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How Do We Know Google Can Read And Index Flash Files?

If you are pondering getting a Macromedia Flash or a html coded website you may ask the following question:

How do we know Google can read and index Flash files?

Trust me, you’ll want to know the answer to this question because if Google could not read Flash files, you would be worried about how to get your site indexed, you’d be worried about Google picking up on your website’s content, and picking up the keywords that your website is about. If you are a Google Adsense publisher you may be worried about only getting those dreaded public service announcement ads. Your website needs web surfers to stay alive so it’s very important that search engines can determine what your website is about.

The answer to the question is an easy one to figure out. Do a Google search for any phrase and use a filetype operator to restrict your search to the Flash file extension of .swf.

Here’s an example.

I choose the very generic phrase of “manager of the company”. You would enter this phrase in the Google search box like this:

“manager of the company”  filetype:swf

google cana read flash files 

When you look at the search engine results page, notice how the word [FLASH] appears just before each result. This lets you know that the page is Flash document.

If you click on one of the listings you can look through the Flash file and find the text like I did.

 google can read macromedia flash websites

So yes, Google can read all of the text from Flash movies and banners including the links. Way to go Google!



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March 19th, 2008 at 6:31 am

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