Can Navigation Location Hurt Your SEO? #AskanSEO

Can Navigation Location Hurt Your SEO? #AskanSEO

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We’ve got a question today from Avinash Bikumalla of Bengaluru:

From an SEO perspective, is it OK not to have a navigation bar and keep CTA on the first fold to increase conversions and keep other important links of the sites in the second fold for the link juice distribution?

Navigation Location

Your navigation provides important clues to visitors (and search engines) about the purpose of a website and what you’ll find there.

Where your navigation appears on a page is less important. That said, most visitors are accustomed to navigation being either on the top of a webpage or on the right side of a webpage (sometimes called the “right rail”).

However, with the rise of mobile-first websites being used on desktop, it’s becoming more common to have to scroll to get to navigation in a single column environment.

My suggestion: test your site with real visitors. If they engage with the CTA (call to action) and don’t seem to need the navigation, then there’s no problem with it being lower on the page.

‘Link Juice Distribution’

I reject the idea of “link juice distribution” on a website. That old-school thinking is what caused people to start doing stupid things that didn’t work (e.g., using nofollow on internal links).