Googlebot can't see global announcement banner

(Michael Downey) #1

I hope this is a bug …

When working in Google Webmaster Tools with our Discourse site, I noticed that Googlebot can’t see the introductory text that we’ve included in our global announcement banner. This text is basically similar to a meta description of what the site is and what it does, so it seems like the content should be included in the rendering that Google gets.

(Mittineague) #2

And if you go to the same page with JavaScript disabled, what do you see?

(Sam Saffron) #3

I guess its a legit feature req / bug… but do we really want to render it on all pages or just front page … I think front page is probably the correct thing to do here not to muddy up search results.

(Michael Downey) #4

I’d agree with front page only. I can imagine this would help with the excerpts that appear in Google search results, too – rather than including topics from the home page crawl, it might display the content of the banner.