Using Frames in your website hurts Search Engine Ranking

The biggest mistake that I made when developing some of my web sites was that I used frames in my html.  Using frames allowed my website ( to show multiple separate .html files on the screen at the same time.  I could easily switch the main .html file in the center to show different .html file.  Also, I was using javascript and stored session variables in a hidden .html file.  Technically, this worked well.  However, I came to realize that search engines did not properly index my website.  My ranking never seemed to go up.  I added a site map and submitted it to the search engines, but that didn’t seem to help too much either.  I then did some research on the internet to see if there was some specific SEO (Search Engine Optimization) that I could do for frames.  The general consensus was that there isn’t any SEO that would help.  I wish that I had known this before building the site.  I would have architected it differently.  So, if you develop a website, I recommend that you don’t use frames.

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