Hidden links?

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  1. mqs1000

    mqs1000 Power Member

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    Hi guys. I'm a web designer and one of my clients says it's okay to put my link on the footer of her site once I'm finished designing it, but would prefer if I can make the link not visible. It is a PR 2 Wordpress website, so having that link in the footer (which then gets put on every single page and post) would be a great boost for me.

    So obviously I will still get the link juice if I use CSS to hide the link, but is it risky at all? Will there be a chance for Google to catch this and penalize my website?

    If you know HTML/CSS at all, I plan on wrapping my link in a div and giving it an ID and then just making that ID have "display:none" in the CSS file.
     
  2. DannyZhang

    DannyZhang Regular Member

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    I've seen many authority hacked site where there are a bunch of links which are not visible on the webpage, but when you examine the source codes. The links are there and they do pass pagerank.

    But I think Google can do a pretty good job of knowing when you are trying to hide your links. I know many big brands get away with footer links as you mentioned. Not really sure if it would affect smaller sites.

    A good resource about these footer links and how they work:
    http://www.viperchill.com/dark-seo/
     
  3. Laubster

    Laubster Senior Member Premium Member

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    Why would you want to hide it? Is her site ugly? Either way it's not just a link but a potential source of traffic. No reason to hide it. And yes Google can ID links hidden in DIV's.
     
  4. mqs1000

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    It's not up to me. Why would I want to hide it?
     
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  6. SEO Power

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    Is she the one asking you to hide the link?

    Just reduce the font size to a tiny size if she's concerned about the visibility of the link or change the colour to one that has a little contrast with the website's background colour, but don't make it invisible. If you do, it will be considered a hidden link, and her website won't pass a manual review.
     
  7. the_demon

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    Hiding the link with CSS might have a bad outcome for your site.