Frames and the NoFrames tag
It's very difficult to get a good ranking on search engines
if your Web site uses frames. We've mentioned it in our newsletter
The problem is that search engines do not index framed Web
sites well. Actually, the search engines do such a poor job
of indexing frames that we recommend rebuilding your Web site
without them. For some search engines, it's the only way to
get a good ranking.
If you must use frames on your Web site for some reason,
make sure you use the NoFrames tag so that search engines
can find some text to index. The NoFrames tag is a tag specifically
for search engines that cannot read the actual pages in your
Some search engines will be able to index the text you enter
in the NoFrames tag. The contents you enter there should be
text that is related to your site. It should contain your
most important keyword phrases, but should remain readable
to your Web site visitors.
You should place the NoFrames tag just before the </frameset>
tag in your frameset, for example:
<frameset cols="25%,*" border="1">
<frame src="this.html" name="this">
<frame src="that.html" name="that">
<frame src="whatever.html" name="whatever">
<h1>All about fishing equipment</h1>
If you're looking for fishing equipment, you'll find
here. We offer rods, reels, lines, flies, waders, vests
and apparel, tubes and boats and more.
<p><a href="this.html">More about
An easy way to do this is to create a new not framed Web
page for your site that describes your products and services.
Often the content can be taken directly from one of your existing
Once you've created the new page, view the HTML source of
the page and copy everything from within the <body>
and </body> tags. Then paste the new content within
the <body> and </body> tags found within the NoFrames
tags of your frameset.
Note that the text between NoFrames tags in our example contains
a link to the main frame set page. That way, Web surfers with
older browsers that don't support frames will also be able
to visit the page.
Don't use a list of keywords within the NoFrames tags and
don't try to overuse this tag because the search engines might
penalize your Web site for that.
Even if you use the NoFrames tag, it's still difficult to
get a good ranking for a Web site that uses frames. If at
all possible, avoid frames on your site.