Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Google Now Crawling and Indexing Flash Content

Google Now Crawling and Indexing Flash Content

Historically, search engines have been unable to extract content, such as text and links, from Flash (SWF) files. Subsequently, much of the Flash-based content on the web has been unavailable in search results. This situation has been frustrating for web developers, who have tried to come up with workarounds to help get search engines to index and rank their Flash pages.

Google can now crawl and index Flash files

Google has been working on improving how they crawl and index rich content (such as Flash and JavaScript) for some time, and in fact, have been able to extract some text and links from Flash files for a while. However, their methods weren't perfect, and they tell me that this new technology from Adobe makes Google's algorithms "less error prone" and enables them to access content created in any version of Flash in a variety of languages.

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