As I get from here,
link tags can be used in the body as long as they contain Microdata. I understand how this may come handy for specifying all sorts of properties, e.g. from Schema.org:
But, by default, the
link element is invisible and unclickable for the end user (as an aside - even though it's an empty tag, it can be made visible via a
display:block and a
this.href. But these are optional at most and I'm not sure if a crawler would understand that they are indeed available to the end user).
So, then, how does the Googlebot handle such an URL?
- Follow and index it just like it does with a regular link?
- Treat it as hidden content and punish the site for it?
- Ignore it?
- Something else?