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Just had a sponsor contact us regarding a problem with Google. They claim that Google will grey out the PR of any sites which are using a mouseover to hide affiliate links.
They claim that Google will penalise both the sponsor and the referrer in these cases.
Eg. [a href="affiliate link" onmouseover="window.status='destination URL you want them to believe they are going to'; return true"]
This may also apply to any scrolling text on the status bar too?
Can Googleguy or anyone please confirm or deny this before we have to change an large amount of code. :(
MAYBE, the sponsor thinks the mouseover is making their code unreadable to Googlebot in some way, and that removing the mouseover will improve their backward links in some way?
Good reason for starting a rumour?