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[edited by: engine at 4:04 pm (utc) on July 15, 2008]
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I still don't know why they want to index flash... maybe to crawl links... but to get text from it or content?
Absolutely! You know, if I were a Search Engineer and had to list some of the primary areas I would focus on for "quality content", Flash would be in the top ten. I've come across 100% Flash sites that were full of great content, great design and just overall they were great! Those sites are "serving an audience" too, they could care less about the SEs, that is not their target audience. These are the types of sites where Direct Visitors and Referring Sites are the two major driving forces of traffic. Search Engines are an added plus to the mix. ;)
That's silly. I think of flash like an image and it should be treated as such. You can put whatever you want in an image or flash file and marketing text may not be keyword rich or you may use funny tracking urls in flash etc.
I agree, it does "sound" silly. But, if they can control the indexing aspect of this and prevent what typically occurs with stuff they index, then maybe it will work. I think we know the routine by now. There will be Ads served somewhere in this process, I guarantee it. That's the pattern these days. Flash is the next boon for Link Development. I've given those links my own name; Flanchors.
if I were a Search Engineer and had to list some of the primary areas I would focus on for "quality content", Flash would be in the top ten.
I really don't share that view. Unless the Flash site has been done by professionals and it seems appropriate for the type of content I'm looking for (say, some latest Movie teaser), when I land on a flash page with a "Loading..." animation, it's usually the back button for me.
I still don't know why they want to index flash ... I think of flash like an image and it should be treated as such.
Wrong. Flash is now being used for cutting edge web-based application development using the Flex/AS3 platform. This is a fairly new develppment, only until a year or so ago was it possible to create intricate applications with Flash. Would I want Google to spider my nifty new application which just so happens to also contain a shopping cart system with products and prices? You bet.