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your thoughts on this navigation structure

please :)

     
9:34 am on Oct 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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a) homepage > all other pages

b) homepage > category page (noindex, follow) > all other pages

im currently using a) but it will become a problem if there is a ton of links. so im thinking of trying b) but am worried if there are likely to be any indexing issues AND if the pages will rank as well.

any thoughts? or alternatives?

9:45 am on Oct 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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b) homepage > category page (noindex, follow) > all other pages

"all other pages within that category"
Why "(noindex, follow)"?

On a very small site, (a) is just fine.

As the site grows, (b) is a better option, possibly with variations (+ selected feature pages, etc).

Provided the links exist as HTML, either logical structure would allow the spiders full access, so would make little (if any) SEO difference.

As the site grows, many would suggest a sitemap and even an SE xml sitemap to assist in reaching deeper pages; you should also consider encouraging links to some or all deeper pages, not just the home page.

I'd remind you that anything that impedes spiders - illogical structure, dead links etc - is your real enemy; xenu is your friend.

[edited by: Quadrille at 9:50 am (utc) on Oct. 8, 2007]

9:57 am on Oct 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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thank you quadrille. I would have the category page noindexed as i am using wordpress and the same content would appear on the category page as well as the post page itself.

I have heard of xenu a lot, I will check that out.

 

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