I have published an article today with an external link (authority site). But, I have done some tricks with the link which is simply confusing me. I have applied some CSS so that It matched to the text and It doesn't seem to be a Link. I have dis-underlinked and matches the colour of the text. I have done this surely for getting some benefits from search engines not for the users to click on. In one word, I don't want my visitors to pass on other sites
My question is, Will it be crucial for SEO? or It is OK?