View Full Version : Google is now indexing pop-ups

27th October 2004, 10:13 AM
Has anyone noticed that pop-ups are starting to get indexed by Google? Several sites I work with have user selectable pop-ups to provide additional details or information. They are generated with JavaScript links, which search engines previously ignored.

We know that G can now read some JavaScript and they used this skill to go after some questionable JavaScript cloaking techniques this past summer. But I am now seeing HTML pop-up pages in their database.

The danger with this is that while these pop-ups are legitimate HTML pages, complete with a title and other elements, they typically lack any navigational elements, so a user may not know where they are or how to get to the rest of the site.

Possible solutions:

1. block these files or directories in the robots.txt file
2. add navigational elements to the pop-up pages.

Anyone using pop-ups should try to deal with this before it is an issue. This could actually be a bonus if the pop-ups are designed to identify the site and do provide navigation.


David Wallace
27th October 2004, 10:33 AM
Good point, Craig. The same holds true for those that still have framed sites. The interior pages can get indexed and then show up in the SERPs. The result is usually the searcher lands on a page that has no navigation, no way to get back to home page, etc.

Whether it be pop ups, interior framed pages or anything else that one does not want to show up in the SERPs, they should make use of the robots.txt file to block SEs from crawling and indexing this type of content.

27th October 2004, 04:33 PM
Actually, we always want all of the framed pages to show up in the SERPs. We just add some JavaScript to "re-frame" the site if the user should click on one of those links. That way we do not lose the value of having that content indexed and found by searchers.