Globetrotter - 7:35 pm on Aug 12, 2013 (gmt 0)
IMO, it's a major problem, both for users and for SEO. Too much choice is no choice. It's inherently user-unfriendly. It also makes it essentially impossible to prioritize anything on the site.
It really depends on how you visualise it and how logical the choices are. In this case itís common sense how the categories are divided.
Yes I could add more filter steps, this would reduce the choice to around 6 to 8. But after some usability testing (small group) Iím convinced it isnít a usability problem.
When I read the threads you pointed out it doesnít seem to be a smart idea to have so many links as main navigation. (From a SEO perspective).
What Iíve done now is to split the navigation into 6 to 8 main categories. From there you have 20 sub categories max and after that step you will find all the articles and second menu to filter the content.
Does this mean the 6 to 8 main categories will most likely rank the best? Because they receive the most internal (navigational) links (like breadcrumbs) ? And they are placed on all pages?
I would prefer to rank the subcategories, because they are of much more value for the user. Will this also mean that if I have 20 subcategories they are less likely to rank than when I have only 10 ?