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How to structure a webpage / site?

3:49 am on Aug 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I has been a long time been wondering how to structure a page so it fits Google best amd get highest possible ranked without any kind of stupid cheating.

So far I has came to the conlusion that I maybe shall build webpages in blocks with DIV tag and with the following order.

*. Title / header / start of the body
1. Webpage title
2. Webpage subtitle (could be empty)
3. Short description
4. Menu: currentpage
5. Menu: localpages that relates very close to this one
6. Maincontent area
7. Menu: sitemenu
8. Menu: other less important menu
9. Banner area
*. End of the body

The normal visitor will not see this order directly, it will be arranged with a more human friendly layout with help of CSS but the Google spider will see this structure and because of that see what is most important first and the most less important at the bottom which will make it easier for Google to rank the page since it will have an easier structure for its spider.

What do you all think about this? If you have anything I shall change in the structure, please let me know or if you hate my idea also let me know :)

Thanks :)

4:04 am on Aug 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You're on the right track. Using divs to reposition page elements is, in my experience, one of the most important things you can do.

I'm not sure why you want to chop up your menus in that way, though. I put all menus after the main page content.

4:48 am on Aug 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I hope you don't mean to substitute DIVs for semantic markup like <h1>, <h2>, <p>, etc. (I'd also organize all menus as unordered lists, etc.)

As far as I can tell Google ignores DIVs per se. If they help you to get things in the right orderófor example, NOT have the top 50% of your HTML be chromeómore power to you. But structure means structure, and Google doesn't see <div class="mainhead"> as structure...

10:50 am on Aug 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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berto: Thanks, I am using splitted up menus because some menulinks I think is advide to have at the top like the menu for going to different sections of the page or the menu for the immediately closest pages which relates to this one.

suidas: I am not going to replace real HTML tags, I will use the DIVs like you were telling to just mark up structure and later on also with CSS do a design control where to put the different DIVs on the webpage for the visitor.