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2 column to 3 column - will it affect SERPS

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by bigfred, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. bigfred

    bigfred Power Member

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    I want to change my site from a 2 column to 3 column wordpress design. However I remember reading a while ago that 2 column sites are better for onsite SEP as the content is closer to the top of the page when you look at the source code.

    My site is number 1 for my keyword, so the last thing I want to do is mess that up.

    Any thoughts? Thanks for your help guys
     
  2. Cnotey

    Cnotey Power Member

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    I would be very interested in this answer too. I do know that google looks at things from left to right, so if you had 3 columns, google might look at your widgets first. Which would not be good for SERPs. If anyone knows this answer, chime in if you can!
     
  3. bigfred

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    Yes thats what I thought. Just to clarify my current layout is:

    Content - Sidebar

    I want to change the design to:

    Sidebar - Content - Sidebar

    The reason for the change is that I need more banner space and other bits of information.
     
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    Hmm I knew that that Google only checked the Top and Bottom of pages and mostly ignored the middle not sure what to tell you on that.
     
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    I do know that google looks at things from left to right, so if you had 3 columns, google might look at your widgets first. Which would not be good for SERPs. If anyone knows this answer, chime in if you can!