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#1 vincetan

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 09:08 AM

Good Morning (or afternoon/evening),

 

Hello everyone. I am somewhat new to SEO and we are tasked to streamline our content pages so that we don't keep rebuilding them from the ground up. What the coding team did was create a database where all the copy would be stored and when called upon, swap out those tags with the associated copy. Mind you that all the copy is hosted in the database and not on the live site itself, so when you view source, all you see are the tags. We are using parse as the database. I have a couple of questions...

 

  1. Will the page index at all?
  2. Aside from adding <title> tags or <h> tags to the pages, is there another alternative? Right now, that defeats the purpose of our current project.
  3. Lastly, are there any tools or apps that can, maybe, search database records for indexing?

Thank you for your time.



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Posted 24 August 2015 - 10:22 AM

1/ No idea.

2/ dunno.

 

3/ Take any content management system as a tool that can search a database and output some data.

 

 

Any chance you could be a little less vague about "We are using parse as the database."?

 

Because up to now you have provided nothing useful at all that would allow any kind of sensible and coherent, useful answer.



#3 Jill

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 10:28 AM

If the source code doesn't show the content when someone views the page in the browser then hits view source, then it's likely the search engines won't either. 

But are you sure that's happening? Most every site online pulls content from a database, but it becomes rendered in the source code within the browser as well. I'm betting yours is too.



#4 vincetan

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 10:51 AM

My apologies.

 

Parse is a software developer kit. It allows the user to build applications for certain software framework, packages, or any development platform. Right now, all our copy lives serverside and is not hard-coded.

 

For example, if I want to pull copy and an image for vehicle performance from the database, i would nee to call <img src="<%=performance.image2%>" alt=""> for the image and <%=performance.copy2%> for the performance copy.



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Posted 24 August 2015 - 10:54 AM

Hi Jill, 

 

That is what we were expecting but as you can see with this link: mydealehost.com/_!modules/toyota/2016/Site/index_v3.html#camry the copy does show in the live page, but when you view the source, it is not rendered on there in any way.


Edited by chrishirst, 24 August 2015 - 12:46 PM.


#6 Jill

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 12:50 PM

Yeah, you need a new content management system as that one sucks ass.



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Posted 24 August 2015 - 12:56 PM

I think you can safely say, that the content is never going to be indexed.



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Posted 24 August 2015 - 01:47 PM

We might have found a solution. It will definitely need a lot of testing before we roll out. We will try to use AJAX crawling scheme with [removed] so that the javascript website can be crawled by the search engine. I will keep tabs on it. 

 

Thanks.


Edited by Jill, 25 August 2015 - 01:56 PM.


#9 Michael Martinez

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 04:05 PM

Apparently a lot of the content on the site is served via images.  The image files may be indexed at some point but the words will not be.  Whoever designed the site needs to think in terms of publishing text, not taking short cuts.






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