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2:29 pm on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Should I put a splash page on our site or not? The only purpose would be to build an email list. The business is a service so nothing is sold on the site. I am more concerned with how a splash page affects seo. Thanks for your thoughts.
3:21 pm on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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At best it will simply drain off some PR before the search engines find something to index.
4:24 pm on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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At worst, it might drain off some visitors if they have to take an action before proceeding to your content.
4:41 pm on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It depends on your topic. For example, if it's a movie site, people might expect a splash page. You've indicated it's a business service, so i'd be reluctant to use it. Some users might find it annoying, too.

I'm with piatkow and jimbeetle, depending upon how you implement it, it could have a negative impact. In addition, there are implications if people head right back to the search engine from the splash page.

Splash pages have had their day for the vast majority of sites, imho.

[edited by: engine at 6:14 pm (utc) on Oct 25, 2012]

5:42 pm on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Splash pages have had their day for the vast majority of sites, imho.

Agree :-)

I have seen some sites use a VERY SMALL pop up box that appears after the user has scrolled down the page past the fold. The best I've seen use a cookie to ensure that returning visitors only see the mailing list pop-up once.

Another version I've seen was a box in the navigation column that used Flash to animate the box and draw the eye to it.

All content on the top aka '3 seconds to grab the customer' section was totally visible in either case.
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Thanks everyone for your opinions. I appreciate your posts.
10:08 pm on Oct 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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At worst, it might drain off some visitors if they have to take an action before proceeding to your content.

At worse than worst, it might prevent your real page from getting indexed at all, depending on what form that required action takes. (No names, but I am not making this up.)
 

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