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CSS and PageRank

1:27 pm on Nov 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hello there,
I've been reading a few posts about how Google and other search engines may / may not read CSS external style sheets. I would just like to get a bit of feedback from you guys if search engines are able to take into account these CSS links.

The reason I ask this is that I have a link exchange request and the other party prefers to use this:

<span class="adfooter"><span style="position: absolute; top: 1560px; left: 300px"><a href="http://example.com">Example Site</a></span>

rather than the normal:

<a href="http://example.com">Example Site</a>

Can the experts here confirm that I the benefit of both of these links are the same, or are there certain differences in how search engines, especially Google handle this.

Any feedback would be much appreciated.



[edited by: tedster at 4:37 pm (utc) on Nov. 17, 2009]
[edit reason] switch to example.com - it can never be owned [/edit]

6:37 pm on Nov 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Google certainly can read that link, although the mark-up is a bit bizarre. The only potential issue I see is that the link is pushed way down the page, and Google sometimes seems to discount the value of links toward the footer - at least somewhat.
11:08 am on Nov 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thats great. Once again, thanks tedster for your help.