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Flash NavBar and SEO

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Cnotey, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Cnotey

    Cnotey Power Member

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    I know a few years ago it was considered a no-no to use a flash NavBar for your website and still expect to be SEO optimized. Is this still the case?

    I can't stand normal <li> navbars and need something a little more flashy on my site. Also, does anyone have any experience using a flash navbar with wordpress? Does it integrate well?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Why can't you "stand <li>" navbars?
    There's lots of navbars out there that use css and jquery that have the same animations as flash. You definitely don't want to use flash, just think about all the conversions you'd lose on those people who don't have flash installed. Plus, it takes longer to load the page when loading flash animations, and slower page loading times = lower SERPs.
     
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    if you go this route then be sure to include a Big G friendly site map. There are some other menu options that you can consider as well that don't include Flash.
     
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    Hrm, my research shows that 99% of internet users have flash installed so I'm not worried about that. But you are correct about the loading times.

    Guess I'll have to research a little bit of java to make the navbar do what I want. I need my navbar to fade in and out and move around during menu selection.
     
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    That's not necessarily true for all niches. If you're trying to advertise in a niche where users are not that computer savy or very old, that percentage decreases dramatically. You have to take into account the type of niche you're in as well when engineering and designing your site. You want to make it as user friendly as possible, and flash isn't always user friendly.

    Jquery/Prototype have some nice animations you can use for navbars, combine this with some nice css techniques and you can get a almost similar effect as any type of flash animation.
     
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    You know I was about to discount the non-flash population also but then I remembered the dreaded Steve Job decision regarding Flash and the iPad. Does that mean your menus don't show?
     
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    Wohooo! I wish I would have known about this a while ago. Thanks for the help.