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Disclaimer: I work together with the Sitemaps team at Google, so I'm somewhat biased :-). In addition to using Sitemaps extensively for "non-web-index" content (images, videos, News, etc.) we use information from URLs included in Sitemaps files for these main purposes: Discovering new and updated content (I guess this is the obvious one, and yes, we do ...


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Stackoverflow.com does blow well past that limit doesn't it! Fortunately, per paragraph 2 of the terms of service... FEES AND SERVICES . Subject to Section 15 herein, the Service is provided without charge to You for up to 5 million pageviews per month per account, and if You have an active Adwords campaign in good standing, the Service is provided ...


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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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This won't do what you hope it will do. The redirect will effectively tell Google that URL no longer exists and has moved to your new URL. Plus since the new domain also won't have any links pointing to it it won't transfer any link love over either. The only positive it will have is you can use it as a shorter and more recognizable domain name which is good ...


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If you know you have good site architecture and the Google would find your pages naturally the only benefit I'm aware of is faster indexing, if your site is getting indexed fast enough for you then no need. Here's article from 2009 where a gentlemen tested how fast Google crawled his site with a sitemap and without. ...


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Per Google's Matt Cutts, the answer is the trello.com domain had been parked for years, so it was on a Google Long Term Parked Domains blacklist. This somehow prohibited it from showing up in search results at all. Apparently Google has some changes coming to fix this problem, but until then, Matt Cutts advises: If you're going to launch something new ...


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There's no circularity implied by having <link rel='canonical' href='http://www.example.com/product/foo' /> appear as http://www.example.com/product/foo. That's the intent. You're saying "the best URL" for this page is http://www.example.com/product/foo, so when the search engines hit http://www.example.com/product/foo?id=1, or ...


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You will need to have quite a bit of traffic to your site to get those. Keep creating great content. Google will not give those out easy. Be sure that you have your navigation marked up with semantic HTML and include an id of nav or navigation on your menu. This will help Google know what links are your navigation. (as opposed to a list of links). Also, ...


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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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I think that for being free, getting data updated once a day is just fine. I don't even know why with such large numbers you need more then that. Did you really lose anything? If you really want alternatives, I suggest you try http://piwik.org/. I have no idea if it can take the load, but since it is up to you to install and configure, I guess all is ...


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John Conde is 100% correct in everything he said. There are two other considerations for purchasing the extra domain. First is it easy for people to remember the extra domain? Will they possibly type it in on a guess/hope that it is relevant. bn.com is a good example of the first and usedcards.com is a good example of the second. If that is the case and ...


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Google has some URLs designed for special purposes, such as: http://www.google.com/blank.html and http://clients3.google.com/generate_204 These are designed to facilitate detection of 'captive portals': that is, when you sign on to a wifi network at a hotel or airport, you (or an automated process) can go check these pages. If they return anything ...


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I'm not on Google's cool person list, but from your screencast I got the idea. You can do this with a clever combination of -webkit-background-clip: text and some gradients (provided you're on a webkit browser). Here's a (messy) demo: http://jsfiddle.net/N8UjY/3/


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There's a great roundup of the factors, and how important they are thought to be, at SEOMoz http://www.seomoz.org/article/search-ranking-factors#ranking-factors On-Page (Keyword-Specific) Ranking Factors Keyword Use Anywhere in the Title Tag Keyword Use as the First Word(s) of the Title Tag Keyword Use in the Root Domain Name (e.g. keyword.com) Keyword ...


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There are no penalties or preferences given for TLDs in google.com. All TLDs are treated equally in a google.com web search. However, TLDs do affect your search results for country specific searches. For example, a .me or .tv domain will not rank as well as a .us website in a google.us web search. Also, a .co.uk site will rank better then a .us site in a ...


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Google wants to provide its user base with the best experience possible when browsing the web - this is what retains their customers. A poor page load speed can have a serious effect on user experience, that is arguably the main reason Google sometimes ranks these sites less favorably. It is also an indication that the site isn't perhaps maintained to a ...


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Because you told them not to(see under "Controlling Caching and Snippets"): <meta name="robots" content="noodp,noydir,noarchive,nosnippet"/> ...along with several other things not to do. As to why that is, you'll have to inspect your WordPress installation(settings, SEO plugins) and theme files to figure out exactly where that tag's coming from, ...


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Breadcrumbs. There is little official information available, but it seems that if you put navigational breadcrumbs on your site's pages (the kind that shows the user where he is within your site's hierarchy), the Google bot will pick up the information from there. From their original announcement: The information in these new hierarchies come from ...


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Apparently it does, some, according to Matt Cutts: "For a while, we were scanning within JavaScript, and we were looking for links. Google has gotten smarter about JavaScript and can execute some JavaScript. I wouldn't say that we execute all JavaScript, so there are some conditions in which we don't execute JavaScript. Certainly there are some common, ...


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Google doesn't put much (if any) ranking weight directly on the keywords that are in the URL right now. Any effects on SEO with or without them are caused indirectly through user interaction and usability. From a better usability standpoint: Keywords in URLs can increase the clickthrough rate (CTR) from the SERPs. Check out these two search results for ...


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If you: Make HTML standards compliant pages Make semantically correct documents (proper use of heading tags, lists, etc) Make sure, as much as possible that all text can be parsed (i.e. try to avoid text in images) Make sure all links work and site map(s) exist where appropriate Make sure pages load quickly Work to get inbound links from respected sites ...


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The only time I would use a subdomain is if the site is truly a "different site". Take for example my business site I have the following setup. http://www.iowacomputergurus.com - Business site http://productsupport.iowacomputergurus.com - Bug Report Site http://customersupport.iowacomputergurus.com - Customer Helpdesk site Using this structure all of ...


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No, it will not remove your site from the listings, only from the archive. So your NOARCHIVE idea is correct. You can read more about how Google treats all of this on Google's own blog: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/02/robots-exclusion-protocol.html


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My research indicated that requiring a link back -- and that the link NOT be nofollowed -- was by far the most important criteria. If the "syndicating" site does not attribute the content with links back to the original that are valid for search engines to follow, search engines have a much harder time tracing where the content originated, and must apply ...


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Google doesnt care, but it may be a waste of your bandwidth. The common approach is to use non ssl on pages where data is not entered into forms or form values are processed and ssl on pages where they are. Google sees an https:// and http:// request as the same. But will see the www.example.com and example.com as two seperate sites. Most sites just use ...


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I suspect: for Google, sitemaps are necessary to keep track of updates in the fastest way possible. E.g., let's say you have added a new content to some deep location of your web site, which takes more than 10-20 clicks to reach from your home page. For Google to reach this new page would be less likely in a short time - so instead, until a path to this page ...


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I would strongly recommend registering your site with webmaster tools. There is a crawler access section under site configuration that will tell you when your robots.txt was last downloaded. The tool also provides a lot of detail as to how the crawlers are seeing your site, what is blocked or not working, and where you are appearing in queries on Google. ...


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There are 2 main ways to prevent search engines from indexing specific pages: A Robots.txt file for your domain. The Meta Robots tag on each page. Robots.txt should be your first stop for URL patterns that match several files. You can see the syntax here and more detailed here. The robots.txt file must be placed in the root folder of your domain, i.e. at ...


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The most important thing for your 404 pages is the header's status code: it must be 404 not found. It's maybe stupid to say that, but in dynamics applications, with an URI like this http://my.webapp.invalid/index.php?id=4, when id=4 return nothing, many web developers returns a 404 message with a 200 OK status code... An other thing: for example, if ...


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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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