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.
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?
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.