We’re now three days into my little experiment, and it seem the three most important search engines have found the page I created. Here are the results I’ve been able to gather so far…
|Dynamic text through AS||no||no||no|
|Dynamic text form external file||no||no||no|
|Actionscript string variable||no||no||no|
|Extra var in external file||no||no||no|
Things are looking rather grim. Although the page containing the swf file has been indexed by all three major search engines, none of it’s contents are turning up. This surprises me. Other movies on my site have had their static contents indexed, so why not this one? Perhaps indexing an swf requires more processing time and this one’s in some kind of queue waiting to be processed? I’ll keep checking to see if any of my fantasy words turn up.
To rule our any embedding code related weirdness, I’ll post the movie again here using SWFObject. Most of my movies that are currently in Google’s index use this method. I used a simpler one in the original experiment because I thought that would improve things. Apparently not.
I noticed that Google came by and indexed this post, again without touching the swf. Since this experiment is not about getting the swf file indexed, I’m just going to link to it from here and add it to Google’s indexing queue. I’ll keep you posted.
UPDATE2 – Finally, some real results!
Google has indexed the flash movie. The short description is “[fake word] static text field dynamic text field, content set through actionscript dynamic text field, content loaded from text file.” So that’s all the static text in the movie. I updated the table to reflect this and manually added the swf file’s path to Yahoo and to Live (which would only let me add the root url for some reason). Let’s see what they make of it.
Another thing I noticed is that the SERP links to the swf file, not the containing page. This means users will see the movie without context, probably at the wrong size and without any parameters the html page passes to it (so-called flashvars). So even if your movie is indexed, it’s still pretty much useless.