It is not necessary to make the experiment to know but it is always good to try. The guess is that it is obvious to say that visitors of a webpage without links consume it and click on precedent to land to where they came from. Where they will land is more likely to be google. What if there was no links at all?
How the internet would look like?
Is Google the biggest book or just a summary or indexes list?
Link is a solution and a problem at the same time. We should experiment with them to them worth following.