"If you are concerned, then just create main navigation that is aimed at visitors rather than at SE and you should be ok."
Yes, that is what I am TRYING to do. But the most appropriate anchor text for a visitor happens to be the most appropriate text for search engines, which has caused my site not to rank AT ALL for that keyword.
So i am thinking I pretty much HAVE to keep the anchor text in the navigation bar as "keyword1 keyword2" because:
1) It is a succinct, accurate description of the page to which it links, and
2) The "keyword1 keyword2" format is the SAME format as all the other links in the navigation bar.
I guess I am going to have to remove some of the in content links from various inner pages.
On another note:
anybody remember that Matt Cutts video from a few years back about what links to put on the HOME PAGE of a site, and he said something to the effect of having a link to your most profitable products?
I wonder if he would change that suggestion now? I wonder if in the age of Penguin it is a BAD idea to link from your home page to your most profitable product?