Javascript not SEO freindly with data feeds.

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Hey folks, I am working on affiliate marketing on my site, and the merchants I am working with give choices for types of data feeds in the following formats PHP, ASP, ASP.Net (VB & C#) and then Javascript. I have tried to plug in the above types of HTML but the only one that seems to work with Yola is Javascript. The only problem with that is the Javascript version is not SEO freindly, search engine crawlers do not recognize it. The other types of HTML PHP, ASP, ASP.Net (VB & C#) is SEO freindly and the spiders can crawl them. Is there any way I can use the above formats so I can get the SEO benefits of those formats? Following is an excerpt from the company I am working with:

Q: What is the difference between JavaScript and GetData Codes?

You always have different code choices to select from while create a merchant, coupon or search integration store at GoldenCAN. There are two available versions:

JavaScript Version
JavaScript code is workable for any website regardless of programming language and environment. However this is totally non crawling code. Search engine crawlers won’t be able to read your website content and to provide any type of rankings. This code cannot help in getting SEO benefits.

GetData Version
GetData version supports multiple languages including PHP, ASP, ASP.Net (VB & C#). This code is fully compatible with search engine spiders. Because with the help of this code actual product details and content is displayed at your store therefore all authorized search engines like Google, Yahoo, and MSN can easily understand the code and assign the required weight age.

thanks folks for any help

John
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John Morris

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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Hi John

Unfortunately it is not possible to use custom PHP or ASP scripts on Yola sites. I will ask around to find out if there is an SEO friendly alternative, but I am not hopeful that there will be any option besides Javascript.

I am sorry I don't have a better solution for you right now.
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John Morris

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Thanks for the reply Monique, I read a post similar to mine that was entered a year ago, and it looked like Yola was going to work on this.
My main question now is...... how important is it then for the data feeds on my site to be SEO recognizable. It seems to me that if Yola is putting out there an e-commerce template, then it should be SEO friendly for search engines to crawl and rank. Is this not right? Or, am I making a big deal out of nothing, how important is it for a search engine to be able to crawl my data feeds from my merchants. If I have store "A" on my site, and I have 1000 products to sell, how does the search engines know that I have this to offer if I can only use Javascript?
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John Morris

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I've hit yet another road block, some of my data feeds need to be uploaded using FTP. Here is alittle blurb regarding what I need to do, this is from the Google Affiliate website.

FTP Delivery Method

* host: the address of your FTP server.
o Example: ftp.sitename.com
* username: the login ID needed to access your FTP server.
* password: the password needed to access your FTP server.
* path: the path or directory structure which our application will follow to place the file on the server. There is no need to include a trailing forward slash or filename at the end of this field. The system will dynamically generate the file's name and place it in the location provided in this field.
o Example: /feeds/links

Can this be done? If not, then yola is proving to be unfriendly to merchant type or commerce sites. At this point, I am happy I haven't gone pro yet with Yola.
Thanks
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Dré

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Hi John,

Unfortunately, Yola does not offer FTP services. For something to work with our websites, it needs to be integrated in the site builder via a widget or by pasting HTML. You can also add certain types of files (image, document, media etc) to your file manager.

I am sorry I can't be of more help with this request.

Regarding your preceding post, I'm going to ask some of the guys who are a bit more knowledgeable then me to give you some feedback on that.
If there is anything else I can do for you, please let me know.

dré
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John Morris

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Thanks Dre, any luck yet with the other guys? I'd like to get an answer on this.
Thanks
John
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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Hi John,
Dré is offline but I did forward your request to our SEO expert. We're all in different timezones, so we appreciate your patience as she reviews your inquiry.
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Hi John,
I am looking into this. The engineer I would like to speak with is currently on leave, but I am looking to find someone else to discuss this with.

Emmy
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John Morris

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Thanks Emmy, I am looking forward to what you find out. This is very important to us ecommerce folks. I am surprised not many have asked the same question.
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Emmy

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Hello John,

Ok, I am glad I was able to speak with an engineer about this. Yes, the outside source that you are trying to use for your online store would require that code be uploaded to your site to function in an SEO friendly manner. In Yola, for security purposes, there are some forms of code that cannot be uploaded into the Site Builder, and this includes .php, .asp etc.

What we do have though is a Yola Online Store Widget which is 100% SEO friendly as all the product data can be crawled by the search engines. At this time, if you would like a fully functional, SEO friendly e-commerce solution you could use the Yola Online Store Widget. Here is a link to a tutorial: Creating an Online Store.

I hope you will be able to make this suggestion work for you.

Emmy
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John Morris

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Ok Emmy, thanks, that is fine for products I want to sell directly with my own photo uploads and descriptions, but that does not work with affilliate data feeds from merchants. Thanks for your help Emmy