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Just look at how JS can be abused—simple cloaking, hiding page stuffing, putting promotional language above Adsense ads, etc. etc. With all these possibilities, it would be foolish to imagine Googlebot ignores JS entirely.
It is just a different text being shown each time a visitor comes in. Just like a random tip or a random advertisement. There is no cloacking, or whatever, involved.
Don't you think that you guys are taking things a bit too far with all this Google penalty thing?
joined:Dec 29, 2003
doesn't matter if it is or not...if Google's algo says it is. Why not use a php or perl thing?
It was not done to fool Google but to enhance our user experience. I don't think Google would have any problem with it, as long as it's not used very heavily.
If you want artificially fresh content, you may rotate some informations on the page, for example, always show different news. If you're sure Google would like it. I'd rather not use a script that randoms it every visit, but every hour/day depending how many crawls do you get, so there would be approximately 2-3 freshbot crawls per one content update - this would look more natural to G than serving different content every time.
I had problems with a site using frames. I described it in details here: [webmasterworld.com...]
But seriously, we're just riffing off a topic. I take it for granted that at some point JS tricks get you in trouble. That doesn't mean that a script that shows the time will send you into SERP Hell.