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Old 04-28-2006, 04:19 PM   #1
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Default Where do the bots stop?

Came across this article on Sitepoint to go yesterday.

The author managed to explain about how the bots from three of the main search engines (Google, MSN and Yahoo) behave when they index web pages in a way that even I could grasp.

Not that I would contemplate putting content on my pages for the bots, obviously it is there for humans, but knowing how the pages are indexed helps in getting the most out of the content.

SEO is an area where the goalposts seems to be moved all the time, goodness knows for how long this information applies!

   
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Old 04-29-2006, 12:17 AM   #2
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Came across this article on Sitepoint to go yesterday.

The author managed to explain about how the bots from three of the main search engines (Google, MSN and Yahoo) behave when they index web pages in a way that even I could grasp.
Not just explanation but a piece of excellent and cleverly-designed research!

Now I wonder how I can use this information to "dynamically" size my dynamic pages on my blog... some overall pages (like accessing all posts about a particular country) can get very long - though I haven't actually measured the size. At least all my sidebar navigation always comes after the page content.

Much to think about...

   
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Default Good information, but for how long?

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Originally Posted by Bo Aakerstrom
Came across this article on Sitepoint to go yesterday.

The author managed to explain about how the bots from three of the main search engines (Google, MSN and Yahoo) behave when they index web pages in a way that even I could grasp.

Not that I would contemplate putting content on my pages for the bots, obviously it is there for humans, but knowing how the pages are indexed helps in getting the most out of the content.

SEO is an area where the goalposts seems to be moved all the time, goodness knows for how long this information applies!
It seems to me that the search engine companies don't want us to know this kind of information, and when it is published, they may change their robot behavior.

I am not very concerned about how the search engines do their job, I just try to produce the most informative pages for the human users reading my sites.
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Old 05-03-2006, 12:11 PM   #4
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It seems to me that the search engine companies don't want us to know this kind of information, and when it is published, they may change their robot behavior.

I am not very concerned about how the search engines do their job, I just try to produce the most informative pages for the human users reading my sites.
Google in particular seems to want to be secrative with how they go about it!

The content is for humans, but they also have to find it so I guess we have to take some of this SEO stuff into account as well.

   
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