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05-23-2018, 01:11 AM
Hello friends,

Please tell me, Can Search Engines Crawl Content In Pdf Files?

05-23-2018, 05:04 AM
Yes, Google treats the PDFs as other webpages and crawls PDFs and index as well.

05-23-2018, 05:39 AM
Yrs, Google search engine index PDF content & help in search engine ranking.

05-23-2018, 06:46 AM
Google definitely indexes PDF files and you can search just for PDF files by adding filetype:pdf to your search query (example).

I would say the main things to do to optimise a PDF so it's easily indexed would be:

Give it a meaningful filename
Complete all the document metadata properties (title, author, keywords etc)
Make sure your PDF is comprised of actual text and not scanned images
Ensure you have good content with correct use of headings, just as you would an HTML document

05-24-2018, 05:41 AM
PDFs are clearly not the best option for SEO. This doesn’t mean they are bad for SEO, but they simply don’t put the control for SEO in the hands of the webmaster per se. To realize the greatest benefits from SEO, where applicable, I do recommend moving content from PDF to HTML site pages, giving webmasters greater control, flexibility and the best opportunity at SEO and visibility and tracking advantages.

05-24-2018, 05:51 AM
Yes, Google treats the PDFs as other webpages and crawls PDFs and index as well.

Yes, I just checked and I found my pdf files indexed.

05-25-2018, 05:06 AM
Yes. Search engine also prefers PDF files if you submit PDF file for SEO purpose in order to create a backlink.

05-26-2018, 02:53 AM
Yes, Google can crawl and index PDFs.

05-26-2018, 03:53 AM
As long as it is not treated as images and as text, PDF are crawlable. The embedded text is not a bot blocker

05-28-2018, 02:28 AM
The answer to your question is Yes.

05-28-2018, 07:22 AM

Yes Search Engines can Crawl Content In Pdf Files.


05-29-2018, 02:21 AM
Yes, PDF files are crawlable

05-29-2018, 03:09 AM
Google treat pdf as regular web page templates and gather link for those to search. Google will crawl any pdf if it's not blocked by a server/host(robots.txt).