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If you never intended to have such urls in your site and they truly mean nothing for you, then it's better to keep serving them as a 404 - a page that is not found - not existing in the site. Use redirects if you used to have a page with important content, indexed and present in SERPs, that brings a lot of traffic to your site. In the 404 section of ...


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Unfortunately there's not much you can do. You can't prevent these other (hacked) sites from linking to you. Besides, once Google has found these (now erroneous) URLs, it is likely to continue crawling them for sometime to come, even when the inbound link is (eventually) removed. You are already doing the correct thing, in returning a 404. A genuine 404 is ...


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You need to have two webmaster tools profiles, one for www.example.com and the other for example.com. From now on, you should be looking on example.com webmaster tools profile. Also you need to specify in the webmaster tools that you prefer the non-www domain, go to site settings Site Settings Preferred domain Don't set a preferred domain Display ...


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Please take a look at this image: Most of these are links from my clients, but also from some web-catalogues that automatically adds links to your site. I do not think that is a bad situation and you should be worried.


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Would adding the parameter in (google) Search Console fix those issues? Even if it did, it wouldn't help 100% because there are other search engines I'm sure your client would want his website indexed in other search engines such as Bing and Yandex, and you may have to use their tools as well to sort out parameters. Because pages only highlighting user ...


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I would canoncilise the original page without the parameters to itself, which explains to google this is the original and you can ignore the rest. <link rel="canonical" href="http://domain.org/site/UserLogin" /> We had to do this to a client website recently, took a few days to kick in but got rid of the duplicates.


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According to Google, "Impressions - How many links to your site a user saw on Google search results, even if the link was not scrolled into view. However, if a user views only page 1 and the link is on page 2, the impression is not counted." (source)


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Without knowing the domains linking to your website and indeed your own domain, it is impossible to be 100% certain of what nature and reason those domains have a number of links pointing to a page on your website but there is not necessarily any cause for alarm or concern. Firstly metric-wise, don't worry that a domain has a low Moz domain authority that ...


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If your site shows Google what is basically advertising content that is unrelated to the actual site, you've been hacked. If you have enough knowledge of WordPress and also server security to detect and clean the hack, go for it. If you are at all uncertain about how to do this, hire a professional security service to do it for you such as Sucuri or ...


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If the canonical tag in the header isn't an option, you have a few alternatives to avoid the impact of duplicate content: Specify only the main content in a sitemap without all the varying parameters, include only the canonical URL but not the non-canonical versions *. Indicate how to handle parameters with the Parameter Handling tool to tell Google about ...


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A week isn't all that long (though I know it sure feels like it is). Steps you can take include: Double/triple check your 301 redirects are pointing to the correct new URLs. Ensure your sitemap.xml includes all of the new URLs and none of the old. Resubmit the sitemap in Google Search Console. Check your canonical tags include the new URLs. Look at any ...


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The file which is being requested is a json file used by some websites to map certain sections of the site and certain pages to a native app so that going into those sections or pages will automatically open the native app and use the app instead of the browser for iOS devices. It appears as though Google is trying to see if you have this file on your site ...


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If your pages are being indexed properly, that is all you need. Google uses the sitemap primarily to audit if they can properly crawl your site and not as a source of URLs TO crawl your site. Sitemaps are only necessary when a site is extremely large or has content behind a paywall or login. Otherwise, Google will largely ignore the sitemap. There is ...


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The meta name verify-v1 used to be associated with Google Webmaster Tools, it is now deprecated and has been replaced with the meta name google-site-verification, which now works across Google's services and not just restricted to WMT. List of Webmaster Verification, Ownership and Verify Sites <meta name="google-site-verification" content="GOOGLE ID ...


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We get this question periodically. Theoretically, it is when a page does not exist and a 404 page is returned with a 200 status code in an effort to recapture an otherwise lost user. However, with Google, thinking that it is clever, Google looked for clues such as not found on the page and marked it as a soft 404 when it may not be. Google has historically ...


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If the website is crawled and indexed properly then you dont need to worry about sitemap. It important only when you have large number of pages. However to expedite the process you go to webmaster > Crawl > Fetch as Google - enter the url of your sitemap, usually it is sitemap.xml. Hit the fetch button to see if everything is ok and click on submit to ...


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Yes, you need to include both languages for each entry in the sitemap: the url you are specifying in the loc item and every alternate language version of the page. Also the hreflang="x-default" is used only for auto-redirecting homepages or selectors, so in your case it seems that both pages have a specific language: en and es, it should be written with ...


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Whichever is the canonical version. If you haven't already done so, you should set up permanent redirects from the variants to your canonical domain. For example, if you decide the https version with www is canonical, you'd set up redirects as follows: http://www.example.com -- 301 --> https://www.example.com https://example.com -- 301 --> https://www....


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Here's what I found about having the GTM container in the <body>: First, if you add the <noscript/> tag as well (as you should), this should always be in the body of the document. The tag (which is shown for browsers without JavaScript enabled) contains an iFrame which loads the GTM library. If you add the <noscript/> tag into the head ...


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In the U.S., and indeed likely most all countries that take copyright seriously, will recognize copyright at the creation of a work. This is important to recognize. Copyright is automatic. It is recommended that you remove all work you did not create yourself or created for you. If you only have 7, then remove them immediately. One DMCA complaint, ...


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How does google determine these pages are compromised if there are no malicious code can be found from both my browser or google's "fetch as google"? Google may be using a separate IP address that is not the same as that used when the "fetch as google" operation is performed. For example, someone actually working at google might be randomly manually ...


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Google Search Console (Link to your site report) is not up to date and has not enough accuracy. So you should not count it.There are many backlinks that Google not display in "Link to your site" segment and there are many removed links that you can still see in "Link to your site" segment. You can use other services such as Ahrefs and... to collect more ...


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The example IP addresses are Google alright! However, it should be no more than 1 request per 2 seconds though that may have changed in the past few years. For the record, Google has always behaved rather well and has always stayed within the 1 request per 2 seconds rule. Still, it is not uncommon for small flurries of requests throughout the day and maybe ...


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Two points here. Conditional redirection and SEO The conditional redirection isn't a problem if correctly configured. In Google's case, they're now using "locale aware crawling", whereby their crawler employs different Accept-Language values (i.e., browser languages) and IP addresses. That being said, we don't know much about precisely what languages ...


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Google is saying, "Hey, it used to be there but it isn't anymore so you obviously need to fix this!" And when you mark it as "fixed", they check again and it's still not there so they say, "Hey, it used to be there but it isn't anymore so you obviously need to fix this!" The only way to really fix it is to respond to it with a 301 or 302 and redirect to a ...


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...with other web sniffing tools the HTTP HEADERS are correct. Tell the programmers of those web sniffing tools that they need to reprogram those tools because I looked at the HTML source code of your page and things need changing. What can I do? Stop confusing the robots. I look at your code and you have TWO title tags as follows separated by ...


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Have you received any message from Google in your Search Console (Webmaster Tools) notifying of a Manual Review penalty? Have you checked these domains and confirmed if your link is an open link (not nofollowed) or a nofollowed link? If the links are not nofollow'ed then there is a fair chance of them being the culprit and it's better to get rid of them or ...


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Warnings in the Google search console stay there even after the issue has been resolved. As for the fastest way to report the update to Google it doesn't matter whether you use the ping URL or resubmit the whole sitemap as functionally they work the same in that they extract the URL's and add them to the queue to be re-indexed when they can be. In the case ...


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Check if the these pages are linked from any other page. Remove those links and mark the errors as fixed. Make sure there are no backlinks on that pages. If there are any backlinks coming to that page make sure you display 404 and submit all those domains to disavow file.


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You should just use one (preferably www.). Google webmasters is smart enough to see what your preferred format is and will make the necessary changes for better analysis. "For instance, if you specify your preferred domain as http://www.example.com and we find a link to your site that is formatted as http://example.com, we follow that link as http://www....



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