Would cfinclude be ignored by search engine spiders?

Posted on 2005-04-15
Last Modified: 2010-04-27

I have a client that's always changing links in the navigation bar, so I'm considering doing a <cfinclude> for the navigation bar. My question is; when SE spiders are going through the site will they percieve my site as having no internal links?

Greg Smith
Question by:gregoryrsmith
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    I'm not as familiar with CF as I am with PHP, but if you use a PHP include, the html content of the include is, well . . . included in the html for the web page that goes to the user's browser and to search engine spiders.  From what I understand, this is applicable to all content generated by these kinds of scripting languages (PHP, ASP, CF).

    Remember, though, that search engines prefer text links.  If you include is using graphical links or flash or something like that, the search engines will see them, but not be able to follow them.  It's always wise to include a good text link site map in your site - then you can be certain that the search engines will be able to crawl your entire site.

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    that's exactly what I was looking for.

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