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SSI and Search Engine indexing



Mar 15, 2001, 9:23 AM

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SSI and Search Engine indexing Can't Post

For a while, I had my entire site's header and footers ran via SSI executables that did certain things based on certain document URIs, referers, etc. I noticed that despite having all the pages and SSI contents properly setup for search engine indexing (with spiders, directories are not an issue here), the site's search engine listings were slim at best.

So, as an experiment, I replaced all the SSI calls with their hardcoded equivalent. I noticed right away that the search engine listings started going way up, along with the hits for the site. (Note that there was no change in the content of the HTML page vs. the content of the delivered SSI call)

I have seen references that SSI is read by search engines, and then I have seen a few which say that SSI does not get rendered/delivered to a spidering robot (Which would be a problem if your content navigation was embedded in an SSI, no links for the spider to traverse other than body content).

So, once and for all.... Will an SSI call's content be displayed to a spidering search engine, or will it just see the embedding call tags?

Reason why I want to finally get it all nailed down is that I am re-designing this site, which has grown to over 300 pages (and I am still toying with my content management app), and I don't really feel too keen on having to edit all those pages for any minor change.

Any help would be apreciated (oh, and if you have any content management apps, I'd like to see them...I tried emedia from reedmedia, but the script has some definite drawbacks, but the great boon is the templated creation of true html pages for great search engine listings).

Thanks in advance...


Mar 23, 2001, 2:29 PM

Post #2 of 2 (272 views)
Re: SSI and Search Engine indexing [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm not positive about this, but my best guess would be that the robots don't read ssi. It doesn't make sense that they would because SSI is parsed on the server. Therefore, before the server sends the page to the browser (in this case, the spider), the server parses all SSI tags.

Someone please correct me if i'm wrong.

erich musick


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