I am seeing lots of conflicting information about this on the web - some say Google do index this, some say that they don't. Hope I can find a conclusive answer here!
Generally hashtag URLs function like this: [dulas.org.uk...]
I can understand why Google would not index this as a unique page - all the same content is present on each, but loads a slightly different way.
Does anybody have experience and examples of hashtag URLs being indexed? I have lots of people saying they guess this and that, but nobody seems to have an actual report of this working.
Thanks very much Rocknbil, really appreciate your reply. In case other readers find this thread, I have also found this resource which seems quite useful if you're in the same situation as me - [support.google.com...]
Basically, it seems far from ideal, but I've got this to deal with so I'm looking for a way to make it work! Turns out that it does, but you'll have a shed load of hoops to jump through first!
You're not talking about any old hash tag here - it's a "hash bang" which is Google's own invention!This is the way they've created to code AJAX links to make them crawlable, which is exactly you have described. Google Reference [developers.google.com]
Many sites have had such URLs indexed properly on Google (including Twitter up until the end of May this year when they changed their technology.)
Hash tags without the bang [!] that are used the original way to indicate page fragment identifiers are also indexed, and sometimes inserted into Google's description snippet so people can go directly to the part of the page that meets their query.
Yes - when you use AJAX you do need to jump through a lot of hoops to get complete indexing!
Msg#: 4472134 posted 8:45 am on Jul 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
Thanks Tedster, I did eventually find some info on the hash bang so I've forwarded to the developer team - who are delighted that they now have some new hoops to jump through! Appreciate your help - first time I've used this forum as somebody asking a question, and very impressed with the speed of response and useful information I've received.
A bit off-topic but might be of interest to somebody. I added a 'report this' on member articles that was only onclick - and i get lots of mails from googlebot reporting verious articles every day! Only the Google bot.