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anyhow, I have a client that their system is running on windows servers and they use .asp for most if not all of their stuff. This is the first time I have dealt with a client that uses .asp
Iím wondering if there are any issues with Google spidering asp? From what I understand asp is server side so by the time Google see's it its plain html?
Thoughts, comments, suggestions?
Also I have heard from good authority that google does not score .asp as high as a regular .htm or .html. It is not a big difference, but maybe worth mentioning.
As far as code goes, what the browser sees is what googlebot sees.
My personal experience with .asp pages is contrary to this. I find that G ranks them as well as .html or .htm. YMMV.
I have many, many top ranked .asp pages, so I am not talking theory.
If there is a difference, I DONT think its worth mentioning.
I would think that .php, .cfm, or .asp pages would be the best file formats for creating websites because it is so much easier to create on page permanent 301 redirects in the future when the page changes; as opposed to static pages. It would seem that dynamic page extensions are superior to static page extensions simply for that reason alone.
If what you have is a query form to a database the way around this for intranet searching has always been to create an index page that links to every relevant combination of parameters. Needless to say though that would certainly butcher your PR.
I do however have another query regarding asp. we are finding more and more affiliate links appearing in Google. This is particularly annoying for us as once we have optimised a clients page the affiliate link often scores a higher ranking for the optimisation that we have carried out, just by using an asp redirect. This results in our client paying for Google traffic through the high ranking affiliate link. Moreover it means that the content is duplicated in Google which could mean that our optimised page gets excluded from the SERPS.
Has anyone else had this happen? Can anyone offer a solution?
When a page changes I use this for the re-route. From all my searching WW, this seems to be the most accepted for .asp
Response.Status = "301 Moved Permanently"
Response.addheader "Location", "http://www.site.com/whatever.htm"
Not that that's bad advice, just strikes me as odd that a company that basically is anti-SEO is giving advice as to how to rank on other search engines.
If you think about it logically, it only makes sense because asp and aspx are quite common, and Google wouldn't be fulfilling its mission to help people find what they are looking for.
Furthemore, an asp or aspx page is more likely to be a professional page than all the zillions of HTML science projects out there.
Of course, just because someone knows how to code ASP.NET doesn't mean they know how to do it well, or make it look good.