Need your opinion re: site navigation


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Monkeyleg
April 9, 2005, 08:36 PM
I hope folks here don't mind me asking questions all the time, but your feedback has helped me immensely over the past year.

My site has reached the number of visitors I predicted it would get by this time. It's also doing just about everything else I thought it would do.

The shops on my site are getting a good number of viewers, but I obviously want to increase the number of viewers.

To that end, I wonder if the navigation menu is sufficiently self-explanatory.

So, for anyone willing to chime in, please do the following: imagine that you're not particularly internet savvy; do a search for "Kimber pistols;" click on the link that says Kimber Pistols. Kimber 1911 Pistols. Kimber Handguns. (http://www.gunshopfinder.com/kimber.html) It's usually about #5 to #7 on most search engines.

Now imagine that you don't know anything about this site, which you may not. Do the links on the side (Find A Shop: By Map, By Town, By Accessories, Services, etc) make sense to you, or do you think the average surfer wouldn't know what they're for?

The way that most current visitors to the site find the shops I have is as follows: search for Kimber pistols (just an example) on the search engines, view the Kimber pages, select a state to find Kimber dealers, then view the dealers' pages.

Other visitors search for "Indiana gun shops," find my site, go to either the Indiana by map page or the Indiana by town page, then view the dealers' pages.

I'm too close to all this to know if it's obvious that a visitor can find information about the shops on the site using the "Find A Shop:" links.

Any input you have is much appreciated.

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ralphie98
April 10, 2005, 07:19 PM
It all makes sense to me. I like that the navigation frame is uncluttered. Too many websites have way too many links over there. Your site seems simple and easy to navigate.

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