In a discussion on Reddit.com, Google’s John Mueller recommended to keep your website as simple as possible if you want to get high rankings. Chances are that search engines won’t be able to index your web pages if you use too much ‘fancy stuff’ to create your website.
What exactly has John Mueller said?
John Mueller answered a webmaster who wondered if particular links on his client’s website were crawlable by Google:
“My 2 cents on this is that … even though this is “r/techseo” … many people do too much fancy stuff when they could just be doing something basic that works just as well, and which isn’t a future maintenance nightmare. Keep it simple.“
If you’re not sure whether search engines will be able to parse your unusual content format then better do not use it at all:
“Keep it so that you don’t have to guess, ask, or test what search engines will do, and keep it so that search engines are clearly & consistently guided to do what you’re trying to do. If it’s unclear, but ‘test says yes’, then assume that search engines will change their behavior when you’re in the plane headed to Timbuktu for a 3-week camel safari.
In other words, if you run across something like this where someone uses a form for navigation, and you have a chance to simplify it, then figure out what the original goals were, and simplify (& document) it in the clearest way possible. The way you describe it is hard to guess what you have, but I’ve seen some weird ways that sites try to hide links from search engines (I won’t give inspiration, sorry :)), and most of the time it’s hard to create, painful to maintain, and ends up not even working as expected.”
What does this mean?
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