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Hidden Image Links?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mqs1000, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. mqs1000

    mqs1000 Power Member

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    This may be a noob question and I may catch some crap for asking it but here goes.

    If my friend has a high PR website and has offered to put a few of my backlinks on his page, but doesn't want his viewers to see the links, can I do something like this?

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    Make a very tiny image link that is the same color as his background that no one can click on unless they hovered over that exact 1x1 pixel spot. Is this an old method?
     
  2. Oukast

    Oukast Senior Member

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    Old, and bad. It'll only get both in trouble down the road.
     
  3. mqs1000

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    Thanks for the answer but can you explain how? How can Google see what the image looks like unless they manually went to the page?
     
  4. ArtVandelay

    ArtVandelay Power Member

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    The website I use for image maps (image-maps.com) does this. They rank #1 for keywords like image maps and image map tool, so it works for them.
    Past that, however, I can't speak with any authority...

    I'd like to hear about the potential positive/negative effects of this.
     
  5. mqs1000

    mqs1000 Power Member

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    bumpp
     
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    its old method and of course can be used - like any other methods.
    it doesnt have to be 1x1px if its same background.
     
  7. mqs1000

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    I know but I just want to reduce the chances of a user on the page to accidentally click the link or hover over a certain area and see their cursor turn into a hand
     
  8. vodkaa

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    First off this is a bad idea as Google can see the image link in the source and the fact that's it's been hidden. If you insist on using this method, just set the cursor property for the hover pseudo class on the link to be the arrow instead of the default cursor.
     
  9. mqs1000

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    How can google tell its been hidden? Can it somehow detect the hexadecimal HTML color code of the image and see if it matches the background or something?
     
  10. gullsinn

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    Sometimes these type of black hat seo methods works good and sometimes if someone reports about your website or your website is caught by Google then both of you can be get in serious trouble.
     
  11. Hubba

    Hubba Regular Member

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    If you go this route make a <div> with a clickable image. Hide that behind some other image on his site with display:block and higher index. That way it may look less shady upon manual review. Have the image be relevant to the site.
     
  12. cyrix

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    Interesting idea, I'm not sure how advanced big G is or if they would even have the processing power to check CSS code to see if the anchors are hidden. Wouldn't put it past them and I wouldn't personally risk it with my account. If you try this out post back here and let us know how it played out, im curious now ;)
     
  13. ttrox

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    I'm pretty sure they must have the algorithm ready looking for links that seem way-too-hard to click. And I don't think there's many people that would create a 1px*1px image with a link with a purpose of actually giving value to that link.

    However, I don't think they can actually know for sure if you were to create a normal text link with the same color as the background, unless they ran a manual review. I mean, they *could* do it, but I doubt it would be as easier.
     
  14. biglia

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    Manual review? I don't believe Google is doing manual reviews for outgoing links. Do you really think someone who's working for Google is going to count all the links on some page and check there are hidden links? That's impossible. It's an automatic process. Just make sure your image is bigger than 1x1.