Javascript and SEO- Do they Match?

by bwh1
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I have a offline client and need to mess with his site.

Having a doubt about his site structure, it's all in Javascript.

Here's a part of his source code

<script language="javascript">AC_FL_RunContent = 0;</script>

<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/AC_RunActiveContent.js"></script>
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/functions.js"></script>
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/jquery.js"></script>
<!--<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/jquery-1.3.2.min.js"></script>-->
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/efeito_texto.js"></script>
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/fancybox/jquery.fancybox-1.2.1.pack.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript">


I don't know if I can post the clients site here so if not pls delete it Pisos Vinílicos e Carpetes em Placas - ACE Revestimentos

Can you give me a tip if this sucks for SEO or if this has no influence at all.

Thanks a lot

G.
#javascript #match #seo
  • Profile picture of the author Oakleaf
    Google spiders do have the ability to run javascript and index the resulting content, but won't always. It would be best if you could use plain html(the site looks simple enough) for seo purposes.

    Otherwise just focus on getting more links, that would definitely improve the site's visibility and also google's spiders attention (irrespective of the site's structure).
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    • Profile picture of the author bwh1
      Originally Posted by Oakleaf View Post

      Google spiders do have the ability to run javascript and index the resulting content, but won't always. It would be best if you could use plain html(the site looks simple enough) for seo purposes.

      Otherwise just focus on getting more links, that would definitely improve the site's visibility and also google's spiders attention (irrespective of the site's structure).
      Thank you

      I've seen that backlinks weight more for indexing then content.

      Just needed to know if Javascript DELEAYS the indexing process or if it doesn't matter at all.

      Will see if we can change the site to HTML. I'm not the webmaster, only the marketer here.

      G.
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  • Profile picture of the author csmcmanus
    I don't think that it would delay any indexing at all. Do try to get some static html in there though.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmbinfo
    Straight html is best. Control it with css.
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    • Profile picture of the author vivifoster
      Originally Posted by jmbinfo View Post

      Straight html is best. Control it with css.

      Yeah! Splash and JavaScripts makes spider crawls feel more uneasy..
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  • Profile picture of the author ButterflyGarden
    Personally I avoid using Javascript because it really is not search friendly.
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    • Profile picture of the author BobJutsu
      Originally Posted by jmbinfo View Post

      Straight html is best. Control it with css.
      Originally Posted by vivifoster View Post

      Yeah! Splash and JavaScripts makes spider crawls feel more uneasy..
      Originally Posted by ButterflyGarden View Post

      Personally I avoid using Javascript because it really is not search friendly.
      Obviously, a lot of folks around here don't understand Javascript...or how to read html.

      First of all, if you look at the source code, most of the content is written in regular old html, as is most Javascript manipulated content. If anyone took half a second to actually look at the source, or turn javascript off and look at the page, they would see that all of the content is there, written right into the html and simply manipulated (not generated) by javascript.

      So the page calls a half a dozen jQuery related script files...so what. So does a large percentage of the sites out there. jQuery is just another library, and is used extensively for nifty little effects, but most importantly...its clean and works well. This is a good thing, jQuery is extensively supported, is light, and fast loading and does it's job well.

      I also see that some/a lot of the links have javascript event handlers. Having event handlers does not detract from a link, and does not mean that the link is no longer html anymore than an alt tag makes a link invalid (neither do, they are both valid html!)

      Again, there is nothing wrong with using Javascript, it can add some real enhancements to a site is it is not better avoided just because you (and I mean 'you' in the broad sense, not you as an individual) don't understand it. Hire a real designer.

      This particular example is coded in well formed (mostly) html, with the content formed into paragraphs, h tages, a tags, and lists. The entire site is operational with Javascript disabled, because the Javascript is an enhancement, not a "content generator". It is not written in Javascript, Javascript is used to make it more usable, that's all.
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  • Profile picture of the author izapharry
    java scripting is don't suits to SEO


    Originally Posted by bwh1 View Post

    I have a offline client and need to mess with his site.

    Having a doubt about his site structure, it's all in Javascript.

    Here's a part of his source code

    <script language="javascript">AC_FL_RunContent = 0;</script>

    <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/AC_RunActiveContent.js"></script>
    <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/functions.js"></script>
    <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/jquery.js"></script>
    <!--<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/jquery-1.3.2.min.js"></script>-->
    <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/efeito_texto.js"></script>
    <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/fancybox/jquery.fancybox-1.2.1.pack.js"></script>

    <script type="text/javascript">


    I don't know if I can post the clients site here so if not pls delete it Pisos Vinílicos e Carpetes em Placas - ACE Revestimentos

    Can you give me a tip if this sucks for SEO or if this has no influence at all.

    Thanks a lot

    G.
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    • Profile picture of the author BobJutsu
      Originally Posted by izapharry View Post

      java scripting is don't suits to SEO
      And what about using javascript doesn't jive with crawlers? All of the content is hardcoded right into the page, the script(s) don't even need to to execute in order to read the markup. There is a big difference between condemning dynamically generated content (which is not even being used here) and placing a stigma on javascript as a language. Everything has a proper use, and javascript is no different!
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