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    CSS Menu Vs. Js Menu


    Hello all, this is my first post here, and I am looking for some simple tips more or less.

    In reviewing some SEO tips on the web ( who knows where ) I have read that JavaSript menus are not search engine friendly and that it will have a negative effect on the site.

    I have a site with a JavaScript menu that was created with Fireworks, all the images within the menu have alt text associated with them for bot readability, but is there a benefit to switching over to a CSS menu.

    I just want to know if its worth the change?

    I have other questions but I'll put them in a separate thread.

    Thanks
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    I've had a horizontal, drop-down javascript menu on my ecommerce site for 5 years. It's there for the users. However, robots can't follow it.

    For that reason, I have a footer on the bottom of every page with links to my HTML sitemap page, and a few other important pages.

    I also have an XML site map which both Google and Yahoo use.

    My site is fully indexed and I see no reason to go to a CSS menu. I have played with a few CSS menus and many of them have browser compatibility issues.

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    Thanks Ed !

    I asked some SEO service site to review my site, and un-diplomatically he started bashing the site's creator not knowing it was me. (no business for him)

    He told me that the JS Menu was "unfortunate, and disappointing"

    I do have an HTML sitemap which has an HTML link to it from the index page, and XML site map registered with Google, and am verified.

    I'm no expert, but I know a few things; thanks for your input, I'm sure there will be more questions in the future.
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    Hi Everyone,

    Wanted to bring this question back up.

    Web and robots have advanced alot. I have a CSS menu that im using, but it has some compability issues for older browsers. Its quite alot of lines long and was wondering if downsizing it to a smaller javascript version would be better for SEO
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    Depends how the javascript works, there are some pretty good ones out there.

    JQuery MegaDrop Down is a version which is lightweight and does the job well.
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    Originally Posted by atruss
    Hello all, this is my first post here, and I am looking for some simple tips more or less.

    In reviewing some SEO tips on the web ( who knows where ) I have read that JavaSript menus are not search engine friendly and that it will have a negative effect on the site.

    I have a site with a JavaScript menu that was created with Fireworks, all the images within the menu have alt text associated with them for bot readability, but is there a benefit to switching over to a CSS menu.

    I just want to know if its worth the change?

    I have other questions but I'll put them in a separate thread.

    Thanks

    I think the CSS menu is more conducive than the JAVASCRIPT menu. You can use pure CSS to make the menu similar to the effect JAVASCRIPT.
    Last edited by sz20006km; Jun 8th, 2009 at 09:41 PM.
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    Turn off javascript in your browser and see how the menu appears. If it's readable without javascript, it's fine for a bot.

    One thing that people continuously overlook is the fact that they use images in their menus instead of text...
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    At the recent SMX advanced Matt Cutts revealed that Google can read links in JS.

    If I were you I’d go for at least CSS menu.

    Alt tag is fine but it still doesn’t give you “internal anchor text” benefit

    Plain HTML sitemap would be helpful too.
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