• Forrest Corbett

    Overall, very good. However: “Ensure every clickable image has ALT text.” – I disagree with this being an “improvement” – an improvement, IMHO, would be not to have your navigation be built out of clickable images. Use CSS instead, with live text. The navigation has a greater chance of working for more people on more devices. Eg, if it’s live text, it will scale better and be more readable on a mobile device than if it’s an image.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SubmissionWork Lalit Burma

    What do you think about the linkwithin plugins as the navigation … because more and more bloggers (where photos are important) using it …

    Do you have any suggestion how we can add alt text or if similar kind of things we can implement with own javascript or similar coding.

  • http://www.brickmarketing.com/ Nick Stamoulis

    I’ve worked with several site owners that wanted to pretty much remove drop down navigation from their site because they thought it looked too cluttered. While on site’s menu was pretty big, it was because they had so many product categories that needed to be listed there! They were toying around with just having one long Products page that scrolled down through all their categories. While this may look cleaner, you have to think about how the user is going to interact with your site and what is best for them. Is one page that scrolls on forever really the best way to navigate your site?

  • Stoney deGeyter

    Jim, My point was more toward navigation “sections” that are not clickable. Usually this is done when there are drop-down or fly-out menus, where the main heading can’t be cicked. This is bad practice, IMO. The other things you mentioned are good points, but not necessarily pertinent to mine.

    Forrest, I agree. I should have expanded on this more.

  • http://twitter.com/mttorley mttorley

    I would like to read the “WHY” be hind “Make all navigation elements clickable” – is there a reason you can’t have a header? Content wise it puts an extra load on a client to maintain yet another in between page, and makes the user click 2x. So usability, bad, but why is it good for SEO? Would like to know!!!