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How do spiders handle Server Side Includes?

   
8:28 pm on Jun 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

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How do spiders handle Server Side Includes? To they just find a link to the content, or do they see the rendered page for indexing?
8:33 pm on Jun 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WMW.

SSI is handled server side and the spiders will only see the rendered HTML.

3:51 am on Jun 5, 2001 (gmt 0)

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And they will not see the last-modified date in the response header unless you use the XBitHack method.

I don't know what the implications of the Last-Modified header missing are. NL will put "date not available" and I don't know what future date AV would put on it ;)

12:15 pm on Jun 5, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Thanks guys. I guess my question is whether or not using SSIs are going to hurt my search engine rankings?
12:19 pm on Jun 5, 2001 (gmt 0)

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The short answer is no they wont hurt your rankings.
1:50 pm on Jun 5, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Although a different spin on the same topic... Novice question...
Am I correct to say that a spider does not crawl a site unless it is submitted to a search engine (google, altavista)?
 

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