Msg#: 3559781 posted 5:43 pm on Jan 28, 2008 (gmt 0)
Doesn't seem like a big deal to me. The last couple of sites I've designed have text-decoration turned off, and yet the links are still plainly visible.
Of course this could be used for deceptive reasons as well, but I don't see that being connected with the underlining issue. In fact half the world is probably careful to make AdSense links look exactly the SAME as site links, the better to garner those not-paying-close-attention clicks.
[edited by: jomaxx at 5:44 pm (utc) on Jan. 28, 2008]
Msg#: 3559781 posted 5:44 pm on Jan 28, 2008 (gmt 0)
I use something like that, my links in the navigation menu are not underlined because it looks better that way (it is still 100% obvious those are menu links, with bright colors, a long list of underlined links are just too heavy on the eyes) but when I added some Adsense links in that area, I had no choice in the matter to use their underlined links as we can't change that.
I always hated it since it didn't blend with the rest, but I lived with it. I never tried to be clever and actually thought the lack of blending would reduce CTR, which is pretty low anyway (nothing that wouldn't pass the sniff test). Maybe pure blending would actually perform better.
I wouldn't necessarily detect clever scheming when there isn't, unless the links have the same color as normal text around the page, then that would be a cheap trick indeed.