Will multiple links to the same page/source located on the one page hurt internal rankings?
Example: On a front page - due to responsive web design - the code always contains three layouts (Desktop, Tablet, Mobile)
All layouts have a link to /category/product-1.
so this link will in the code appear 3 times but will only be visible for the user once.
Will these links be seen as an attempt to manipulate internal links or is Google smart enough to only read and assign value to links crawled with the active user agent used during the crawl.
- The link and anchor text is always the same in the different layouts.
- Different types of crawler all count the internal links as being 3 links disregarding the user agent defined for the crawl.