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    how does google spider flash websites?


    I know that google has the capacity to spider flash websites nowadays, but exactly how do they do it?

    can they read flash links or is there another method in how they spider a flash website.

    any info appreciated.
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    Jimmy,

    Take a look at Webby's -- Flash Page on SEO for Flash Pages
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    cheers for the link RB
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    Re: how does google spider flash websites?


    Originally posted by "jimmy-yo"

    I know that google has the capacity to spider flash websites nowadays, but exactly how do they do it?

    can they read flash links or is there another method in how they spider a flash website.

    any info appreciated.
    Google can see the file (swf) and shows this in the results...
    but it can't index the file itself...it cant see any text....

    regards, hans
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    Google can see the file (swf) and shows this in the results...
    but it can't index the file itself...it cant see any text....
    I understand that it cant read any text, so i suppose it can read the links, then it looks at the title and description of the page to determine what they page is actually about.

    this is where no frame tags come in
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    Originally posted by "jimmy-yo"

    Google can see the file (swf) and shows this in the results...
    but it can't index the file itself...it cant see any text....
    I understand that it cant read any text, so i suppose it can read the links, then it looks at the title and description of the page to determine what they page is actually about.

    this is where no frame tags come in

    As far as i know its wise to use flash in combination but never alone....

    It depends also how many keywords you have !!!!!!!!

    I mean to say that if you want to rank only on a brand name...
    and your domain is http://www.brandname.com you get a high ranking on that brandname anyway...so flash can be used without a problem for SEO work...

    If you want to have more keywords....it could be wise to use flash animations in combination with body text.....!!!!

    Even if google could see inside the flash file and read the text there it is still wise not to use full flash websites if you want to target for more then one keyword....also because of other SE..

    You could have the best flash site ever...without visitors to find it its a losing battle...

    regards, hans
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    agreed. I dont actually want to optimise a flash site becuase of the perils involved, but all this info is good, keep it coming

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    Good point, its always best to make a flash version and a html version and ask your user to decide where to go.

    This way google picks up on your content and your end users can have a choice.

    But if you do not have the budget/time to create an html site. Then make a html splash page with quality content and a click here to go to the flash site.

    otherwise go for the noscript tag.

    good luck.
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    you can also make a 'shadow' version of the site.

    this would be a html website striped right down (minus images,etc) leaving only the raw text (and links to other sections of the site) - the 'home' link goes back to the flash website.

    Then when someone accessess the shadow website via the search enigines and clicks 'home', they will be transported back to the flash website, and the home page will be a valid page to the engines, as long as you use no frames tags to ram the page up full of keywords.

    this is a cool option if you dont have much time to play with but need to get the site listed in the engines.

    on the downside, the shadow site does not look very impressive. Thats why you must get the user to click on the home link as soon as you can, so they can be transported back to the good looking flash site.

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