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Hiding links by making them the same color as the background

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mqs1000, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. mqs1000

    mqs1000 Power Member

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    My friend has a website with a PR of 3. I'm going to pay him some money to put 2 links on his homepage. The links have nothing to do with his website, so I'm thinking of asking him to just put them in the footer and making them the same color as the footer background so users can't see them. Is this a smart idea?
     
  2. RuiGomes

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    No, Google will eventually find that link and slap you hard. I've never heard of such invisible links working tbh..
     
  3. hellnation

    hellnation Regular Member

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    it is wayy too easy for google to detect that.

    there's a few other tricks that can be used to hide your link, but in your case, why even go there?

    And footer links aren't the best either.. get your link on a sidebar or something on a page with high PR on his site. Don't use "sitewide" links.
     
  4. kinlee

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    Why not hide it as an image link?
     
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    ezines Power Member

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    It's not a smart idea. Google has been tracking hidden links, it's risky.
     
  6. loudINMedia

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    If you have a link on a page, google will not do anything, but instead Crawlers will catch it :p

    This strategy which you said is not effective really because it is on page, colors dont matter here.
     
  7. flowerz

    flowerz Newbie

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    Hiding the links is a really bad idea and can get you a nice penalty and a holiday in the sandbox.
     
  8. ba_laz

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    welcome to 2006
     
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  9. Micoli

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    Absolutely NO! It is not recommended, no more. You could get easily penalized so - better find an other safe way to promote your links.
     
  10. rasmusk

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    Unrelevant link
    Hidden link

    Dont seem like a good idea?

    anyway its for linkjuice sinces is unrelevant, so put your URL in footer and hide it behind like "Powered by" or "Design by"
     
  11. Pvlman

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    LOL, Googlebot doesnt have human eyes, it reads code so it can see everything. Hiding links with background color is only good when you are trying to hide some shameful paid links in your article, because you don't want your readers to think about you as a sellout.

    Anyways, try to negotiate some non-site-wide place (sidebar that doesnt repeat, homepage text, PR article) and wrap the link with some contextual text that could connect the theme of his and your site together.
     
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    Hi All,

    What If My website content location is different for USER and Crawler?
    By using <div> tag i am Added content at the start of the page then my tip navigation to the crawler and for user its in bottom of the page.

    Is it spamming??
     
  13. mqs1000

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    I'm not hiding it from Google I'm hiding it from his website viewers so they don't go to a video game website and say "Hey by the way, why do you have a random link for a plumber on your website?"
     
  14. Pvlman

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    In that case you're halfway there. Just try to find a nice location for that link that isn't site-wide (repeating itself throughout the entire site) and eventually give it some contextual content around it, so it will be fine with a Google. For example if there's some online game/game review about game that involves plumbing, just put it there and adjust the text a bit. E.g. "Did you know that Super Mario Was formerly a plumber?"
     
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    It was a great idea in 1999.
     
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    Irrelevant PR3 not worth the trouble. You'll waste your money.
     
  17. TheRealRazzy

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    lol, this thread has to be a joke right?


    The search engines will see your links as soon as the site is crawled.

    It's not like the spiders visually scan your pages, they go through the source code and check a lot of your coding.


    I would highly recommend not making your links the same color as the background.


    Have fun getting sandboxed if you hide your links. :D See what I did there? lol
     
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  18. dailyseo

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    Google is super trained for this
     
  19. notyourmatey

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    you guys might laugh but i still see sites doing this in top10 for medium kws. g is not so smart as people think
     
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  20. Execute

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    Well if you just wanted a link you could always add a guest post. It won't be on the page with the actual page rank but better than nothing and potentially damaging your friends site.