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BBB_Guy

7:20 pm on Jan 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hello,
Does anyone know for sure weather googlebot spiders javacript links or not?

tedster

12:58 am on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The answer is "sometimes".

According to Matt Cutts of Google at last year's PubConferences, they will try to retrieve what might be URLs from javascript and check them out if they look like a page that's not already indexed. But this is not a thing you can pretty much count on, like a straight HTML link would be.

However, I have seen pages get indexed that are only available as URLs written in a straightforward manner by document.write(), as well as links that are simple arguments of a js function inside a dropdown menu.

Google won't execute the javascript (that's too dangerous to automate) but they will examine js as text-only to find strings that look like URLs. So if the URL is obscured too heavily by the coding, it may not get noticed.

seofreak

8:41 am on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Google doesn't seem to pick links with *onmouseclick* effect, as in my case .. however, i found the following script used on a site to link to websites and passing PR:

dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex14/dropitslide2.htm

So it's a mix and match.

The_Hitcher

9:53 am on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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In all my years of teaching, I've lost count of the times I've seen students write 'weather' instead of 'whether'. Mind you, I've yet to meet a programmer that could spell either. Amuses me when my subcontracters write help files - they're often like the instructions you get with Taiwan based products.

To be fair though, I can't add up for toffee....

dirkz

11:28 am on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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> I've lost count of the times I've seen students write 'weather' instead of 'whether'

Sometimes it's just the speech recognition software that determines whether spelling is correct :-) (this time Dragon got it right)

dirkz

11:30 am on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The next question is: Is PR passed?

seofreak

2:28 pm on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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In the link I gave, yes, it does. Sticky me if you want the URL to see it.

dasboot

2:36 pm on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)



Mind you, I've yet to meet a programmer that could spell either

I can spell eitherr

 

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