Site Build It (SBI): Is There a 3 Tier Limit in Site Structure?

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SBI stated that Google and the other search engines don't crawl past the first three tiers of a website. It this true?

I have included their visual tool describing this concept below. You can also see the link below the picture to see the entire page on which it's shown.





http://help.sitesell.com/actionguide/...

P.S. Sorry for all this HTML Code. I attempted to put in an image, but something isn't working here. I have had trouble with another old post suddenly showing up like this even after it originally worked.
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Hi Bob,

I did just comment on your other question regarding SBI on this other thread: Site planning strategies.

In regards to how far a search engine will spider tier wise, they might possibly be correct, but they might not, I don't think anyone can say for sure how the search engines will behave. However, from a logical standpoint I would agree with them that it is not a good idea to go past 3 tiers. That image is a nice tier structure.

Emmy
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Emmy,

Thanks for your reply. You stated,"I don't think anyone can say for sure how the search engines will behave". That explains why I see so many definite answers. Is there a site where people have found out how Google, and the others, truly work behind the scenes? Are there any groups on the net that test subjects, such as the tier limit described above, that are good resources?

Thanks again!
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Hi Bob,

Well, it is the goal of the search engine algorithms to pick out the very best sites for given topics, so keeping the algorithms a secret is a priority because as soon as people know the exact way an algorithm works, they then try to manipulate it.

That said, there are lots of things that we do know for sure about the search engines such as the fact that having lots of good content on your site is extremely important, as well as having a unique title tag for each page. We also know that the search engines weigh heavily how many links come into your site and from where those links come. Those are just a few things that we know for sure about the search engines.

When it comes to the tier issue, I would say logically it is best not to go farther than 3 tiers. With Yola you will only have 2 tiers, every page will be a subpage of the homepage.

Hope that helps!

Emmy
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Dear Emmy,

Thanks for your response. In it you stated, "With Yola you will only have 2 tiers, every page will be a subpage of the homepage". There are times when I think it's more appropriate and/or organized to have that third Tier. Is there a way to create link of the "subpage" (i.e, 2nd Tier) thus making a 3rd Tier? If not, I would like to suggest it. Thanks again.

Sincerely,
Jamaica Bob
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Hi Bob,

You can take a look at this tutorial of ours on sub-pages- Creating Sub-pages.

You can also take certain pages out of your navigation menu, and only have them accessed through links on your second tier pages.

Here's how to remove a page from your navigation:

1. Click on the "Edit Navigation" button on the top toolbar.
2. A dialog box will open and you will see the list of your pages in the left-hand pane under "Pages in the Navigation".
3. Click on the page you would like to remove and drag-and-drop it to "Pages out of the Navigation".

The page will no longer be in your navigation.

Hope this helps!
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Hi Bob,

The information Dre gave you will help with creating subpages. You can create a tier structure as deep as you would like. You could have pages in structure like Articles > Cooking Articles > Vegetables > Peppers > Stuffed Peppers Recipe, so in essence that would be 6 tiers (with the home page as tier 1 and Articles on the main navigation).

What I mean by all pages will be a subpage of the home page, you will see when you create your pages and link to them, even if you put a link on the "Vegetables" page that goes off to the "Peppers" page, the "Peppers" page will still have a URL as such: http://mysite.com/peppers.php.

Creating the pages and the links will create the tier structure, but all pages are in URL structure subpages of the home page. Hope that helps :)

Emmy
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Thanks Dre and Emmy. This was great stuff!!