If you are looking for ways to hide your links on your web pages so that you can trick the search engines into giving you credit for anchor text, valuable linking, and increase your search engine rankings, then I’ve got some news for you. Good news, and bad news.
The good news is, I’m about to teach you how to hide your links. There are probably more than 4 ways to do this, but I’m going to show you 4 ways to hide links on your web pages so that your website viewers don’t see them but search engines do.
Now for the bad news. These methods could get your website banned from the search engines.
- Hide your links over an image – A few years ago, webmasters discovered they could hide text over images. Then they discovered they could link that text. This is bad. If the search engines discover you’ve done this, you’ll be banned or penalized.
- Using small font – If you can think you can make your font so small that humans can’t see it while the search engines eat it up, think again. The search engines don’t like it and they’ll de-index you.
- Using small characters – Some webmasters have gotten a little savvy and linked using small characters like periods, commas, semi-colons, hyphens, etc. Again, if the search engines find out, that’s bad news for your website.
- Hide links in CSS – In the last few years, webmasters have been hiding their links within CSS. Yes, this too will get you banned.
Search engine algorithms may or may not find your hidden links, but if they are noticed by savvy web denizens who report you, then Google’s spam team will review your website with human eyes. If they find any of these hidden links on your site, you’ll be penalized.
Do yourself a favor. Don’t risk it.