@c Chris, a warning. This sounds like one of the oldest black hat SEO tricks probably from pre-CSS days: coloring your links the same as your background. This was used back when people started selling links for link popularity purposes to effect the search engines and the search engines were cracking down. Maybe I’m reading it wrong but this sounds like a variant of that.

It’s so old I’m not sure anyone remembers it, even Google, but if they do, it could incur a penalty because search engines can’t interprit your good intent.