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Will the SEs follow links from an ASP page?

     
9:18 am on Jul 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I have a client with an ASP site, I've optimised HTML pages and have submitted them with success. However, for the long-term I need to allow the optimised pages to be indexed naturally. I've suggested a link from the home page to a links page that then contains all the optimised pages so the likes of Google and others can index them.

The problem is that the IT guys at this company are resisting putting a link from the home page to a HTML page i.e. none of the optimised pages. If these pages were changed to ASP pages would the SEs pick them up if they were 2-3 links from the TLD?

Or will I have to register a new domain and run a parrallel site, offering more info or course, but with all the optimisation required to list well?

All help is gratefully received.

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You shouldn't really have trouble with asp pages at all. The only thing will be that links to them from further into the site will undoubtably be of less value in terms of PR

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Thanks Nick, so are you suggesting I convert all the optimised html pages to asp pages?

If so will all other search engines be able to index them as well and would the asp pages be ranked as well as html?

One final question, what would be involved in converting the html page to asp?

Once again, many thanks.

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Thanks Nick, so are you suggesting I convert all the optimised html pages to asp pages? Yes as long as they are non querystring asp pages ie [mydomain.com...]

If so will all other search engines be able to index them as well and would the asp pages be ranked as well as html? All major engines will have no problems with them.

One final question, what would be involved in converting the html page to asp? rename the file from mypage.html to mypage.asp. Thats it. You don't need any special code inside of the page.

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You dont really need to convert do you? An ASP page is just a page that gets parsed by the ASP engine like PHP does also.

naming pages page.asp will make no diffterence to what it does unless you put some ASP code in there and if your pages work as they are why would you need to.

No search engined have problems with .asp files AFAIK

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It sounds like the backend programmers want to utilize their global.asa. I would just ask if they have to be asp or not. Future asp development or global.asa usage are the only reason for the rename. If you do rename I don't think it will cause any problems.
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That all seems pretty straight forward if all I need to do is rename the extension to .asp.

Hi korkus2000, the reason the IT guys didn't want html pages is because of the shopping basket - they were concerned that if a user had some products in their basket and happened to return to the home page and then just happened(!) to click on my link, the shopping basket would be lost.

It's mostly hypothetical and probably would rarely, if ever, happen. But they want to make sure this eventuality never happens, which is fair enough I guess.

Also, would this be the case with .php files, could the same solution be used?

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.php and .asp are for the purpose of SEO the same.

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1:37 pm on July 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hi red_tractor,

>The problem is that the IT guys at this company >are resisting putting a link from the home page >to a HTML page

Do you have optimised HTML pages that are not linked to from your main navigation ? If you submit these pages to search engines, they could be seen as doorway pages.

what about linking to them with the target=_blank
, that way the shopping cart wont be lost.

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FYI, This is from googles Fact ad Fiction page.

Fact: At Google, we are able to index most types of pages and files with very few exceptions. File types we are able to index include: pdf, asp, jsp, hdml, shtml, xml, cfml, doc, xls, ppt, rtf, wks, lwp, wri.

[google.com...]

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Thanks for your reply
aspdaddy, just a couple of questions:

>Do you have optimised HTML pages that are not linked to from your main navigation ? If you submit these pages to search engines, they could be seen as doorway pages.

The only pages that have been submitted are the optimised pages to inktomi and the TLD to the main directories, which is why I need to establish a link from the TLD so all optimised pages can be indexed naturally. This process has been held up due to the asp issue. I'm hoping this won't be a problem.

>what about linking to them with the target=_blank
, that way the shopping cart wont be lost.

Can you expand on this, how will this code prevent the shopping cart from being lost?

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Can you expand on this, how will this code prevent the shopping cart from being lost?

It opens in a new window and allows the session cart to stay in the background uneffected.