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Why not set canonical URL's to suggest to Google which content you want indexed. https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/139066?hl=en


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Offsite analytics would include any tools that analyze traffic on your website through tools not served with the web page or directly connected to the web server in any way. A good example would be Google analytics which can give you a good idea of the amount of traffic on your site, but because it does not have direct access to your website can only show ...


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Since Dropbox blocks your images via their robots.txt, these will not be indexed. If you want them to be indexed, you need to move them to a 3rd party server not blocking them with a robots.txt. If you want some SEO benefits too, you need to store your images on your blog website. Makes sure your images have descriptive alt attributes to maximize chances of ...


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Images not on your site will not be attributed to your site in Google image search. As well, if Dropbox restricts spidering the images with robots.txt, they will not show up in Google image search at all. There is no way out short of moving the images to your server which is what I recommend if you want them indexed by Google. I do not know what kind of ...


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Check this out: Website Performance - Golder rules


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If you are worried about duplicate content, then asking affiliates to use the canonical tag would work. I personally suspect any penalty will be more about the links. If it was duplicate content, then your affiliates would also have been hit (well, whichever Google chose as canonical would do fine, and the others would be pushed down the rankings). ...


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Ajax would be the proper solution, but in the mean time, if there is no Google ads on your pages, then Google won't frown.


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Start by making those backlinks nofollow in your snippets and tell your dealers to make them nofollow too. Your way of creating backlinks is now considered illegitimate. You will not recover the rankings your used to have through them, unfortunately.


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The drop in visibility in search is almost certainly unrelated to the parallel website. Almost all websites have content hosted on multiple URLs within the same website. That's something which search engines have to deal with. There's no reason to penalize a website for having that & certainly at Google there's no duplicate content penalty when it ...


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Sites can be picked up on alternates ports. As an example, search for https://www.google.co.uk/#q=:8080 You should see a result for Outgoing Port Tester on http://portquiz.net:8080 listed. A bit further down you'll also see GLCF: Earth Science Data Interface on http://glcfapp.glcf.umd.edu:8080/esdi/ too.


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To answer your question very specifically. Google prefers to index smaller sites and submitting a sitemap, while advisable for a site your size, may actually go largely ignored. Yes Google has read it. And yes Google is indexing pages, but I would surmise that Google is opting for indexing your site by following links more than the site map. One site I ...


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I'd personally just wait. Google can crawl a site without a sitemap - there is no reason for them to penalise a site for using one correctly. My feeling is that it will be more to do with how they naturally index a new large site. They may have rules on how many pages they will index a day. Also: Wordpress generate a lot of pages of duplicate content - ...


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I would like to share you an excellent article on website authorship that recently moz shared. http://moz.com/blog/author-photos-are-gone-does-google-authorship-still-have-value-29334 you should read this post for your question. Another thing I want to say is that if you want to do SEO, only authorship will not work. There are a lot of things you are ...


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Using Google's authorship is meant for internal use i.e a author publishes something on your website. Also BBC would not be an authorship but rather a publisher. For citing sources you should use <blockquote> and <cite>: <blockquote> <p>Source Text</p> <footer> <cite><a ...


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Should you make www.example.com redirect to your site? Absolutely. Speaking from someone who works as a web developer and has an IT degree, if typing www.example.com didn't get me to your site, my first thought would not be to omit www. I'd think, "Oh, the site must be down." Or I'd think, "I must not have gotten the domain name correct. Maybe it's ...


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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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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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This artictle has good instructions for getting Google Alerts RSS feeds: To use the feature, log in to your Google Alerts account and make sure you have at least one entry. If you don’t, create one by picking a search query for Google to track for you. Next, click on Manage Alerts and hit the Edit button on an alert you want to get an RSS feed for. ...


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Google are going to want to see semantic markup so they can find out blindly what the page is about. The benefit of header tags to push you up the rankings is negligible (too easy to spam). However, if an element of the page is clearly the title, then using a header is good, semantic code. There is some debate over whether the site title or the page title ...


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Here is Google's document about cloaking. It defines cloaking as "the practice of presenting different content or URLs to human users and search engines." That page also has a Matt Cutts video. In the video at 0:28, Matt defines cloaking as "showing different content to users than Googlebot." Google only cares what you show to real users and what you ...


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Google only cares that they see the same thing your users see. If you're only serving up different content to these bad crawlers, and your users are getting your normal content and Google is getting that same content, you're ok.


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Google Webmaster Tools change of address tool is only for sites that move to a whole new domain name. It doesn't cover cases such as: Moving from HTTP to HTTPS (or the other way around) Moving a subdirectory or subdomain to its own domain name Consolidating several sites into one Changing URLs within a site The reason that the tool exists is that new ...


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Google Alerts allows you to setup an RSS feed for the alert delivery. That'll probably be your best bet to get the data in a structured form.


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Google includes distance from web user to target website as part of it's ranking algorithm. The ranking of each item in a search result is relative to the searcher. So someone performing a search in one country will see different results from someone is a different country. Why is distance a factory in ranking? Google runs a number of data centers around ...


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It really does not matter that your site is hosted in the U.S. in this case. It could be hosted in the U.K., Germany, Denmark, and so on and the results would be the same. What does matter is the .com TLD. Perhaps a .in ccTLD would perform better. I say this for a couple of simple reasons. One: Language is a priority in search. Two: Locale in some data ...


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Google will only tell you if a serious algorithmic or manual action has been placed on your website (or part of your website). This means that is it possible to still have low quality backlinks in your site's link profile that can damage the performance of your website before it gets to the necessary threshold for Google to take action and serve the ...


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Publish new content linking to your HP. This will force search engines to recrawl. I found this helps (at least it speeds up the process), above all if you add some new content to the HP too (search engines will eventually compare your website with the content cached and update).


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http://moz.com/blog/how-wpmuorg-recovered-from-the-penguin-update This is exactly how to be hit by G.Penguin. Better to nofollow those links. It also depends on your backlinks profile too (i.e. do you just have a few backlinks and then 60'000+links from 1 website?). Website design companies and others have been penalized for follwed footer links in ...


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Although having an <h1> is not a requirement when it comes to SEO, it is good practice to have it there. True, Google does a good job but you want your website to be as well structured as possible, meaning having good coding practices and that includes having the <h1> tag. Take a look at this blog post here ...


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SEO Moz ranks headline <h1> as one of 7 important keyword targeting elements. Adding it to your homepage might not improve your rankings now because your keyword and your domain name are exact match, and your site might be authoritative to those keywords. But if there were other sites with domain names very similar to yours, perhaps ...


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It does not indicate an SEO problem when common words appear in the content keywords list. I have a multi-language website for which I have each language verified as a separate site. I ony see this for some of the languages. I believe that I already answered this question here on Pro Wdbmasters for somebody else. I think the language in their case was ...


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There is no benefit in using the hreflang on a single language website, it is meant exclusively for multilingual and international websites. I am not suggesting that Google (or other search engines) would penalize you for it, but they would definitely not reward you. You can see a proper implementation of the hreflang tag over at trip advisor - a well ...


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There is no requirement for a homepage to include a <h1> tag and on that alone, it offers minimal weight in ranking a page anyway. What we often do is make the company logo in the header the <h1> tag for the homepage only (which uses the brand name as offset text and alt attribute) and then every other page across the site has an appropriate ...


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Google will fetch your updated robots.txt within the next few days and update their crawlers accordingly. Keep in mind this doesn't mean they will start crawling your site immediately and doesn't mean your pages will be indexed soon or rank well. It just means will know your pages are available for crawling but that is the first step to getting your pages ...


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Unless you're posting to a site that actually transforms metadata into text on the page it's going to be such a low signal that I wouldn't expect google to register it (I remember seeing some photography sites that do this for metadata/geolocation info, mayyyybe flickr?). Google tends to make text not visible to users very very low in importance for good ...


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Although Dan's answer above is correct in your case... I had the same error message when I output product price's to 4 decimal places (instead of 2), and Structured Data Testing Tool would skip the price and then give me the same warning message.


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Don't use like you have used it. Use it in <html> tag. Like following example: <html dir="ltr" lang="en">....</html> It is not necessary to put this attribute to your page as it just tells Google the language of page. It is not necessary because Google itself detects the language and it is very good in detecting any language. It is not ...


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In this case, LimitedAvailability is JSON only. I am not sure why exactly. It is easy to make mistakes when working with schema.org. The details that have to be maintained sometimes can get away from us and it is easy to miss something. What is funny is, that your example code comes up clear in the Google Rich Snippets Tool. I often warn people that while ...


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Depends on how your theme is set up and what options it provides but the simplest solution would be to use a plugin such as Wordpress SEO by Yoast which provides the ability to create page titles and meta tags individually for all pages/posts as well as the homepage.


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Images are page signals and factors of many... Images always help because they are one of many signals using the ALT to inform Google what the page is about, however to say they are needed is also false, its one of many factors. Google can establish factors from many other signals such as TITLE, Meta, Content and so on. Write content for your visitors not ...


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I'm not sure when this issue started for you, but my Merchant Center Account was throwing the same error for Limited Availability items also. It turns out that Google's updated their feed specification (see here) and are removing LimitedAvailability as an allowed value. I updated those items to be In Stock, and the warnings disappeared. Another valid ...


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No there is no such thing. You can however use robots.txt to limit what pages google can or cannot index during your "beta". This way, don't index the pages which can 404 if it is that important.


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You can't really find out how many times your links show up in a One-Box result but you can see how much traffic is coming in from those links by using the ved parameter in the referrer query string. This is a little complicated to explain in a single post but I'll wrap it up and provide links to articles you can read to fully understand how to do this. ...


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Google will fetch the robots.txt file itself from your site every 24 hours. If you make changes to your robots.txt file, you must wait a day to ensure that Googlebot picks up your changes. After it has the correct robots.txt file, Googlebot will start crawling and indexing your entire site properly. As a general rule, I expect to see changes to the ...


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If you do not want to block bots, then I recommend you remove robots.txt. In my experience it often causes more harm than good due to errors. In the absence of robots.txt, most search engines will crawl your entire site. Then use Google's webmaster tools to submit a sitemap.


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24 hours is not enough time to wait. Google will almost certainly not be crawling your site that frequently. It could take days or weeks before they re-index your robots.txt and crawl your site again. And to answer the question you will have next, no, there is nothing you can do to speed that up.


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I prefer to use the lang attribute of the <html> tag to declare the language for the current web page: <html lang="en" dir="ltr"> However, even that doesn't have any effect on SEO. Google doesn't trust any meta information (lang=, hreflang=, or anything else) provided with a page to determine what language it is in. It detects the language ...



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