: none;
    }
  2. michael.mariart
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    That is probably not the only rason, but yes it would be at least a big part of the reason. Google dodes not like hidden text - especially H1 tags as they are meant to be main headings.

    Your choices are pretty easy.

    1. Leave it like it is, and just accept it (not recommended, obviously)
    2. Change the heading to a real <img> tag and use proper alt and title attributes to get your keywords stuffed in there (not a bad idea)
    3. Make the <h1> tag visible, put it somewhere that it's appropriate and not in the way of anything else and style it to suit the layout (best idea)
  3. MayLum
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks, Michael. For idea no.3, I have read that indenting it in a way so that the site title won't been seen by users but can still be searched by google, helps. What's your take on it? If so, do you know the code for indenting? Thanks.

  4. michael.mariart
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Don't do that either. That is still seen as claoking text, and it's the same as hiding it any other way. Why are you so set on hiding the H1 tag?

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