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Posted 27 December 2003 - 07:54 PM
<added> I take back part of that. There is rather a lot of scripting in the source code. I just looked at the code behind this page, with just the one post in it, and you have to get halfway down before you hit the content.
Posted 27 December 2003 - 08:02 PM
Do these forums get much search traffic on the pages that are in there?
Posted 27 December 2003 - 11:13 PM
As long as the page is less than 100K and all the tags are properly closed, it really shouldn't matter to a software program. I'm not a Google programmer (don't even play one on TV), but it takes just about one heartbeat to throw away everything between <script> and </script> or between <style> and </style>. Whoosh, whoosh, and the only thing remaining is indexable content.
Posted 28 December 2003 - 09:08 AM
For example, some HTML editors (I forget which) tend to add a blank line at the top of a page. Edit the page 5 times and there are 5 blank lines up top. 10 times and there are 10 lines. On several instances, we couldn't find anything else wrong with the page/site, so we removed the lines and the spider was there and gobbling it up within the week. Then again, I've seen pages with lots of blank lines up top that are crawled just fine. What was the difference? I have some guesses, but I'm not sure.
On other sites, the complaint has been that the bot won't crawl - or when it does, it only hits a few pages. Or, it'd take the pages (at a lower rate than expected) but they wouldn't rank well. We cleaned out the crap and there was a marked improvement in ranking and most notably, in depth of crawl.
I haven't really done anything in this realm for some time, so it's likely that my information is dated. Spider capabilities - especially with Google - improve on an almost daily basis. That's why I was asking about the traffic you folks get from Google - in an effort to update my understanding to what's going on today.
Posted 28 December 2003 - 09:13 AM
Posted 28 December 2003 - 09:18 AM
It is also beneficial for the webmaster because it makes modifying these elements alot easier than doing it page to page to page.
Links are also an issue. Google has stated that pages should have no more than 100 links on them and I have heard that they actually prefer pages with links in the 70's or less so I would assume that to have more than this would affect spiderability.
Posted 30 December 2003 - 08:27 AM
Im slowly being taken over on the search engine , can you estimate when googlebot will reappear, as there is lots of new stuff for it to index hes just not there to do it!
Posted 30 December 2003 - 12:59 PM
But I do find that a good amount of traffic finds us through keyword searches at Google.
Posted 30 December 2003 - 03:46 PM
Thanks for the info, Jill.
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