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Are Trusted Feeds and option?
Illah




msg:1564898
 9:07 pm on Aug 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

First off I know there's a trusted feed area, but I'm unable to post there for some reason...

A client has recently told me what no SEO wants to hear: They are making an all-flash site with almost all the content within a handful of super-SWF's.

So what can I do? The idea of trusted feeds has come up because apparently one can deep-link into flash now using URL strings ala PHP modifiers. Can anyone confirm?

My dilemma is this: Once the URL's are fed into the engines they are ranked according to the usual algos. Even with deep linking, the usual algos will see the same page over and over with the same META, title, etc... If this is the case then the trusted feed is pointless because the URL's will still suffer the same SEO pitfalls.

Or am I crazy.

So far I've given the usual advice - HTML footer, site map, try to break up SWF's on multiple HTML pages, use some HTML text. They are unable to do an HTML mirror due to budget concerns.

Any and all advice would be appreciated!

--Illah

 

bcolflesh




msg:1564899
 9:10 pm on Aug 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

They are unable to do an HTML mirror due to budget concerns.

That makes no sense - they are really going to have concerns when they see how that all-Flash site does in the SERPs...

creative craig




msg:1564900
 3:36 pm on Aug 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

I recently worked on a pure flash site, from the site map I linked into deep products that they wanted to push. Once the page was loaded I loaded in a specific part of the Flash movie for that product, amazingly I also got a few external sites to link to these pages with some very good link text.

Last time I looked we had half decent rankings, a little more work with link building and I think that we will be there.

On the page I used as mush good seo as I could, pure CSS page with well crafted titles and metas - about as much as expected.

trillianjedi




msg:1564901
 3:55 pm on Aug 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yep, all about the inbound link structure.

Sometimes Flash is called for (all depends on the image the company wants to convey).

It can be done - several Flash only sites sitting at the top of the SERPS for extremely competitive terms.

Quadruple the advertising budget though.

TJ

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