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SPA's (Mobile Application), Google, and SEO

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JohnVS asked on 28 Nov 2013, 12:21 AM
I recently found that Google has been indexing our KendoUI Mobile application website (using remote views) strangely. They somehow got a hold of our mobile URL's and are indexing them without the hashbang, and therefore the links don't work (they only return the HTML of the Partial View). So instead of Google indexing http://ourdomain.com/Mobile#/Mobile/Home/Home , they actually display http://ourdomain.com/Mobile/Home/Home , which obviously doesn't work.

I did a ton of searching, and I found what I thought would be the holy grail: https://developers.google.com/webmasters/ajax-crawling/?hl=nl-NL . These are Google's recommendations for AJAX applications. As I began to read, I quickly realized that KendoUI Mobile applications cannot abide by Google's recommendations. Google requests that all your mobile URL's use #! instead of just a hashbang. But there is no way to do this with a KendoUI Mobile Application, from what I can tell.

Do KendoUI Mobile Applications simply not allow for any kind of real SEO or proper indexing for the search engines?

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Kiril Nikolov
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answered on 29 Nov 2013, 11:33 AM
Hello John,

I agree that currently Kendo UI Mobile is not optimized for Google indexing. A solution is being developed and will be added in the next official release of Kendo UI. In the meantime there is no workaround that can take care of this issue.

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answered on 21 Mar 2014, 03:52 PM
Has this feature been added, and I just missed it? Is there still no way to have a mobile application website and be SEO friendly? Thanks.
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Kiril Nikolov
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answered on 24 Mar 2014, 03:04 PM
Hi John,

The SEO optimization for the Kendo UI Mobile Applications is still in our plans, and we are currently working on it. It will be most probably released with one of the next internal builds. 

Thank you very much for you patience and understanding.

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Kiril Nikolov
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