18193Re: [webanalytics] Google crawls FLASH
- Jul 3, 2008Hi Michaël,
> In our case, for example a Flash microsite is often translated inyes, using XML to generate multilingual flash presentations is a common
> several languages. It is ONE Flash site but fed with text coming from
> XML files containing local translations. So won't get indexed.
> Or am I wrong?
As stated by Google the content will be indexed *but* separately and not
as part of the flash file.
Indexing is one question, the other one is: How well will the flash
stuff rank on the SERPs? I don't think that it will beat the plain HTML
pages with all the different HTML tags (b, strong, hx, anchor text...).
Another problem with flash or not with flash itself but how it is often
The site contains only *one* page with one flash object embedded. So
while showing a lot of information on that page through the flash Google
will only see one page. It might be better to break down the content
into different topics and create several HTML pages with proper HTML
titles for each topic. Then Google can index the different pages with
the flash content separately. But I doubt that it will rank better than
plain HTML pages. Of course it also depends on the inbound links. If you
fire Thousands of relevant links to a flash page it can have a better
ranking than a HTML version with less inbound links.
I would currently not "hide" important content in flash. My 2 cents.
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