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My site has been redone and the designer used a program called Flash. Now, nothing flashes on the site, but I was just told that the search engines won't find me or my links page, unless I have her move the links page out of flash
is that correct? I'm in shock!
And on this index page, the source code lists my meta tags, title, description, etc.
So I am wondering will the search engines find me.
First thing I saw was that you have repeated the meta description and keywords tag twice on the index page with roughly 70 keywords in each case both identical to each other (This would fall into spamming) I would remove this to only one of each, remove the duplicates from under your <style> and perhaps reduce the amount of keywords here.
Good news is that you link from the index to the flash site with an <a href> to another HTML page with your flash movie contained within. Here we seem to have a mix between HTML and the link to the flash movie, along with a few external links to what I would assume to be your links that you are concerned about. I am not a expert with flash and therefore not really sure on how the SE’s would tackle this page, but apart from that all else looks fine.
If she was to remove the duplicate meta's (personally I would chance it) monitor it over a google dance and see what happens if the results are not as good as you would expect then perhaps a little tweak here and there wouldn't go a miss...
[added]Keep watching for tips on here and use anything that might fit into your current layout also[/added]
What I am saying is that your index page links to another HMTL page that contains content, SE's will prefer that to an index page with just a link to a flash movie.
The search engines finding you are the start of another task ahead for you :)
Links from other websites that are already linked in SE's will assist in them *finding* you along with many other factors such as PFI etc can also assist. Searching WebMasterWorld on getting the search engines to find my site will also give more information on how to achieve this :)
Here is a thread that bundles the most current information about Flash and how it applies to the engines.
You should have a way for people to view your site without needing Flash. You can do this with creating a basic HTML site that has a link off the main page that is not Flash based. You could also test for Flash capability and server up what is needed. Just offering a link to download Flash doesn't help. Bots can't get the plug in.
Thank you for your note. I just heard from my designer and she wanted me to ask you this:
What if we put more content into the index page, rather than just links to your flash.html (your main content) like it is now? Say you write an overall introduction about your website, what the website is about and so on, on your index page, and with link at the buttom to your flash.html?
Will that work? Please say YES!
If you haven't yet i suggest you read Brett's article on 15 thousand users a day in 12 months with google alone [webmasterworld.com].
It really depends on how much content you really have. I use Flash on a lot of sites. I just make the content in HTML with navigation and frills in Flash. That way the entire site is not bundled on one page, but across many lottery tickets.
A successful web site is constantly adding valueable content. Sites need to have new and fresh information so you can build a traffic based with or without the engines. Having a Flash site is fine I would highly recommend building HTML content with it and make sure it is being updated.
Flash is just the name of the product. It doesn't have to Flash. It is a way to create stunning visual effects that almost all internet users can see. The only problem is search engines haven't really learned how to read it. I would work with your designer to create something visually appealing while making a site that will perform well in the engines. It will be great experience for the designer and you will have a better site than you would have had with another designer who wouldn't have used Flash. Send your designer this URL. We are always happy to encourage growth here.