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Q: Google can't find my website ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Google can't find my website
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: numpty-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 01 Jul 2004 01:33 PDT
Expires: 31 Jul 2004 01:33 PDT
Question ID: 368465
Why can't Google find my website ( when using
words from the description. The only way Google can find my site is by
typing deepandtwisted. I have tried on other search engines and they
work fine.
Subject: Re: Google can't find my website
Answered By: aceresearcher-ga on 01 Jul 2004 10:31 PDT
Greetings, numpty!

The reason Google isn't indexing your site or assigning any relevance
to it is that the content on your site is all contained within a Flash

The Googlebot can't "read" flash -- it just looks like one big
picture. The Googlebot can only read **text**, not **pictures of

Here is what the Googlebot sees when it visits your home page:



So it's not too surprising that your site is not being indexed for any
of your key words.

Content is a really big consideration for the Googlebot -- a great
deal of the importance factor (Page Rank) which Google assigns to a
website is based on the actual text content of primarily the home
page, and to a lesser extent, the subpages.

You will want to redesign your site so that is consists mostly of
text, rather than *pictures of words*.

Also, if you choose to have any kind of fancy Flash movie on your
site, you need to make sure that it's an optional, not required,
function. More than half of the world's Internet users are still on
dial-up modems, and Flash presentations are usually very slow-loading
for them. It's quite possible that many visitors will just give up and
go away.

Best wishes on increased traffic for your redesigned, Google-friendly site!



Clarification of Answer by aceresearcher-ga on 05 Jul 2004 10:30 PDT
Hello again, numpty!

I'd just like to mention that the information referenced below is no
longer correct. Google (along with several other search engines) no
longer uses meta tags for indexing, because some webmasters were
stuffing these tags with many irrelevant keywords in an attempt to get
placed in search results for things not related to their website.

While Google may still use meta tags as kind of a double-check against
the actual content of a web page -- to verify that it's really about
what the content says it's about -- meta tags will *not in any way
make up for a lack of text content* on a website. In order to be
indexed by the Googlebot, you will need to either replace the Flash
version of your website, or create a nearly-identical version of your
website done chiefly in html and text.


Subject: Re: Google can't find my website
From: genieanswers-ga on 05 Jul 2004 08:08 PDT

Just a word of comment.

If you dont want to compromise on your site design, why not try adding
meta tags? Google does search for meta tags. You can embed a meta -
description tag in your file which would be crawled by Google.
Although, this is not the best solution, since a Meta-described page
is ranked lower to a page with text-description of its own.


Subject: Re: Google can't find my website
From: numpty-ga on 19 Aug 2004 04:49 PDT
I did manage to sort this problem by copying the information on the
flash site and putting it into the background of the html page
(index.html) with the flash movie loading on top of it. This worked
fine for a couple of weeks and I was getting really good ranking
positions. However recently I have noticed that I have lost all this
goodness and google no longer seems to pick up this information that
is in the background of the html page and the only way I can find my
site is by typing deepandtwisted. I know I've made a few changes here
and there but can't work out what gone wrong. The only I can think off
that I've messed with that could of caused this the the robot.txt
file. Any assistance would be appreciated.


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