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Posted 28 April 2005 - 02:59 PM
I'm new to this forum and just wanted to say that from what I've seen so far, you have a great thing here. I expect that many of you are amongst the top of your field. Of course most of this stuff is way above my head, but by the time I've read all the posts, I'll be an expert :-)
Anyway, I have almost completed a revamp of my site and would like to know the following:
Obviously I want to up my ranking, but need to know how important it is for all the pages in my site to be spidered.
The site is for my guest house. The home page contains several keywords to keep the SEs happy. The rest of the site contains information relating to our premises, such as rooms, pricing, bathrooms etc. None of this information is particularly useful unless you are planning to stay with us. Therefore I don't expect any of the other pages to be 'entry pages' to my site, only the 'index.htm' page will be.
I ask because the home page has pop-up menus, which I believe some SEs cannot follow. If so, my entire site would appear to be only one page. I decided to create a site map using text links, but can't figure out how to do so in Dreamweaver, hence my posting this question.
Sorry for my rambling.
To reiterate, my question is, "how important it is for all the pages in my site to be spidered?". If it is important, will a link to a site map (from which all other pages can be accessed), from my home page suffice?
Posted 28 April 2005 - 03:15 PM
Every page that's indexed increases your chances of matching up to a term someone searches for. A homepage is usually a good place to describe your business in the most general way, then use the sub-pages to try to bring in related traffic from more obscure keyword variations. In the case of a guesthouse, maybe the sub pages describe some of the activities a customer would do while visiting? Keep in mind that the most relevant page to someone running such a search would probably NOT be your homepage.
While a sitemap works, you could also create a simple text navigation to the sub-pages in the footer,
Posted 28 April 2005 - 03:24 PM
It's also important for the engines to index more than just one page of your site, for the internal link pop. that provides. All the links from inner pages back home, help a lot.
Search for perfect pop up here for an SE friendly pop up script. Plus, I bet there is more info you could be providing your visitors to expand your site. What about stuff in the area to do, etc.?
Posted 28 April 2005 - 05:17 PM
Remember, search engines don't know what a "website" is. They only understand what a "web page" is.
Posted 28 April 2005 - 05:22 PM
It's just not that hard to write good pages. Get links to the home page, make sure the home page links to the rest of the pages, and put lots of great content about your guest house on those interior pages and you are there.
Posted 28 April 2005 - 05:24 PM
Posted 28 April 2005 - 09:54 PM
And the ones in the pop-up windows, which I think was what the original post was referring to.
Posted 29 April 2005 - 12:20 AM
Posted 29 April 2005 - 04:09 AM
Unfortunately with the large number of pages, it isn't really possible to have simple text-based links at the foot of each page, which was why I considered a link from the home page to a (text-based) site map; my thinking being that this would at least provide SE access to the rest of the site. Each page currently only has a pop-up menu, to all pages of the site (no pop-up windows, Jill) and a text link back to 'Home'.
As this project has taken three months to put together (being my first 'real' site) and I am already on the third re-make of the interface, I really don't want to have to completely re-design the entire site to accommodate text-links on every page (unless I ABSOLUTELY have to).
So perhaps someone could let me know if a link from 'home' to a text-based site map is sufficient (or perhaps the link to the site map should appear on every page - which would be easy to do).
Posted 29 April 2005 - 07:11 AM
Your pop up menu may actually be spiderable. But just in case, simply put your links in a <noscript> tag and you'll be fine. You definitely don't have to put the links in text at the bottom of the page.
Posted 29 April 2005 - 03:44 PM
I have four sections to my pop-up menu. The code below is one of those and links to the following pages:
} // mmLoadMenus()
So would I then add the following (still in the <head> section) for each of the 4 pop-up menu sections, below the regular code for the pop-up menus:
If not, where should these tags be?
If the above is correct, should these <noscript> tags be added to every page with pop-up menus, or only the index.htm page to aid spidering?
Edited by Coober, 29 April 2005 - 03:56 PM.
Posted 29 April 2005 - 04:03 PM
<P><a href="aboutUs.htm">About Us</a></p>
The noscript links should be placed on any page that contains the scripted links. Keep in mind that they're not just for spiders. Users with JS turned off will need to see them, because they won't be able to use your menu.
Posted 29 April 2005 - 04:46 PM
A browser that is rendering things correctly, and a spider that is reading things correctly, should ignore any link markup that appears outside of the <body> tag. I know that many don't, but they should and one day may begin to adhere to the standards. So you might as well do it the right way the first time instead of having to go back to fix it later.
Posted 29 April 2005 - 06:46 PM
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