[thelist] Flash site and Search Engines

Gregory Wostrel gwostrel at mac.com
Thu Dec 5 16:13:01 CST 2002

On Thursday, December 5, 2002, at 04:54  PM, .jeff wrote:

> gregory,
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>> From: Gregory Wostrel
>> Right off the bat, I know that the strict
>> usability/purist folks will want to take me out back for
>> this.
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> oooh, can those of us with an accessibility bone jump in too?
> *grin*

Absolutely! Take the jump!

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>> Now that that is out of the way, I have made a site for
>> a Client that is pure Flash. She is supporting it with
>> Direct Mail marketing, word of mouth and it really is
>> mostly a portfolio site. But it brings up the (not
>> critical in this case) question of how best to make it
>> find-able by search engines. I figured that in the
>> depth of knowledge on this list someone would have
>> opinions on this.
>> The site is: http://www.requestedpresence.com
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> it's already been mentioned that links to your site are important.
> that's
> overlooking the most obvious and most important -- content.  sure, to
> the
> flash-enabled user there's content (though not alot), but to the
> non-flash
> user (which would include search engines), there's only a paragraph or
> so of
> content on a single page.  that amount of content most surely will not
> get
> your site indexed with any amount of relevance or page rank (far more
> important and difficult than just getting your site indexed).

Since the site is not a mass market type it isn't such an issue, as I
mentioned. For a site with broad appeal and much text content I would
have recommended against the use of Flash (I have my accessibility
moments!). So maybe the best direction here is to look for relevant
sites to trade some links with.


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