November 3, 2004
Good points, and good hints: search engines have long meant that pages need to be adequately self-describing.
However, I think that good homepages and information architecture are still important. If a user comes to a site via a search engine, she may well be interested in more than just the content she lands on. A good homepage and IA will help her understand what the entire site is about, what can be found there, and where to find it.
Having an IA also makes it possible to provide some context for each individual page, by telling the user where it is in the IA.