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#1 lahatte


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Posted 05 February 2010 - 03:06 PM

Hey, I'm new to this forum. I have a question: Does javascript and jQuery affect your SEO? Like if jQuery has hidden items that are displayed only when the visitor clicks a menu option to display them? The design trend for 2010 seems to be leaning toward keeping visitors on one page rather than having them click deeper and deeper into the site. The design trend is also leaning towards very simple and clean designs where there is not much clutter on the page but rather more and more "white space". Javascript and jQuery help to solve this issue but it seems that it will hurt SEO efforts in organic rankings (much like flash destroys SEO efforts). Any thoughts on this or better ways of handling SEO?


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Posted 05 February 2010 - 03:28 PM

Welcome lahatte ! hi.gif

Your question revolves around the idea of making Ajax routines accessible, both to spiders and to real people who may not have full use of everything a browser can do. And the answer to your question is a big old It Depends. If the jQuery is built to be accessible, there are no SEO downsides to using it. If it's not, you're effectively hiding a lot of your content.

The keywords that will help you look deeper into the subject are HiJax and Progressive Enhancement. As soon as you start looking into those you're going to quickly run into the writings of Jeremy Keith, who besides penning books about DOM scripting has also authored a book entitled Bulletproof Ajax: Designing Interactive and Usable Ajax Solutions.

The principle is simple. Plan for Ajax from the beginning. Implement it at the end.

If you're a coder the book is a cheap way to get up to speed in a hurry. It contains both the methodology and code snippets. Or if you don't feel like buying a book, there is plenty of discussion out there on the web.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 08:01 PM

Jusat courious how does this affect bookmarks?

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 01:01 PM

If it's not done right, meaning with usability and accessibility built into the app from the very beginning, it'll totally screw up bookmarks. Meaning you'd be able to bookmark the beginning of the process but wouldn't be able to bookmark anything that happens after the first page.

If it's done in a manner that supports usability/accessibility, which will also be good for the search engines, should natively support good bookmarking.

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