Problems With Dynamic LanguagesMost search engines do not like to follow java script or spider deeply into dynamic driven websites. Since scripts can create millions and millions of pages on the fly search engines need to ensure some level of quality before they will want to list all the pages.
Session ID's & CookiesSearch engines do not like reading session IDs or cookies. When a search engine is given a session ID they will usually leave the site. If spiders indexed websites that offered the spider a session ID it would frequently cause the spiders to overload the server. Session ID's would also make the site seem many times larger than it is.
General Dynamic Page Listing TipsSearch engines are getting better at listing dynamic web pages. There are a few basic thumb rules to help search engines index your dynamic website.
- Build a linking campaign. As you get more inbound links search engine spiders will have more reason to trust the quality of your content and they will spider deeper through your site.
- Use short query strings. Most search engines will do well to list dynamic pages if each query string is kept less than 10 digits.
- Minimize the number of variables. When possible you want to use three or less different parameters, the fewer the better. If you use long parameter strings and a half dozen parameters it is a fair bet that the site will not get indexed.
- If you still have problems you can use a CGI script to take the query string out of your dynamic content or try one of the other dynamic page workarounds listed below.
- Other dynamic workarounds: There are multiple ways to list dynamic web pages in search engines. Common techniques are:
- Hard coded text links
- Bare bone pages
- Coldfusion site maps
- Apache Mod Rewrite
- IIS Rewrite Software
- Paid Inclusion
Hard Coded Text LinkTo list dynamic web pages in search engines you can capture the entire url in a link like:
<a href="http://www.search-marketing.info/catalog.html?item=widget&color=green&model=6">Green widgets style 6</a>
If you use static links like listed above to reference dynamic pages, search engines will usually be able to index them. Many sites use a site map which captures the most important interior pages.
If you have enough link popularity and link into a couple of your main category pages using static links then search engines will usually be able to index the rest of the site.
Bare Bones PagesYou also can make a bare bones static page for each one you want listed in search engines.
<title>Green Widgets style 6</title>
Coldfusion Site MapFor ColdFusion you can code a site map page using a code similar to the following.
<cfquery name="getPages" datasource="myDatasource">
WHERE status = 1
ORDER BY sortorder