Something worth considering in this era of powerful, interactive - alright, let me grit my teeth and say the buzzword - Web 2.0 websites, is where the line is drawn between a website and a web application. Why am I bringing this up? Read on.
I'd been building this website about a month ago. This is a simple site, no rocket science, just a bit of content that needed to be made available on the net. After a fairly frustrating time trying to achieve the desired effect using CSS (I'm no expert :-)) I gave up and decided to use tables.
The way I got around this little problem for the Mobs website was to copy the content and drop it into the host html page as a hidden div. It's all there for the search engine, links included, but is never actually visible to the end user. Of course, I was able to hack my way out of the situation because the amount of copy was miniscule. Hacks never scale too well, unfortunately, so someone choosing to dynamically populate large quantities of copy in a website which should be searchable might get themselves into a bit of a mess.
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Interesting statement. I personally don't feel the difference between a site and an application is in the "has to be indexed or not". It's more in the functionality and the complexity. A website is usually a one-way traffic or at least with limited interactivity, i.e. something that represents a company or individual on the Internet. An application is more interactive with more complex functionality, ranging from calculations to online management of, for instance, invoices or address books. A weblog or Internet magazine is a bit in the middle here, but I'd consider it a website since it's mostly one-way traffic. Internet discussion forums, on the other hand, would fall more in the category of an application.
A website serves static and a web application dynamic content. That's the point!
did the hack work ? Didnt think it would. Normally spiders stay away from such 'tricks' so that people cannot flood em with keywords !
Sure it did :) - do a Google search for Activ Mobs, see the result (has content) and then see the 'cached page' - it'll be empty.
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