joined:Mar 22, 2011
Here is a benefits of users vs. benefits for SEO success question:
I have a new site about to launch and I have to make a critical decision:
The big draw of the site are nicely put together PDF files. To monetize the site, I have the PDFs served inline with ads served around the PDF.
I have 2 different options for serving the PDFs inline:
1. Create a separate HTML file that serves the PDF inline.
File one served as: HomePAGEURL/pdf-inline1.html
File two served as: HomePAGEURL/pdf-inline2.html
2. Serve all of the PDFs through a single script:
File one served as: HomePAGEURL/cgi-bin/showmypdf.cgi?pdf-inline1.html
File two served as: HomePAGEURL/cgi-bin/showmypdf.cgi?pdf-inline2.html
1. It is 15% faster for users.
2. Less cpu processor dependent.
1. It create a bunch of extra HTML files (1 per file) that I have to block from bots reading. This will result in double the number of blocked from robot files on my site.
1. We result in HALF the number of files I'd have to block from robots.
1. Slower for users and uses more computing resources.
My concern is that with an additional 20,000 files to blocked from robots (approx. HALF of the files on the site) it will look negative for my site's SEO profile.
What do you guys think?