Flash now indexed by Google
Posted 26 April 2004 - 01:17 AM
For example, try a search on "help filetype:swf".
Some files only get an URL without a description, but many do have a snippet clearly taken from the Flash itself.
Posted 26 April 2004 - 09:10 AM
Posted 26 April 2004 - 09:36 AM
I haven't heard anything else until now than "don't use Flash, cause it won't be indexed."
Posted 26 April 2004 - 09:40 AM
Posted 26 April 2004 - 10:52 AM
However, I think that probably what's happened is that Google has now managed to look inside a flash file at the content and crawl/rank it accordingly. Which I suppose is good, but as I use Flash for menu items, it's a pretty redundant "feature" unless you fancy seing one of my menu's at full screen.
I suppose someone will find a use for it
Posted 26 April 2004 - 11:12 AM
before google could follow the links around, now they can read the actual copy as well.
Posted 26 April 2004 - 11:51 AM
Posted 26 April 2004 - 11:59 AM
Title: " Loading. Please wait. SKIP BACK "
Title: " 0% LOADING 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35%"
Title: " Loading... w w w . I N s a n i t y c l u b . c o m To help you"
These titles can only come from the Flash, no?
Posted 26 April 2004 - 12:30 PM
Posted 26 April 2004 - 06:44 PM
There are some files whose text is not read....
Posted 26 April 2004 - 10:04 PM
Posted 27 April 2004 - 02:17 AM
Posted 04 May 2004 - 01:28 PM
I've seen quite an explosion of search engine hits from google by offering links to PDFs & DOCs. I don't get lots of hits from a specific search phrase, just a boatload of them from all sorts of search strings. I have not seen an explosion of hits from Google pointing people directly at the SWF files. It does happen occasionally from looking at my AWstats, but it's quite infrequent, and since the site uses subloading swf's, the files aren't meant to be viewed on their own.
If you want to investigate what I'm saying, the www.holistickids.org homepage has both Flash and HTML content. Do a search for "snappy load times" and we're #1 of 3. Try plugging in filetype:swf and searching for some of the content in swf files - you end up with results that aren't usable and don't include HolisticKids. The only way to get direct linking to the swf files is if you have the filename right - try MAINtoolbox.swf for example. So at this point in time I suppose Flash content now pushes a tiny bit of weight instead of nothing, but it's still a world away from honest HTML content.
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