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Does google index words that are used on expandable widgets?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Patrick2014, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. Patrick2014

    Patrick2014 Junior Member

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    Widgets that can expand and collapse to show or hide text.. Such as I see on some sites with questions, you can click the + sign and it will expand give you answer etc..

    Also on some themes there are different tabs.

    I'm just wondering would this be negative, would google pick this content up if it needs to be expanded by the user to view it?
     
  2. dsan996

    dsan996 Regular Member

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    Yes it does. Javascript activated content is often indexed without any trouble. You can check so by doing an easy test like the following.

    - This page has some lorem ipsum text displayed by javascript (using an expand and collapse accordion effect):
    gentle.mpcthemes.net/acordion/

    - If you go to Google and perform the following search you will see that the lorem ipsum text in the page is actually indexed:
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    inurl:http://gentle.mpcthemes.net/acordion/ "Cum sociis natoque penatibus"
    Also if you check the cached version of the page you will see that Googlebot is executing javascript and CSS and the page has been indexed exactly as you see it in your browser:

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://gentle.mpcthemes.net/acordion/

    Google "officially" announced that they were doing a good job indexing javascript content about a year ago, but in fact they have been indexing it since long ago:

    http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com.es/2014/05/understanding-web-pages-better.html
     
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  3. Patrick2014

    Patrick2014 Junior Member

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    But within that 1st link the lorem ipsum text is also placed normally on page and now in accordion only.. ? It could just be picking up whats in the code/toggle? no?

    But. perfect answer, thank you.
     
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    dsan996 Regular Member

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    Sorry I missed this. You can try another example to discard that possibility. Here the text does not appear anywhere else on the page but in the hidden tab:

    Code:
    site:https://jqueryui.com/accordion/ "Nullam ut libero"
     
  5. ThopHayt

    ThopHayt Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I know Google says they CAN view it, but honestly I feel that they give it less effect juice-wise. Because it honestly IS hidden content and Google should know full well it will only be seen my a percentage if people. So they probably only give you a percentage of link juice from those links.

    So they might index those links, but I truly doubt they are as effective. And if you abuse this tactic by stuffing links in widgets they may come to view it as hidden content and hit you.
     
  6. dsan996

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    Yeah good point. Google indexing javascript activated content is a proven fact but they may not give the same importance to that content because it's not visible at first sight. I've seen content from javascript accordionds and tabs ranking but I've never tested it's ranking potential compared with content shown at first sight. It could be a nice experiment.

    Anyway, I dont't believe that Google considers expandable widgets content as hidden content because users can reach it easily. Hidden content is actually hidden by CSS indent, font size 0, etc in a way that no user can see it.
     
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