Unclickable Links Can Be Spidered

Copy the URL of this page and submit it to Search Engine Spider Simulator. You will notice that even though the following links for Style 1, Style 2 and Style 3 aren’t clickable they can be spidered by search engines.

<a xhref="http://www.shrutigupta.com/#" mce_href="http://www.shrutigupta.com/#" onClick="setActiveStyleSheet(Style 1); return false;">Style 1</a>
<a xhref="http://www.shrutigupta.com/#" mce_href="http://www.shrutigupta.com/#" onClick="setActiveStyleSheet(Style 2); return false;">Style 2</a>
<a xhref="http://www.shrutigupta.com/#" mce_href="http://www.shrutigupta.com/#" onClick="setActiveStyleSheet(Style 3); return false;">Style 3</a>

I find that weird. I have inserted the above links between <code> HTML tags. Also, I tried putting the code inside a text area in a form. No success! Hence, I have added “#” after href to avoid the spiders trying to access a page that doesn’t exist.

Lesson learnt: Whenever we add unclickable links in a web page, verify that these links cannot be spidered at Search Engine Spider Simulator. And, if it can be spidered at least it should not be trying to go to a page that doesn’t exist. This is because it can negatively impact the position of a website in search engines. After all, a broken link on a website is not going to impress the spiders!

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