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Be sure you use the <address> HTML tag and place your address in it. If you don't want to use your home address use a PO Box or a UPS store address (be sure to have a box there). Place it in the footer of your website and on your contact page. Also, add your business to Google Places.


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In the accepted answer of this question SEO implications of hosting a UK-based site on an EC2 instance based in Ireland you have link pointing to usefull resources and answers to your question http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2010/03/working-with-multi-regional-websites.html Ih this page, I think you have your answer Dealing with duplicate ...


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After claiming your listing with Google Places as well as Bing, and BOTW local listings. I start with the local citation finder. This shows where your top local competitors are promoting their website http://www.whitespark.ca/tools/local-citation-finder/ and will give you a good idea of where to promote locally. Also depending on the industry Yelp can be a ...


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Google has a specific guideline against creating filler pages. They call it "doorway pages". Doorway pages are typically large sets of poor-quality pages where each page is optimized for a specific keyword or phrase. In many cases, doorway pages are written to rank for a particular phrase and then funnel users to a single destination. Whether deployed ...


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I've found that the best way to get neutral results is to use chrome's incognito function (tools menu > incognito window). An incognito window doesn't have a cache, cookies or anything else attached to it at the start of a session, and anything added during a session is deleted at the end.


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Get listed in Google Places Make sure you use the correct keywords in your places listing Make sure you choose every possible relevant category for your business in your listing - most business should have at least 3, but larger stores may have dozens. Put the city, state of your location into your page titles Put your address and phone number at the bottom ...


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Along with John Conde directions, also try including rich snippets markup, to add more semantic juice. Check http://microformats.org/


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I would suggest utilizing a 301 redirect to a new subdomain location. Subdirectories aren't handled as well from an SEO perspective, and it also diminishes the geo-focus of a site. I say this based off of practice, lest you wonder. Another question is where the hosting is occurring for the international domains? Do you have them hosted in those countries ...


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I can't tell you what the consequences of this will be for sure but I think you can do this and reasonably manage your rankings if you follow best practices. If possible do a 301 redirect from the old URLs to the new URLs. This means for each and every page. This will let the search engines, and users, know the page has moved and let them know the location ...


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It's very tough to rank in Google's local search results for place names where you are not physically located. Typically the strategy is to steps is to boost your traditional SEO presence, or to move your business location. Here are some steps that you can take to outrank the competition, as wel as some good descriptions of the problem. Create unique ...


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The idea of the rel="alternate" hreflang="xx-XX", as I understand it, is ultimately to stop duplicate (or near duplicate) content that is intended for discrete regions from competing with itself or being actively penalised as duplicate content. So the specification of alternates won't stop them from showing in search in regions that aren't targeted (or ...


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Citations Citations is ultimately the only word you need to know when it comes to local search rankings, the more businesses and websites that mention your site with things like telephone number and address the more credibility your business has in your local area. Accuracy of Data Your worst enemy is the accuracy of your data, you want as many sites ...


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First of all, Alexa rank is more about traffic than your content. More traffic = higher rank. From an SEO standpoint, copying another sites content is never a good idea. Even if you 'spin' the article like you mentioned by changing around certain words or re-ordering things Google will often pick up on this as 'duplicate content' and it will negatively ...


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There are several reasons that results move around: Google uses multiple data centers that are not always completely in sync. Different computers may hit different data centers, especially if those computers are on different networks and use different DNS settings (for example home and work computers) Google uses personalization in the results. A users ...


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You can't reliably and effectively block a specific region from viewing a website. The way the Internet works there is no definitive way to say a visitor is from a specific geographic location. The best you can do is to use Geolocation to try to determine their location and then ban them if they meet a predetermined criteria. Unfortunately this is not ...


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You need to make a separate VirtualHost for each port, like so: #assuming you have this in your config NameVirtualHost *:8000 NameVirtualHost *:8001 NameVirtualHost *:8002 NameVirtualHost *:8003 # (...) Listen 8000 Listen 8001 Listen 8002 Listen 8003 # (...) Then each VirtualHost looks like this: <VirtualHost *:8000> ServerName localhost ...


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As long as you aren't doing anything deceptive you will not be penalized. However, you will probably not gain much if any benefits from Google. Especially if the page becomes so long Google doesn't parse it all. The only situation where it could be helpful to SEO is if you have a specific brand keyword where you are the definitive #1 result and someone ...


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Unfortunately, the only options to Geotarget your website in search engines are by country/region. However, you can accomplish the same thing using MaxMind, which offers a GeoIP City database that breaks down visitors by: Postal/Zip Code City Name Metro Code Latitude & Longitude When visitors arrive at your website, their IP address can be compared ...


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Here is a forum that discusses this question. User "adriver38" asked this question to Google and got the following response: (emphasis addid) You can create a new Places Page for your new restaurant location by selecting "add another business" within your Google Places dashboard. The new page will take a couple of weeks to show up in search. Google ...


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Nowadays, it sounds like a terrible idea. Please be aware of: Using keywords in URL is old-fashioned and more spammy than helpful for SEO Reuse content which is present in several pages will most probably lead to a penalty by search engines Here are tips to optimize your site: Create your homepage with a <title> and a <h1> like Plumbing and ...


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You could host the website in another country and/or on a different countries domain name -- that might at least discourage Google from including it in local or "UK search". There's no way of keeping the site from just West Midlands however. The geo-blocking suggestions above are probably your best bet but they can suffer from both false positives and ...


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SEO is quite a complex issue and your boss has just picked up on 1 element. Having the target town in the Domain name will help but that's not the whole story by any means. If his plan is to point all these domains at a single site then his thinking is flawed as the sites will appear to google as duplicated content and all the sites would suffer. The other ...


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You can tell your boss that buying all of those domains won't do any good. Your approach, which can also be accomplished using subdirectories instead of subdomains, would be a more practical solution.


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There's a lot more to SEO than a Google Places listing or number of pages in a website. There are at least 200 ranking factors and they vary in importance. The site that is outranking you probably has better quality links then you do. Quantity of backlinks is irrelevant. Quality is what matters. Not to mention you don't know how many backlinks they really ...


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Ranking well for "Irrigation Services" doesn't do you any good if the user is in California. You're definitely out to target a specific geographic location and should concentrate your efforts on that. Geolocation is definitely something Google has started doing and will be working to improve but you should give them every clue as to where you are located and ...


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You can specify a geographic target in Google Webmaster tools http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=62399 and you can set up a site for a subfolder such as example.com/cn http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=34592. You can also use the meta tag content-language for each language specific pages so ...


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Several sites tend to favor language-codes like /en-us/ Sites using /en-us/ convention: msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/ addons.mozilla.org/en-us/ www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/ products.amd.com/en-us/ docs.redhat.com/docs/en-US/ www.logitech.com/en-us/home Also some using your example 1 convention Sites using /en/us/ convention: www.cisco.com/en/US/ ...


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First of all, you should use a 302 redirect for this, not 301. With a 301 redirect, you're telling search engines that your home page has moved permanently and that they should delist the original URL and instead list it under the target URL. A 302 redirect, on the other hand, is temporary: it tells search engines (and users) that they should go to another ...


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A lot of it is logic: for example, if people search for cheap web hosting, then they are probably looking to buy web hosting. The word cheap implies that they are looking to buy something, because cheap is a price and when people are searching for a price then they probably are searching for a product, and when people search for a product they usually want ...


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I would advise putting the locations in the bottom of the page (footer) like this: Boston | New York | Burlington and same for Canada. Your current meta tags and keywords should be left alone. You don't want to burn bridges, now. Consider also adding keywords in your main body hinting to location as well. You can use the FireFox plugin, SEO-Quake to optimize ...



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