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What will forcing cookies do to spiders?
Any effect
jehoshua

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5990 posted 6:34 am on Jan 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi,

As the subject states, what will forcing cookies do to spiders, crawlers, bots,etc. My limited knowledge in this area is that (i) spiders don't use cookies, and therfore (ii) the 'results' of a cookie force will be unpredictable, leading to a possible penalisation, drop in PR,etc,etc.

What do you think?

Peter

 

WebGuerrilla

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5990 posted 6:54 am on Jan 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

The results of a cookie force are not unpredictable. Your pages simply will not get indexed.

victor

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5990 posted 9:40 am on Jan 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

Most spiders will throw away the cookie and never use it.

So the real question is, what do you do when a non-cookied request comes in?

If you respond with a subset of the information you'd usually display, then that is all the spider ever sees or has to work with.

This is a commom technique for sites that need logon to access deeper data. WMW is an example.

Brett_Tabke

WebmasterWorld Administrator brett_tabke us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5990 posted 7:04 pm on Jan 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you are using the Cookie for navigation, you are out of luck on indexing.

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