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In order to offer the user new choices, I often show the same links in the main content are that are also available in the left-hand navigation tree.

It looks more or less like this:

Link 1       Hello,
Link 2       please choose between Link 1 and 2
Link 3       or Link 3.

This way, I keep the user interactions focused on the main content area while the Left-Hand-Navigation Block serves as orientation for the hierarchical positioning of the pages.

We thought about whether it is okay to keep the user's attention on the main content or whether we can let him search for navigation options in the left column himself.

a possible alternative could look like this:

Link 1       Hello,
Link 2       here is some featured content which is not showing any 
Link 3       link or maybe just the featured one: link 3

Which one do you prefer ux-wise? And why?

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That's not main content. That's just more navigation.

If you need to describe the navigation in the content area with more verbosity, then I'd rethink your navigation.

All that said, this question is rather context-dependent. A newspaper would certainly have plenty of links in the content area on its home page, for instance.

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Hi, thanks for your answer! Well, it's not about describing the links but giving the user a more user-friendly presentation of the deeper links by grouping the deeper content levels and adding imagery. The pages in question are more these typical distribution pages in order to bring the user a level deeper towards his desired content. – cukabeka Jun 27 '11 at 7:50

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