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Re: Hidden links
From Jade Alexander at Muse Fuse on 12 Feb '01
replying to Hidden links posted by Keith

>I have a client who is wanting to use transparent gif's on their home page, as links, to trick the spiders into indexing their other pages. I have heard that the spiders are wise to this sort of trick now. Is this true, or is my source incorrect?
>Thanks in advance for your help.

As far as I know, spiders worth their salt DO see 1x1 pixel gif links and transparent text. If you client wants to get other pages indexed (and do it honestly,) try creating a robot.txt file on your root directory instead. Spiders are already programmed to look for this file and know what to do with it.

If that doesn't do it for you, use simple text links to the other pages- this helps spiders and graphically impaired users navigate the site.

Jade Alexander

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