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Thursday, May 24, 2007

IFrames and SEO

Anyone got any ideas on improving the SEO on a site with IFrames? Any alternatives? Any way of directing a SE to the content in the IFrame?

Any hints tips or advice welcomed... I have a client that is hell bent on including IFrames in their new website... I think they want it because they like the scroll functionality and how the Iframe looks.

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3 Comments:

At Thursday, August 02, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to SEOmoz: "The engines all interpret content in an embedded IFrame as belonging to a separate document from the page displaying the IFrame content. Thus links and content inside IFrames refer to the page they come from, rather than the page they are placed on. For SEO, one of the biggest implications of this is that links inside an IFrame are interpreted as internal links (coming from the site the IFrame content is on) rather than external links (coming from the site embedding the IFrame)."

 
At Saturday, May 31, 2008 , Anonymous The Carrot said...

Hmmm - why use iframes any longer? I don't think they're even part of the XHTML 1.0 specification.

You can achieve the same type of thing with an ordinary div but in an SEO friendly way:

<div style="border:solid 1px #000000; width:500px; height:40px; overflow:auto;">
<p>Here is something which looks like an IFRAME.</p>
<p>And scrolls like an IFRAME.</p>
</div>

 
At Saturday, May 31, 2008 , Anonymous The Carrot said...

I should also add that you can set the IFRAME linked page to "noindex" and then include alternative content between the IFRAME tags on the main page for browsers which don't support IFRAMES, and for the search engines.

This means the search engines will see the content on the real page, and ignore the content in the IFRAME linked page, which is the desired effect.

Of course the disadvantage with this is you need to keep your content updated in two places. Therefore the DIV method mentioned above is still better.

 

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