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    same color text in link with no underline


    Prolly been asked before but im going to ask again. Is it wrong to have your anchor text and links in your body text the same color and size etc as the rest of the text so that a link looks like normal text?
    Webmasters who spend their energies upholding the spirit of the basic principles [Of Google] will provide a much better user experience and subsequently enjoy better ranking than those who spend their time looking for loopholes they can exploit. Google.com

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    For google it's not wrong, although it's a hell of a search job, if the link is in a big text field, for your visitors to find the link.
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    For an SE its not bad - but its bad for youre visitor because he can`t see thats an Link.
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    I wrote a newsletter article on this subject in German a couple of months back. I used a live example of the code to show the effectivness.
    Here is a test... Go to this page and without checking the source code or clicking everything find the 3 words that form a link :-)
    To give you a clue, it is in the first main pargraph.


    Here is the css code...
    a.example:link, a.example:visited, a.example:hover, a.example:active {
    text-decoration: none;
    color: #000000;
    cursor: text;
    }

    Combined with an onmouseover which looks like...
    onmouseover="window.status=' '; return true

    Use at your own risk folks, this is open to abuse and hidden links are frowned upon by the search engines. You kick the proverbial out of it, and you are heading for a spam penalty.
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    Why would you want to hide the links? surely you would want the visitor to find your deeper content.

    IMHO There isn't any point of hiding links from the user. Let them choose whether or not they follow them.
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    There are some seo reasons for doing so (distributing pr) and also some usability reasons. For example links to pages which are specially developed for the the visually impaired that use voice readers. Generally though I'd agree, hiding links for just SEO purposes is not a good idea.

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