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I have a "product selector/filter" that uses an external data source (JSON) for product information. The user can adjust checkboxes or range sliders in the sidebar, and the pure front-end application dynamically creates listings of matching products. The user can then click through to the (static) product detail page for more information.

I'm concerned about SEO, and a search engine's ability to index these product detail pages. Since the 8000+ product links aren't actually in the HTML, my understanding is that they are effectively hidden from crawlers. Is there a solution for this? Will a thorough and complete XML sitemap be enough?

  • A sitemap is enough. I had over 800,000 pages not available through links. Google, Bing, Yandex, and Baidu all were able to find my pages just fine. – closetnoc Apr 29 '16 at 23:23
  • Cool. Do you know of any info available on this from any of the major search engines? – Walter May 2 '16 at 14:32
  • That is what a sitemap is for! Sitemaps are designed to tell search engines about pages including pages behind a paywall or login, pages without links - ie. available through AJAX or search, and pages not otherwise linked. However, Google has recently started looking at sites with a lot of pages without links. I used Googles CSE as a solution for replacing useless and cumbersome navigation pages. The sitemap allowed Google to know about the pages they would not see otherwise. – closetnoc May 2 '16 at 14:42
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Sitemap is sufficient to list all your products. However enabling category-wise navigation is advised for better results. Note that we can only list 50000 max urls in xml sitemap.

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