They may be masking the URL...
They could be 'redirecting' to your page instead of a direct link.... which is not really gonna help, or count toward link pop.
"which is not really gonna help, or count toward link pop."
Hmmn, interesting. Anyone else see it that way too?
Guess the answer is vaild
>>> Is this a trick or somehow underhanded way to trick the search engines from spidering my link in their page?
It is much better not to exchange links with webmasters who employ any questionable tactics or tricks concerning link exchange, eg. the one of xyz that you had reciprocated link with.
That's the asnwer I was looking for..thanks
You should take a look at the source of the page and see if there is a proper <a href link, or stick it into one of the search engine spider "emulators" to see if it shows up.
Or just dont swap links with him to be safe ;)
there are a bunch of webmasters who perceive PR as something to be hoarded and disguise outgoing links in JAVA, which they assume Google will not read.
this is probably what they are doing
eggypiece stickied me the url. The table which holds the content for the page has been placed in an anchor tag with an href attribute of the site's homepage, so that's the value shown on a mouse over of the links. It happens in IE but not in Opera.
I see it happening on all the links on that page.
This table has also been placed in a page-wide H1 tag - ie the whole page is its own heading :-). In addition, every link on the page has been placed in its own H1 tag. Personally I'd be inclined not to reciprocate the link.
>> This table has also been placed in a page-wide H1 tag - ie the whole page is its own heading :-).
Is that not just the most dumbest thing you can do?
i am very sure i would'nt do something like that :p
Thanks to all for the great input, specially to GranPops and PPG for taking the time to sticky me with their feedback.
I contacted the site in question and politely explained the reasons for terminating our link partnership. I removed their link, and asked them to do likewise.