Dumb SEO Questions

(Entry was posted by Brian Lichtig on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Saturday, December 6, 2014).

Areas served in Nav bars.

Does adding a Title at the top of your Navigation bar called Areas Served with all the Counties listed and then all the cities listed with original content in each link help with SEO and ranking in Google? Or should that be hidden on the back end??

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Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • Brian Lichtig: Does adding a Title at the top of your Navigation bar called Areas Served with all the Counties listed and then all the cities listed with original content in each link help with SEO and ranking in Google? Or should that be hidden on the back end?
  • Gregory Kristan: I might be totally off, but are you talking about Micro Date (breadcrumbs) for a web page?
  • Brian Lichtig: No local seo for cities around Baltimore.
  • Gregory Kristan: Oh ok, I would probably say no just for two reasons.

    1)This sounds like it will be mass produced across all pages with the same exact anchor text linked to those pages. This might look suspicious to Google. Even if you NOFOLLOW those links I think Google still might look at that as suspicious ;

    My thought is that if you NOFOLLOW internal links then that might tell Google your own site can't be a trusted source

    2) The amount of SEO equity will be split too thin if you have a lot of links on every page going to different pages on your site

    I would love to hear from others though!
  • Brian Lichtig: What if you have different content for each city such as work you have done in that city or county?
  • Gregory Kristan: I think if you had unique content for each city that you have worked on that would be fine.

    I think where you might run into issues is having a bunch of internal links on every page that then links to those new pages of content.

    If you go to a website like Cheap Flights you will see what I am talking about with all of the exact anchor text internal links on every page. This causes a problem with Google
  • Brian Lichtig: What if they were hidden on the backend and not shown like Cheap Flights does it?
  • Gregory Kristan: I think that starts to get into a grey / black hat area if you start hiding content on your website. Especially if it is done to try and help boost SEO ranking

    However, this is just my thoughts. I would love to hear from others!

    I think it is a great question by the way :) ;
  • Lori Eldridge:  ;It might work if you provide enough unique content on each page, however, that's hard to do with 50 states, with each state on a separate page.
  • Brian Lichtig: It is only for the main cities surrounding Baltimore!
  • Gregory Kristan: I would just create a page about Maryland and list off a few of the major cities on that page. Google is getting really good at Semantic search and also you will probably have longer content combining more cities

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Saturday, December 6, 2014).

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