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Lets say I want to put links from other sites on my site to up my linking strategy for Google. And lets say I put those links in a drop down box.
Would those links be spidered if I used plain html drop boxes, or is it ignored? My gut says 'if in a dropdown it will be ignored', but I have never gotten a clear answer one way or the other.
ie NAME="location" ...?
Like the noframes discussion, I think there may be plenty of SE's that don't follow them, so I wouldn't count on it for anything mission-critical.
Had a page with absolutely nothing but combo boxes on it. AV indexed and ranked high based on the text in the boxes.
Google also reads the text in the combos and considers it as it would any text link. In a couple of cases it appears they may even consider it more than regular text links...
Mine are CGI - can't speak for java
My 2 cents
Yes. I'm seeing extra weight on the text, too. That's actually why I started back-tracking to the source of some of my Google referrals, I had pages of modest relevance scoring well on an incredibly competitive term (Myrtle Beach). The only, repeat only, place the term was on the page was in a drop-down. I should add, however, that this is also a large, themed site.
Dang. I was hoping to trade drop down boxes with some other sites to up the sites pointing to me.
Back to the drawing board, I guess.