Originally Posted by solidghost
How about a homepage with just a few links ?
I mean, it makes it easier for search engine to go to the relevant pages.
Just putting a couple links on the homepage has always been a tough one for me. I have no proof but imo if you link to something off your homepage " going deep " - internally or outbound - it carries more weight for that page.
In other words putting a link on your homepage sends power to the page you link to. Compared to a page that is internal and doesn't have a link to it from the homepage, that page seems to me less important. Seems like the SE algos are thinking like this as well. Again, I have no proof on this - things just appear that way.
I see what you mean though by making it easier for a search engine with less pages, sometimes when a web design client wants a super clean and simple website with a minimal look/feel - Sometimes you totally have to minimize the links. Home, Contact, Sitemap. Give or take a link or two.
And btw.... I do believe in deep linking.