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Frames are notorious for the wide variety and severity of the problems they cause. The following articles detail some of these:

What are the alternatives to using frames?

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1. Reasons your site may not be included.

Your page uses frames. Google supports frames to the extent that it can. Frames tend to cause problems with search engines, bookmarks, emailing links and so on, because frames don't fit the conceptual model of the web (every page corresponds to a single URL). If a user's query matches the site as a whole, Google returns the frame set. If a user's query matches an individual page on the site, Google returns that page. That individual page is not displayed in a frame because there may be no frame set corresponding to that page. http://www.google.com/webmasters/2.html

Inktomi Web Search

our crawler does not index frames. This is due to the fact that frames are created as secondary part of a page, and website administrators do not like content linking directly to frames (which is what would happen if we were to return a frame as a search result). http://support.inktomi.com/Search_Engine/Product_Info/FAQ/searchfaq.html#frames

excite.com Possible reasons why you can't find your site

Your site uses frames and frames are not indexable. Frames allow a Web author to present several windows within one Web page, which is fine for design but not for indexing. Framed content is not indexable. http://www.excite.com/info/getting_listed/find_your_site/

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