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Can google read links in a drop down menu?

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by al2six, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. #1
    My website has a long list of categories running down the left column and I'd like to replace it with a simple drop down menu to save space. I was thinking about doing something like this:
    Code (Text):
    1.  
    2. <select>
    3. <option value="http://mysite.com/category-1.html" >Category 1</option>
    4. <option value="http://mysite.com/category-2.html" >Category 2</option>
    5. </select>
    My concern is that Google (and other SEs) won't be able to follow these links and it will really hurt my search engine rankings. Does anyone know if google will be able to follow these links?

    Thanks!
    al2six, Jun 22, 2013 IP
  2. MyArtGallery

    MyArtGallery Active Member

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    #2
    yes. google reads links from drop down menu.
    MyArtGallery, Jun 22, 2013 IP
  3. Mark Berger

    Mark Berger Member

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    #3
    sure it can read
    Mark Berger, Jun 22, 2013 IP
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    iulian.pw Active Member

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    Google bot sees the webpage just in code so it can parse almost everything beside flash.
    iulian.pw, Jun 22, 2013 IP
  5. Malik Mudassar

    Malik Mudassar Greenhorn

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    #5
    Google only sees the text , it just can't see the code, no javascript no animation no images. instead it reads descriptions, titles. headings and things like that
    Malik Mudassar, Jun 22, 2013 IP
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    enous Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    #6
    of cuz Google can read it. if you use drop menu, pls make sure you organize correct, then Google can rank your links itself.
    enous, Jun 23, 2013 IP
  7. Malik Mudassar

    Malik Mudassar Greenhorn

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    And I believe you know the importance of anchor text :)
    Malik Mudassar, Jun 23, 2013 IP
  8. Himanshu Saxena

    Himanshu Saxena Greenhorn

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    Yes definitely. When you have any issue about how spider see your website. You can check your website using www.seo-browser.com.
    Himanshu Saxena, Jun 24, 2013 IP
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    SERPpoint Active Member

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    Of course, Google sees your link and any content on the web page, except java script or flashy stuffs..
    SERPpoint, Jun 26, 2013 IP
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    heliumc Greenhorn

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    Yes Google always read links in a drop down menu. Even Google read your hidden links also.
    heliumc, Jun 26, 2013 IP