Does rotating text like on apple.com's homepage get picked up in spiders for search engines? Is rotating text relavent in SEO?
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If depends on how you're rotating your text. Generally speaking, search engines don't pick up content that has a property of
If the content is visible, just maybe off-screen or behind a layer(s) it will get picked up, and not be viewed as "bad" content.
In terms of relevancy, yes it's relevant.
You can read more about hidden text, etc.. here: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=66353
If the internal markup of any website is schematically produced, no matter what advanced animation techniques are added, the website will make sense to search engines.
However, if the animation generates the text on-the-fly or is loaded in not as a part of the internal markup, search engines may not be able to see it.