Msg#: 4532069 posted 8:38 pm on Dec 30, 2012 (gmt 0)
Has anyone done any tests with html5 and Google ranking recently... specifically use of the <nav> element?
I ask because I recently started using html5 doctype, however, have yet to really take advantage of any of the new markup. Also, I previously made a change to my main navigation which of course is sitewide. Immediately following that I was gone from rankings essentially.
The thought popped into my head that perhaps these 'signals' could be used in conjunction with other algos.
Msg#: 4532069 posted 6:48 pm on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)
Did you change the amount of links or anchor text? Simply swapping out <div> for <nav> and keeping everything else the same should not remove your site from Google. Have you checked to see if there might be a typo or technical issue that is preventing Google from crawling your site?
Msg#: 4532069 posted 8:31 pm on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)
When I made changes to the site navigation (drop down menu as mentioned above) the site was gone. I am assuming this triggered something, possibly with their new patent that has been talked about, since it was a site-wide change.
My question is basically asking if any tests have been done with html5 and cases such as this. In other words, would using <nav> have prevented this from happening as G would have known it was a navigational change (within <ava>) and not me throwing up spam links or something they must have seen questionable or negative.
The changes obviously weren't negative or spam, but I think since they were done sitewide on so many pages a false trigger was hit.