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  1. #1
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    Does anyone know if google crawls the links in imagemaps?

    The type which denote the co-ordinates of the link on the image?

    (not sure whether its the client or server side, but at a guess i'd go for client side [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] )

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    I had occasion to do some research on this just yesterday, and everything I found indicated that Google and several other SEs can't follow links in image maps.

    That's not a definitive answer, but treat the issue with caution. If you're planning to use image maps for site navigation or something, be sure to provide an alternate way for SEs to access all your pages.

    Elisabeth Archambault

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    Assistant Regional Manager Rik's Avatar
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    Instead of using an image map try using image slices.

    <IMG src=>

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    Whats the difference between image maps and slices.

    I used the slicer from psp7, but i thought it was similar to an imagemap? :confused:

    You can see which way i did it here

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    ABW Ambassador webmarm's Avatar
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    Slice it, dice it! What you have is an image map. I think what Rik is talking about is more along the lines of Shoestring Dicer. There's an explanation on the page. Briefly, you cut your image into separate image files and put them back together in a table. Then you link the image files.

    Yeah, the bleeding edge folks don't think it's elegant, but it feeds the spiders. It also gives you alt tags for all the things alt attributes are good for on a page (which is lots). Just make sure you optimize your images, too.

    Although honestly (I know, you didn't ask [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] ), for plain old text like that, I'd use (ahem) actual text links. Easier to update, really good spider food, and you can control the style with a style sheet.


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