Google Enhances Flash Indexing

By digitalSRC
Jun 21st, 2009

Google announced about its capability to index Flash in July 2008, however the indexing capabilities had some severe limitations. In a recent announcement in Google Webmaster Blog they have now clarified about their enhanced capabilities to crawl and index flash files.

While they have improved on a bunch of issues I think the most important point is that now Googlebot is able to index a flash file and also index the content in it even if it is loaded from an external source like an XML, .txt file or another .swf. Also it can map the flash file to the content and evaluate the flash page in its entirety. Prior to these Google would typically evaluate the flash file sans the content whenever content is being loaded from any external source.

The points below summarizes all the points that illustrates Googlebot’s capability with flash indexing..

    • Googlebot can now index textual content displayed as a user interacts with the file. It can click buttons and enter input, just like a user would.
  • Discover links within Flash files.


  • Load external resources and associate the content with the parent file.


  • Support common JavaScript techniques for embedding Flash, such as SWFObject and SWFObject2.


  • Index sites scripted with AS1,AS2 and AS3 even if the ActionScript is obfuscated.


With this super charged Googlebot it seems that it is no more an impossible task to have a full flash website and yet hit the first page of Google SERP. However, this is a very recent announcement and it would definitely be better to play it safe with good old HTML if you have some serious SEO in mind.

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3 Comments to “Google Enhances Flash Indexing”

  1. Nisha Roy says:

    Very informative post…….u always give us very authentic information..keep it up…

  2. Kruti says:

    Yes, Googlebot has now started indexing flash files. Though it still has a long way to go, it is advisable to use minimal amount of flash on a website as flash file consumes more time to load thus making the complete web page open slowly. This may increase the bounce rate of the web page.

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