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Yes, this rolling out, see the official Google statements: https://plus.google.com/+JohnMueller/posts/PDkPdPtjL6j https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1408986 And discussion here: http://www.seroundtable.com/google-author-images-gone-18763.html


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I retained the original answer with [updates] to help understand some of the background to the final decision made by Google. Unless there is something new, [Update: and apparently there is. Author images and circle counts have disappeared on June 25th 2014.] Google reduced the Author images after doing an audit a short while back. The reason mentioned was ...


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This is the official answer from Google on this: Completely remove an entire page If you want a page removed, then you have to fill out the remove page from index form in the Google Webmaster Tools page AND use the robots.txt file to exclude the pages so Google doesn't index them again. They state in the link above that if the page exists in Google's ...


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Google will index anything it can regardless of what errors/issues it contains providing it doesn't explicitly instruct Googlebot not to crawl. With a missing <head> section, anything such as the page title, meta tags, stylesheets and javascript calls etc will all be missing - this will cause a lot of issues in terms of how the site performs in ...


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Google states the following with regard to redirects: If you do a site: search for a page that is redirected, you'll see the redirected URL in the results. This is normal. For example, say that www.example.com has been redirected to www.redirectedexample.com. Doing a search for site:www.example.com will return results from www.redirectedexample.com. ...


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Are you adding any of your own content to the pages that feature these syndicated press releases? If you add some of your own content around the press releases on the page, so almost as if you are quoting it, some people argue this can sometimes navigate the issue - but you need to be really adding more of your own content to the page as compared to the ...


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I'm guessing you have an image with the alt "logo". Google can prepend/append text to titles if it thinks your titles don't meet their standards. And based on the results you show in the screenshot, your titles aren't very good, so it appends some text. In this case it decided that the word 'logo' represents you. How to fix: Change alt to "Logo ...


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You could potentially remove links that have added weight to your SERP rankings. If you remove the wrong links, the content that those links were pointing towards could drop in the search rankings. If I have a bunch of spammy links that a competitor built, would there be any potential harm of disavowing them? If you know for sure that that a ...


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Yeah. There is a better way. Do it the traditional way. Really. I am not saying that you cannot have dynamic pages, just do not try and game the system. Create solid and valuable content for the topics and sub-topics you have. You can make it database driven so that courses can be added and deleted if you want. That would be a good idea. You do not want ...


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It means that tool is unable to find PageRank for your homepage. That is literally all it means. PageRank is per web page not per website. So all that tool claims to report is it can't find what the PR is for your homepage. That tool is not Google so anything it claims to report cannot be assured as accurate. Google does not offer an API for determining a ...


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This is something that Google does on its own. Their search results, by default, are personalized to each user. It is based on factors such as location and search history.


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Well, it is a case of "Only Google really know". Their page on this subject is here: https://support.google.com/gsa/answer/2672256?hl=en My thoughts: Wordpress sites are going to generate several pages of duplicate content, eg tag pages, and so this type of page may be downgraded in the listings. Your pages are heavy in template, but sometimes only a ...


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It can get the info from various places - eg Wikipedia, imdb, Google+ business pages. Usually external sources will be credited, so you can see if you can copy. If your business is local, then it is certainly worth using Google with Places for Business so it appears on the map. https://www.google.co.uk/business/ That appears to be what the one in your ...


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Since in some cases the information is taken from Wikipedia, you might as well try and create a Wikipedia page for your brand. Google+ pages help with location of physical addresses, comments, pictures and so on. As you can see in the image you posted, Wikipedia info shows up first, then the location and other info from Google+


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From: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2272084/How-to-Dominate-the-Entire-First-Page-of-Google Google+ Brands that have verified Google+ accounts can capture side rail real estate for brand terms by utilizing rel="publisher". This works similarly to authorship but is tied to Google+ pages as opposed to individual accounts. The result is a ...


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Robots.txt If you have hundreds to thousands of URLS then the easiest method would be to use robots.txt to inform Google that these URLS should not be indexed. This will also trigger Google to review the URLS already listed and hopefully remove them in time. It should be noted that URL removals can take weeks to months depending on volume and how often ...


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Two things: First, if these URLs result in a 404 error because the resource has been removed, Google will try these resources with a fetch a number of times before determining that the resources are deleted. It will take time, but it is the simplest way to get these resources removed. Optionally, you can specify in the .htaccess file (assuming Apache) and ...


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The full image is the content. The thumbnail is metadata describing the image. Therefore, it should be the full image. (Assuming you want it to be indexed by image search engines, if you don't really care, then omit it entirely).


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I would go with this url: http://www.somedomain.com/electrical-tools/plugs-sockets/flat-to-round-power-plug-convertor-1005874 If you just used structured data (breadcrumbs), then you won't have to worry about the URL looking too long in the SERPs, and your click through rate should not be negatively affected.


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Long URLs look spammy. If you watch this video from Matt Cutts, you'll see that he talks about how users may be less likely to click on URLs that are too long. In regards to SEO, he says that he doesn't think that there is "much difference" between the two (take from that what you will). From his perspective, it is all about the user experience.


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The title of your page is the place where keywords that you use have the most weight to Google. Including the phone number in the title is NOT a good SEO practice. The phone number is easy to rank for (since it is unique to you). When somebody searches for your phone number Google will show your site even if the page only contains it in the body. ...


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Does Googlebot care about valid HTML? In this YouTube Video, Matt Cutts says that the crawler is built to deal with HTML syntax errors. Google does not penalize you if you have invalid HTML. Google places more emphasis on quality content not HTML syntax. So I do not expect a faulty <head> tag to be the only reason for the site not being ...


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It seems very likely that google will parse the site, like any browser they will try to ignore and work around many errors that their spider has to encounter on the many many sites that they spider. That's not to say that it won't depress your rank drastically, as such a broken problem probably will. As far as not being indexed at all, that certainly ...


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If I block Google from crawling a page using a robots.txt disallow directive, will it disappear from search results? https://developers.google.com/webmasters/control-crawl-index/docs/faq Blocking Google from crawling a page is likely to decrease that page's ranking or cause it to drop out altogether over time. It may also reduce the amount of detail ...


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I recommend 2 techniques that worked in 100% cases for me (tested Google, Yahoo, Bing, Yandex). First - meta tags: <meta itemprop="xxx" content="yyy"> Second - hide using position:absolute, z-index, negative margins or similar things: <span itemprop="xxx" style="position:absolute;top:-20000px"> yyy </span> Second is more complicated ...


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JSON-LD is the alternative way of doing things. A bonus can be that it does not polute your HTML. Example: <script type="application/ld+json"> { "@context": "http://schema.org", "@type": "Restaurant", "address": { "@type": "PostalAddress", "addressLocality": "Sunnyvale", "addressRegion": "CA", "postalCode": "94086", ...


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You should make sure that the outdated pages either do a 301 redirect to your home page, or give a 404 or 410 status code. Google will eventually remove the pages from search results, if you put the URLs in robots.txt. However, that might take some time. Fastest way is to use Webmaster Tools and remove the URLs there.


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Given these options your I believe the best choice would be to use the second format: example.com/<root-category-name>/<product-name> Now let's go into why this may be the best option... You said that the most important keywords are the root categories. This being the case those keywords should be closest to the root as they are the most ...


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If you google "sites.google.com", then it lists plenty of sites hosted there. However, as it is not using sub-domains to create the URLs, search engines will most likely see each site as simply a sub-page of the single massive sites.google.com website (with 53,900,000 results in the listings), rather than a website of its own (with a dozen or so pages). ...


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I checked several sites that contain large numbers in their SERP description. The pattern seems to be as follows: When the description is being pulled from the meta description, it loses the commas. When the description is being pulled from content on the page, it keeps the commas. That seems to be how it works, though I'd be interested if anyone finds ...



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