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I am not sure there is a way to demote multiple links in Google Webmaster Tools currently. However, there are other methods of achieving the result. I am assuming you have a sitemap for the website? If so I would go change the <priority>0.1</priority>. Doing this helps determine which url to show if multiple pages from a website match a query. My ...


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You are talking about branding. This is difficult to do with a non-competitive site and a brand name (company name in this case) that is not recognizable. Ten pages on a site that is 6 months old and only back links from one site until recently is not a good recipe for success. As well, if the brand name is something nonsensical such as wizywerx, it will ...


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In some MVC, campaign trackers can soft 404 during a platform side route/redirect even if the campaign rewrite on url was successful. I can think of one popular ecom platform that does this causing false 404 positives on every single tracker rewrite it makes. It can straight break the redirect too if its a software side thing. If the page is generated from ...


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Here is how it works based on sites we have released recently + a couple that have ran awhile. Assuming its a new site using all out Schema.org as well as fallback data-vocab for crumbs and reviews datas, you should expect at least a 3 month lag time. You will see the Google webmaster tools schema reports doing nothing -- no new reviews, no new ...


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You need to check the server side source code of the page on the server and look for code that does not belong. Even though you tested a few different user agents, it is trivial to make a dynamic page show different content to various users based on any factor. A hacker could also make it only happen at certain times of day, etc. Until you've checked the ...


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If the CDN links are distinctive, you can use the Google's disavow tool. But, another and better solution would be to use canonical links. It works across domains too (at least at Google's). Set it on your pages and give Google some time to visit your pages again. Of course, make sure your pages are indexable.


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In addition to total lack of data in content zones, or repeated strings in empties, "Not Found" seems to be the general word trigger for soft 404. If that string is there, you can try removing it and replacing with funny randomized others like "This dude is obviously not a comment pioneer" or "Comments arent gonna write themselves ya know..." or "Tired of ...


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I suspect you deleted the site from the main Webmaster Tools page without first unverifying yourself as a user/owner of the site. (Although you would perhaps expect the current account to be unverified automatically - that does not seem to be the case.) However, you should still be able to visit Webmaster Central - Verification Home from where you can ...


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What is the correct http status code to handle these types of pages which exist, but may/not have data on them in the future? If no data is present, I would specify a noindex, follow directive. PHP example: <?php if(empty($posts)): ?> <meta name="robots" content="index, follow"> <?php endif; ?> When content is added, the above ...


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It sounds to me like somewhere there is perhaps a glitch in Google's systems that is not recognising the fact you deleted the site from your Webmasters account. I would suggest posting on their Webmaster Help Forums to see if they can help you from there. This is their recommended route for reporting non-standard issues.


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The reported Soft-404 (a page that perhaps looks like a 404 but returns a 200 OK status) is really just a "helpful" report that GWT provides. "Hey, your site has served a page that really doesn't have anything on it?!" It is not necessarily a problem, unless your page contained valid content that you wanted indexed, or it should be a real 404 (returning a ...


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You say you have checked Google's multilingual guidelines pages, but have you implemented the rel="alternate" hreflang= mark up, either on the pages source code or in sitemaps? If not you should do that, as it can help Google discover and understand the connection between your translated pages. If you haven't already, make sure all your URLs are in a ...


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The webmaster tool started to show me the hreflang tags about 8 days after putting them online. Thus, I guess one should expect those values to be updated - at least from the webmaster console viewpoint - only twice per month or so.


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The hyphen in the "Indexed" column is simply indicating that it's not yet able to report on how many URLs from your XML sitemap are currently indexed. The processed date is only today, so give it some more time. Check Google Index > Index Status to check the total number of URLs indexed (irrespective of your sitemap). Also perform a site:example.com search ...


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Instead of using just the canonical tag on both pages, use the annotations for desktop and mobile URLs. On the desktop page, add: <link rel="alternate" media="only screen and (max-width: 640px)" href="http://example.com/?mobile=1" > and on the mobile page, add the canonical tag: <link rel="canonical" href="http://www.example.com/" > ...


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In May, the Fetch as Google was updated. There are no details on the update other than adding the render feature. Prior to that, it was an older version of the googlebot moved outside of the queuing process. The differences were slight. It is good when you want a page indexed right away but not something I recommend unless it is important to update Google's ...


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It depends on the current situation and on what you want to do with it. If .net and .org have no pages indexed in Google and you're not planning to have any indexed it's fine as is. No need to add your non-canonical domains to Google Webmaster. But if the .net and .org domains have already been indexed and you want to redirect this and indicate to Google ...


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Some things you can do: a. 301 redirect all URLs, so that .ac.uk/anything goes to .co.uk/anything (yes, including /sitemap.xml, /robots.txt, etc. The one exception could be your Google Webmaster verification file, but it's probably easier to handle verification through DNS in this case). b. Use Google Webmaster Change of Address tool c. Try to change as ...


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Google seems to be much more forgiving of cross-domain sitemaps that Bing. Bing does support cross-domain sitemaps, but with a bunch of caveats. According to that document, to get your cross domain sitemap to work with Bing, you should link to the other domain in your robots.txt file rather than linking to the URL on your site that then redirects.


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The dashes in front of the <urlset and <url> does not look right and should throw an error. As well, while the xsi: may be correct, I cannot tell you that Google will recognize it. You can find out what Google says about sitemaps here: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/183668?hl=en The Yoast sitemap is likely correct and I would trust ...


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It is just a matter of time until the content keywords are updated. Googlebot builds this list as it crawls your website, whether or not you actually have a Webmaster Tools account. When you sign up for Google Webmaster Tools, this information will be waiting for you. Googlebot tracks this information because it is similar to how Google indexes your ...


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Google has stopped Authorship Since last few days. You can check official announcement about shutdown. Still you can add schema to increase CTR.


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According to Google, it's because: Fetch as Google can't currently fetch your URL because the server took too long to reply. Or Fetch as Google cancelled your fetch because too many consecutive requests were made to the server for different URLs. I've witnessed this happening a few times in the past. More often than not, it's an intermittent problem that ...



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