Vergil Kanne
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Interactive Producer at Tactica Interactive
Vergil Kanne
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Interactive Producer at Tactica Interactive

Search Engines and JavaScript Links

July  2009 / 21 1 Comment

Part of the confusion surrounding a lot of SEO concepts, is not necessarily misinformation, just old information. And old information can lead to a lot of myths. There are a ton of SEO experts spouting off about how search engines can’t index Flash content, then you’ve got the more serious Flash SEO crowd actually testing what the reality is empirically.

So coming back to JavaScript links. The common sage advice is don’t use them as the engines won’t be able to index them. But consider Exhibit A. Have a look at the source – the supplier links are actually being popped open using a JavaScript function. Nowhere on the page do they exist as pure links. Now have a look at the results in G. It’s there, as well as searches for backlinks to the other manufacturers.

Before jumping to any conclusions though, there’s this. Nowhere to be found in Yahoo. So for the average bear, no JavaScript links is definitely good advice. But any SEO worth his salt will have already began considering what other implications this could have, and I’m sure those with darker tendencies, how it can be exploited.



  • I heard Google has been indexing flash for 3-4 years, although it rarely (almost never) shows in results. I might have seen it twice that I can think of.

    Too true about misinformation. SEO (and now Social Media) has endless amounts of regurgitated info, and much of it being misleading or incorrect perpetuates the cycle.

    Exhibit A needs more ampersands in their URLs.

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