Sorry again. I started calling you German. Then Dutch. I am converging slowly on Belgium. I don't know much about Belgium except for Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jose Van Dam. Is everyone there named Van Dam?
There is an official Microsoft SEO
I haven't optimized my own site(s) yet but I see problems. First of all, all the advice you get on SEO
is stated as an absolute. Nothing is quantified. For example if you adopt practice X how much better is your search engine visibility. If your menu changes only increased your SEO
cross-section by 3% it might not be worth it. If it gave you a 30% increase that would be different.
I use the term cross-secton as an analogy to stealth aircraft design. The radar signature of an aircraft is measured in square feet (or meters). We need something similar in SEO
as we attempt to avoid creating a stealth site.
Another problem is that all database driven aspx sites are sub-optimum according to Microsoft. The spiders can't navigate through a URL that uses something like - /BrowseArticles.aspx?CatID=28. A spider wants a simple text link. This would seem to mean that TheBeerHouse sites and indeed almost all NET sites are SEO
My own menu solution is again like the architecture of my whole site, a bit messy. I wanted a drop down menu so that first time visitors can quickly see the scope of the site services. I added a rotator for the same purpose.
The Beer House design has a single level menu with text-ornamentations for the roll-overs. Clicking a menu item takes you to a page where there are text hyper links in the body of the text. IMHO this is a crude menu design. The menu could present sub menus on the main (default) page or it could present sub-menus on each detail page. As it is now to see what kind of articles are posted you have to open up the Articles page.
I wanted better graphics and multiple levels. I tried using the RadMenu control against the web.sitemap XML file but the web.sitemap has a single root and I got not a line of choices but a tree descending from a single node. I also lost the breadcrumbs functionality and the conditional visibility of the Admin menu choice.
My current solution is to replace the MS NET menu at the top with a RadMenu and leave the MS NET menu at the bottom.
I may have better SEO
results with my dual menu solution. There are now two paths for the spiders to try. But how would I know?