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    Member undoIT's Avatar
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    I have been using the noscript tag with a warning to users who have JavaScript disabled or who who are using script blocking plugins like Noscript on one of the websites I run. The website will not function properly with JavaScript disabled and users may not be able to figure out why it is not working without the warning.

    After the most recent Google shuffle, I have seen the daily traffic for the site drop to about 1/3 of what it was in the previous months. I have also seen a lot of pages that were ranking #1 or #2 in the SERPS drop out of the results. After doing some investigating in webmaster tools, I noticed that "JavaScript" is listed as #16 under keywords. This doesn't make sense because the site has nothing to do with JavaScript and the only place that appears is in the text between the noscript tags.

    It looks like Google is now including and indexing the content between the noscript tags. I don't believe that this was happening before. The warning I used is three sentences. I'd imagine that having the same three sentences appearing at the top of every single page on the site could have a damaging effect on the SEO.

    Do you think this would have an effect? And, is there any other method to provide a warning to users that they have JavaScript disabled in a way that won't be indexed or read by search engines?

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    i have been telling folks that javascript is going away and nobody listens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by undoIT
    It looks like Google is now including and indexing the content between the noscript tags. I don't believe that this was happening before. The warning I used is three sentences. I'd imagine that having the same three sentences appearing at the top of every single page on the site could have a damaging effect on the SEO.

    Do you think this would have an effect? And, is there any other method to provide a warning to users that they have JavaScript disabled in a way that won't be indexed or read by search engines?
    Sounds like it is. You can always remove it and see what happens.


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    i have been telling folks that javascript is going away and nobody listens.
    What does that have to do with Google spiders seeing his javascript warning and the possible SEO implications?
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