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What is website navigation?

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  1. jesicawillss

    jesicawillss Member

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    I want to know about the website navigation. Anyone here to tell me the what is website navigation? Which is the effective website navigation for search engines?
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  2. lolserver

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    Website navigation refers to links on every page of your website that are continually there to direct the visitor in browsing all the pages of the website. The mainly ordinary are website menus that are seen at the header part of the website or commonly known as tabs.
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    Website navigation means internal linking within your site. For good navigation, all your web pages must be accessible from any part of the page. It is good for both users and spiders point of view.
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    It actually falls to the concept of link structuring - giving you more user friendly link navigation as well as smooth follow through for web crawlers.
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    Website Navigation helps to browse your web pages and a good navigation is that should be accessible in few clicks. Navigation helps to optimize the internal linking structure, all your web pages are interconnected in a proper manner and so that it helps to rank well in search engine.
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    Website Navigation is all about dealing with how your web pages are connected with each other. It should be user-friendly (easy to navigate) so that your visitors can easily find what they look for. It should also be search-engine friendly so that all your inner pages can be crawled by search engines.
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    navigation of website is all about website structure as the point of header, footer left & right side link structure. navigation of website play an important role in best visitor response in search engine.
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    Like navigator on roads. this is the navigator for your site.
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    Website navigation means move from one page to another. Web site Navigation Menu/Bar is a collection of links allowed to navigation.
    Breadcrumb Navigation is effective for website navigation for search engines.
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    Website Navigation is an needy aspect in on page optimization process.If navigation choices are unclear then the visitors may elect to hit the back button on their their first visit to a website.
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    In simple word a link from your homepage to your internal pages. You can put your site map on your website . This is the effective way of search engine.
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    Yep, not only having a good navigation throughout the pages is important, but also how the information is divided amongst several pages, because this increases the likelihood that a user will visit multiple pages, instead of just one. For google, it's really important to have a good, low bounce-rate. For example, if you're a small business, having location and contact info right on the index might not be the best idea - put a prominent link to this information, the potential customers are going to be motivated to click the link to find out where you are or how to get in touch with you anyway, and then your bounce rate will be better and Google will like you more. :)
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    Internal link structure is an essential factor for a website to attract search engine spiders and more customers.your website should have all major links on all pages to redirect users within your website also called website navigation.
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    It is the science and skill which you apply to a web site that helps visitors move from one page to another.


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    it contain the links that are most important in your website

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    Website Navigation

    Website navigation means internal linking within your site. For good navigation, all your web pages must be accessible from any part of the page.

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    Website navigation is important to the sucess of your website visitor’s experience to your website. The website’s navigation system is like a road map to all the different areas and information contained within the website.
    Using a consistent navigation scheme from page to page helps the website visitor learn your website navigation system.
    [h=3]Types of Website Navigation[/h] There are different types of website navigation:

    • [h=4]Hierarchical website navigation[/h] The structure of the website naviation is built from general to specific. This provides a clear, simple path to all the web pages from anywhere on the website.
    • [h=4]Global website navigation[/h] Global website navigation shows the top level sections/pages of the website. It is available on each page and lists the main content sections/pages of the website.
    • [h=4]Local website navigation[/h] Local navigation would the links with the text of your web pages, linking to other pages within the website.
    [h=3]Styles of Website Navigation[/h] Styles of website navigation refers to how the navigation system is presented.

    • [h=4]Text Links[/h] Text links are words (text) which are surrounded by the anchor set of tags to create clickable text which takes the visitor to another web page within your website, a downloadable document from your website, or to another website on the Internet.
    • [h=4]Breadcrumbs[/h] Breadcrumb navigation shows the website visitor the path within your website to the page they are currently on.
    • [h=4]Navigation Bar[/h] A navigation bar is the collection of website navigation links all grouped together. A navigation bar can be horizontal or vertical.
    • [h=4]Tab Navigation[/h] Tab navigation is where the website navigations links appear as tabs, similar to the tabs you use in a binder to divide the contents into sections.
    • [h=4]Sitemap[/h] A sitemap is a page within your website that lists all the sections and web pages (if you don’t have too many) that are contained within the website. This is different from Google Sitemaps and Yahoo Sitemaps.
      A traditional sitemap provides navigation for your website visitors should they get lost, a shorter path to the different areas of the website for those who know what exactly they are looking for and a means for the search engines to find all the pages within your website.
    • [h=4]Dropdown Menu[/h] A dropdown menu is a style of website navigation where when the visitor places their mouse over a menu item, another menu is exposed. A dropdown menu can include a flyout menu (see next item).
      A dropdown menu system can create accessibility issues and a problem as far as the search engines not being able to read the links in the menu, but if constructed properly, these issues can be overcome.
    • [h=4]Flyout Menu[/h] A flyout menu is constructed similar to the dropdown menu. When the visitor places their mouse over a link, another menu “flys out”, usually to the right, from the link where the mouse is placed.
      Flyout menus face the same challenges as dropdown menus but if constructed properly, they can be accessible and readable by the search engines.
    • [h=4]Named Anchors[/h] Named anchors are the type of links that take you directly to a spot on the current page or on another web page.
    [h=3]Website Navigation Use[/h] To be effective, the website navigation system needs:

    • To be consistent throughout the website. The website visitors will learn, through repetition, how to get around the website.
    • The main navigation links kept together. This makes it easier for the visitor to get to the main areas of the website.
    • Reduced clutter by grouping links into sections. If the list of website navigation links are grouped into sections and each section has only 5-7 links, this will make it easier to read the navigation scheme.
    • Minimal clicking to get to where the visitor wants to get to. If the number of clicks to the web page the visitor wishes to visit is minimal, this leads to a better experience.
      Some visitors can become confused or impatient when clicking a bunch of links to get to where they want to be. In large websites, this can be difficult to reduce. Using breadcrumbs is one way to help the visitor see where they are within the website and the path back up the navigation path they took.
    Creating the website navigation system at the planning stage of the website will effect the overall design of the web page layout and help develop the overall plan for the website.
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    A site which is easy to navigate means exactly what it says. Easy to navigate means effective web site navigation. If a person has to look hard to find where they need to go, then they quickly lose focus. There is more reason than one to make your site easy to navigate though.
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    Web site navigation is the science and skill which you apply to a web site that helps visitors move from one page to another.
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    Website Navigation includes the links of most important, and principle, sections of your website. For example if your website is about clothing, then your website navigation should be like this:

    Home | Men Range | Women Range | Kids Range | Contact

    I hope you got the point :) It is very necessary to enhance the browsing experience of your users. And is also important for its SEO.

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