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    Drop Down Menu Links

    Which will lead to better search engine optimization?

    1.A navigation bar of keywords and links at the bottom of a page.
    2.A navigation line of keywords and links that are in drop down menus.

    We have close to 50 links in the navigation line now.

    Thank you,

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    By drop down menu I'm assuming you mean a javascript/dhtml drop down menu ala microsoft.

    Search engines don't read javascript so any javascript controlled links you have will not work for the spider (bad thing).

    If you're going to use said links always include <noscript> links as well.
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    I think we were going to use a PERL script?
    Any thoughts?

    Thanks,

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    That doesn't make sense. You use a client language to make drop down menus. Perl is a server language.
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    What about an HTML drop down? I mean, the HTML code is still pointing to the links, so it should work the same as regular anchor tags. Granted I am talking about pure HTML drop down lists with no JS.

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    HTML drop downs(select lists) use forms, and spiders don't follow forms either.
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    Yeah, I guess not. I didn't really think about them being in a form. I guess that means that spiders only follow anchor tags.

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    No, aspen, he might be talking about dhtml menus. You know: a div tag (containing a table of options) that is shown on mouse over. The div tag source itself can be parsed by the search engine, it's html after all!

    That'd be search engine safe. (JS select based menus of course not.)

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    Drop Down Menu Links

    A challenge with dhtml menu links, or more specifically rollover text associated with a navigation menu at the top of the page, is that some search engines use that copy for your description instead of your meta tag or first paragraph copy. This has happened to me.
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    You do know that DHTML is a fancy way to say Javascript and CSS right?

    A DHTML menu still uses Javascript, what do you think it is that makes it dynamic.

    And the search engines will read it, but unless they see <a href = "url">desc</a> they won't follow a link.
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