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Are frames and iframes codes being passed over by web crawlers or not?

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We currently have Terms and Conditions in many of our pages and we noticed that the focus regarding keywords is lacking because of the terms and conditions. The meta crawlers are looking through it and dilute the focus from our optimization. I'm looking at options so that these spiders would just pass through the code. Have any ideas? I'm looking into frames and iFrames. I've been getting vague answers right now from the community and some are at least 3 years old. Have any advice?

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September 2015

Re: Are frames and iframes codes being passed over by web crawlers or not?

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Hi jDy and welcome to the forum.


My first question should really be, "Where are you seeing this 'dilution'".  From what you're saying, it sounds like you're looking at the Keyword relevance section of Webmaster Tools.  If so, and you have no Adwords account, you should probably head over to Webmaster Central to discuss this issue.  If you do have an Adwords account and your question is directly related to Adwords Keywords, then I'm a little confused. 


Keyword relevance should only relate to your landing page.  Unless your Adwords Ads are landing on your Terms and Conditions page, the content there won't make a difference.


Please come back and let us know a few more details of where you're seeing this data.



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Re: Are frames and iframes codes being passed over by web crawlers or not?

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Hi jDy,


Jon is correct, you may get a better answer from the Webmaster Tools forum.


I am not certain of this, but this is what I have observed.


If the iFrame is filled with content, it will be seen. If the iFrame defines a an external file as the src, it does not. I don't think it's the same for Frame content.


Regardless, I find that Google's bots are not very good at determining what your site is about. We are an eCommerce site, so we feature a credit card image on each page so potential customers will know which cards we accept. Google's analysis of our site determined that we provide credit card services rather than the products we actually sell.


Here's what Webmaster Tools has to say on frames and iFrames.


Best of Luck!



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