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Google and Breadcrumbs for AJAX Tabs

     
4:04 pm on Sep 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

A developer is building a site. The pages are rich with content, but the content is divided into 5 tabs accessible via AJAX. I had asked them to use breadcrumbs that looked like this:

home page > category page > subcategory page > detail page

They want:

home page > category page > subcategory page > detail page > AJAX Tab

Does this defeat some of the SEO benefits of the breadcrumbs?

Thanks!
8:09 pm on Sept 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I'd say it doesn't defeat the purpose of breadcrumbs for your users, and probably not for SEO either.

But there is one important question here about the technology involved. Can googlebot discover the AJAX content? There are all kinds of AJAX functionality. Some of it is easily crawlable and some of it is pretty much hidden from crawling, at least for now.
8:22 pm on Sept 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Thank you Tedster...how can I determine if each tab is readable by the bots?