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    Hi,

    This relates to SEO in the long run. I am designing my first ever affiliate site, and have a question. I have a keyword chosen for each of my sites pages. My question is this:

    I am desighning in Dreamweaver. Should my text links on my home page, that go to my content pages be in a table. Or should they be in an image, like they are now? I realize that if the links themselves are in an image, that the spiders will not read the text links.

    But if I have them in a table format, like a standard link, the spiders will read this. I am worried that if the links are like this, the spiders may be confused... With all the different topics in the navbar, maybe my keyword that I have chosen for the main page, will be caught up in this, and the main page will not rank well for the intended keyword.

    P.S. I am not 100% sure about the spiders not reading the links in an image. I know that they do not read text in an image, but have not heard about them not reading text links in an image.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Most of my nav bars are images in a table. The search engine of course can not read text that is a graphic, but it will have no problem reading a standard HTML link used with the graphic.

    Ofen I use text links along the bottom of the page in addition to the graphic nav bar. I mainly use these for the people browsing the page, but you may really need them if you have some kind of flash or javascript navbar that the engines can't read.

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    Spiders read <a href="mypage.html">, picking up on the href attribute. Image links sacrifice the anchor text (<a href="mypage.html">This is anchor text</a&gt which is a MAJOR factor in deciding what mypage.html is going to rank for.

    Of course, image links have twists too....

    <img src="images/foo.gif" title="keyword keyword keyword" alt="keyword keyword keyword">

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    Either way is just as effective, Thrawn79. There is equal weight given to alt tags on navigation images and anchor text in text links. Personally, I'm leaning towards images at the moment as you have slightly more control over the keywords that appear on any particular page.

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    "Personally, I'm leaning towards images at the moment as you have slightly more control over the keywords that appear on any particular page.
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    Thanks for the replies everyone. Markymark, do you think you could explain what you ment by the above statement. I do not get it.

    Thanks,

    Cody

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    Yeah, what I mean is this. With all text navigation, you, of course, have to have this text on every page of the site. With image based navigation, you can vary the alt. text or leave out alt. tags on particular pages if you wish. You just have a little more control over exactly the text that appears on each page this way.

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