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GoogleGuy Says

PostPosted: February 1, 2004 7:27 PM 

Importance: Medium

GG says that Google spiders Flash files.

GoogleGuy Says: [Link to quote]

We can follow links in Flash .swf files just fine. Typically I recommend avoiding Flash if you want optimal crawling by lots of search engines' spiders, but if they're already crawled with PR, then it might be better just to leave it be.
One thing that I would recommend is to provide a non-Flash "escape hatch" of text links that still allow you to traverse the site without going into the Flash pages. Or you can add text links on HTML pages that have Flash (e.g. a static text "skip intro" link that bypasses the Flash). That will help with any search engine bots that don't know how to crawl Flash .swf files..

My rule of thumb is "make sure that you can reach any page with a static text link." Usually that boils down to something like a site map, but that simple rule of thumb is probably what I end up recommending for 90% of sites that have problems with crawl coverage.

Good luck and let us know what you decide to do.. :)


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PostPosted: July 1, 2005 5:32 AM 

Our homepage have been up for several months now but it's still not googleable. We thought that we could improve our chances by using .html-files as a sort of vehicles to the actual .swf-files that lies behind(go on to www.sharpsand.se to see what I mean) but it does not seem to work. Should we rather only use .swf-files or is there anyting else we can do?

software engineering

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PostPosted: March 24, 2007 1:55 AM 

Google SERPs crawls flash Pages. IN google listing i have seen flah pages of our website are listed under our keywords.

Google crawl flash pages and displaying the inside text the links.

Good Move Google ...

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