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Page jumps for Search engines

Do search engines hate these?

2:46 pm on May 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Following on from my thread regarding Iframes and search engine ranking, I've found a possible solution.

I have a page called 'design.htm' which diplays it's main text content via an Iframe displaying 'design text.htm'

I have been adviced that search engines do not read IFrames.

As an alternative could I create a jump page, i.e. a page containing just the text and so on, so the search engines pick it up. When the page is open via a search engine link it jumps the user to the correct page.

The code I have is:

<Script Language = "Javascript"> Window.location="design.htm" </Script>

do you see any problem in using this method?

thanks in advance


6:21 pm on May 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Yes, there's a definite problem. I'd say don't start making any changes yet - the jury is still out, but we'll have an answer you can count on very soon. I;m actively looking for moderators who use iframes in a site and we'll let you know.

Search Engines definitely have not been reading links inside javascript. At Pub Conference, Matt Cutts, a search engineer from Google, mentioned that G is working on adding that ability in the near future. But it doesn't exist now. He wasn't sure if js links would pass PR, however.

I don't currently have any iframes pages, so I'm not 100% certain about the search engines questions - but I'm looking for some authoritative input for you. If there IS a problem, it would only be for original document -- the one that's loaded with the src= attribute. Links to iframes (with a target="iframename" attribute) most definitely DO get indexed.

And it sounds odd to me that there's a problem at all with Google, from everything Matt talked about in Boston. Google bends over backwards to find every link they can - and this one is a no-brainer.

Plus, we've had several members say that Google sends traffic to their "orphaned" iframe document, and looking for a way to fix that. How could they be having that problem if Google didn't index the page in the first place?

7:40 am on May 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Tedster

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