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Will Not Underlining Links Cause SE Problems?
Hiding underlines in links - is it a no no
chamade




msg:1188662
 10:43 am on May 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi,

Not sure if this should be in the google forum or CSS forum so if someone deems it better in the other please move it.

I have a site that has white text on a dark blue background. Within paragraphs of descriptions I have links off to other pages/sites.

Because the default underlining of the links the paragraph looks hard to read, so I have removed the underlinings with a CSS file. Now the paragraph is much easier to read (by a human) and anyone pointing a mouse at the link text sees it is a link and can click if desired.

The question is - is this a possible "hidden link" that the Google algo will penalize or not?

The words are not hidden or small sized or anything - just the underline on the link.

Any advise appreciated.

 

tigger




msg:1188663
 10:47 am on May 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

it's what I do and so far I've not had any problems

John_Caius




msg:1188664
 11:51 am on May 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

AFAIK there's no evidence yet of googlebot reading an external CSS stylesheet - in which case it won't know whether the links are underlined or not if the {text-decoration: none} is in the external stylesheet.

WebManager




msg:1188665
 11:55 am on May 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

If the viewer can see it on the screen - it's not a hidden link! No worries.

ncsuk




msg:1188666
 11:59 am on May 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

None of my links are underlined accross 4 sites and they are all okay.

Nick_W




msg:1188667
 12:27 pm on May 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Absolutely, thanks for stepping in guys!

If google and users can both see your links, even if they don't look like links, all is well, no problem and NO PANIC ;)

Nick

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