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#1 Gerry White

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 06:35 AM



Found this code in non-indexing pages on a site,
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="1;URL=java script:sweeptoggle('xxxxx')" />

I have heard that a refresh of less than 1 will be considered a 302 / or even a 301 (word of mouth type sources), so I am guessing this could stop the page from being indexed ?

Also, the sitemap.xml and the robots.txt are being resolved (ok) as the homepage, not sure how that would be interpretted...!

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 06:42 AM

My biggest concern with that code is why a metta refresh is redirecting to some JavaScript, that looks well dodgy and seings as the G! spider cannot execute JS it's not being fired.

One would assume if it isn't seing the refresh / firing the JS, all it sees is a completely blank page, and I'm no expert but I would assume G! doesn't index blank pages.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 08:28 AM

Yeah, without knowing what that javascript "sweeptoggle" thingee does, it's difficult to know what is happening there.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 09:11 AM

Hi Gerry
QUOTE(Gerry White)
Found this code in non-indexing pages on a site,
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="1;URL=java script:sweeptoggle('xxxxx')" />
Yep, that could be bad news.

QUOTE
Also, the sitemap.xml and the robots.txt are being resolved (ok) as the homepage, not sure how that would be interpretted...!
I doubt that's causing you a problem, but I'd definitely fix it. It's best to keep things ship-shape, especially around robots.txt.


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Posted 11 March 2009 - 10:17 AM

Thanks everyone, glad I wasn't talking hot air! Took a while for me to notice that meta refresh amoungst a huge amount of other content ... but that I hope will explain why those pages can't seemingly rank!

I have no idea what it does (the js) but its a dynamicdrive script ...

Gerrry

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 11:19 AM

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I have no idea what it does
That's always a worry, why is it there if you don't know what it does?

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:18 PM

I guess it's just a funny way of doing this:

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<body onload="setTimeout(sweeptoggle('xxxxx'),1000)">


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Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:33 PM

QUOTE(1dmf @ Mar 11 2009, 04:19 PM) View Post
That's always a worry, why is it there if you don't know what it does?


Because I didn't do the site! Just helping with the SEO as part of a packaged service, it wasn't something I had ever come across before.




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