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I am touching base on an old subject to just see what the current thought is on using hidden links.
As far as I see it, (and excluding a discussion on cloaking) here are the options.
- Use a transparent 1x1 pixel gif making sure you don't define the dimensions of the graphic in your code...
- Use some other obscure and small graphic on your web site as a link.
- Put the link in a hidden or off-screen layer <div>
- Make a period or some other character a link
- Get a little fancy with CSS.. Take a keyword in your text, turn that into a link - and via CSS remove the underline and onMouseOver color change.
Can anyone offer some commentary on any of the points above?
It would be interesting to hear some additional input on this.
Thanks for the link. That's just the kind of info I was looking for.
I was paticularly interested in the comment from 2_much about Google catching him using CSS to remove the underline on links and remove his sites for it.
I've not heard of this being a problem before - but then again - that's why I was asking this question.
Thanks for the feedback!
Now I will go look again, because I don't remember if the CSS was external or not. Which also brings up the question of how to handle the external CSS.
Actually, the issue was a bit different...I had a few sites dropped for participating in link farms. I emailed them to get re-included in the index but out of sheer stupidity forgot to remove those links. When the engineer reviewed the sites, he/she noticed the links and emailed back saying that we were still using SPAM techniques. So I lost those sites :(
So I don't think Googlebot is yet penalizing for this, but they don't like this technique at google.
Just wanted to clarify this for you JK.
pssstttt not a he ;)