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Invisible links and text on "noindex, nofollow" page
against Google guidelines?

 1:52 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

dear all,

is it eligible to hide some credit links from users views on "noindex, nofollow" page by using same color with background?

I did nofollow the page by using robot meta and robots text.

Any advice would be appreciated.




 5:58 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

I would not do that - it definitely goes against Google's guidelines.


 7:30 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Aside from it being against Google's TOS, if the page is noindex, nofollow what is the purpose of having an unseen link? No one can see it easily, including the search engines. I'm a little confused on why this would be done, am i missing something?


 3:07 am on Jan 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

I am using a plugin required placing their credit links there. However it looks extremely unprofessional with that links, and I am developing the new one on my own.

While awaiting my own plugin, I have to use it.

I did not mean to spam Google' index or manipulate the result by blocking the page from its bot.? so if it is not in Google's index, why it is against Google's guidelines?

Thank you all.


 4:19 am on Jan 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have just clear all the invisible text and links, however, I still wonder how it could be against G-TOS when it is blocked from Gbot.




 6:11 am on Jan 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

surely, google only applies its tests, to pages it is indexing.


 6:18 am on Jan 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

If the page is actually banned in the robots.txt file, then Google will never see it and you can do whatever you want.

But if you're using a plugin, is it ethical to make the credit link invisible to Google and to web surfers as well? Surely that's not what is intended.


 6:24 am on Jan 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

Except for manual inspections - when they happen, all bets are off. That's why I avoid even the appearance of deception. Hidden text? Just say no. What if you have a technical oversight and forget to disallow a page? What if someone reports you? Contesting an "unfair" penalty after the fact is not the position I want to be in.

And in this case, if the provider of the module requires the link - how will they feel if no one can see the link? Seems like THEY might report the page.


 6:49 am on Jan 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thank you Tester and everyone out there for your kind advice.

Yes, I agree with you, Tester, it is black-hat technique anyway and should be avoided to any extent.

By joining the forum, I am trying to be a white hat SEOer, and just do not know why I have done this. So, so risky, even though I did block it from G-view.

I have been gone along with G-guidelines, and will still be.

All the best,


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