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8:13 am on Jul 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I want to do something a little bit naughty. I want to have a webpage with hidden links on it - that is not detectable by a visitor to the webpage, but by the google search engine. I realise that there are associated risks (e.g. I may be blacklisted by google etc.) but I am willing to brunt them. I would be so grateful if people could chip in with possible strategies.


12:59 pm on Jul 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This doesn't really fall under the topic of cloaking, unless you intend to "cloak" the links by not even serving the link HTML to human visitors. That would be one strategy.

Here are some others:
1) Make the links very tiny, like by using a period as the link text.
2) Use CSS to make the link text appear not to be linked
3) put the links in a div that is z-indexed behind another div
4) put the links in a div with its display property set to none
5) Use javascript to make nothing happen when a link is clicked. Works well with strategy #2

That of course is not a complete list. There are probably a lot of ways you could accomplish this. Some techniques are more dangerous than others, and some are more effective than others.


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