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Considerations for adding an explicit “home” link to navigation

Savvy folks like yourselves are probably comfortable knowing they can click the logo and usually end up back on the home page of a site. However, not everyone knows this. What are some reasons for ...
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Pros and cons of horizontal menus versus vertical?

I've long wondered if there should be a preference for using horizontal navigation menus, or vertical ones. I've used both before, on various websites, and can see each having pros and cons. Is there ...
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SEO - Responsive Website and Duplicated Menus

Whenever I create a Responsive Website I usually create 2 menus: 1 hidden and used for mobile and the other displayed as the main menu, then hidden to show the mobile menu. Whenever it comes to SEO ...
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Does Google penalize sites for showing a different menu for mobile compared to desktop?

I'm really concerned about a design I have been handed by a designer. It changes the menu for mobile and desktop. On mobile you can only access the main categories, that will lead to all the content ...
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Do navigation menu links negatively impact SEO for pages' content?

I've always had my doubts about navigation menus effect on SEO. You know, the vertical menus on the top that show in every page in the site linking to main sections and subsections. My issue is that ...
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Is a “back” link on each page really needed?

I saw some sites having a <<back link on each page below the site top level that basically just invokes a JScript function that gets the browser history and navigates one page back. So it ...
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1answer
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Flat vs. Hierarchical Tree Structure

I'm a developer in the middle of the development of a medium-sized website. A requirement that we just received from the resident SEO person on the project is for all the URLs on the site be just off ...
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317 views

Large site footers

I have noticed that lots of new site use a gigantic footer with columns that represent their navigation? What is the philosophy behind them? Are they for SEO, semantic layout, or is that information ...
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SEO: Navigation of Multiple Page Results

When displaying product pages I only show a subset of products to save server bandwidth and increase load times. Each page is implement as a link. I recently converted from a drop down selector that ...
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Menu code in footer, visually fixed on top

For a long time I wondered if navigation links would negatively impact SEO, and as a precaution in designs that allowed for this solution, I've put the entire navigation at the bottom of the source ...
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How to best format your HTML to help Google display your websites navigation with the search result for your site in Google Search? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the most important things I need to do to encourage Google Sitelinks? Look at the first result for "smashing magazine" in the image below. See how Google grabbed ...
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Bad to add external link in the navbar?

Is it considered a bad practice to have external links in the navbar of a website? In my case, I am thinking of selling some of my items on a new website that I previously sold on my current website....
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What to think about for top navigation for an informational site

Our site is pretty old and the navigation is currently a large list of links on the left side of our page. (We use CSS similar to suckerfish to collapse it) Our site is mainly informational, with ...
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Archiving web content annually. One site or sites by year?

I run scientific conferences and over the past 15 years have amassed tens of thousands of abstracts, videos, and digital posters from presentations. Over the last couple of years we've started ...
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1answer
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SEO for Google: navigation, company info, video [duplicate]

I often stumble upon search results in Google that get a special treatment, like: having the site navigation (and more) being displayed on the search results page having a company's location, ...
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2answers
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SEO Ramifications of double breadcrumbs

I have a website that lists hotels, restaurants, bars, etc for a small resort town in Asia. I employ breadcrumbs to aid in user navigation, but I ran into an issue regarding categorization. Many ...
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Navigation Category page not indexed by Google

Navigation menu is in the form of categories on website http://bankpo.in, none of the category pages is being indexed by Google. I searched with exact URL for a category, still related results are ...
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170 views

Should the Home Menu Button Display a Submenu?

Is it best practices to display/not display a dropdown menu for the Home button in menu navigation?
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Multiple site pages not accesible via main site nav- SEO implications?

I run a site that has some of the site pages accessible through the site's main navigation. Then, there are 50+ "state" pages that are accessible to a user if they click on a specific state on a ...
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1answer
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Can writing a floating navbar's HTML at the bottom of the page increase SEO?

In my entry into SEO (and admittedly the subject is in constant change) I had read SEO Warrior. In that book it explained the concept of increasing a page's SEO value by placing navigation at the ...
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Ensuring accessible image-based rollover navigation?

I'm building an image-based horizontal navigation bar for a site, as the designer wants a specific typeface, and the font is not licensed for embedded web use. I assumed the best way to do this would ...
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1answer
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What should I do if I have 2 UI tabs with content that allows the user to access the same page?

I created an employee review application that has top-level stateful tabs just like the ones on this site. There is a tab called "My Employees" and a tab called "Employee Management" (used by HR only)...
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2answers
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Is adding SiteNavigationElement properties to child menu items required?

I would like to add SiteNavigationElement to my nav. The question is, do I add url and name properties to primary menu items only or do I also add them to the child nav items as well? <nav ...
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Should category pages be noindex regarding panda?

I have seen this question, but I believe the situation has changed a lot with the recent Panda updates. I have created a set of category pages to facilitate navigation on my site. It is a proper ...
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Reverse iframe breakout

I have around 500 pages, some of which are simply PDF files, that are meant to be viewed within an iframe on a seperate domain parent page (files are subdomained, however reside on a different server)....
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1answer
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What ways can I modify my large website navigation menu to allow me to Silo properly?

I currently have a large site navigation in the header of my site which links 3 levels deep in a large catalog of pages. I am going to be updating my website to silo the content and wish Google to not ...
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using J & K keys for navigation

In the recently released "Field Guide to Web Applications" (from the Google Chrome team), the authors mention the "emergent convention of the J and K keys to move forward and backward" in a web app. ...
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Does anyone have statistics on percentage of people that use search feature on a website as opposed to the navigation bar

I was interested in knowing percentage of people that use search feature on a website as opposed to the navigation bar. Has search bar become more powerful than the traditional navigation bar for ...
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Absolute vs Relative url

Am developing a website, I have used many anchor link in menu navigation and given absolute url. Somewhere I read we can also use relatives url in menu navigation. From SEO point of view, let me know ...
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SEO impact of breaking one nested menu into two flat menus

So, I have a menu with this structure: <ul> <li> <a>First Level Menu item</a> <ul> <li><a>Second Level Menu Item</a></li> <...
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1answer
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Will Google punish me for not using <ul><li>?

Expanding on https://css-tricks.com/navigation-in-lists-to-be-or-not-to-be/ -- I'm quite against using lists to clutter ones markup, unless we're talking actual typographical (bulleted, numbered) ...
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Can I use words like “Facebook”, “Twitter” in my site navigation?

I have a website where one section of website has top menu links in this manner <li><a href=../memes/index.php>MEMES</a></li> <li><a href=../facebook/index.php>FB&...
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1answer
514 views

Could multiple navigation sections with the same links hurt SEO?

I'm working with a site design that calls for two distinct headers and accompanying sets of navigation; however, the nav links within both are identical. I have one header with the id "main" ...
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1answer
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Flat vs. Hierarchical Tree Structure (vol. 2)

This relevant question deals with whether a site URL structure is better (SEO-wise) to be flat or hierarchical. How much important is it for a site ranking if the overall structure is flat or ...
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Providing search engines with hints on contents vs navigation and sidebars

Currently, certain search engines prefer showing sidebar information instead of content in search results. Is there a way to hint the search engines which <div> represents content on the ...
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1answer
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Organizing main page with detailed content

I need to develop a structure like the one that appears in the following site: http://www.autoic2.com Clicking an image, showing the related content Clicking in that new content, showing the ...
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1answer
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Poll component not showing Home link in breadcrumb

With the joomla's default Poll component, when I go to vote, and it takes me to the results page, the Home link disappears from the Breadcrumb navigation. Is there a way to make the breadcrumb ...
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1answer
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Menu / URL structure for SEO

I am planning to structure my menu and following 4 types came into my mind. Menu 1 Extensions (/extensions) |-- Magento Extensions (/extensions/magento) |-- Prestashop Extensions (/...
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Breadcrumbs without links?

I think breadcrumbs can be used for two things: navigation, showing some kind of hierarchy. Is it possible to use breadcrumbs only to show hierarchy? For example consider webpage which ...
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1answer
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SEO - All navigation links or just relevant navigation links

I'm trying to decide what the best approach is for rendering the static HTML for the websites navigation links. I have two possible options 1) render all links for every page, and hide non-relevant ...
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1answer
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Archive structure and effects on SEO

With a wordpress setup as follows of pages, custom posts, a custom taxonomy of colours and rewrite rules in place: Pages: Archive: -fruits Single: --fruit/apple --fruit/orange Archive by colour: -...
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how do we organize our site's (navigation) pages in Google search? [duplicate]

Is there a HTML technique for organizing my site's main pages in Google (navigation)? Or is it made by a Google's specific tool for creating a result layout like in this picture? Look at the ...
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Site navigation and SEO best practices

I've been reading several SEO books in preparation for a full site re-write. One of the suggestions that I've seen several times is that content should come before navigation in the site's markup. ...
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1answer
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Navigation: Sub-menu item for section page

I'm considering some small navigation changes to one of my sites. Consider the following (simplified) site structure: About Some Technology About Some Technology Our Products Products Overview ...
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Will Google skip nav tags when considering what content to use as page descriptions?

Pre-HTML5 we used div and ul tags to markup navigation bars and a lot of times the navigation is at the top of the HTML document. In the absence of meta description content, Google uses its own logic ...
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Is page navigation in JSP with javascript against standards?

I have a multi-language website (JSP) which asks users to choose language in the very first page. I finalized a reveal modal with hyperlinks showing each language in its original script. I need to ...
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Optimizing for multiple keywords using different internal anchor text for the same page [closed]

I have a website with breadcrumb navigation and an additional header navigation. The header navigation is not static and looks different depending on where on the site it is located. My idea is to ...
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0answers
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Identifying loops in navigation with Google Analytics

Google Analytics has several tools allowing you to visualize users' navigation: 1 - Navigation summary Content -> Site Content -> All Pages (Navigation summary tab) Table showing, for any given ...
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1answer
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Drop-down menu: alternative to Superfish? [closed]

In the past, I have been relying on Superfish to build navigation on public sites. Superfish is a solid plugin and is very useful when you need to support older browsers. However its intricated css ...
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PHP include drop down navigation

I have a php document and am using include to include my drop down navigation. The navigation is an external html with external js and css elements. Code is: <div id="nagivation"> <?php ...