Does Google Read Content Within Strike Or Del Tag?

Jan 23, 2014 • 8:09 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

del tagHere is a question I never saw asked before - which is rare. A Google Webmaster Help thread has one webmaster asking how Google handles the content within a strike or delete tag.

The strike tag is not supported in HTML5 and was replaced by the del tag but they both do the same thing. For example, if you want to strike a word in HTML, it would look like this. But is Google reading, indexing and ranking the words within the strike or del tags?

Google's John Mueller responded to the thread adding:

If these are only additional mentions of the same kind of content as you otherwise have on the page (and not the only mentions, or the primary content of the page), then removing them is fine.

So let's try it, I am going to put the following in the del tag and see if this page ranks any time in the near future. The phrase is erjdlcytnslx84mdss2.

Let's see what Google does with it.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

Update: It looks like Google News indexed it so far:


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01/23/2014 01:40 pm

Apparently Google does see this content. Search for that phrase and you'll find it on Google.

Marie Haynes

01/23/2014 01:45 pm

You're ranking for the made up phrase already, so I guess Google does see this content:

Jon Hogg

01/23/2014 02:38 pm

Only in news though, not in true organic.yet. News is it's own beast so will be interesting to see if it pops in the normal results. Although Googling a snippet of normal text from this page only shows in news too. Certain they'll rank them all myself.

Marie Haynes

01/23/2014 03:03 pm

Interesting that it came up in News as I just did a regular organic search.


01/23/2014 04:49 pm

It makes no sense Google deleting this line from its index. If the user can read it the machine should take it into consideration as is, otherwise it's "hidden/cloaked" text, not?


01/23/2014 07:17 pm

Sure Google will index it, because visitor can see it. Furthermore, the meaning of < del > tag is not actually 'deleted' (erased). But anyway it's nice to see you started experimenting with the life web on your own ) Exciting, isn't it ? (wink))


01/23/2014 07:22 pm

heh... In news, organic and scraped....


01/24/2014 04:25 am

Exactly and also in the cached version of the page this is displayed

Subhash Prajapati

01/24/2014 07:43 am

yes, If user can read it the machine should take it into consideration.


01/24/2014 04:09 pm

Its coming up in the normal search as well now.

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