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Main Navigation On Homepage Uses Anchor Links

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#1 chrbutler


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:20 AM


Chris Butler from Newfangled here.

I have a quick question related to an approach one of our agency partners wants to use in their design. They would like the main navigation on the homepage to link to sections of the homepage (about, approach, work, etc.). Once the user is anchored down to whichever section they've clicked, there would be copy and a link to read more, which would direct them to a sub-page of the site. So, clicking "About" on the homepage navigation menu would push them down, allow them to click a "learn more" link, which then directs them to the "About" page. On all subpages, the main navigation would work as you'd expect it to -- directing users to subpages of the site. It would only use anchor links on the homepage.

We've of course advised against this as far as its many usability problems, but what do you think of this approach as far as SEO is concerned? Is there a chance that Google would not index subpages because of how the homepage would function? I'd like to be able to prepare them for any SEO hit if they insist on designing it this way against our advice.

Thanks in advance,


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:30 PM

, but what do you think of this approach as far as SEO is concerned?

Also junk pretty much.

but SEO isn't about search engines it is about search engine USERS

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:06 AM

Will there be a global navigation on every page that points to the main sub pages? If so, you should be okay.

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