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    Google and Flash

    I wish to inquire something.

    I am creating a full flash site. Now I know Google can spider flash but I wish to ask, whether it can spider the whole site, or just the main page?
    Hamza Shams
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    Of course google spiders whole page, don't worry

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    Google does not crawl inside the swf files. You must have all links and texts as alternate content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VideoWhisper View Post
    Google does not crawl inside the swf files. You must have all links and texts as alternate content.
    Incorrect. From google themselves:
    http://googlewebmastercentral.blogsp...-indexing.html

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    Google can read flash content now. But still I don't like the idea of showing pages from one single flash file.

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    They can read the contents now. They've index my mp3player .swf file.
    It has a dynamic text that they've indexed.

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    you need to be careful during flash site optimization, and use high alt text so you can explain well about content to spider to crawl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastCoast View Post
    Great to hear that!

    After reading the article there seem to be a lot of limitations that can prevent indexing your flash content.

    Externally loaded content is not included - as news tickers or other flash gadgets that load external content.

    Not sure if static texts are indexed as those are stored as images (instead of embedding fonts as for dynamic texts). A user said above that his dynamic text was indexed so that works for sure. I assume it just reads the swf and mainly indexes what's listed as text or links inside actionscript code or library symbols.

    Also javascript loaded flash files are not indexed - covering all recent flash standard files loaded as default with AC_RunActiveContent.js .

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    Quote Originally Posted by VideoWhisper View Post
    Great to hear that!

    After reading the article there seem to be a lot of limitations that can prevent indexing your flash content.

    Externally loaded content is not included - as news tickers or other flash gadgets that load external content.

    Not sure if static texts are indexed as those are stored as images (instead of embedding fonts as for dynamic texts). A user said above that his dynamic text was indexed so that works for sure. I assume it just reads the swf and mainly indexes what's listed as text or links inside actionscript code or library symbols.

    Also javascript loaded flash files are not indexed - covering all recent flash standard files loaded as default with AC_RunActiveContent.js .
    Static text isn't stored as images - it's stored as text with the necessary font glyphs embedded. It would appear it is spidered from my own tests.

    As for javascript embed, If you use swfobject google will allow for that.

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    check out swfaddress and its solution to seo. It's a great add on to flash and allows deep linking within flash.

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    it means google can crawl both dynamic as well as static text. ?


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