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Google moves away from crawling and indexing the old AJAX!

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Google is all set to move away from crawling and indexing the content from the old AJAX crawling scheme which was technically disapproved two years back, as indicated by Google earlier.

If Google sources are to be believed, it would stop the same from middle of 2018 as per Google Blog.

John Wrote:

“””As a reminder, the AJAX crawling scheme accepts pages with either a “#!” in the URL or a “fragment meta tag” on them, and then crawls them with an “?_escaped_fragment_=” in the URL. That escaped version needs to be a fully-rendered and/or equivalent version of the page, created by the website itself.

With this change, Googlebot will render the #! URL directly, making it unnecessary for the website owner to provide a rendered version of the page. We’ll continue to support these URLs in our search results.

We expect that most AJAX-crawling websites won’t see significant changes with this update. Webmasters can double-check their pages as detailed below, and we’ll be sending notifications to any sites with potential issues.”””

If you a regular visitor to Google search Console and encountering any issue, Google will alert you in advance. You are okay if you’re not notified. Google is getting better in indexing JavaScript and AJAX rather than overcoming the problem.

Some Tips to follow for this Change:-

1. Verify ownership of the website in Google Search Console to gain access to the tools there, and to allow Google to notify you of any issues that might be found.

2. Test with Search Console’s Fetch & Render. Compare the results of the #! URL and the escaped URL to see any differences. Do this for any significantly different part of the website. Check our developer documentation for more information on supported APIs, and see our debugging guide when needed.

3. Use Chrome’s Inspect Element to confirm that links use “a” HTML elements and include a rel=nofollow where appropriate (for example, in user-generated content)

4. Use Chrome’s Inspect Element to check the page’s title and description meta tag, any robots meta tag, and other meta data. Also check that any structured data is available on the rendered page.

5. Content in Flash, Silverlight, or other plugin-based technologies needs to be converted to either JavaScript or “normal” HTML, if their content should be indexed in search.

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