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BBB_Guy




msg:185062
 7:20 pm on Jan 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hello,
Does anyone know for sure weather googlebot spiders javacript links or not?

 

tedster




msg:185063
 12:58 am on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

The answer is "sometimes".

According to Matt Cutts of Google at last year's PubConferences, they will try to retrieve what might be URLs from javascript and check them out if they look like a page that's not already indexed. But this is not a thing you can pretty much count on, like a straight HTML link would be.

However, I have seen pages get indexed that are only available as URLs written in a straightforward manner by document.write(), as well as links that are simple arguments of a js function inside a dropdown menu.

Google won't execute the javascript (that's too dangerous to automate) but they will examine js as text-only to find strings that look like URLs. So if the URL is obscured too heavily by the coding, it may not get noticed.

seofreak




msg:185064
 8:41 am on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

Google doesn't seem to pick links with *onmouseclick* effect, as in my case .. however, i found the following script used on a site to link to websites and passing PR:

dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex14/dropitslide2.htm

So it's a mix and match.

The_Hitcher




msg:185065
 9:53 am on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

In all my years of teaching, I've lost count of the times I've seen students write 'weather' instead of 'whether'. Mind you, I've yet to meet a programmer that could spell either. Amuses me when my subcontracters write help files - they're often like the instructions you get with Taiwan based products.

To be fair though, I can't add up for toffee....

dirkz




msg:185066
 11:28 am on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

> I've lost count of the times I've seen students write 'weather' instead of 'whether'

Sometimes it's just the speech recognition software that determines whether spelling is correct :-) (this time Dragon got it right)

dirkz




msg:185067
 11:30 am on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

The next question is: Is PR passed?

seofreak




msg:185068
 2:28 pm on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

In the link I gave, yes, it does. Sticky me if you want the URL to see it.

dasboot




msg:185069
 2:36 pm on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

Mind you, I've yet to meet a programmer that could spell either

I can spell eitherr

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