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good looking nav links for best seo: how?

exploring options whereby searchbots can easily read good-looking nav links

   
11:05 pm on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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From studying SEO posts elsewhere on this site, it sound as if text nav links are preferred by the search bots, and can be one part of the process for higher ranking. I am exploring this option and wondering how to make them look really good. If the nav text sits on top of a graphic layer, is the text still easily picked up by the serchbots? Any advice I can get on how to make nav links look great that searchbots will "love" without resorting to js rollovers or images with alt text would be greatly appreciated.
11:28 pm on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hey Doug,

You should not have a problem using a background behind text links, just make sure that the text links have plenty of contrast and are easy to view for your readers. Spiders will crawl those links with no problem.

Oh and welcome to Webmaster World!

[edited by: OrganicPop at 11:31 pm (utc) on Nov. 28, 2006]

9:34 am on Nov 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi daysailerdoug and welcome :)

This is definitely a job for CSS - if your are familiar with CSS then head straight for sliding doors (search) - it allows rollover styling of text links without javascript and is will not harm your SERPS one bit.

If CSS is not familiar then why do some rummaging in the CSS forum library [webmasterworld.com] - this will give you a decent starting point.

7:44 pm on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thankyou both for the suggestions. Yes, I use css but have not learned about "sliding doors" yet...something to look forward to. Judging by the no. of responses, I guess creating seo-friendly graphics is unfamiliar ground for some. Thanks again, -Doug
11:18 am on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)



Hello welcome to webmaster world.

I completely agree with limbo. Please try this it really works