Does Yandex Take Into Account Links Hidden By Tabs/Read More?

This is a question I see cropping up in various Yandex forums and it usually stems from one of two wider questions, or both, these being:

  • How Yandex handles JavaScript
  • Yandex & Behavioural Factors

It also sometimes stems from the Google myths around tabbed/accordioned/hidden content on page load.

The short answer, is yes – Yandex can read links hidden on initial page load, as long as it is able to access them. And whilst CTR does play a part as a behavioural factor, individual link clicks on your site don’t play a role in this.

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Dan Taylor
Dan Taylor is an experienced SEO consultant and has worked with brands and companies on optimizing for Russia (and Yandex) for a number of years. Winner of the inaugural 2018 TechSEO Boost competition, webmaster at and Sloth.Cloud, and founder of