I read that search engines will sometimes count hidden items as spam. Would my usage of a hidden unordered list help or hurt my site in search results?
Any input is appreciated.
It is possible that Google would look suspiciously on hidden navigation, but it depends on how it is hidden. If you create a CSS class set to hidden and then define it in an external CSS file then it becomes a little more difficult for them to programmatically determine it is hidden.
Thanks for the reply. All the URLs in the hidden menu are internal, so I would assume modern search engines are smart enough not to consider that spam. It is hidden with style=“display:none”.
Anyway, I plan to redo the whole site in the future, but for the time being I’m trying to work with what’s there.