Slideshow & SEO

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SJS Workshop
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Slideshow & SEO

Post by SJS Workshop » Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:24 pm

I recently read that using a slideshow is not particularly a good idea and can harm SEO. Seems to be a fair few articles about it but I wasn’t concerned because we don’t. After realising our ranking was dropping I looked to see if there was anything amiss. What I did find is that ‘slideshow’ can be found in the page source.

Two questions. Is a slideshow really detrimental to SEO and if so, is the fact it appears in the code an issue?

Thanks for any opinions.

sjstv.co.uk
Joomla: 3.10.8

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Re: Slideshow & SEO

Post by AMurray » Tue Sep 20, 2022 10:11 pm

Yes, they may not be the best thing for SEO, I've just been browsing the web and came to your conclusion.

But in some ways it may depend on what you want to use the slider for.

If you're showcasing a photo album (simply a collection of photography for instance) then look at different types of 'photo gallery' type extensions that place static images on the page, they may have the light-box type function or simply a thumbnail/large image type presentation.

Slideshows may bring other issues - e.g. slowing down your site loading, accessibility issues, or compatibility issues on mobile phones. (all factors that affect SEO).

So I would just say (as the non-expert) be sparing with slideshow use, and consider if it's really necessary for your site.
Regards - A Murray

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Re: Slideshow & SEO

Post by SJS Workshop » Thu Sep 22, 2022 8:23 am

See your point but we don’t want to use them, just get rid of the code but seems you can’t delete it.

We are not ready for Joomla 4 yet but interesting to see if it has the same issue.


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