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Are drop-down menu links indexed?

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Do the search engines follow links that are within
forms (like the drop-down menu) so that those pages are indexed?

Here is the code for a sample drop-down menu that I created.

<form><select name="menu" style="font-family:'Calligrapher';color:#993333;background-color:#FFFFFF;font-size:10pt;"><option value="http://www.localwebsolutions.com/local-business-marketing-online.html">Marketing Online</option><option value="http://www.localwebsolutions.com/ecommerce-and-marketing-articles.html">Marketing Articles</option><option value="http://www.localwebsolutions.com/mlmeasy.html">Promote Your MLM</option><option value="http://www.localwebsolutions.com/site-build-it-testimonials.html">Testimonials</option></select><input type="button" onClick="location=this.form.menu.options[this.form.menu.selectedIndex].value;" value="GO"></form>

Though only the first link is visible in the drop-down menu, (until you click on it) would the spiders find and index the links because they are included in the page's code?

Just want to be sure the spiders will find the pages and they will be indexed before I use the drop-down menus on my site.

If the spiders won't find the links (or if only some of the spiders will), is there a "work around" - maybe a way to list those page links so that the spiders will find them, while still utilizing drop-down menus?

I'm very new to HTML, and will appreciate all feedback.

Kirstyn
BirthBabyAndMom.com
May 21 '07 #1
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jhardman
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It kind of depends on how the spider is programmed, but I would assume not.

One option is to put the main navigation in the form like you have and include normal text links on the bottom of the page that a search engine would follow better.

Jared
May 21 '07 #2

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