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I am emailing a developer who advertises on this site about a challenge I am having - specifically - my site is all photo's with little text. I want to keep the "look" that way - but I want search engines to find my site. I understand that "hidden" text doesn't count to search engines?
What I'd like to understand from other users is how they approach increasing SEO. Do they all forego the SSP and only use Director API with other tools?
Does the method of using a SSP with API help? I've read that hidden text is not counted by Google - if not - does that mean you have to show text that is going to disturb the site layout?
Prior to engaging him and paying for work on a PHP script set to read my director albums to get tags - I want to know if this works?
Anyone have any evidence of improved search position?
I'm in the same situation. Photographer, not much text on the website apart from image captions.
I'm using SSP/TG via customized SWF, and Albums from Director to enable/disable content. (I am NOT using Director Galleries).
How can I improve SEO? Only via metadata/tags embedded in director?
Are file names important (i.e. the actual JPG filenames)? I know Director changes those names into something different...
This article should get you started : http://ogp.me/
The code you want is in the head section of your pages. It can be loaded with the Director API, or hard coded by hand. Google and Facebook and all those scrape these meta tags to find what users are looking for.
<meta property="og:title" content="The Rock" /> <meta property="og:type" content="video.movie" /> <meta property="og:url" content="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117500/" /> <meta property="og:image" content="http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/rock.jpg" />
Use the "linter" from facebook https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug to test if it is working and getting the correct image. You could (for example) feed the image og tag the album preview rendered by the Director API, along with the title and caption as the description.
SWF files are a black box, Google wont even try to peek inside them. You can still use them on the pages, just put these meta tags in your header, Google will (hopefully) still send users your way.