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.google actually is a valid top level domain (or top level zone), as is '.youtube'. Google applied for those TLDs a long time ago... successfully as we can now see. Google can now further delegate authority within that zone and com.google and other subdomains (or delegated zones) can become valid and be operated. Here's a news article on zdnet about this ...


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If they're just mirroring your site by feeding your site through a proxy script or regurgitating your HTML verbatum, you can add canonical URLs to your pages. This will let Google know your content is the original source and to show your URL in the search results, not their's. Submit a DMCA request to Google. They're a little slow with them but they will ...


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You can file a DMCA complaint and if you are in the U.S., you can file a copyright civil law suit. Here is a link to a short answer that explains how the DMCA complaint can help anyone: Do you have to be in the United States to file a DMCA complaint? ... and another one the explains more... How much of your content needs to be copied before you can file ...


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User Experience User experience remains one of the most important factors when operating a website. User experience enhances your conversions, increases time spent on page and in directly improves rankings due to an increase of people wanting to link to your site. Having a site not accessible via both with or without www causes a few user experience ...


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You could track their IP (or IPs) and return totally different content for them to mirror - whatever you like. This way you get free space for advertising whatever, and you can use their high position in Google to your advantage. I once used this to simply explain to the users on the mirrored website that this is the wrong domain. You can also post a simple ...


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The How... In the past few years icann opened up applications for custom GTLD names, you can take a look at application statuses on the ICANN website. Expect to see many new company names as gTLD in the next few years such as .bbc,.foodnetwork,.hilton etc. Sadly these scheme was only for the super rich or big corps with buckets filled with 100 dollar bills. ...


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Most likely, you cannot. But don't worry — all hope is not lost. Of course, as suggested in the other answers, you could try simply asking the site hosting the image to take it down, replace it with a more flattering image, or at least to change its name and descriptive text to make it rank less prominently for your company name. However, I'm going ...


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You really do need to have the www. sub-domain point to your website. It is particularly important for type in traffic. If you tell a person to visit example.com, a large number of them will add a www. In my experience it is 40% or more that do this. I myself tend to like naked domains with no subdomain when creating a website. I have occasionally ...


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Google does appear to index XML sitemaps (like any XML file). It seems that if Google is aware of a URL and it returns a valid response then it's likely to get indexed. Personally, I only submit the sitemap through GWT and include a Sitemap: reference in robots.txt and this is certainly enough to get it indexed. I believe the recommended method to prevent ...


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A little late for you but best idea to protect your website (in the future) would be this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3pNLB3Cq24 (defcon 21, defense by numbers) faking the return code so users will see the content but bots will throw the content away crawl in circles stop working other possible ideas - make sure that your users don't see any of ...


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You need to add a new site on Google Webmaster Tools and set the domain as https://example.com all the data is being collected there instead.


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No, it's not part of Google's policy. "Right to be forgotten" law (EU) is for individuals only. For an example, search for "jew", in the front page there is anti-semitic page jewwatch and Google have said they won't remove it either, even though Brin and Page (Google founders) are jews. If you think someone is spreading lies about your company that are ...


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The best course of action is to use canonical URLs. This avoids a situation where you are penalized for duplicate content. When it comes to desktop vs mobile websites, most sites will have something like this on their mobile website: Example for: http://m.mywebsite.com/page.html <link rel="canonical" href="http://mywebsite.com/page.html" /> The ...


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Google seems to put very little weight on how a URL is structured right now. You can confirm this by doing any Google search and looking at the URLs that are ranking. You are just as likely to see any of these styles: Exact match domain: www.keyword-phrase.com Exact keyword path: example.com/keyword-phrase Lots of directories: ...


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(I work with Google's crawling & indexing teams) Let's start with the easy one: assuming you don't want these files used for indexing at all, you can just use the robots.txt file to disallow crawling of the scripts and responses. This prevents Googlebot from accessing the URLs, and would of course also prevent it from using them for anything else. The ...


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In my experience, mobile visitors want the same content as your desktop visitors do. I worked for a travel website with lots of information about hotels and restaurants. The site is generally known for hotels, but we thought that mobile users would be much more interested in restaurant content because they we looking for something when they were out. ...


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Here is a list of policies: Permissions. If your issue isn't covered in these, I suggest you Contact Them via email.


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Be careful. Most SEO advice stems off of old advice that was just plain wrong when it was written. It seems that much of the SEO world cannot grasp that SEO has become much closer to what it should have been all along. As well, this is a follow the leader industry even as the lemming leap off the cliff. I will give you a quick SEO rundown. For each page, ...


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Matt Cutt, an engineer at Google, was asked the following question regarding domain registration length's effect on SEO and search results: How much weight does the number of years a domain is registered for have on your ranking? This was Matt's response (bold emphasis mine): My short answer is not to worry about that very much. Not very much at ...


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There is no SEO value in this. This is not content. Use form names that makes the server side programming cleaner and easier to manage. This is way over-thinking SEO.


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I am taking this as your question- repeated phrases or different phrases with the same meaning. I am going to take a side-trip, but bare with me- I am sure we will arrive at the right place. The reason is, I am not sure you understand the basics of SEO well enough. So please humor me. It will make sense in the end. When you talk about SEO, you really are ...


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Most likely some part of your web site generated links like that, and that is how Google started to crawl the URLs. You should check the links in your web pages to see where these incorrect URLs are, and you should fix them. Also, you could change your Apache configuration so that requests for any other virtualhost than example.com or www.example.com would ...


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There are no tangible benefits from using the hreflang attribute, beyond special usage like the one described by Google. It is declarative markup and does not cause any action or affect rendering, unless you make it to. The HTML5 LC explicitly warns: “It is purely advisory. [...] User agents must not consider this attribute authoritative — upon fetching the ...


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To know the age of an URL you can follow this link by replacing www.example.com by the URL you want: https://www.google.com/search?tbs=cdr%3A1%2Ccd_min%3A1%2F1%2F2000&q=site%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.example.com&safe=active&gws_rd=ssl For example, here's the result from Google for the Meta site of Stack Overflow: Otherwise, the Wayback machine is ...


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As to whether Google penalizes (special attention to this word) a site for being stagnant. The answer is "No." Absolutely not. Here is what you are missing. Google uses a TTL style metric to gauge any pages freshness. TTL stands for Time To Live and is used to do two things: one, gauge how often to re-fetch the page; and two, use as a metric for the SERPs. ...


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You can combine site: with search: site:jcfrog.com "Le Conseil de l’Europe livre un rapport très critique sur les pratiques de la NSA " Just type your site:exampl.com and add something to the query that's unique for that specific page and check the result if they match. Note the quotes around the string, telling google "Find this string as a whole"


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The "problem" with the second URL is its query component (?EbY-kA), which Google ignores for the site: operator. You could use the inurl: operator in addition: site:jcfrog.com/shaarli/ inurl:EbY-kA However, this does not guarantee that the query component comes directly after the path that is specififed in site: (e.g., it would also find pages with URLs ...


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The idea to make a site mobile friendly is excellent, but I don't think your method is best, especially if later you decide to monetize your website with adsense for these reasons: You're scripting your site so that text is hidden if a screen resolution is under a specific value. Google may think you're playing games when you use this technique and might ...


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Google ranks HTTPS sites higher. Well-configured HTTPS sites are also a lot faster (thanks to SPDY), and that also affects ranking. The HTTP site is considered separate from the HTTPS site, and to avoid duplicate content you need to pick one of the sites (normally the HTTPS one) as canonical. See here for more info on redirects, linking, and transitioning ...


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The stuff in the right sidebar is called Knowledge Graph. In short, Google (and other search engines) are putting focus on "entities" (things: well known people, businesses, landmarks), facts, and relationships between them. Information shown in Knowledge Graph tends to be a blend of information from Wikipedia, Freebase, Google+ and some structured data ...



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