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seo with flash?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by quicknrandom, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. quicknrandom

    quicknrandom Regular Member

    Jul 1, 2009
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    should i sacrifice seo for a nice smooth design? also how would you go about and seo a flash based website. the sitein particular is www.quicknrandom.com
  2. Numa68

    Numa68 Registered Member

    May 21, 2009
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    I break things
    North Carolina
    I haven't hit the site yet, but contrary to popular belief Flash sites can be SEO friendly as long as you keep to a few basic rules, such as importing the bulk of your content as XML and not images (although Google can OCR images... sort of).

    I would definitely recommend putting a straight up HTML version of the site (or at least the important bits) inside of <noscript> tags. Then on those pages you can embed a little javascript that tests for Flash capabilties and redirect as needed when a real browser clicks through.

    Navigation inside the Flash object might be tricky, but you can capture some of the anchor link love from the search engines with <noscript>.

    Hope this helps, and good luck!
  3. oldenstylehats

    oldenstylehats Elite Member Premium Member

    Apr 10, 2008
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    While Numa68 is absolutely right that you could put a regular site inside of <noscript> tags, very rarely will a Flash site rank better than a non-Flash site, even if the Flash site has an entire site inside of <noscript> tags. For what it is worth, that site could be done with JavaScript, CSS and XHTML.