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    Hi there,

    Is it possible to disable hits for part of the page with a browser's search (CTRL+F)? I have a menu on the left side that is coming up as the first few hits for certain terms whenever I use the browser's search, which is annoying. I'd love to just disable the menu from being searched at all.

    Any suggestions? Thanks,

    Andrew

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    Other than making the menu image-based, no.
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    Games right, if you turn your menu into image based, then it will not be searched by the browser.
    I wouldn't recommend doing that though, Google will hate you for it

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    Not necessarily true. That's a bit of a myth. You can use an image-based menu without necessarily interfering with referral traffic from Google. You just have to get a little creative with CSS.

    There also never really was any significant penalty or traffic reduction in traffic associated with an image-based menu. That was all based on the stupid pseudo-logic that backlinks are key and so is their associated anchor text, when no one realizes that the anchor text for an image in a menu is defined by the text of its associated alt attribute, which makes sense because the alt attribute defines the image for those people and things that can't see it.
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    you're right, but don't forget that Google views alt text for what it is; alternative text. Having it as REAL text will always be the best option. Not to mention will render faster then loading 10+ extra images.
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    And maybe you should consider using cufon? Will be read as text, but the browser wont search it. I wouldn't use it if you have a lot of navigation though

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    From a purely user perspective, yes, text-based menus are usually the best alternative. But there are legitimate reasons to use image-based menus as well (specifically, if you need to apply a non-standard effect that even Cufon can't handle to a non-standard font). Both have their uses, and again, search engines have long been made aware of this.
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