TIP – Don’t Slow Down the Spiders

October 29th, 2006 by Will Scott

In addition to being text deficient, a web site that relies too heavily on images or flash has another very serious problem to overcome.

There are billions of web sites on the Internet and the search engine spiders (the pieces of software that crawl the web in search of new information) only have so much time to spare.

In short, if your web site loads slowly when you are looking at it in a web browser, it probably loads that way for the search engine spiders. This means that in a world of limited resources you’ve used up much of yours before they even get to the important stuff your text-based content.