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Flash and search engines

Flash and search engines/Crawlers

   
8:42 pm on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hey. I'm thinking there is no way to for crawlers to reference the links in a flash movie, would I be right in that assumption?

If so, can someone recommend a good way to handle flash movies?

10:43 pm on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The last I heard, Google actually does index urls embedded in a SWF file. Not sure about Yahoo, MSN.

However, it is always a good idea to reinforce your sites navigation in HTML just to be safe.

Have fun!

4:37 pm on May 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"The bottom line though has always remained the same: you can't depend on any search engine considering any part of a flash file for ranking or even indexing."

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3:21 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Is your .swf embedded in an html pge or standalone?
9:25 pm on May 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The .swf file is embedded in a web page. (Sorry about the late reply I was on vacation.) I know this is probably an opinion based question/statement (or maybe someone has some facts) but is it safe to assume I.E. is the most widley used browser? realistic expectations/projections on which browser will be the most widley use in 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, etc. is what I really asking for a guess. Thank you all for your helpful comments/references.
9:46 pm on May 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Your own website logs will show what browsers are being used on your site right now. There are also some statistics available from w3cschools [w3schools.com]. Every site will be different.

As far as 1, 2, or 3 years in the future, well... you know what they say about trying to predict the future. :)