Over the past few months, I have been watching the recent anti-spam updates from Google very closely. I have noticed a particular trend in the search ranking algorithms that I wanted to make you all aware of; I’m referring to Google’s, “code to plain text ratio”.
Think of it like this: You have a webpage that has thousands of lines of code, but only 2 lines of text rich plain text in it. These kinds of pages are being severely punished by Google.
In a typical experiment that I would conduct by having a web page that has a simple <html>,<head>,<body> structure with no hidden lines of code in it, just pure text. It consistently outranked pages that had hundreds of lines of unreadable to the human eye code in it.
Keep it simple, and try to stay fancy applet free for as many of your websites functions as possible.