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Old 04-10-2003, 06:18 PM   #1
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Default To What Depth Will Search Engine Spiders Go?

Actually, the spiders will go to any depth of a site. However, they
don't place as much emphasis on pages within the site that take more than
a couple of clicks to get to from the main page.

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She is a very well known writer and I like her stuff very much, so naturally I also take issue with her since websites are not just about SEO.

Your menu structure should always be global in nature (every page/every link/or a a logical grouping) and I'm not just referring to the home page link. This is all about usability. This normally requires 2 "grids"

It's still a darn good article and perhaps unfair of me <gasp> to pick a little hole in it so please excuse me

BUT money making/sucessfull sites need a reasonable balance between usability and SEO and G also rewards you for this

She sites a 4 level deep example of:


Which is fine and dandy. No problem. With good usability its not rare to get top 3 ranking or top 10 with:


And you?

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I'm not taking the time to read the article but as far as GoogleBot goes PR also affects how deep Google will spider your website's pages. Of course if you have a shallow site it won't matter what your PR is.
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Ahh, and after reading Steve's post I wanted to add this:

Typically, I'd have to say having pages in sub folders is a bad idea for optimization. PR goes down (typically) when googlebot has to drill down sub folders to get to the content. Take notice next time you go to a site with a lot of subfolders...and subfolders of those subfolders. You will most definitely see that as you go into a new subfolder PR will drop by one for every level you go down.

So for a PR 7 site www.example_domain.com

you would get:

PR 6: www.example_domain.com/animals
PR 5: www.example_domain.com/animals/mammals
PR 4: www.example_domain.com/animals/mammals/gorillas

This is generally true, there will always be exceptions.

So for this reason, when I design sites now I have all my pages in the root directory.

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