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We've got a page, developed using AngularJS, that uses Pre-render as a service in order to serve static HTML to bots. This is using HTML5 mode in Angular, so the URLs look like standard urls. Essentially, how it works is, if a request comes in with an _escaped_fragment_ argument, we service a static HTML file.

Within this static HTML are all the structured data markup. We're trying to test this with the structured data helper. If I request a page with www.example.com/thisismypage, the structured data helper doesn't pick up anything. If I request it with www.example.com/thisismypage?_escaped_fragment_, it picks up all my structured data.

However - How can I confirm that this is the way Google will request my page? I was thinking the structured data helper would request the page the same way google would (ie. append the escaped_fragment bit transparently, but that does not seem to be the case).

  • Are you saying you're serving different content to bots vs regular visitors? – Rob Dec 7 '14 at 14:04
  • In a sense - To regular visitors, we serve an Angular app which builds the DOM using javascript. To bots who can't execute javascript, we render that DOM serverside and send it to them. – Ren Dec 7 '14 at 23:05
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It appears that Google is either executing javascript (and not requesting via _escaped_fragement_), or requesting via _escaped_fragment, since I can view my structured data (ratings, etc) in Google's results for my page. I'm not sure which it is yet.

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