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How Google Sees Your Site

Web admins, search engine optimizers and other lovers of Google arcana will know this, but I thought I’d pass it along for the rest of you. This page on Google’s site explains how Google sees your Web site:

Use a text browser such as Lynx to examine your site, because most search engine spiders see your site much as Lynx would. If fancy features such as Javascript, cookies, session ID’s, frames, DHTML, or Flash keep you from seeing all of your site in a text browser, then search engine spiders may have trouble crawling your site.

Fortunately, there’s a Web interface that lets you view pages as you would using Lynx (a venerated tex browser). For some reason, it won’t load my site, but here’s how it sees our our government’s home page.

4 Responses to “How Google Sees Your Site”

  1. Todd

    Opera has a text-browser mode built into it so you can preview right from there. You can also render a page as it would appear on a small form factor device – great for pretending your a wired professional on the go.

  2. tAALz

    You can check out the article I have written in detail. It will tell you exactly how and what google crawler see on your website.

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