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Hamburger Menu in Mobile can hurt my seo?

     
2:45 am on Jul 8, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I currently use a mobile theme on my wordpress blog that makes visible every link of categories in the menu...i'm thinking to use hamburger menu but i'm afraid that if Google doesn't see directly links they give it less value...what do you think about this?

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2:54 pm on July 8, 2016 (gmt 0)

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overthinking it just deploy
3:39 pm on July 8, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Agree completely. They're ubiquitous. Don't worry about it.
6:09 pm on July 8, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Google, google, google.

Is it better for your human users? Have you asked them?
6:48 pm on July 8, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Your hamburger menu already has all the links, so the se's won't miss anything.
9:26 pm on July 8, 2016 (gmt 0)

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What will desktop users see?
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Also make sure that the "hamburger" is likely to work for your audience. For one view see [bbc.co.uk...] - "Switching the lines for the word "menu" [made] 20% more people click"
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Dropping the burger lines and even the word "menu" and replacing with "Start" and guess what:? Engagement of same was near 100% ... even Mac folks know what "Start" means. :)

Anecdotal. I tried this on two different sites which had a lot of categories. Wanted to see if a word change would make a difference. Having done that, however, I have not pursued it aggressively as the burger and menu are de facto and there's no need to introduce something "new".
12:55 am on July 9, 2016 (gmt 0)

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@martinibuster: desktop users will see standard menu. Currently i'm using Genesis with Metro pro, if you are familiar with this theme you will now that they doens't use hambuger menu. I'm just trying to remove any distraction because is an affiliate seo project and i want maximum attention on the landing, not on the categories links.

Thank you all for the replies!

I will test the differences on Google Analytics
3:33 am on July 9, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Many users surprisingly do not understand the "hamburger" lines, especially if they are not web savvy. I often use the words "menu" in place of them. Of course, that is problematic on a restaurant website. :)
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As much fun as all this chat has been, the original OP question needs specific answers (I gave one version, I'm sure there are others). A menu, hamburger or not, is a menu that ANY se can read, including g and some of those are not "visible". A drop down menu (which is what the hamburger is) is already indexed by the se as it is part of the page content. So...

Hamburger Menu in Mobile can hurt my seo?


The answer is NO.
 

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