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I've created a Site Map based on the excellent advice of duz, but the page is 2.6 MB listing a link to every combination of pages on my site e.g.
<a href='index.asp?county=59&countyname=Carlow&city=294&cityname=Bagnalstown&propertytype=5&propertyname=Hotels&styletype=4&stylename=4 Star'>
4 Star Hotels in Bagnalstown, Carlow
</a>
<a href='index.asp?county=4&countyname=Cork&city=295&cityname=Rosscarbery&propertytype=5&propertyname=Hotels&styletype=4&stylename=4 Star'>
4 Star Hotels in Rosscarbery, Cork
</a>
<a href='index.asp?county=4&countyname=Cork&city=296&cityname=Leap&propertytype=5&propertyname=Hotels&styletype=4&stylename=4 Star'>
4 Star Hotels in Leap, Cork
</a>

and so on.
How should I break this down (this is only for search engines).  Should I create more sub sections drilling down, what should the maximum page size be or should I just leave it and let the robots crawl it. And any other advice.
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Gary
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duzCommented:
Gary -

Yes, your going to have to break it down to less than 100 links/page. Make sure it's in/close to the root or if you decide to make it hierarchical that all your links are no more than 3 clicks from the home page.

- duz
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e-strategystCommented:
Gary

If you would like to have a high ranking in your pages keep in mind that your TEXT Links should be exact as your visitors type in to the search boxes.(google search for exmpl.)

"4 Star Hotels in Rosscarbery, Cork" here this comma would make your text link useless unless your visitors searches exactly so. Use dashes instead of commas. Search engines finds dashes as word seperator not commas.

e-strategyst
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duzCommented:
e-strategyst -

>...here this comma would make your text link useless unless your visitors searches exactly so.

Where did you get that information from?

Google does not index commas. If you search on |4 Star Hotels in Rosscarbery, Cork| you will get exactly the same results as if you search on |4 Star Hotels in Rosscarbery Cork|

>Search engines finds dashes as word separator not commas

You are confusing file names with anchor text.  

- duz
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GaryAuthor Commented:
Thanks duz, even though I 've got quite a bit of work to do now :o/
I thought google pretty much ignored everything like ',/ and so on.
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e-strategystCommented:
Dear Experts - Duz - Gary,

Well it depends on how you would like to act, or even better how you would like to get a ranking. My opinion is :
Seperating anchor text with dashes means seperating the word. Google doesnt indexes commas at all, you are completely right and if you would like to have a high PR with your links (anchor text) I prefer to seperate it.

By the way :

Many SEO's have an outdated info about keyword contained file names. Recent study shows that Google and Yahoo doesnt gives a high ranking on keyword file names. I would like to suggest to update everyones information about keyword files with meanfull, short, easy to remember filenames.

If anybody wants I can send the comparision about keyworded and not keyworded filenames.

But this should be replaced with keyword containing DOMAIN NAMES. Its still very important to have a keyword domain name.

Regards

E-strategyst.
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