Does Using All-in-One Cufon Affect SEO?
The short answer is no, Cufon does not affect SEO or have any negative affect on SEO at all.
You can take a look at your page in a text-viewer http://www.delorie.com/web/lynxview.html/ to give you a sense of what’s visible to Google. You will notice how Cufon shows up just fine.
As a brief introduction for the non web-designers out there, Cufon is basically a way that we can use fancy fonts on the web without being restricted to the favoured few (eg: Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana etc..). For many years those stock fonts were the only choice we had and designers craved a way to ‘pretty up’ their sites and have the same freedom that print designers have.
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As in all three keyword variations the pages that utilised Cufon appeared above the non-Cufon pages, I think it is definitely safe to say that Cufon doesn’t actually have a negative impact on search rankings and SEO.
The fact that all of the pages that use Cufon appeared above the non-Cufon pages is probably a coincidence, perhaps because the Cufon version was always on a lower number folder – eg: /cfontest1.com and /cfontest2.com folders. It would be jumping to conclusions to say that Cufon aided search rankings! I think if this was to be taken further then extending the sample size to test say 20 different made-up keywords would be a good idea, as would having them on separate domain names, not just sub-folders as I did.
I hope this has dispelled some myths banded about by some SEO companies, and that SEO-minded web designers can be free again to use Cufon without worrying about the ranking consequences.
Seems like a pretty good test with reliable data. So Cufon is superior than sFIR IMO due to the fact it’s faster and simpler.
Then I came across this information on Cufo at http://viget.com/inspire/cufon-font-replacement-the-good-and-the-bad
When thinking about fonts on the web, what is the best case scenario for us? Probably the ability to embed any font directly into any browser using HTML/CSS, right? Cufón comes fairly close, but is still just a simpler hack. Cufón is certaintly not the final word on fonts on the web, but is — at this point — a little closer thanks to its simplicity and compactness.
Any comments you have on Cufon and what you have come across using this please let us know.