A generic term for the text, images, video that make up the information on a web site.

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Why do websites have a contact form? isn't an email address enough?

What's reason behind having a contact form on a website, when a simple e-mail link is enough? Why do so many web sites have contact forms? Is it just a habit?
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Allowing customers to edit static website via WYSIWYG

I've set a few clients up with Adobe (formerly Macromedia) Contribute to edit static html content. Add the comments to prevent them from causing too much damage and it works okay: <!-- ...
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Website content copied - How can I prove that I wrote it?

One of our competitors constantly copies all our website content. Now, I assume the trouble is to proof that we wrote the content first and that it is not the other way round. I checked on ...
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Best Ways to Develop “Chicken and Egg Content” sites?

By 'chicken and egg content' I'm referring to user-contributed/crowdsourced content - sites like StackOverflow / StackExchange. When SO launched, Jeff and Joel were essentially able to 'cheat' the ...
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Are there any standards for marking the age suitability for website content?

As a responsible webmaster I want to mark some of my content as unsuitable for certain age groups, there's nothing illegal or pornographic but it does feature bad language and violence that might be ...
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Should I encourage clients to update content for SEO reasons?

Assume a website has quality content, let's say it's about a topic that does not change: a company whose services and staff stay the same, and they have no news to speak of. The content is accurate, ...
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Services to monitor if site is hacked and defaced?

Are there any services that will monitor a web site and report if it gets hacked and defaced? Which are reputable and recommended? How does the service notify you when your site is having problems?
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How to handle hundred of external links in a site?

The site I am working on has few hundred distributors, each one has its own page, and a link to that distributors website. Some of the distributors have multiple locations and so they have multiple ...
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Content theft - Where can I go from here?

I am the webmaster of a very successful blog in a fairly small niche. Recently our success has started to bite us with people copying posts on the site without consent and trying to pass them off as ...
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Directory structure for a website (js/css/img folders)

For years I've been using the following directory structure for my websites: <root> ->js ->jquery.js ->tooltip.js ->someplugin.js ->css ->styles.css ...
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Website “theft” - what is the best way of dealing with these individuals?

I was doing a duplicate content search on the web for our site content and found that someone has downloaded/mirrored our entire website and is hosting it on a subdomain of their own main domain. When ...
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Value of the HTML5 lang attribute

I'm working on a website which will offer localized content following the language+region approach as described on this W3.org page (e.g. fr-CA for Canadian French content, and fr-FR for "French ...
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What is the best way to get a huge amount of content to your website?

I have been working on 2 websites for a long time and the most challenging work is to create good content to them. I use to write the articles mysellf or sometimes hire an external service to do it ...
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Does duplicate content on another site affect my ranking?

A competitors set up a new site and copy and pasted some copy from our home page. When doing a comparison with a duplicate content tool the result was that the pages where 21% similiar. Does the ...
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How can I get my site's existing flash videos to work on the iPad?

My website has a number of instructional videos that would be very helpful to be viewable on an iPad. The video player is SWF, and the video itself is FLV. Questions: Can I replace the flash ...
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What are examples of services that track content-driven activity on social networks like Facebook and Twitter?

I'm trying to design the basics for a platform that enables users to access sets of statistics and information related to the way how their publications are handled and shared across social networks ...
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Is it legal to host very, very detailed summaries of copyrighted material?

I have a website where people can discuss books of various topics, mostly technical and practical stuff. Lately I have noticed that some members are posting very, very detailed summaries/reviews of ...
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How do websites with 'premium content' go about SEO?

While searching for news, I am often presented with pages that have 'premium content'. For example this story by The Australian. I checked it's canonical URL and it's same as the page I landed upon ...
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How can I inform search engines that the usefulness of some content on my site has a limited shelf life?

Let's say that I run a forum dedicated to computer hardware. Naturally, people are going to ask questions like: What is the best laptop for running [os] Or What is the best video card for ...
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Good tools to measure a page’s usefulness?

I'd like to add a "Was this page useful?" part at the end of multiple pages for visitors to rate the page and leave feedback. I could program this myself, store the data and make the reports that my ...
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text to code ratio and SEO

I've run sites that I've developed through various online SEO checkers over the years and some of them have checked me for my text to html ratio. I remember reading about this once or twice as well. ...
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Separating static/uploaded content from the site

I have a site where I anticipate to have a large amount of users. I've heard that it is a good idea to separate user content (uploaded images) and place them on a separate static server where lighttpd ...
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Meta descriptions for manual

We have a text heavy, high quality and original content online manual for our software: http://www.scirra.com/manual/1/construct-2 I was about to embark on entering meta descriptions for these ...
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Is there a Content Management System that allows multiple & independent blogs to be running on one domain?

I am a Wordpress fan, and I'm now building a new site and I'm not sure which CMS can achieve what I'm trying to do. I am building a food blog network for a bunch of cities in the US, and I want to ...
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Download as PDF - really worth implementing?

Many CMS systems (e.g. Joomla) offer the user an option to download the post content in PDF format. Is this really worth implementing? Are there any reliable stats showing how many users do use ...
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Dynamic Content Editor [closed]

I've asked this question around the net and still haven't found exactly what I'm looking for. Basically I have several sites that I run through a custom PHP framework. I'd like to add a way for users ...
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Ideal word count per web page?

Are there any kind of standard word limit's based on SEO for web pages? I've read around and I've seen advice saying that pages should aim to be no more than 500 words to maximise the SEO benefits. ...
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There must be a science to single-page product sales sites. What is it?

The sites I speak of are not landing pages, not really microsites in the sense that I've always had to deal with them. They are sites like the following: Credit Contraction eBook Homemade Strength ...
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Meta tags again. Good or bad to use them as page content?

From a SEO point of view, is it wise to use exactly the same page title value and keyword/description meta tag values not only as meta information, but also as page content? An example illustrates ...
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What is 'lack of original content'?

It is written everywhere that lack of original content is has a negative impact on ranking. But what is lack of original content? (I am not talking about duplicate content) I guess if you copy other ...
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What is the most effective way to obtain SEO benefits from content while still protecting most of it behind a paywall?

I'd like for search engines to recognize the content that is hosted on my website, but I'd also like to protect most of it behind a paywall. Are there any proven strategies for doing this?
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Should I accept the outsiders blog content creators offerings?

It's become quite common to receive offers of blog-posts content for a dynamic website. Some of these offers are unrelated, and of-course shouldn't be published. However, I did get some related offers ...
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Embedding a Disqus forum on my website: showing scrollable area instead of expanding the height

I hope I put this question as it should, I am not an expert in html/css/javascript, so forgive me if it's not very clear. The issue is as follows. I made my first website last week for the birth of ...
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Can a web site charge for inbound links

On our company web site, we have a page which lists all the magazine articles and web articles that talk about our products. It makes sense that magazine articles are shown in PDF format because they ...
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Duplicate Content: Who wrote it first?

I understand this question has been asked before in here (HERE) However, as some of you may know, technology advances quickly and it is very unstable, specially SEO. Today's practices can be ...
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Can a site be penalized for releasing a large volume of content in one go?

Let's assume I have a website of approximately 40,000 web pages, all of which are currently indexed, and most rank fairly well on Google. I plan on creating new content which will result in a total of ...
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What SEO approach should I take to an empty category page?

My site is in its infancy and has a lot of empty categories as products are being added. What is the best approach SEO-wise for these practically empty category pages? Should I hide the links to them ...
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What to think about for top navigation for an informational site

Our site is pretty old and the navigation is currently a large list of links on the left side of our page. (We use CSS similar to suckerfish to collapse it) Our site is mainly informational, with ...
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Appropriate response when client empowered with CMS destroys content to his own will

So, I just recently closed a website project that pretty much was The Oatmeals' Design Hell, but with content. The client loved the site at the beginning but started getting other people involved and ...
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Improving FAQ SEO with multiple pages?

I have a client who has over 200 Question/Answer style content blocks. Neither the questions or answers are very long and most of them have almost the same question but with a word or two ...
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SEO for Country & Language Specific content

Currently I am creating a website which has a common topic for an article, but it's going to be different content for each country, and also, each of that content will be provided in several ...
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SEO and reversed (key)words

I am frequently finding sites that use reversed words in domain names and content. Just an example: www.elgoog.com or something like "Sincerely yours elgoog". Does these word have value in SEO and ...
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Add valuable dynamic content to a mobile oriented (local) website, any suggestions?

HI to all, I'm developing a mobile website containing some valuable dynamic content for people living in my city. I did find some useful informations that aren't available in a quick, light mobile ...
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Is there a professional name for deciding which information should to be show in a website, it's not IA

It's not IA(information architecture). cos IA decide how to organize information, not to decide which information should be show in a website.
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Is the book “The Content Rules” still relevant in 2012? [closed]

"The Content Rules" was written by CC Chapman last year, and I was wondering if the book was still relivent in 2012, or if the ideas in it are dated. I started reading it in 2011, didn't finish it, ...
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How can I ensure I'm protected by the “Safe Harbor” clause?

I run a site that allows users to provide their own content & have it publicly available. I've got a standard privacy policy but am wondering what measures I should take to ensure I'm covered by ...
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Is it illegal to use content in such a way?

I have a couple of questions about the legality of the content of some websites. I am currently working on two websites and I would like to make sure I am not breaking any laws, by using some content ...
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Personalized content (authenticated with a cookie) and impact on SEO

We have a big website with a lot of content, that is doing pretty well in terms of SEO. Google likes the site, visitors like it as well. Our problem is that there is a lot of content that would only ...
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SEO: Moving articles from one domain to another

Currently I have articles up on a website (site A) that is not mine (but I can remove the articles.) The article's aren't faring well (not only due to the recent Google changes) but because they ...
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Do you need to have filed a Copyright to enforce the DMCA

I lead IS for my organization and the other day we found out a competitor stole all of the Copy Text from our corporate site and pasted it nearly verbatim to their own (the only changes were to ...