I am kind of fan of Github and it's Gists. Since the gists can be included via a small Javascript snippet and document.write commands, I was asking myself if they were SEO friendly.


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Generally, no. These things get indexed only if Google makes it special case (like they did with Disqus and Facebook comments).

  • Okay. Thanks for the answer. Thought Google among others understood basic Javascript commands. And document.write being one of these. Thanks anyway.
    – iammichiel
    Dec 19, 2011 at 13:15
  • I'm think, I'm coming back on that vote. Recent searches have shown Google is actually able to execute some pretty complex javascript. Meaning document.write is IMO scanned. I will have to confirm it with some online tests.
    – iammichiel
    Jan 23, 2012 at 19:38
  • @Zenklys this is true that Google executes scripts (even relatively complex ones). They are doing so in order to crawl sites with JS-driven navigation, that don’t provide plain html links to their pages. To my best knowledge, this content doesn’t get indexed, only the links are being followed. Since I don’t work for Google, this may or may not be true; if you do research on this matter that shows otherwise, please tell.
    – ayanami
    Jan 24, 2012 at 0:30

I actually wrote a small app to include a github gist along with its actual content in NOSCRIPT tags. Not sure if Google will pick it up or not though.

http://seo-friendly-gist.heroku.com/ just paste in the gist ID and it will return the code to embed.

  • Hey, great idea! After some researh, I finally choose for traditionnel embedded code with google prettify, but still nice example of what Heroku is able todo ;) One day, I'll give it try! Thanks!
    – iammichiel
    Dec 23, 2011 at 17:21

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