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Is Googlebot Able To Crawl My Breadcrumbs? Help!

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#1 xiaok23


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 07:20 PM

Hi all pros and readers,

We run a small ecommerce site and we're trying our first attempts in building SEO for this site.  We are currently going through with all the On-Page first, and here's what we've encountered.  The shopping cart we're using is Volusion and this system has so many scripts, and after implementing a few things like URL link, title, contents and breadcrumbs we found out that we might have an issue with the breadcrumbs.  

See how you can see the breadcrumbs right below the nav bar says: Home > Emergency Vehicle Warning > Traffic Advisor Arrow Lights> PSZLEDSTB0458 .  These are the targeted keywords for this particular page, which is supposed to be pretty close to the starting BODY tag.  BUT... when I view the actual page source, it seems like the breadcrumbs are generated by some javascript, so none of these keywords are shown on the source.  I would really want to just get rid of the javascript and just type the breadcrumbs out, but that's just not how this shopping cart works, I don't have those options to add the breadcrumbs as text at that space.  

My question is, does this mean that this breadcrumb does not help SEO at all since it's not on the source code?? Or, if it's visible on human browsing, it actually gets crawled and indexed regardless if its in javascript in the source code.  Should I go bang my head to the wall now or this is fine, don't worry?

Please discuss what you guys think about this with me, thanks to all!

Edited by Jill, 11 April 2013 - 08:00 AM.
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#2 Jill


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:02 AM

You are correct. They are likely not seen by the search engines. Although these days it does seem that google manages to figure it out anyway. 

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:25 AM

I think the purpose of the breadcrumbs is to aid the visitor, not so much search engines, although I really don't see why they would have done this with 'invisible' javascript.  Perhaps you can check with Volusion support/forum to see if there is a php option or if someone has submitted an SEO friendly breadcrumb extension.


Like JavaScript you need to be careful with AJAX. It can be fantastic for speed and the user experience but the fact that it is generating content on the fly means no indexing. View --> Page Source, as you know, is your friend.

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