Getting the SEO infrastructure right first time

Hi from now Tory Lead UK…

I’m going to populate this site www.davidclick.com with keyphrase “York Wedding Photographer”.

On the top left horizontal navigation i’m thinking off adding Articles next to About Me. I want it to be a drop down menu using jquery but here is my concern…

If when the user hovers over Articles and it does what I imagine and pulls down different subheadings like best man speeches, how to get a goof confetti shot etc will it have a problem in terms of crawlability. In other word could these article headings that are in the collpasible jQUERY be invisible to the spiders.

Here is a specific example of a collapsible jQuery menu:
http://www.pauserefreshment.co.uk/traditional_coffee_machine_la_spaziale_s5.html - if you look to the left nav click on “Buy coffee beans” and the menu solution I’m thinking of deploying can be seen for real.

So going back to the question, is there any problems in terms of SEO / crawlability when deploying these types of drop down menus.

Any insights welcome :slight_smile:

Great replies, I can now go ahead with my SEO mission :slight_smile:

So far as I can see that site uses nested lists for the menu so search engine crawlers should be able to find those links just fine.

So long as you use a proper structure you shouldn’t have a problem, such as…


<ul>
<li><a href="page.html">Some page</a>

  <ul>
  <li><a href="page1.html">Sub page 1</a></li>
  <li><a href="page2.html">Sub page 2</a></li>
  <li><a href="page3.html">Sub page 3</a></li>

</li>
</ul>

To simply answer to your question: As long as you do see the links (the collapsed ones) when viewing your websites HTML source then those links will be just as well seen from search engines.

Even a better example, search engines see a website as plan text that is output through HTML, so if you disable all your javascript and your CSS stylesheet and whatever you will be able to see in that case is what the search engine spider bot will see.

You can fetch your website (as how, for example Google spider bot, see’s your website from Google Webmaster Tools panel). In case you don’t have one, then you can check it out through a Lynx Browser (note, you will need to upload a file on your website to confirm it before being able to view the results, you can the remove that file once you have your test completed).

Hope this helps.