So moving forward, this begs one very important question:
In the process of building our most recent Thought Space redesign, we attempted a new trick to SEO a one page website. I planned on having panels on the single page home screen. I made separate HTML files for each panel, complete with our sites header and footer. I linked these HTML files together like a normal site (home, contact, etc…). The single page nav scrolled to other parts of the screen instead of linking out like the other files. Essentially, we had a normal site structure as well as a single page that combined all of the other pages into a series of panels. No content was changed at all between the versions, simply structure.
Unfortunately, everything did not work as well as planned. We shortly realized that Google was indexing our main single scroller page (which ultimately led to this blog post). All hope was not lost on the previous work, as it still serves as a no JS version of the site. This led me to make one strong realization, however
For example, my main page got indexed because I placed a redirect on page load. This did not require any user interaction to trigger the action. GoogleBot happily followed along straight to my single version and indexed it instead. The entire plan for site links with Google had been shattered. I also happened to realize that some of the content on my home page wasn’t being indexed by Google. After looking into it further, the obvious came about
Interactions involving clicks, hovers, or other user interaction are not processed by GoogleBot