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How to create an invisible link

Discussion in 'HTML & Website Design' started by ezmoving, Sep 22, 2007.

  1. #1
    Hi all,
    SEMrush
    Can someone tell me how to make links invisible? Are those invisible links good or bad for PR?

    Thanks
     
    ezmoving, Sep 22, 2007 IP
    SEMrush
  2. blueparukia

    blueparukia Well-Known Member

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    #2
    No idea if they are good or bad for PR but I know how to make one.

    Your HTML:
     <a class="invisible" href="url">TextHere</a>
    Code (markup):
    You CSS:
    
    a.invisible
    {
    display:none;
    }
    
    Code (markup):
    Hope that helps,
    BP
     
    blueparukia, Sep 22, 2007 IP
  3. Stomme poes

    Stomme poes Peon

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    #3
    I don't think you can click on something with display: none;

    Visibility: hidden also prevents user from clicking on them.

    Hidden links can set off bans from sites like Google, but sometimes they're nice for accessability-- you want a link there for people with text-only browsers or screen readers maybe, but you don't want it sitting where users with regular browsers see it.

    I have a hidden link on my site (http://stommepoes.jobva.nl/guis2.html) for only one purpose: screen readers and text-only browsers force the user to listen/read my entire huge menu before getting to the content of the page. I hid the link by giving it approx. the same colour as the background. If you don't have images on, you don't see the background (blue), so you see the link. Chances are, then, you are using a text browser or a screen reader. I want those people to be able to skip to the content further down in the page-- because if they are moving from page to page to page within my site, they'll always have to go through the menu first (unless they have the handy link to click on).

    www.molly.com has a link that is hidden until the user mouses over it (at the very top). This would prevent a google ban as all users could see it. But the only people who would care to use it are those with text and aural browsers. They'd otherwise have to go through her whole side-bar first (every single time).

    Hope this helps.
     
    Stomme poes, Sep 22, 2007 IP
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    They are bad for Seo. Do not use them site could get banned from google.
     
    rcj662, Sep 22, 2007 IP
  5. ezmoving

    ezmoving Active Member

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    Thanks guys, I just did more research and it shows that search engines ban those sites. You can also report sites that have hidden links.
     
    ezmoving, Sep 22, 2007 IP
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    yeah...that's true...don't use them
     
    solvman, Sep 22, 2007 IP
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    Subliminal Active Member

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    #7
    Hidden links can also be made like this :

    
    <a href="http://www.mylink.com"></a>
    
    Code (markup):
    Link exists on the page, spiders see it but no user visibility at all. I think it's SEO safe though :)
     
    Subliminal, Sep 30, 2007 IP
  8. clinton

    clinton Well-Known Member

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    That would be the best way, but making when them invisible, Google thinks your cheating
     
    clinton, Sep 30, 2007 IP
  9. rozehrocks

    rozehrocks Active Member

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    can i do this by making the background-color the color of the links?
     
    rozehrocks, Oct 1, 2007 IP
  10. ready2work

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    If you are not using any Adsense then go for that. ;)
     
    ready2work, Oct 1, 2007 IP
  11. rozehrocks

    rozehrocks Active Member

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    I see.

    but I'm using adsense so I think I won't do it. :)
     
    rozehrocks, Oct 2, 2007 IP
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    Invisible links will affect the PR in any case
     
    sammas47, Oct 2, 2007 IP
  13. Zippo

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    The invisible links will "offer" you a penalty. thats in case you are interesed about SEO and SERP
     
    Zippo, Oct 3, 2007 IP