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Iframe Bad For Seo?


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#1 SelfMade

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:08 PM

Can having an iframe script at the top of my page hurt my seo?

 

I've added a countdown timer to one of my pages...



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:13 PM

Absolutely nothing at all to do with SEO.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:17 PM

Chris,

 

Your not just saying that because you hate me and you want me to get my ass sandboxed? :disguise:

 

Is that a serious response?

 

Because I was concerned that G are renowned for not liking scripts, like Exit pops and whatnot?

 

This is just a countdown timer, which happens to be an iframe script thing...



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:58 PM

Why should Google care about whether you have an iframe in your documents or not??

 


Because I was concerned that G are renowned for not liking scripts, like Exit pops and whatnot?

Well they aren't. Well, not unless you are putting Adsense in the popups, or trying to mislead/redirect clickthroughs from Adwords.

 

Content in an iframe will be indexed at it's source URL all a search engine sees in the document is

 

<iframe src="url_of_document">Text here will be seen by user-agents that do not support iframes</iframe>

 

Now, unless you are stuffing several hundred key words between the tags using an iframe is of absolutely no consquence whatsoever.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:03 PM

However I'm sure that inappropriate use of the No Frames Tag can or will do you some harm in the SERPs.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:12 PM

However I'm sure that inappropriate use of the No Frames Tag can or will do you some harm in the SERPs.

 

You've lost me....



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:22 PM

The noframes tag used to be the way you could show content to users and search engines who couldn't see framed content, but nobody uses frames anymore (I hope), and a frame isn't quite the same thing as an iframe.

 

The only SEO issue with iframes (and it has nothing to do with being beaten about the head and shoulders by an angry search engine) is that the content within the iframe will be indexed not as part of the page on which it appears, but as the document from whence it comes.

 

(Wow... I can't remember the last time I got to use the word "whence")



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:26 PM

 

The only SEO issue with iframes (and it has nothing to do with being beaten about the head and shoulders by an angry search engine) is that the content within the iframe will be indexed not as part of the page on which it appears, but as the document from whence it comes.

 

 

I sort of follow that.

 

What is the equivalent of what you just said in idiot speak?

 

I'm not an seo.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:31 PM

OK, you build two pages, hello.htm and goodbye.htm. One contains the word "hello" and the other contains the word "goodbye". On hello.htm, you add an iframe that adds the content from goodbye.htm into hello.htm, so users who open hello.htm in a browser see "hello goodbye".

 

A search engine just sees "hello" on hello.htm and "goodbye" on goodbye.htm. The word "goodbye" is not, from the search engine's point of view, on hello.htm.


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#10 SelfMade

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:39 PM

That is complete balderdash to me.

 

I'm definately not doing that no, whatever that is.

 

I'm ok then I think.

 

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:55 PM

Is there any reason why your Timer couldn't be held in a Div and called up using an Include or other such SSI ???

That would work and look exactly the same (ish) as an Iframe would.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:01 PM

I doubt it matters. It's a timer. Why would you need that to be indexed as part of the page?



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Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:41 AM

It doesn't matter from that standpoint.

It just takes away any Iframe concerns. Also with the ever increasing permutation of Smartphones, Pads n stuff, it avoids any Frame Rendering issues that some of these mini browsers may have now or in the near future.

It could be a straightforward Div with the Script called up thus:

<script src="timer.js" type="text/javascript" language="Javascript"></script>



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Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:28 AM

Is there any way I can hide the iframe from visibility to the human eye via "View Source"?

 

Because I'm worried about a competitor stealing my script and using it on there own site....



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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:23 PM

Your not just saying that because you hate me and you want me to get my ass sandboxed?

Just as a by the way, the "sandbox" didn't actually exist in 2005 never mind now AND what makes you think I even care enough to deliberately mislead you in particular.

 

 

 

Is there any way I can hide the iframe from visibility to the human eye via "View Source"?

Of course there is, don't put it in the source code

 

 

Because I'm worried about a competitor stealing my script and using it on there own site....

A javascript countdown timer?? Being stolen?? Does it have some ground breaking features that are not in the thousands of other countdown scripts that are at just about every "tutorial" site, code demonstration site, coding forum or blog on the Internet?






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