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Internal Text Link Appearing As Normal Text ?
Posted 30 July 2009 - 09:22 AM
Posted 30 July 2009 - 09:23 AM
But no, in and of themselves, the links are not hidden.
Posted 30 July 2009 - 02:32 PM
you ment: aren't hidden?? and not leading to a penalty from Google ? or ??
Posted 30 July 2009 - 06:46 PM
I seem to recall Matt C had someting against links looking like plain text.
( seo makes one paranoia sometimes ???)
Posted 30 July 2009 - 07:16 PM
Sure, it's not as bad as setting them up so that nothing at all sets them apart, even in the hover state, but it's clear that the links aren't there for people. If they're not there for people, they must be there exclusively for spiders, and I don't like the idea of doing anything exclusively for spiders unless it's something the search engines have specifically suggested (e.g. robots.txt or XML sitemaps).
Posted 31 July 2009 - 01:39 AM
Potentialy harmfull, but no evidence yet ?
Not adviced, but not forbidden ?
No need to underline them but make the links more visibel with a slightly offset color or size ?
Posted 31 July 2009 - 07:58 AM
It's hard to think of a legitimate reason to do it since it's a usability nightmare.
Posted 31 July 2009 - 09:32 AM
Many of my sites have non-underlined link text in both normal navigation blocks and footer navigation blocks. However it doesn't stay normal looking if anyone mouses over the text. That's as far as I push it for design reasons. Most time however I try to make the linking text look a bit different even in navigation panes. I'll change the color or bold it a bit via css font-weight. Just to make it stand out. (From a design perspective I've simply never been a big fan a whole blocks of underlined text.)
But when a link appears in the actual copy I always do something more with it. That may mean bolding and/or changing the color, and almost always using the traditional underlining of link text. My usability tests have always shown that's what real people use (subconsciously I'm sure) as a trigger to recognize a link is a link. I've done a significant number of tests on this subject across dozens of sites to see how often these in content links get clicked, giving them different looks. It's never even been close.
So for me at least it doesn't really matter how the search engines view normal looking link text in the content. If something is going adversely affect user click actions as much as making content links look like normal text, it's just not a consideration.
Posted 31 July 2009 - 02:38 PM
But thanks for the advices and arguments agian.
Posted 01 August 2009 - 08:45 AM
Ahh tricking the search engines. Nice. It's called search engine spam, and there is indeed penalities for it if/when caught.
Posted 01 August 2009 - 09:05 AM
Though the link to the hidden text or hidden links doesn't describe exactly what they're doing, hiding these links is essentially what they're doing. So I suppose you could use Google's own guidelines to possibly scare them straight.
Posted 01 August 2009 - 01:23 PM
Get rid of it and make the links the way they're supposed to be made.
Posted 02 August 2009 - 04:36 AM
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