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    Now that Google is crawling JavaScript, is it still safe to use call tracking on a site (where the number is added to the site by JavaScript)?

    Will Scott

    I would not be terribly concerned.

    If your JavaScript is coded right it should assure that the alternate number is only shown if a certain condition is met, e.g. referrer is “yelp” or some such.

    To be clear, we’ve not tested this, but I do think the risk is rather low.

    Even though Google just now-ish said they’re reading JavaScript and CSS they’ve been reading JavaScript for a while — like since 2008 or so. I say this because one of the techniques we used to use for flash sites was to use obfuscated JS to automatically redirect non-flash enabled browsers (such as Googlebot) to a flat HTML version of the site.

    This technique stopped working altogether in 2008 when Google figured it out and started processing JS.

    So, I think this announcement is good news for AJAX, long-scroll and Parallax sites, but kind of “whatever” for call tracking.

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 3 months ago by Will Scott. Reason: wasn't showing emphasized "if"

    It would be great if someone could post an example of a web page where call tracking is implemented in a seo-friendly way (e.g. through dynamic insertion of JavaScript).

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