Flash hurts your SEO

Flash hurts your SEO

Posted on: February 11, 2010 Category: Website Tips Comments: 5

We have all seen amazing sites using Flash throughout. As humans, we can appreciate these sites for what they are, and often find the compelling and professional. But the simple fact is that a search engine spider cannot read the content of a flash website.

Before you put a flash site up, look at the HTML code of the page you are presenting, and remember that is all the spider will see. Once you do that, there is really nothing left to be said on this subject, except that you may consider two versions of your site: One with flash, and one without.

We would also like to add that video runs great on flash and tutorial sections of websites do as well. But as for the main design it will hurt your website more by using then something that will help you be seen by search engines and load better for visitors.

http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/guest-post-vanessa-fox-on-organic-site-review-session/
If you must use Flash, you must also make an HTML version available as well. Block the Flash version from the crawlers with a robots.txt file. Vanessa Fox. 2006.

  • Ncube DigitalApril 18, 2010

    Can anyone advise of a good seo company for me? there seems to be a flood of them, some people say use who shows up first in the search engines when you type in seo which kind of makes sense but I’m not sure. Any help or advice would be appreciated. I’ll check back regular for responses.

  • DWHSApril 21, 2010

    DWHS does amazing SEO work, check out the prices here: http://www.dwhs.net/search-engine-optimization.htm

  • JasonMay 15, 2010

    Thank you for sharing the details, this is good to know.

  • James DouglasJune 4, 2010

    So helpful, thanks!

  • CharlesNovember 22, 2010

    I think Flash is horrible for websites, I am excited to see what html 5 has to offer. Not just SEO it’s slow, sluggish, and in most cases annoying. Unless your showing a video or some sort of interactive options then stay away from flash.

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