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    How do search engines deal with frames?

    Hi, I am interested in knowing how search engines (esp. Google) deal with a site that uses frames. When submitting a page (or if a spider is reviewing that page) does the SE understand how to navigate the frames? My first page is has 3 frames (heading, left navbar and body). There is not alot of content in that page. Most of the content is in the body which I load depending on which button is clicked. Thanks!

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    Reference this:
    http://www.google.com/webmasters/2.html

    It states under "Reasons your site may not be included."


    "Your page uses frames. Google supports frames to the extent that it can. Frames tend to cause problems with search engines, bookmarks, emailing links and so on, because frames don't fit the conceptual model of the web (every page corresponds to a single URL). If a user's query matches the site as a whole, Google returns the frame set. If a user's query matches an individual page on the site, Google returns that page. That individual page is not displayed in a frame -- because there may be no frame set corresponding to that page."

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    worksdev

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    Also here is a brief that addresses your issue from a rough draft of an article I began writing yesterday:

    "Many search engines cannot read frames or will incorrectly index a site using frames.

    Sites that use frames will often use them in a way to keep all the navigation buttons or links in one frame and content in another. They will also usually put their logo or organizational header info in another frame.

    When a search engine returns a result based on keywords found in the content of a framed page, only the page URL is returned (if the keyword does not match the whole frameset—which is typically the case).

    The result is someone who searched out keywords relevant to your site, found your content but with no link or logo to attribute the content to your site or to get them to your home page. "

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    Thanks Worksdev!

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    Although it is preferable and much easier to rank a site that is not in frames, there may be a slight solution if you must use frames.

    Try including valuable optimized content within your <no frames> tag.


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