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    Lazy Load Indexing Issues


    Is the lazy load killing my SEO?

    My site lazy loads products on each category page. Google only caches the first 100 products, but in some cases there are thousands of products. I am almost certain this is hurting our ability to get products indexed and that it prevents authority from being passed from the category page to the product (vs a paginated system with canonical tags).

    Before I spend a huge amount of effort switching to a paginated system, can anybody weigh in? There is almost no information out there about lazy loads and SEO, and if there is information it's not really directed at eCommerce. The lazy load creates a great user experience, which is what Google supposedly values, but if they can't crawl a large fraction of my product pages from the category pages then I think I must be hurting my SEO.

    More Background on the Question: I have a large site with about 250K products....only about 150K of them are indexed. When I bought the site they were in severe violation of Panda, and I have dramatically improved the content on the site over the last 6 months, but I have only seen a 33% increase in traffic when I was expecting it to triple or better. The fact that it's not growing very fast leads me to believe I have crawling issues. All of my competitors (who are huge, some in the top 100 eCommerce sites) have paginated systems.
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    Good question Nathanarizona. I moved your thread over to the Google Optimization section so more people see it.
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    Are you running Ajax applications? https://developers.google.com/webmasters/ajax-crawling/

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    Originally Posted by KernelPanic
    Are you running Ajax applications? https://developers.google.com/webmasters/ajax-crawling/
    It's not an "ajax application" per-se but it uses ajax to pull in additional products after the page has loaded, as the user scrolls down the page.

    In short, YES but not like a traditional AJAX application.
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    Did the link I provided offer anything helpful for your issue?
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    I had already stumbled across that and forwarded it onto my Dev guy. Some of this stuff is over my head, but I surmise that with you linking to that you are implying there is a way for a site of my size to have a crawlable lazy load?

    I'll pester my dev guy. Thanks.
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    And here is the better question...if this does work and makes the whole page crawlable, how big is too big? 1MB? The standard used to be 100KB, but no more.
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    Originally Posted by KernelPanic
    Did the link I provided offer anything helpful for your issue?
    OK. I think we got to the bottom of our mystery. The site got hit by Panda in early summer '12, and I talked to them and they said that they rebuilt the site in October. When I asked them about a duplicate HTML version they remembered they used to have that set up. Since they already got hit by Panda, they didn't notice any impact when they eliminated the HTML version.

    Thank you for your help in working through that. When I stumbled across that article I didn't even know what AJAX was so it was hard to digest at first.

    So the question still remains, how big is too big for a category page on a big eCommerce site? Maybe I should start a new thread? I have some pages with 12,000 products, which if it's 50KB per image then we may be talking about 500MB on a page?

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