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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: Search Engine Optimization and Cocoon
Date Fri, 12 Apr 2002 14:27:16 GMT
Bert Van Kets wrote:
> One of my *things* is Search Engine Optimization or SEO.  SEO tries to
> define the rules a site must comply to to be "found" by search engines and
> thus get a lot of relevant visitors.  I found Cocoon to be a perfect
> platform to do server side programming that can be hidden entirely from the
> client.  Even page optimization is possible.
> There is a rather important rule that is broken by some samples: "Some
> major robots (programs that requests and index the content of your site)
> will not index your page and thus not follow the links in it if you use a
> querystring in the URL."  This rule is not important if you use forms,
> since robots will never enter data and submit a form.  I hope that passing
> parameters in the URL will not be a "standard" thing in Cocoon.

Of course not! 

At least for one thing: I *totally* hate it!

The Cocoon sitemap was almost designed to allow you to 'encode' stuff
right into the URI and in my projects I do


to get the second page of the search, instead of the usual (but ugly!)


Not only for search engines, but also for site usability.

> I am willing to spend some time to compile a text that explains how the
> benefits of Cocoon can be used in SEO.  Anybody interested?

I am.

Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<>                             Friedrich Nietzsche

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