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body text in <noscript> tag
How seach engine would consider body text enclosed by noscript tag.

 5:49 am on Oct 12, 2004 (gmt 0)
I have a site having article in the body but enclosed in the noscript tag. Would search engine be able to read the text? Or it will consider it as Spam technique.



 10:00 am on Oct 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Welcome to the forums, MeeshaMosaic.

Search engines read the text between noscript tags. Users with Javascript enabled browsers won't see it.
I think you can compare the noscript tag with alt attributes. If you have images off, the text in the alt attribute should describe the image.
Text between noscript tags should tell what's supposed to happen when scripting is enabled. If not, it's spam.


 12:10 pm on Oct 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

You need to have a reason to have the noscript tag. Is there script, for one? Is the article generated in JavaScript which requires you to have a noscript alternative? If you can't justify the noscript tag then it's spam. Google reminds us not to do anything we'd only do for a search engine.

It's worth noting out that the contents of a noscript tag are not treated well by search engine algorithms. Keywords there won't carry the same weight.


 5:39 am on Oct 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hi Span,

Thanks for your valuable suggestion. But how would the noscript tag be helpful for my site as a vistor point of view



 5:49 am on Oct 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

One example could be that if you had a javascript drop menu full of links, you could use the <noscript> to put a link to the site map, or maybe a page that featured the links that were in the drop menu.

That way a visitor with javascript turned off could still navigate your site, even if they had an extra click here or there.


 9:16 am on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks :)

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