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I have a web design where a elements looks exactly like p elements. Pages may have many links so I want the links to look similar to normal text for readability reasons. Does this affect SEO in any manner?

p {
color: #000;
font-size: 14px;
font-family: Arial;
font-weight: normal;
}

a {
text-decoration: none;
color: #000;
font-size: 14px;
font-family: Arial;
font-weight: normal;
}
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    Short answer? No. Style has nothing to do with SEO. Period. However, it does have something to do with user experience (UX). – closetnoc Jun 12 '16 at 4:18
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    @closetnoc "Style has nothing to do with SEO". You're wrong buddy. You'll get penalized if you make h1 white on a white background so it looks invisible for example. And using this solution was a UX optimisation since the page have many many links, imagine a link every 3-4 words. It was designed in a way that people have to hover the word/sentence to check if it have a link when they want to now more about this word/sentence... – Naourass Derouichi Jun 12 '16 at 4:21
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    There is a distinct difference between hiding text as a deception and styling. As well, styling a link does not make it less of a link. If you have too many links, then you simply need to reduce the number. Which gets me here: webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/81169/… CSS does not hide anything from search engines nor does it compensate for HTML that search engines do not like. Cheers!! – closetnoc Jun 12 '16 at 4:30
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    @closetnoc Your two comments here would make a great answer. #justsayin ;) – Tim Malone Jun 12 '16 at 7:10
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Google state that if you fail to distinguish your links then "your content becomes less useful". So, if your aim in SEO is to provide useful content, then yes - it can affect SEO.

Google's SEO best practices specifically state that you should :

Format links so they're easy to spot Make it easy for users to distinguish between regular text and the anchor text of your links. Your content becomes less useful if users miss the links or accidentally click them.

http://static.googleusercontent.com/media/www.google.com/en//webmasters/docs/search-engine-optimization-starter-guide.pdf

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It does not affect to SEO only if you're using for legit purpose.

Bad practice always heart SEO, it does not about whether you got penalize or not.

For example, you got chance to write some article on quality website, but you're placing links with inline CSS so moderator don't see it, then it is consider as bad practice. But if you do for legit purpose then it will not heart, just make sure you don't manipulate them.

You should note that all links does not add same value, links that are useful for users may pass more value than others. For example header pass more value then body links, and body links pass more value than footer links.

It's all about whether it is useful for users or not. Google may treat all links same at this time, but once they got understand your site, they may treat them separately.

My personal advice is use some hover effect or use underline text decoration style in links.

  • Do you have any official reference for this proclamation? – Naourass Derouichi Jun 12 '16 at 21:52
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    Naourass@I have attend all the Google webmaster event, and I listen that on some official hangout video. sorry but at this time I have no any reference. – Goyllo Jun 13 '16 at 6:41
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It'll not affect seo. At least as long as you don't try to make some(black hat stuff) links invisible (font color the same as background color) .

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