What is Framed Format?
- If you shrink the window size
of your browser, notice if you can scroll different sections.
- If you click links, they load
in a section of the browser window
Advantages of Framed
- Framed formatted sites are usually
easy to navigate. Their panel of links to different areas of site is
visible at all times.
- Load time to change pages may be
less than normal for visitors since navigation buttons don't need to
- Changes to the site or look
are easily made, links easily updated.
Disadvantages of Framed
- Framed sites usually don't rank as well in search
engines as non-framed competition.
- People may try to bookmark a page of your framed site
in their favorite links; but, when they try to return, the page stands
alone without the frames and without your navigation panel
Framed sites list in Search Engines?
Tags in the FrameSet file's <head>
Meta tags are the coding in your html <head>
that tells a search engine how you want your listing to appear on
their database. Search engines display your <title>, the contents
of your Meta description tag beneath it, and a link to your webpage
<title>Fixing Frames for Search Engine Indexing</title>
<meta name="description" content="Detailed sentence
describing what site has to offer">
The Frameset is the invisible
file that tells a browser what size each frame on page should be and its
what search engines will visit and collect data from. Usually the name
of the frameset file is index.html.
To view Frameset Source
Code you need to click View in your browser's toolbar and then choose
View Source. The AOL browser doesn't give you this option, Internet Explorer
and NetScape does.
- You may view the Frameset
Source Code of the this browser window by clicking View in the Menu
Bar, then choose Source.
This browser window is sharing space with 3 frames. If you
right click your mouse and choose View Source, you will see the html source
code of this particular frame.
with relevant keyword phrases
- Words in the <title> will probably
FIND the site on search engines. Be sure the words in the frameset's
page <title> are relevant. Are they exact search terms people
would type in to a search engine to find what the page offers? Business
Name: Primary Keyword phrase 1 and 2 works wonders.
<noframes> tags in the frameset file needs content
- A paragraph or two describing what the
site offers, working all the words listed in the meta keyword tag into
sentences. The search engines need content to find words to add to their
index to help call up a site in a search. Even though the text inside
the <noframes> area isn't actually seen by people visiting the
site, the content should be in complete sentence/paragraph form. Any
thing considered SPAM on the visible portion of a normal or non-framed
site would be considered SPAM in the noframes section. Word stuffing,
word stacking, lists of repeated keywords is not good.
- Some search engines
follow links to index other pages
- In your <noframes> section,
you could put links to the pages that open in your mainframe, but
keep in mind, that if these pages list, they will do so without
the frameset holding them or a navigation bar. You may need to include
a link on those pages to bring visitors to your framed home page,
- In many cases, even framed sites that
perform the <noframes> "fix" may not list as well as
non-framed competitors. If you find this is the case, you may
want to consider creating a frameless entry page to your site, well
optimized with indexable text for search engine spiders. It could
be an introduction to your site with a button link to enter.
Framed sites don't need to worry about the
visible text ON their page for search engine indexing. Human run directories
may look at it though. Yahoo! editors will check the site for content
value, for dead links, and load time.