2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 17, 2009 2:39 PM by Emr.ox

    Flash Search Engine SDK

      Hi Folks,

      I´ve got some questions concerning the lately released Flash Search Engine SDK.
      Well, what I know so far is it allows spiders from Google or Yahoo to read out the text used in .swf files.

      But how does it really work? For example:

      If you avoid using flash on a website the normal way to get an acceptable page rank is to use things like title, keywords which are repeatedly used in continuous text, h1/h2 tags, file names, link names, ...
      But which of those things apply on the .swf files as well?

      Are link names recognized as related to their target and by their content?
      Do keywords defined in the head apply on the .swf files?
      Do the spiders see dynamic generated text inside the .swf files (text you read out of external files, xml files, ...)

      I hope you can give me some useful information on how it works exactly because I couldn´t find any useful confirmed information on the internet so far.

      Thanks beforehand.
        • 1. Re: Flash Search Engine SDK
          RossRitchey Level 4
          The spiders see ALL text on all pages. They actually run a specialized version of the player, and they go through and catch any text. They don't catch text that is invisible, off the display list, or off the stage, and they only catch text that is still text (so no broken apart text). They do see the dynamically-generated text, but the specialized player does not allow the loading of files, so if it is XML-generated, they don't catch it. A caveat there, the google spider will mark the XML file that you try to load, and will crawl and cache it separately.

          Also, the text does not have size or color information, so weighting information visually does not work.

          Google has not released anything (even to the Adobe devs working on this) about how the information is getting weighted.

          Here is a link to Jim Corbett's MAX session this year, which covers all of this information and more in detail: http://tv.adobe.com/#vi+f15384v1000
          • 2. Flash Search Engine SDK
            Emr.ox Level 1
            Thank you so much!
            I really searched my *** off but couldn´t find any useful...

            It really works much more simple than I imagined.
            I´m really looking forward to publishing my new flashsite now :-)