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Disabling Right-click - Effect On Seo?


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#1 JPotts

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 11:32 AM

One of my company's sites has right-click functions disabled (yes, I realize this doesn't really stop people from stealing content - it wasn't my choice). I've noticed when I use a spider emulator (seo-browser.com) that our image alt tags appear to be invisible to the spiders. I can see the alt tags on the actual site, and I've verified that they are in the code, but they don't seem to show up for spiders. Could this be caused by our right-click disabling?

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 12:10 PM

depends on the page code, I can't see how though as right click disabled tends to be a simple javascript normally.

Also alt image attribute text is ignored unless they are clickable, are they clickable? I really wouldn't worry about it though as it is such a tiny tiny effect that there are better rabbits to chase.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 01:46 PM

QUOTE(OldWelshGuy @ Jan 19 2010, 12:10 PM) View Post
Also alt image attribute text is ignored unless they are clickable, are they clickable? I really wouldn't worry about it though as it is such a tiny tiny effect that there are better rabbits to chase.


So, the alt text only helps my SEO efforts when the picture is used as a link? A couple of the images in question are clickable, but I have a different problem with them altogether - they're not showing up at all in the Spider Emulator.

Thanks for the clarification!

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 03:03 PM

As OWG pointed out most right click disabling is done with Javascript.

In this case I would be more suspicious of the emulator tool you're using having an problem with the no right click routine. The easiest way to tell what's really what is to head over Google.com, do a site: type of search for the domain in question, then view the Cached versions of a couple of pages. If you see the Alt Att's in the source code there you can be reasonably certain Google is seeing them. Otherwise they wouldn't be there in the cache. wink1.gif

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 10:34 AM

QUOTE(Randy @ Jan 19 2010, 03:03 PM) View Post
As OWG pointed out most right click disabling is done with Javascript.

In this case I would be more suspicious of the emulator tool you're using having an problem with the no right click routine. The easiest way to tell what's really what is to head over Google.com, do a site: type of search for the domain in question, then view the Cached versions of a couple of pages. If you see the Alt Att's in the source code there you can be reasonably certain Google is seeing them. Otherwise they wouldn't be there in the cache. wink1.gif


Thank you Randy! I tried this, and found that the alt tags are present in Google's cached version of our site. Looks like the problem is with the emulator, as you suspected. Thank you both for your guidance!

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 06:49 AM

alt attributes

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 07:05 AM

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alt attributes


lol.gif I suppose someone had to in the end.

#8 JPotts

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 07:46 AM

QUOTE(chrishirst @ Jan 21 2010, 06:49 AM) View Post
alt attributes


Right, that too sarcastic_blum.gif

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 08:46 AM

JohnMu from Google wrote about this in 2009, see this thread http://www.google.co...m...50091&hl=en

he said

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Personally, I find the use of right-click-blocking JavaScript slightly annoying because there are many legitimate reasons why you might want to use the context menu (eg to bookmark the page) and it doesn't really stop people from viewing the source (Ctrl-U brings it up if you don't want to use the main menu). That said, this is not something that would bother Googlebot :-).



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Posted 21 January 2010 - 09:04 AM

"Finally, one element which is really important to us is that sites bring unique and compelling value to our users"

Straight out of the horses mouth!!

Nothing to do with alt attributes in the context of this thread...but every single person on this forum who has any questions why their site doesn't rank should read that!


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#11 Jill

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 12:23 PM

What JohnMu said.

#12 SelfMade

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 12:50 PM

QUOTE(Jill @ Jan 21 2010, 05:23 PM) View Post
What JohnMu said.

Thankyou Jill for rectifying my abysmal clarification talents!!

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