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  • Question

  •  Jeremiah Andrick - Microsoft wrote:

    The guidelines offer that the following techniques aren't appropriate uses of the Live Search index. Use of these techniques may affect how your site is ranked within Live Search, and may cause your site to be removed from the index.

    • Attempting to increase a page's keyword density by add lots of irrelevant words. This includes stuffing ALT tags that users are unlikely to view.
    • Using hidden text or links. Only use text and links that are visible to users.


    First of all, let me start by stating that according to the tool, I am not blocked.  The client I represent is a not-for-profit school, and I am donating my time.  The point I am trying to make here, is that I want to be sure what I am doing is 100% above board and totally legit.  I obviously felt strongly that it was, or I would never have done it, but I want to make sure I didn't somehow get flagged programmatically.


    I am trying to figure out it the following two items could possibly have caused all my pages except the home page to be removed from the index. 


    • I have an image which has text on it, including the company name and address.  (Retrospectively, I realize this was an extremely poor design choice, however it would be a little tricky to fix while maintaining the same level of accessibility.)

    Code Snippet

    <img src="http://www.sylvanwaychristian.org/pics/sidebar_bot.jpg" width="141" height="59" alt="Sylvan Way Christian Schools
    900 Sylvan Way
    Bremerton, WA 98310
    Telephone (360) 373-5028
    Fax (360) 373-3337" />


    This obviously isn't stuffing alt text, since the text displayed by the image matches the alt text exactly, but due to its character count perhaps its programmatically flagged? 


    • Previously, the Geo coding code used style="display:hidden":

    Code Snippet
    <span class="geo" style="display:hidden">
     <span class="latitude">47.595617</span>
     <span class="longitude">-122.634226</span>
    <span xmlns:geo="http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/wgs84_pos#" style="display:hidden">



    Since these are established ways of Geo coding html pages, and since it's obvious my intent was to help provide more relevance to search engines and users, and not to spam keywords.


    Could either of those have gotten me in trouble?  I have since removed the display:hidden, but I am hesitant to change the image/alt unless I know it could possibly be an issue.

    Wednesday, February 27, 2008 8:57 PM


  • None of the stuff above was the cause of my indexing issue (only hompage was indexed).


    The solution for me was:


    My sitemap was declared as being UTF-8

    Code Snippet


    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>



    The file however, was not actually saved as utf-8, and/or had funky line endings.


    Much thanks to PromoManagers.com for catching the bug.

    Saturday, March 1, 2008 9:47 AM