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Yes, putting important keywords closer to the beginning of a title does help SEO. SEOmoz's ranking factors survey agrees, as do other sources. Keyword Use Anywhere in the Title Tag 66% very high importance Keyword Use as the First Word(s) of the Title Tag 63% high importance Keyword Use in the Root Domain Name 60% high importance ...


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This is very likely Google can estimate your bounce rate, if you take into account a new feature that detects when the user is clicking the back button: Search Google: Click a search result. Click back. Google is showing a new option, "Block all [site] results": Obviously, that is a guess, but quick back clicks may be good indicators of irrelevant ...


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To the best of my knowledge, the rankings team does not use bounce rate in any way.   — Matt Cutts, June 2010, Search Engine Land interview I have an issue with the concept of long/short clicks being used in their ranking algorithm. There are too many scenarios where both short and long clicks occur that are the opposite of what the ...


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Per Matt Cutts Without reading the article [trying to confirm a connection between rank and bounce rates], I’ll just say that bounce rates would be not only spammable but noisy. A search industry person recently sent me some questions about how bounce rate is done at Google and I was like "Dude, I have no idea about any things like bounce rate. Why don’t ...


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Backlinks still form the #1 contributing factor in getting a page to rank in Google. Generally speaking: High Quality back-links are better than high quantity back-links Freely-given links are better than procured back-links (procure can mean artificially gained in any manner, not just bought) Page Rank still matters in terms of the currency of ...


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I think that the problem with using bounce rate for ranking is that it doesn't take into account the fact that bounces aren't always a bad thing. This metric needs to be taken in context because there are some sites for which you might want to actually increase your bounce rate! In fact, as an example, your sites might be that type of site (at least from ...


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No. I'm responsible for a site that has one of the largest implementations of Google Maps (per impressions) outside of Google Maps itself (in Australia). Both with that, and with overlay (including links) of data, we have seen on 1million+ pages that with or without Google Maps has zero effect on the page's ranking. I'm not going to speculate on the ...


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I manage a site that brings in around 30k pageviews per day. It lost 1/3 of its traffic around April 11th (panda international rollout). The entire domain lost traffic across the board. The overall average bounce rate hovers around 65% (pre-panda was 71%). The hardest hit pages have bounce rates over 75% however. It's an interesting theory. To google's ...


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New sites often do drop in rank Sadly the chances are that Google is repositioning to where it believes you should be, most often new sites and pages get temporary boosts to allow them to catch on so to speak. I've seen what your experiencing hundreds of times and can assure you what your seeing is most likely out of your control until your site becomes ...


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Hint: The answer won't be in a 3x3 table because it's not that cut and dry :) The more words in an external link the less targeted that link is for for each word individually. So having a link that just says "widget" will help you rank better "widget" then an external link that contains the phrase "best blue widget". But both will help you as they both ...


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The inner quotes are still recognized as a control character in the query (note that Google strips out all non-alphanumeric characters except control characters when running a query - you can add apostrophes, periods, and commas to the query without altering the search results). Your effective search on the first go was: "Submitting values of " jQuery ...


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As long as the domain and content remains the same, changing IP addresses should have not affect on SEO. Moving from Canadian to US IP's wont affect your SEO. The only potential gotcha could be if somehow the IP address has been backlisted due to spam or other misuse, although this is more commonly, but not exclusively, an issue with Email than Web Domains. ...


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Google does not consider 301 redirects to be duplicate content. What might be happening, though, is that when Google first crawled your original redirects, they added the target pages to their queue for later recrawling. But by the time they got around to actually crawling those pages, you'd reversed the redirects so that they were pointing back to the ...


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Frames are not search engine friendly and frame forwarding is definitely not how you want to do this. As you can see it is not search engine friendly and only hurts you. Plus users can find it confusing because the URL in the address bar never changes. Basically it's a bad idea all the way around. What you need to do is a proper 301 redirect from the old ...


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I would call it a day now in terms of recovery actions. Without knowing your friend's budget or the relative importance of the site in the overall business strategy, this sounds like a lot of money spent on mostly correct corrective actions. The only remaining step that you have not mentioned is asking for a manual reconsideration request to get the ...


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In the eyes of Google, a PDF is just another web page – a web page that offers a prime opportunity to boost your content ahead of your competitors and vice versa. The reason I say is that Google ranks PDF files in the SERPs. It is sure that it crawls the PDF files. If PDF content is fresh and relevant, it will increase your website reputation. It always ...


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Google is almost certainly using usability signals as a significant factor in the rankings. Google probably doesn't use "bounce rate", at least not as measured by Google Analytics. Instead, Google relies on: Click through rate (CTR) - The number of people that click from the SERPs to a site is a good indication of whether the site is relevant for the ...


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You will have to include video information in your sitemap. The "more information about..." link near bottom of that page will give you the specifics on elements, etc. If you happen to already produce an mRSS feed, you can also use that.


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Joel, While the question is interesting in the hypothetical sense, it lacks the action-ability part of being practical. Suppose for a minute, that the answer is yes -Google uses bounce rate for ranking sites -what would you do about it? The only way to reliably increase this metric would be to put artificial blocks between the user, and the answer marked ...


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This won't help or hurt you. Links from completely unrelated sites will carry very little weight so there will essentially be no benefit from those links. Additionally, they can't hurt you because you have no control over them. If you were penalized for what other sites did then a competitor could crush you just by linking to you from some of there websites. ...


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Matt Cutts covers this in two videos: What impact does server location have on rankings? Can the geographic location of a web server affect SEO? Basically, it does affect your rankings, but primarily for personalized search results.


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Were your personal search results turned off? When was the page cached? It's likely your blog pinged Google along with other search engines once you published the post. Well Google blog search at least which is different than Google Bot. Search results work just the same for a blog post page compared to any other content page. Google has been crawling, ...


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How to Keep your Rankings You mentioned that your going to keep the same URLS, the same metas and the same title tags while this is a good start the content is the KEY element which can effect your rankings. The Title Tags, Metas and URLS are only siginals that Google uses to estiblish more about your page so effectly changing the content you will change ...


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Before he gives up, I would recommend some usability testing. Have him set up a senario like You need to learn/buy/find widgets. You type 'dark blue widgets' into Google. You see the following search result: http://mysite.example.com/blue_widgets.html You click on it. Does it tell you what you want to know about widgets? Use ...


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The last time I tested this, it does not. If you put some weird word in the meta description (something like "xenylotior"), then you will not be able to find it in Google search. If you put that word in the text of the page, you will be able to find it. Words in the meta description are not used for ranking because they are not indexed and not searchable. ...


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Knowing the 301 redirected URL is possible in several cases but not all the time. Several online tools like Ahrefs or MajesticSEO can display this kind of information for you. You just need to look at backlinks classified under "Redirect" status. Example for Ahrefs: However, you need to know a good SEO professional don't want people find the 301 ...


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Search engines have no idea when a user clicks on links on other site or your site. They also have no idea what kind of traffic your site receives or where it comes from. This is just one of many myths and misconceptions about SEO. You can safely ignore it. Alexa may know these things sometimes as they rely on spyware software installed onusers' computers ...


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I'll point to John C's answer here: How long does it take for a page to be assigned Google page rank? Public PR is updated only periodically so whatever PR you see via reporting tools is a snapshot of the past. It does not reflect a page's current PR. So to paraphrase - don't worry if google toolbar doesn't show a page ranking, as it isn't a real time ...


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There is simply too much worry and panic about Google on this board. Google happens, things get weird, stuff moves around, it may be something you did, it may be something you did not do, it may be something someone else did, it may be something someone else did not do. It may have been something done weeks ago, it may have been something done just before. ...



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