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    Full Member c4's Avatar
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    Is it possible that my site won't get properly indexed in the search engines because I use SSI?

    Explanation: I have all my menus in txt files and use SSI to "build up" the pages. Now I'm thinking that search engines (spiders) find my index page (because I have submited it) but have no links to follow since all my menus are in seperate txt files! This would mean only my index page is indexed and none of the subpages.

    Is my fear real or is there another way spiders can index all the pages on my site?

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    Relax, since SSI is processed at the server, the SE spiders just "see" a regular page. (Server Side refers to the fact that the server processes all the code and then serves up the page). SEs can indeed follow the links in .txt files, and do it without a hiccup.

    It will be indexed as if you hard-coded everything on the page itself. SSI is nice 'n search engine friendly!

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    Thanks for telling me this, I'll keep using the advantages of SSI [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    I can also vouch that SSI doesn't hinder search engine placement - I've got SSI's on all of my sites, and I've been indexed by all the spiders I've submitted to.

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    SSI do NOT affect indexing of pages. The pages are output from the server just as if you made the pages without SSI. So don't worry, you're OK. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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