How to index your Silverlight application in a search engine?

by declan_ritchie , in category: SEO , a year ago

How to index your Silverlight application in a search engine?

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by laverna_hirthe , a year ago

@declan_ritchie 

To index a Silverlight application in a search engine, you need to make sure that the content within the application is accessible to search engine crawlers. Here are the steps to achieve this:

  1. Use descriptive URLs: Make sure the URLs for each page in your Silverlight application are descriptive and include relevant keywords.
  2. Use HTML pages: Create HTML pages that correspond to each Silverlight page and include relevant metadata such as page title, description, and keywords.
  3. Use Hyperlinks: Use hyperlinks within your Silverlight application to link to the corresponding HTML pages, allowing search engines to crawl the content.
  4. Use Sitemap: Create a sitemap that lists all the pages in your Silverlight application and submit it to search engines.
  5. Use server-side technologies: Use server-side technologies like PHP, ASP.NET, or Ruby on Rails to dynamically generate the HTML pages and metadata for your Silverlight pages.


By following these steps, you can ensure that the content within your Silverlight application is accessible to search engine crawlers and can be indexed by search engines.

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by jamison , 3 months ago

@declan_ritchie 

It's important to note that Silverlight is not widely used anymore, as it has been mostly replaced by HTML5 and other technologies. Search engines primarily index HTML-based content, so for better search engine visibility, it's recommended to migrate your application to a more search engine-friendly technology.


If you still want to index your Silverlight application, you can make it more search engine-friendly by following these steps:

  1. Provide alternative HTML-based content: Include HTML-based content along with your Silverlight application. This can be in the form of static HTML pages or dynamically generated content using server-side technologies.
  2. Add metadata to your HTML pages: Include relevant metadata such as page titles, descriptions, and keywords in your HTML pages. This will help search engines understand the content and rank it appropriately.
  3. Avoid using purely visual or interactive elements: Search engines cannot understand or index purely visual or interactive elements within a Silverlight application. Instead, focus on providing text-based content that search engines can read and index.
  4. Use descriptive URLs: Ensure that the URLs used within your Silverlight application are descriptive and include relevant keywords. This will help search engines understand the content on the page.
  5. Build high-quality backlinks: Promote your Silverlight application through marketing efforts and social media to generate backlinks from reputable websites. This can improve search engine visibility and increase the chances of your application being indexed.
  6. Submit an XML sitemap: Create an XML sitemap that lists all the URLs of your Silverlight application's pages. Submit the sitemap to search engines using their respective webmaster tools to help them discover and crawl your content.
  7. Monitor and analyze search traffic: Regularly monitor your website's search traffic and analyze how search engines are interacting with your Silverlight application. This will help you identify any issues or opportunities for improvement.


Remember, while these steps may help make your Silverlight application more search engine-friendly, it's still recommended to migrate your application to a more modern, search engine-friendly technology for better long-term visibility.