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SEO - How does Google react with HTML 5 blocklinks?

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SEO - How does Google react with HTML 5 blocklinks? arnaudTC 2/13/13 12:21 PM
I've read the FAQs and searched the help center. 
My URL is: not in production.

Hi,

I have a question related on HTML 5 and the "a" element. We are programming a new version of our website. This site contains recipes, classifieds by lists and sections (beef, pork, etc...).

The site will be in HTML 5 and developers would like using "block links" method from HTML 5 : http://html5doctor.com/block-level-links-in-html-5/

I know this is a good mean in HTML 5 to use it : clean code, only 1 link instead of many, etc... The result will be the following:

<article>
<a href="my-pork-recipe-id4545">
<h3>My pork recipe</h3>
<p><img src="pork.jpg" alt="pork recipe blabla">A text description about this famous pork recipe (yeah, we like pork).</p>
<p>Read more</p>
</a>
</article>

However, I have a serious doubt for SEO. Do you know if it may affect my organic ranking because this link will finally contain title + text description + image ?

Should I ask to remove this change or could I keep it ? This is W3C friendly but we know that some exceptions exist with Google.

Thanks for your help.

Re: SEO - How does Google react with HTML 5 blocklinks? luzie 2/13/13 12:38 PM
Hi ramenos,

as far as I can judge, there shouldn't be any problem whatsoever with it. Google should fully understand and support this technique.

-luzie-
Re: SEO - How does Google react with HTML 5 blocklinks? luzie 2/13/13 12:40 PM
Since this is an interesting and not unimportant question, I'll ask a Googler if we can have an official confirmation for what I said.
Re: SEO - How does Google react with HTML 5 blocklinks? arnaudTC 2/13/13 1:24 PM
Yeah, that would be really great. Thanks for your help.

As you said, this is an improve for HTML but Google is a search engine, so that's why I have a doubt.
Re: SEO - How does Google react with HTML 5 blocklinks? luzie 2/13/13 1:30 PM
I have a bit less doubts, 'cause I know Google are very fond of HTML5 and even hand out HTML5 stickers to everybody (including me) - but let's see what they say :D
Re: SEO - How does Google react with HTML 5 blocklinks? arnaudTC 2/14/13 6:21 AM
Did you ask to some Googlers ?

If we are lucky to have an answer from the Google team, that would be wonderful but it's difficult... :D
Re: SEO - How does Google react with HTML 5 blocklinks? arnaudTC 2/14/13 8:04 AM
up
Re: SEO - How does Google react with HTML 5 blocklinks? luzie 2/14/13 8:57 AM
I asked but have no reaction yet. Stay tuned.
Re: SEO - How does Google react with HTML 5 blocklinks? JohnMu 2/14/13 11:18 PM
Hi Ramenos

That usage would be fine with us - we'd still pick up the link, and would be able to associate your text as an anchor with that. We're pretty flexible with parsing HTML, so you could probably even use this with HTML4. That said, the clearer you make your anchor text, the easier it is for us to understand the context of the link, so I wouldn't necessarily always use a whole paragraph as the anchor for all of your internal links. 

Cheers
John
Re: SEO - How does Google react with HTML 5 blocklinks? arnaudTC 2/15/13 8:18 AM
Ok, that is what I thought. No penalty but not the best for semantic understanding.

Thanks a lot !