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Dropdown Menu = spam in Google's eyes

Does Google see a dropdown menu as spam?

7:06 pm on May 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Ive recently added a dropdown menu to my site in wordpress. I didnt write it myself (Im incapable), but have noticed that when I view a Page Source for any page on my website, every page on the dropdown menus are there, as if therss a long list on each page of my site.

So Google is picking up 60 internal links on every page of my site. Is this going to cause problems?

5:51 pm on May 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Let's back up a minute here, and rephrase the question: "Why _on Earth_ would Google consider internal links to be spam?" The reason this is important is that unless you start thinking about things from Google's point of view, you will have an *infinite* number of unnecessary questions about about what Google thinks is spam, e.g.:

* Does Google think pages with black backgrounds are spam?
* Does Google care if my site is in two columns instead of one column?
* Will Google penalize me if I have two Home links on each page?

All of these things, including the thing asked about, are completely irrelevant. Why should they be otherwise? Again, why on Earth would Google care that each page has a bunch of internal links? Do those links detract from the quality of the site? If not, then why should Google care?

I can tell you that I do the exact same thing (drop-down menus with copious internal links on every page) and my search rankings couldn't be better, but if you focus on this answer rather than the previous one, you're missing the point.

6:56 pm on May 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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gaz3939, drop down menus are a perfectly acceptable way to provide your visitors with easy navigation throughout your site, Google would not penalize you for this.
7:03 pm on May 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Michael and cat. Apologies for my misunderstanding then I thought putting too many internal links on one page with not alot of content was bad.

Thanks for your help


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