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And to answer another misunderstanding, no I did not convert to JS to improve my page in relation to SEs. I already had my #1 spot. I converted my pages to JS to improve the experience with my surfers AND to have my webpage fully and quickly adaptable to new content by mearly appending variables in arrays in the JS code.
Think of yourself as an architect. You may think a 'gone with the wind' style staircase is pretty cool as the entrance to a new shopping centre - but the law (the planning authorities) say you must not discriminate against eg disabled people. Your website design is no different. And your 'I'm hip and its 2002 get a new browser' ain't an option for many people.
Read the applicable laws in your country - and the W3C accessibility information. Comply with best practice and the law.
I dont think any amount of prayers, debate or else here is going to change anything in the next months.
and letting them know that you demand that they manually give back your ranking.
It is the one form that GoogleGuy has repeatedly said that they read.</sarcasm>
If you don't want to play by their games, there are a few billion other sites that will.
[edited by: Marcia at 6:03 pm (utc) on Oct. 30, 2002]
2) If a script uses browser detection techniques, which one should Google be?
3) If a page uses a script to validate a form and then submit the form, what should Google index? (After all the fields may all be blank)
If you want to serve smaller, faster files, look at zipping them up and changing your server settings to serve compressed files if the client will accept them.
Funny, this morning I woke up and my #1 position was restored for one of my websites (the bigger one). Weird. It was gone for over a week. Is this common? Perhaps i blew up too soon.
gxs, very good point. I never thought of this. Script will have to be written to accept 'general' browsers. But that would not work as you could create a different version of your site for the googlebot. I guess Google would have to pretend it is IE, if even allowed.
I only have 0% content when JS is disabled. I think that is why I lost the listing, but now that I am back at #1, I am not sure. Perhaps my #1 spot has to do with the Google Dance?!
"If you want to serve smaller, faster files, look at zipping them up and changing your server settings to serve compressed files if the client will accept them."
Sorry, but this is not an option as I do not own the content that I give to my visitors.
MHes, yes you are missing something. If I did that, then even the JS users have to load all that content (which is never displayed) so there is no save on bandwidth, and the site does not load faster. If I did this, I would remove the JS code completely.
In the world of trading adult traffic, the speed of which your site loads is extremely important. I traded 40k hits yesterday (which is a lot of me, but low compared to some) and a few extra seconds of load time could have cut that down significantly.
Also, the noscript tags would remove my functionality of my scripts to easily add more content as it becomes available to me.
I still vote for server-side scripting that would make your content changes fast and easy but would present straight HTML to both human visitors and robots.
You have to decide if your site will be optimized for thousands bookmarkers or fresh visitors from Google.
And don't tell me you can't afford more bandwidth your site is on the cheapest hosting provider I know about ;)
HQ, you wouldn't be the first person to see changes and attribute them to something. It can take two updates (from four to eight weeks) to see the effects of a change properly.
I am still not sure if I am going to keep my #1 ranking or not. Why would I lose it for a whole week? My change from regular HTML to mostly JS was done a while back, so it was not like Google instantly reacted to it. I believe I may still have lost my #1 ranking, but I will have to sit and wait. I normally do not jump the gun. If I lost my #1 ranking for something other than JS, then there is not way for me to find out what that is, as I have done nothing different.
Hmmm... I have gateway pages for first time visitors to my websites but I take them down for trades. So perhaps Google thought I was cheating them. But this type of thing is allowed right? The gateway does nothing more than show a few ads and says, "No Thanks. Please let me see XXXXXXXXX." at the bottom in which you can click on. Is this type of thing allowed? (I think it is, and I have read that it was, but I now want to make sure.)
andreasfriedrich, the content is not mine, so I can not do this. I can only link to the content. The bandwidth I am speaking of saving are the actual links to this content! I might break 50k hits today, so my b/w bills are steap, even for plain text HTML code.
rogerd, I think you are right. The money I make from the SE traffic is worth the bandwidth bill. It is just hard to determine the amount of visitors lost via a slower site. But I suppose I am losing all non-JS users anyway, so that kind of cancels each other out.
Evolve, adapt, or die.
And if there is such a solution, why haven't they implemented it yet? (And for that matter, why hasn't any other engine?)
Simple, it is easy to spam using such techniques. Same reason they don't follow frames: I mean; it is just as easy to follow <frame src="..."> as it is to follow <a href="..."> isn't it? But they don't.
It isn't Googles problem, it's yours - it's you that is losing the visitors and Google don't care.
Perhaps the power is not there yet, but it will be. It will happen, it is just a matter of time.
HQ, you're sour attitude amazes me. I'm not sure if you are actually looking for a solution or just a forum to gripe in.
Several people here have tried to tell you how it is. Several others have given you solutions to your problem. If that's still not good for you, why don't you go take it up with Google.com.
Listen one more time, HQ.
Evolve, adapt, or die.
Hope you find the right balance for your sites,
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Thanks all, for your cooperation.
Only time will tell. I will post the results here for everyone else.