Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.163.25.166

Forum Moderators: not2easy

Message Too Old, No Replies

Will Not Underlining Links Cause SE Problems?

Hiding underlines in links - is it a no no

     
10:43 am on May 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Junior Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Apr 5, 2003
posts:47
votes: 0


Hi,

Not sure if this should be in the google forum or CSS forum so if someone deems it better in the other please move it.

I have a site that has white text on a dark blue background. Within paragraphs of descriptions I have links off to other pages/sites.

Because the default underlining of the links the paragraph looks hard to read, so I have removed the underlinings with a CSS file. Now the paragraph is much easier to read (by a human) and anyone pointing a mouse at the link text sees it is a link and can click if desired.

The question is - is this a possible "hidden link" that the Google algo will penalize or not?

The words are not hidden or small sized or anything - just the underline on the link.

Any advise appreciated.

10:47 am on May 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tigger is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:July 16, 2000
posts:3558
votes: 0


it's what I do and so far I've not had any problems
11:51 am on May 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Nov 27, 2002
posts:927
votes: 0


AFAIK there's no evidence yet of googlebot reading an external CSS stylesheet - in which case it won't know whether the links are underlined or not if the {text-decoration: none} is in the external stylesheet.
11:55 am on May 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Junior Member

joined:Nov 8, 2002
posts:156
votes: 0


If the viewer can see it on the screen - it's not a hidden link! No worries.
11:59 am on May 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Preferred Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Mar 17, 2003
posts:384
votes: 0


None of my links are underlined accross 4 sites and they are all okay.
12:27 pm on May 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member nick_w is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 4, 2002
posts:5044
votes: 0


Absolutely, thanks for stepping in guys!

If google and users can both see your links, even if they don't look like links, all is well, no problem and NO PANIC ;)

Nick