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The simple answer why Google recommends this practice is that: When you consolidate to either www or non www via ht access + WMT Your Google rankings for your keywords will rank higher. Why? Because you would have external links to www or non www And now all the link juice from either www or non www is routed to 1 of the 2 instead of separated to both. ...


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Why can't these two properties be merged into one? Technically, http://www.example.com is not an alias of http://example.com or vice-versa. You can show completely different things on www and non-www versions. However, most websites use them interchangeably and webmasters prefer one over the other and based on their preference (different reasons - ...


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Newly registered domain. Not aware it was ever owned by anyone else. My best guess would be that this domain hosted another website in a previous life that contained these links, particularly since Webmaster Tools is reporting these links as internal from your home page. Do I mark as fixed No. That tells Google that you've implemented (ie. ...


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You might be one step ahead of google bots at this point in time since they primarily scan human readable text on web pages to assess duplicate content, but I highly would suggest not to make multiple copies of the same content as PDFs. Also, publishing copies of the PDF does not necessarily mean more people will visit your site since they have other web ...


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What i would do is to add the file in password protected directory or not visible for the users and google directory and use the file just when is needed for the include. https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/htaccess-101/


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You need to click on the gear in the upper right hand corner of the page, and then click on the Users and Property Owners link. Delete any person who should not have access and change your password.


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1) Correct. You only really need to add the non-www version. Google treats www and non-www as separate websites. Same goes for http or https (if that is a factor for you). https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/34592?hl=en 2) See the article above for why you'd need a separate website. The main reason, from that article, is that "Search Console data ...


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For Q1: Provided your redirect from www.example.com to example.com forces all requests to be redirected and doesn't just apply to your root folder for example, then you will not need to add www.example.com to your Webmaster Tools as a property. For Q2: This feature of Webmaster Tools is more helpful for setting a preference between SSL and non-SSL versions ...


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In general, hyphenated URLs are better for seo than the id. Two main advantages - Google Ranking - The keywords in link have some ranking factor as it tells a lot about the content inside the page. Although this factor is just 1 out of only G knows how many. Higher CTR - I believe this is very important reason for having nice readable URLs. The keywords ...


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I do not know WordPress at all. There may be an option for this. I would check the documentation. You should not need to do a redirect. Apache will do this for you. Otherwise, see if the /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/ directory has dir.conf and dir.load exist, then in your /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/ directory you should find a .conf file for your site. If you ...


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On an apache server with mod_rewrite installed, you can add this code to your httpd.conf (main apache configuration file) and restart apache gracefully. RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^(.*)/$ [NC] RewriteRule ^(.*)$ %1 [NC,R=301,L] It will redirect all URL requests ending ...


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well well well.... all is fine now, the urls are showing when I type info:url last night I've noticed that the number of indexed urls in my sitemap had dropped and I thought it was related to that. It turns out it is a bug in search console : https://twitter.com/methode/status/634308230940872704


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When purchasing a new URL you need to run a few checks on its history. You can use https://magestic.com to check out historical links and you can gain free access by registering your site. You can also use https://archive.org to view the web history of the site. If the domain looks to have a history of spam links then this may be the issue, Google will ...


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I would argue it is essential for a company tasked with SEO work to be able to access Google Webmaster Tools and similar tools at least in a read-only capacity in order to review the website's performance and address issues raised, therefore I would suggest you carefully choose an SEO company that does not also work for your direct competitors to ensure ...


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Generally speaking, you will not need to disavow any links. This should remain a last resort for toxic links. Elsewhere I describe what a toxic link is. Please understand that most junk links are not toxic. For a link to be toxic, a lot has to happen. It is possible that there was some negative effect, however, Google understands that spam sites will make ...


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They can find almost everything without your permission, every seo can do it for you and your competitors at the same time anytime. A seo professional can look at all those things without even you knowing about it. So they can find out everything about your site. And they don't have to ask you for permission because checking out the code your site sends to ...


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The "single" result is known as Google Sitelinks. New sites don't get that treatment. Once you site is a year or two old, Google will often switch the display over automatically. The site links feature is completely controlled by Google. There is nothing you can do to directly turn it on. We do have a question that addresses what you can do to ...


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You have several issues going on. The one that addresses your issue most directly is that you do not have a description meta-tag or much content (at least on the home page) and Google is choosing to create your snippet from what it can find which is your first h1 tag and contact information. You are missing much of the basics in SEO. Here are some links to ...


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They can do SEO without these tools but for doing it perfectly they need the access to Google Search Console and Google Analytics. For example, Using Google Search Console They can get notified about your site’s issues/penalties The ‘Search Analytics’ (search queries) report details a list of keywords a website ranks for and the number of impressions and ...


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All responsible SEO and digital marketing companies sign and send across a non-disclosure agreement to their clients. Ask them for one, if they don't use them then question why they don't.


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Yes you need to give an SEO company access to your stats in order for them to track/validate historicals and fresh changes. However, it sounds like you should be working with a different SEO company. Just because they ranked your competition does not mean that 100+ other companies couldn't do the same or better, for the same or cheaper. This would be the ...


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The SEO company can still effectively do their job without access to Google Search Console, but you are tying both hands behind their back. That said, if you don't trust them enough to give them access to your data, perhaps you're better off with a different firm.


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The preferred domain is to set whether you prefer www or non-www. Read here : https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/44231?hl=en If you are redirecting your extra domains to the one main domain then Google will indeed figure it out and the extra domains wont be indexed in the long run (if already) Any link value that the extra domains have may be ...


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If you want the SEO company to do their work properly, you should give them full access to the metrics. I'm understanding your concerns about shering the data, but everything is about trust, right? Also don't think your keywords are so hidden. In a professional SEO tools, you can check in which keywords some domain is ranking. I'll tell you why the SEO ...


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there is now a better option: use the Structured Data Highlighter on a typical page to graphically show where structured data is, GWT will then assume pages with similar structure have the same elements needing structured data, no need to code anymore. The option is just below the one that lists you see the Structured Data GWT has/hasn't been able to find. ...


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There are two sets of pages indexed within Google Search Console: Google Index > Index Status -- and -- Crawl > Sitemaps You will find that these numbers are confusing. They represent two different things. If you are referring to any sitemap submitted (Crawl > Sitemaps) and the stats associated with it versus indexed pages (Google Index > Index Status), ...


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There are several questions to answer here: What's the best way for me to take care of this situation and avoid wasting Google's crawl budget and also let my pages get the most of the weight from authority pages? As you say the parameters do not create millions of new URLs. So it would be okay to let Google crawl them. Your Canonicals do the rest of ...


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I would say yes. An effective SEO firm can do a perfectly fine job without these tools. However, there is a goldmine of information that can also help using the Google products. Many of the best SEO tools tie into the Google products for a reason. I would be more concerned that they even said anything to you about your competitor at all even if it was only ...


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This solution involves giving the crawler an HTML snapshot for dynamically created content. For pages without fragments - see 3. in the link - these are handled using meta tags to indicate the dynamic content Once HTML snapshots exist the dynamic page will direct the googlebot and other crawlers there. The sitemap should also give the HTML snapshots ...


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I took a look at the visual and the source code of the page and agree that the home page has no content. I also ran an additional test to run the page with javascript disabled and nothing appears on screen. You may want to run your page though a bunch of SEO testing tools. Also, try having googlebot test your site in Webmaster tools, and if possible, ...


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Actually this is quite an easy one. Your home page has no content. There is nothing for Google to chew on except the title tag. That is not enough. While the home page looks fantastic(!) (and it does by the way), search engines require content- at least enough to create a SERP link. In this case, you have not supplied the minimum for a SERP link. You can ...


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You may want to give it some more time, I already see 10 results and the home page is the first result:


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Your best option is probably to verify using DNS. This will work no matter what sort of redirects you have in place. It also doesn't require you to keep up with any special redirect rules. According to Google's help page, you should: On the Search Console Home page, click the Manage Site button next to the site you want, and then click Verify this ...


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Try this: RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/mygooglefile.txt$ [NC] RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.com/$1 [R=301,L] Of course you will need to change the file name and the target domain name.


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Mystery possibly solved? Google pushed out Panda 4.2 on July 18 2015, however, prior to that there was a Quality Update (also called Phantom 2) that some say is related to the Panda roll-out. Clues to hits are fluctuations as some call them tremors and spikes. Here is a quote from: ...


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We seem to get this question enough now that a good and proper answer should be given specifically to this very simple issue. When Google has a blocked resource it is generally a 3rd party script/resource or a local script/resource that accesses 3rd party components. You will see there are two images and the image on the right will generally have what you ...


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What you want to do is check the server access logs after testing your website with each tool to see what identification google uses. Search the logs for googlebot or IP addresses that match google. Also, search the logs for part of the URL of the page you requested for each test to help you track google down. Once you done that, you need to modify your ...


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Is it normal that Google can't access external scripts? Please I don't want to get penalized or I don't want my rank to drop? What do I do? Do I leave the BuySellaAd codes? If the only resources google has a problem accessing are any resources required for third-party advertising (such as Buy-Sell Ads) then you don't have to worry and just leave the ...



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