Web Design and Development
This just in, Google has improved its indexing of Adobe Flash files. If you have a flash website or are planning on creating one, this will greatly affect your search engine visibility.
According to The Official Google Blog, text in SWF flash files will now show up in search results. It states:
Now that we’ve launched our Flash indexing algorithm, web designers can expect improved visibility of their published Flash content, and you can expect to see better search results and snippets.
More information is available at theGoogle Webmaster Central Blog. In a Q & A format, it states that not only can Google now index textual content from Flash files, but it can also retrieve links as well. This means that Google can now follow links within your flash website and index more pages of your site.
There is still some content that Google can not retrieve. This includes non-textual content such as images or videos. This means that all text that you want crawled should be presented as rich-text, not embedded in an image.
If your website is already in Google, the next time Google returns to your website, the flash content will automatically begin to be indexed. This means that you might want to prepare for its return. If you have any content that you don’t want indexed, such as unimportant text, consider converting that text into an image.
There are some limitations which might prevent content in your flash website from being reindexed.