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Sitewide, or sitemap, links at the bottom of pages to help visitors
New(ish) trend for putting a form of sitemap at the bottom of pages

 6:52 am on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

Iíve noticed over the past year or two, that it has become increasingly Ďfashionableí to put a form of sitemap at the bottom of web pages. (Iím not talking about the Ďrelated info type of link).

This normally seems to occur mainly on large sites, or news sites - the BBC and Apple websites are classic examples (and I hope itís OK to post those examples).

I just wondered if anyone had any opinions on this practice one way or the other? Has there been any usability research into this?

Iím not in the slightest bit interested in how this may or may not help in SERPs, Iím purely interested in helping site visitors to navigate large websites.

I initially thought it was kind of pointless and wondered who would notice or use it, until I found myself a few times on various sites (upon reaching the end of a page and not finding the info that I wanted) using the navigation to find specific sections.



 3:14 pm on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

Increasingly fashionable?


I thought I was being hopelessly retro by putting all my links down there :(

But your experience makes sense when you think about it. Who is more likely to want to see more of an informational site: the person who has read a whole page, or the one who took a quick look at the top?


 9:47 pm on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

Well, comparatively fashionable. I hadnít noticed it being done so wholesale until the last couple of years. Previously it had been a few sitewide links, but not a whole sitemap.

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