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How do I best search optimize flash sites?

Posted on 2011-03-08
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Hey.

Can anyone help on some tips on how to optimize a flash site for search engines? I read a bit about a robots.txt document, XML etc.

My flash site which is a photo website and is being builded from a XML document. I also read that some create html-documents that are hidden from the users for the best crawling...

What is the best approach to this?

Hope to hear from you.

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We would suggest the HTML docs that are hidden. We recently changed our website from mostly flash to HTML, with a little flash. The entire purpose was to become more available to search engines (albeit, a large amount of work). We spent hours trying to find solutions to enhancing the flash site to become more prevalent on search engines, but there wasn't much we could do; hence the HTML change.

Best of Luck!!
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Are you flash site pages oriented - like Home, About us, etc. If so then use the concept of swfaddress with deep linking for SEO friendly flash websites.
At the same time keep the meta-keywords placed within the object tag on the html.

Warm Regards
Deepanjan Das
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Hey Deepanjan.

Thank u for your answer. Can u explain what u mean with swfadress with deep linkin means?

As written I'm trying to figure out what the best SEO solution is. I hope there is only one answer to that question. I will build several sites so before doing that I need to know the best way to build them.

And Thanks, Private. I've seen other do the Html trick. So maybe that's the way to do it?
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What swfaddress and deeplinking do is access the internal sections of the same flash website through direct url.
For example, You can access the about us section in your flash site by just typing http://www.yourdomain.com/about. But remember you will have only one flash file. As the urls of different sections can be accessed directly, it helps the flash sections to be more SEO friendly.

Warm Regards
Deepanjan Das
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See this article: http://www.flex888.com/1182/updates-about-flash-seo.html

Warm Regards
Deepanjan Das
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I didn't get the exact answer on what the best solution was. To create the HTML documents or do the swfadress with deep linking.
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