18 Jan 10 8:16 am
"Black Hat search engine optimization is customarily defined as techniques that are used to get higher search rankings in an unethical manner. These black hat SEO techniques usually include one or more of the following characteristics:
* breaks search engine rules and regulations
* creates a poor user experience directly because of the black hat SEO techniques utilized on the Web site
* unethically presents content in a different visual or non-visual way to search engine spiders and search engine users."
wait... what? how is making a more pleasant looking and tongue flowing site "unethical" or "a poor user experience"? Because of the extra Kb weight on the page loading? But... but that's nothing compared to the days of old! Stuck on dial-up, before php or flash or "dynamic pages", when every website had animated gifs all over the place to choke your connection, and java to choke you pc's processor... and for what? The whole lyrics to a song following your cursor wherever it went? Now that
was unethical and a poor user experience.
Actually blogs are like that even today. Only replace the cursor following text with a flash based music player that starts playing automatically at unreasonably high volumes, so it's even worse.
I'm sorry. That's not relevant.
So, I guess I could still indulge my peculiar fetish, making sure not to hide anything behind the images, and have all the text links shoved down the page, like in the Spanish learning site from the "how to identify affiliate sites" lesson (I'm not going to link or even hint at sites anymore, don't wanna risk to make myself a reputation for being a dangerous fellow. sorry about that). It's probably not worth the effort - especially in the first test/learning sites - but dammit, if I can make myself life harder, I'm going to!
Thanks for the feedback and... they tried to cure my fetish several times, the last of which using CSS, but I'm resisting. I'm comfortable the way I am. Can't they see there's nothing wrong with me? ;-)
edit: forgot to spellcheck.