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splash page with autoredirect - is that bad?

working around a flash text

12:35 pm on Nov 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have a little flash on my main page. However, google doesn't read it.

I'd love to have a front main page that is simply text of what is in the flash, then have it redirect to the REAL main page with flash.

But if I use javascript to do that will I be penalized for cloaking or redirecting?

A certain famous site that sells videos of bums fighting each other has a splash page with text on it that appears in the google search, but when you go there, it takes you to the main flash driven page.

How can I do this and not run afoul of google?


9:50 pm on Nov 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I asked Michael Schmitt from Google yesterday if it would be ok to cloak pages in order to separate pure flash sites from pure text sites for spiders.

If the html-pages show the same as the flash-version it would be ok from an ethical point of view. But as long as GoogleBot can't determine if the flash content is the same as the html-content he suggested to have both versions on the site and visible for both users and bots.