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No, Google will not penalise your site for hiding menu items in this way. As you mention, this is a common technique and if it was to penalise sites for this then half the sites on the internet would be penalised! (And then they wouldn't use this technique, user experience could go down, etc, etc...) If, however, you were to hide huge blocks of text with ...


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To me your menu sounds unusable. I don't believe anyone would go through all the links without crying. I really think the best thing to do in your case is to redo your navigation, or have an information architect look at your site. In your case I would think less about Google and more about users. If you focus on making users happy Google will be too.


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It's not a common convention to display a drop down menu under a Home link, so it's probably better to avoid it. Navigation is best presented as a distinct and obvious list of links, not a hidden area that only a small portion of your audience may discover. Some would go further and argue that no 'Home button' is needed at all; it is a common convention to ...


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(If this isn't just an abstract idea and you have an actual situation to deal with at the moment, maybe you should narrow the question down a bit with that.) Generally speaking the "home" concept only has a single function that reasonably goes along with it. I don't think I've ever seen a home menu item with sub-items, but any rule in UI design tends to ...


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You'll be fine. Hidden text is only a problem when it is done for the purposes of manipulating the search engines. It's not what you do but why you do it that causes most penalties and this is a perfect example of that. Hidden text in this example allows for the menu to be more user friendly. Countless websites do this without penalty. You'll be fine.


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Option 2 is out straight away. Always link to the official, canonical URL. Linking to a non-canonical URL is akin to linking to a 301 redirect. You may lose a little PageRank, and if users copy & link to the non-canon that will propagate further. It should be noted that the link text and general link value matters less in internal links than it does for ...


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This isn't the first issue I'd worry about for SEO for an e-commerce site. What is more relevant is making sure that each page is unique enough from other pages that it doesn't become duplicate content. The problem with most ecommerce sites is that each product page has very little unique text in comparison to other pages using the same template. Ways to ...


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If your web hosting supports server side include files, you could store the menu in a separate html file with just the code (no html, header, body, etc. tags). On the page(s) you want to reference the menu, to call the code you'd use an SSI, a reference that would look something like this: <!--#include virtual="http://www.yoursite.com/includes/menu.html" ...


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There are loads of them on Dynamic Drive - horizontal and vertical. You can use them in any end-user project, but not resell or redistribute them.


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from a SEO perspective GENERAL URL RULES: all URLs on an a webproperty must be according to these rules (listed in priority) 1) unique (1 URL == 1 ressource) - the canonical must be the same URL as used in the navigation!!! 2) permanent (they do not change) 3) manageable (1 logic per site section, no complicated exceptions) 4) easily scaleable logic ...


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Using a empty menu button is more common than you think It's rather common to see nowadays websites using empty parents due to responsive design and frameworks such as Bootstrap and Zurb foundation, both use similar design where you can't access the parent while viewing on a mobile or small tablet device. What's the best HREF to use? Most webmasters will ...


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In order to clean your navigation, you may try this: About Some Technology (→ About Some Technology) Our Products (contains → Products Overview) Product 1 Product 2 Our Services (contains → Services Overview) Service A Service B Don't use rollover navigation, instead, 1 click leads to main page (ie "Our Services" describes your services), and inside ...


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One way of doing it is this. Each page has it's own class for the body, e.g. <body class="tab3"> Each tab should have its own id, tab1, tab2, tab3 etc. Then put a line like this in your CSS: .tab1 #tab1, .tab2 #tab2, .tab3 #tab3 { color: selected colour } You'll have to specify which element of the tab you want to be coloured, I've just put ...


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I actually use AllWebMenus which works fine for me and I think that it is fine for what you are looking for..It can make all the types of menus that you can imagine and I find its price really advantageous..You can always visit its site to check if it has the feature that you want..it's Likno I hope this helps!


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"SEO friendly" and "user-friendly" are the same thing. Case in point: Users don't like redirects, and neither do search engines. Users don't like complex strings of words, and neither do search engines. So, what do "they" like? When redirects are used to manage legacy links. For example, say the link is generated from the page title, and the page ...


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Don't forget to include a Title tag in your links as well. And yes, the anchor text is the text that goes between the tags that is visible in the browser. An often made mistake is creating a link like this: Further details on crazy dutch available here where the bold italic is the link. What you are looking for is the anchor text to be relevant to the ...


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I'd go for the third version, as long as the linktext itself is not the long version. The anchor text in a link is very important for SEO, but it's better to focus on two or three keywords ("dutch design", "best wordpress themes") than a very long text with 'filler words' ("dutch design crazy yes but always honest"). This is also a usability issue, a short ...


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I found another solution: The "SomeCategory" and "AnotherCategory" menus now are category blog menu items. I defined a joomla category for each of these and assigned the product articles to those categories. I configured the "SomeCategory" category blog menu item such that it only displays one article. Using a category blog menu item automatically ...


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Don't nofollow those links. That would hurt your site, not help it. Hiding links the way you have described is perfectly fine. The only time hiding something is bad is when you are only hiding it to manipulate the search engines. This is called cloaking. You are not cloaking. So literally don't worry about it at all.


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Tough question, but we still have some workarounds to try on: Server-side includes (SSI) If you server allows that, you can use @SubTypical solution XML + XSLT Yes, none so far told about this one. Will not extend the conversation: http://www.google.com/search?q=including+files+with+xml+and+xslt It can be a little pain, but worth while.


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You could run a script to complete your pages prior to uploading to the server. After all, what stops you from running PHP locally and then uploading the results?


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The best way to address the third is using taxonomy. You'll have a vocabulary setup and the terms you want to use for charmain's speeches and community news are under that vocabulary (maybe call the vocabulary "News Categories"). You can make it so your news items use this taxonomy vocabulary (optional or required) and then you'll select one (or many) when ...


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From a UX point of view, one option would be to use 'mega menus'. They are very good at providing a lot of navigational options in a comprehensible manner. Just be careful to of what can go wrong with mega menus Each mega menu could be loaded up using Google new 'fragments' syntax if you want to cut down on the amount of links physically present in the page ...


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Here are some stats that may be interesting: Yahoo home page: 128 links Digg.com home page: 250 links Wikipedia home page: 274 links Today's featured Wikipedia article: 717 links It's pretty clear that lots of links aren't a huge problem, particularly if the links are all to pages on your site. The biggest problem will be the user experience - can a user ...



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