Flash Google Instant Previews

May 10, 2011 • 8:19 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

Flash logoGoogle announced that the search engine unfriendly web coding language, Adobe Flash, is now supported with Google Instant Previews.

Google continues to expand the feature that lets you click on a little magnifying glass (concept from Ask) to add more to it. Last month they added Instant Previews to AdWords and back when it first launch, Google asked for ways to improve Instant Previews.

So now it supports Flash web sites as you can see from the screen shot Google provided:

Flash Instant Previews

But if you try it on the Converse site you get whiteness.

Flash Instant Previews

Why? Well maybe Converse needs to follow some of Google's guidelines to get these to work:

  • Make sure that your site has a reasonable, seamless experience for visitors without Flash. This may involve creating HTML-only equivalents for your Flash-based content that will automatically be shown to visitors who can't view Flash. Providing a good experience for this case will improve your preview and make your visitors happier.
  • If Flash components are rendering but appear as loading screens instead of actual content, try reducing the loading time for the component. This makes it more likely we'll render it properly.
  • If you have Flash videos on your site, consider submitting a Video Sitemap which helps us to generate thumbnails for your videos in Instant Previews.
  • If most of the page is rendering properly but you still see puzzle pieces appearing for some smaller components, these may be fixed in future crawls of your page.

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Comments:

jdowdell

05/10/2011 06:48 pm

"... search engine unfriendly web coding language...." Hi, Google has indexed static text within SWF for about a decade, and for about five years has been able to execute/discover dynamically-produced text and links. (Classic static query: "contrary evidence filetype:swf""... for dynamic text, try "adobe ichabod seo".) This new work seems to reproduce the SWF in the tiny preview window. jd/adobe

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