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SEO Guide: Optimize Your Flash CMS Website

February 3rd, 2010   |   Posted by Admin  in Project news

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This Search Engine Optimization Guide has been created as an effort to help FlashMoto website owners to optimize their Flash websites, but we think it will be just useful to webmasters who are new to the topic of search engine optimization and wish to improve their sites’ interaction with both users and search engines. This guide won’t tell you any secrets that’ll automatically rank your site first for search engine queries, but following the steps outlined below will make it easier for search engines to both crawl and index your content.

This is a huge myth that Flash websites are not shown up on Goggle. And you can make sure in it. According to SEOmoz, there are Top 5 Ranking Factors:

  • Keyword Focused Anchor Text from External Links;
  • External Link Popularity;
  • Diversity of Link Sources;
  • Keyword Use Anywhere in the Title Tag;
  • Trustworthiness of the Domain Based on Link Distance from Trusted Domains.

These five general factors don’t consider whether a website made in Flash or HTML. And just before asking why Google doesn’t see your website, please verify if you have taken into account the factors mentioned above.

Of course, internal ranking factors: HTML keywords on the page, H1 tags, Meta titles and descriptions, sitemaps – are also very important. And only by uniting external and internal ranking factors you will be able to increase your Flash website visibility and become a success.

So, get ready and we will lead you through the simple procedure of search engine optimization of the FlashMoto website!

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1. FlashMoto Content Optimization. How our CMS for Flash works
Flash content, when used effectively, can work great for SEO. FlashMoto CMS is organized and functioning in the way that Google entirely indexes your Flash website content. The thing is Flash sites built with FlashMoto have two versions:
– Flash version (seen by users);
– HTML version (seen by search engines and users who don’t have Flash player).
Take a look at the screenshots below.

Flash version:

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And HTML version:

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2. Create unique, accurate page titles
Search engine optimization is often about making small modifications to parts of your website. And it’s very important to write accurate SEO and user friendly page titles. Ideally, you should create a unique title for each page on your site.

2.1. Go to your FlashMoto admin panel and choose any page you would like to work with. In our case we selected the Services page.

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2.2. Go to the Page Settings (on the right) and edit the page title. The Title for your home page may contain the name of your website or business and also can include other important information (e.g. its physical location, main focuses or offerings). Title for other pages on your Flash CMS website should describe the focus of that particular page and also may contain your site name.

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3. Improve the structure of your URLs
FlashMoto Flash content management system provides an opportunity to write “friendlier” URLS both for users and search engines. No more confusing and long URLs that can be hardly recited from memory!

Let your URLs contain relevant words. It will provide users and search engines with more information about the page. Moreover, come users may link to your page using the URL of that page as an anchor text.
To improve the structure of your URLs, please go to the Page Settings and edit the URL field.

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4. Write the proper “Description” meta tag
A page description is a summary of what the page is about. And adding description Meta tag to each page of your website is always a good practice, as Google might use them as snippets for your pages. These snippets appear under the page’s titles and above its URL in search results.
Together with the Meta description you can also filled Meta keywords, though Google doesn’t value them much. So, select any page, then go to Page Settings -> Description (or Keywords).

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5. Make use of “Do_Not_ Index” and “Do_Not_Follow”
You may also set the value of the “rel” attribute of a page to “nofollow” or “noindex’. It will tell Google that certain pages on your website should not be followed or indexed. Just check the boxes shown on the screenshot below and you are done.

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6. Deep Linking. Write better anchor text
The link dilemma when using Flash has been successfully resolved by FlashMoto. From now Flash allows links to any page of your site build with our CMS for Flash. You can create deep links, links that take users to specific states of your application. You can also create Flash sites that are made up of multiple web pages, so individual states of the application can be linked to and so your users can use their browser’s back and forward buttons.
As for the anchor text, it is very important, because this text tells users and Google something about the page you are linking to. So, the better and more descriptive your anchor text is, the easier it is for users to navigate and for Google to understand what the page is about.
To create links just highlight the necessary text, then go to the Text Object area -> Properties and click on the Link icon. The Link Editor pop-up will appear. You can also set link to “NoFollow”.

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7. Offer quality and useful content
As it is known, content is a King. And creating original and useful content will likely influence your website more than any of the other factors discussed here. Create content primarily for your users, not for search engines, but don’t miss an opportunity to use your keywords in the text.
Adding, editing or deleting your page content via Flash Moto CMS is as easy as A, B, C. Convenient WYSIWYG editor visualizes everything what you are doing.

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Make sure you use heading tags appropriately.

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8. Optimize your use of images
You can also optimize your use of images. All images can have a title and “alt” attribute, both of which you should take advantage of. This feature is completely realized and will be available the next Flash CMS version.

To add title and alt for an image, you should go to Preferences -> Media Library.

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Media Library will open.

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Double click on an image to choose it. The image with its properties will open in a new window where you will be able to specify its title and alt.

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9. Make use of Google Analytics Statistics and Google’s Webmaster’s Tools.
Of course, you won’t be able to estimate your website productivity without tracking the traffic coming to your site and discovering the most popular content. Via our Flash CMS you can easily integrate Google Analytics tool and Google Webmasters Tool. The last one will help you better control how Google interacts with your website. For this you go to Preferences -> Website Preferences.

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The Preferences pop-up window will open. Click on the Website tab, and then choose SEO Optimization. Check the checkboxes as shown on the screenshot below and provide the Google Analytics tracking code, Meta tag and file name for GWT. Save the changes.

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At the moment we are working on the sitemap creation, that will display the structure of your Flash CMS website. And though it’s aimed at human visitors, search engines also visit sitemap getting good crawl coverage of the pages on your website.

We hope our guide gives you some fresh ideas on how to improve your website, and we’d love to hear your questions, feedback and success stories.

  • http://xstroy.com Xstroy

    Very interesting CMS. And what about promotion? Flash do not see the search engines

  • http://mccoyincorporated.com Richeale

    Thanks for sharing this guide..

  • http://www.mccoyincorporated.com/ charm

    Interesting…It’s a great effort FlashMoto website..keep it up..;)

  • Website SEO

    Seriously, this is the most well rounded feature on this topic I’ve ever read. As everyone knows, there’s a ton of information all over the internet on this but it’s more confusing than ever. Finally, an article that just tells it like it is.

  • Neil Lancia

    So, this guide is pretty helpful. When we started building the Eden Platform CMS, we wanted our users to be able to optimize their CMS pages themselves, without outside assistance or training. That’s why we added built-in search engine optimization. Our software analyzes your website content and suggests ways that you can improve it in order to make it more attractive to the search engines.

  • http://markclayson.com/ Mark Clayson

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

  • Brampton Web Design

    This is really helpful. I’ll definitely bookmark it as reference. Thanks.

  • international television

    SEO is tough, I know. I have a question, hoping someone here could help me. I tried ‘on page seo’ for my site, and getting backlinks. But I am still not getting any visible results! Do you have any other advice for backlinking? I tried what I could understand already. Thanks again!! :)

  • Mack

    awesome!!! keep it up guys :)

  • Difort

    @international television:
    Offer your visitors interesting and unique content, and people will definitely link back to you!

    @ all:
    Thanks for the feedbacks! We hope this SEO Guide will come in handy to you.

  • http://www.nineteeneightyfiveproductions.com Tom small

    How can i preview the html version of my website in a browser?

  • Difort

    @Tom
    You just need to disable javascript in your browser.
    For example, if you are using FireFox, go to Tools -> Options-> Content -> Enable/Disable Javascript

  • http://www.flashxml.com/ Julia Georgescu

    @international television – what you do for your website? give us more details ..
    This article is very interesting, I also recommend “Breaking the Myth: Flash Doesn’t Show up in Web Searches!” from my flash blog.

  • Priyanka

    Till what extend it will help crawler to crawl. How beneficial from SEO point of view?

  • Aviva Samuels

    Since there is an HTML version that the seach engines see but users that don’t have a flash player, does that also mean that the Flashmoto site will also be found and viewed on iphones and ipads? If it is viewable to the user, how different would it look from the look of the flash site?

  • Admin

    @ Aviva Samuels

    Thanks for your comment.

    The Moto CMS based website (HTML version) can definitely be viewed on iPhones and iPads. The HTML version of the website looks just like on the screenshot #2; you may preview it by disabling the Javascript. Of course, it goes without saying, you may code the html/css by yourself to make the website more attractive and user-friendly.

  • http://ceoec.ru Dexuzz

    sorry for my English, but have the moto CMS Russian language??

  • Admin

    @ Dexuzz
    Yes, it does. Moto CMS supports Russian. Please follow this link: http://translate.motocms.com/ to download the Russian translation.

  • http://www.purolove.com.br Damiano

    Interesting post. I’m buiding up a music band website, and I need to follow how many downloads the people are actually doing, using Google Analytics Tracking.
    Any suggestions? Are you going supporting / going to support the Google Analytics Tracking for Adobe Flash (http://code.google.com/intl/it/apis/analytics/docs/tracking/flashTrackingIntro.html)?
    I really would appreciate your help, cause the topic is really vital for us. Thanks.

  • http://www.kineticservers.com KInetic

    Ive got a hosting client using Flash Moto and it seems theres alot of file chmodded to 777 or neeed to be is this really safe? also pertaining to SEO i noticed the Flash Moto site uses mod rewrite for the deep links or page links but it contains a # in the URL how to remove this? tried editing the swfpage.js but it broke it why is the # there int he first place?
    http://mysite.com/#/home vs http://mystie.com/home

  • http://www.motocms.com Admin

    @KInetic
    You don’t need to make all files and folders to 777. Only the following ones:

    /admin/data/users.xml
    admin/logs
    /admin/xml/all files
    /admin/config.xml
    fonts
    images
    media
    music
    /xml/all files
    /config.xml

    Also, the following files and folders should have permissions set to 755 (-rwxr-xr-x):
    admin
    admin/actions
    /admin/actions/upload_media.php
    /admin/actions/upload_fonts.php
    /admin/gateway.php

    As you can see, it is necessary to have permissions set to CHMOD 777 mostly for the xml files. There are no problems with safety.

    Regarding your question as to editing the swfpage, you can find the answer on our CMS guide by following this link:

    If you have any questions, you can always address our support by submitting a ticket in the HELP Section: http://support.cms-guide.com/anonymous_requests/new

  • http://founti-gelaterie.gr founti gelaterie

    Thank you very much for this post….I solved many issues with seo on my website!

  • http://founti-gelaterie.gr founti gelaterie

    Also from where can I manage the robots txt, because it seems that there is a robots txt that dissallows some pages from beiing index by search engines…

  • http://www.motocms.com Admin

    @founti gelaterie
    You can only do it with php, manually. Can you please give us the link to your website so that we could check. Thank you.

  • http://founti-gelaterie.gr/ founti gelaterie

    http://founti-gelaterie.gr/

    Thank you in advance!

  • http://www.motocms.com Admin

    @founti gelaterie
    Everything seems fine with the robots txt on your website. If you have any issues or questions regarding your website functionality, etc., we recommend you to address our 24/7 support for qualified help. You can submit a request here: http://support.cms-guide.com/anonymous_requests/new .

  • Driftingmx-5

    Great info ,now check out this great example below…

    http://musicwaves.gr

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