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Check out Google's guide to moving a site: Use a 301 Redirect to permanently redirect all pages on your old site to your new site. Check both external and internal links to pages on your site and make sure they are updated to point to the new domain (obviously, for external links this is difficult) Use the Change of Address tool in Webmaster ...


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John Conde's answer, which is currently voted #1, is wrong because of an overly pedantic emphasis on PageRank, which is both a) a formula which is detailed in a publicly accessible research paper and b) Internet shorthand for "the sum of all algorithms Google uses to rank pages", which is a far wider topic than PageRank proper. In the sense intended by a ...


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Your proposed solution is the best way forward from an SEO perspective. You avoid duplicate content by using the canonical URL and the 301 redirect will transfer most of your PageRank (a small amount is lost in the redirect). Plus thanks to the strength of Stack Overflow's pages in Google I would be more then stunned if you saw any fluctuations in your ...


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PageRank and a page's rank are per page. Not per site. So every page is judged on its own individual merits and there is no concept of "web sites" as far as they are concerned.


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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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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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A back link is a any link on another website that is not your own that points to a page on your website. This is different from an internal links which is when you link one page on your website to another page on your website. They are helpful in SEO because the search engines, particularly Google, sees links as "votes". Whenever another website links to ...


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No, it will not help. What you're doing is trying to serve up different content to Google then to your users. That's definitely against Google's terms of service and is a great way to get banned. There's nothing wrong with outbound links. If you don't want a site to get credit for the link to their site if you are concerned it is spam or otherwise low ...


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No, there's no point in trying to sculpt PageRank this way, as Matt Cutts makes clear in the linked blog post. The only reasons to put rel="nofollow" on those pages are if they are paying for the links (could get you penalized in search results) or if you don't trust those sites to not be in "bad neighbourhoods" and harm your reputation by linking to them.


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Excellent Matt Cutts link from John Conde: For several years Google has used something called “host crowding,” which means that Google will show up to two results from each hostname/subdomain of a domain name. That approach works very well to show 1-2 results from a subdomain, but we did hear complaints that for some types of searches (e.g. esoteric or ...


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No. And why should it? Your hosting has nothing to do with the quality or relevancy of your content. (1) Just try to minimize downtime and avoid if possible. A seamless transition is ideal. (1) Really slow loading webpages may cause google to lower your page rankings but you have to be in the bottom 1% or so for this to happen. So as long as your host ...


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As long as your domain name and hosting country stay the same, switching from one reliable host to another should have no SEO impact. See question 4 in this Seomoz article link


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One way links in context are most desirable. For instance if a sentence read: Reading this programmer's take on the subject (where the italicized text is a link to your blog) is a lot better than a link in the sidebar. Sure, it may increase traffic .. but I don't think it will directly help your ranking. Remember that every new Wordpress blog, by default, ...


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PageRank is a useless metric to chase and I wouldn't bother with it. With that caveat, if you know PHP and have a host that supports it, check out this tutorial: http://bohuco.net/blog/2010/07/google-ranking-checker-class-in-php/ Also, just for clarification, websites don't have PageRank, individual pages do. Edit: Here is a PageRank checker for Chrome.


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In all honesty, that would be a waste of your time. Visible PageRank is only one of over 200 factors that Google uses to determine the rank of a page on a search engine results page. On top of that, it's only updated every few months, while the results themselves are updated several times a day. At best, visible PageRank is a crude approximation of how ...


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Outbound links do not increase PageRank. They do "pass" PageRank to the pages they link to, but they don't "take it away" from the page the link is on. You can learn more about how PageRank works at Wikipedia. As far as page ranking goes, Matt Cutts said linking to external sites can be a positive ranking factor. (But this only affects a page's ranking, not ...


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Not at all. A's PageRank is not improved. Links to website A (with <a> tag like <a href="http://www.asite.com"></a>) improve PageRank. Moreover, there is a bad thing for website A because website B uses the bandwidth of website A and thus can slow down the browsing of website A's visitors.


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There is no such thing as a PR6 domain. Domains don't get PageRank. Pages get PageRank. That PageRank of 6 only would apply to the home page of any website using that domain. It's not worth it because PageRank carries very little weight in Google's ranking algorithm and no weight in Yahoo and Bing. Plus it's very likely that the change in domain ownership ...


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No, this will not improve your ranking. Links from other websites, specifically websites with related content that rank well for the same things you hope to rank well for, help you rank better. Sharing a resource does not with SEO nor is Google Analytics used towards this purpose. Now if you provide a useful tool other websites may link to you because of it ...


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I honestly wouldn't bother doing it all. The publicly available toolbar PageRank is only one of 200+ factors Google uses and it doesn't necessarily reflect where your page will appear on the search results pages. It's not updated very frequently either (every few months), while the actual search results are updated daily. At best, it's a not very useful ...


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Here is a guide to using RDFa to get the most out of Rich Snippets, however, it sounds as though you may be referring to Site Links (please clarify if you are referring to neither).


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Don't get hung up on PageRank. It is a small part of an algorithm that has over 300 factors in it, changes daily and is updated at least twice majorly each year. Create quality content and outreach to quality sites in the same niche and your rankings will improve. Good luck =)


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Given your comment on Sandy's response, I'm going to say your interpretation of the numbers is backwards, due to the concept of "rank" generally placing 1 at top. The values go from 0 to 10, low to high. Your PR of 1 is lower than the other site's 4. Here's a quick overview at Wikipedia, within the much larger article on the PageRank algorithm itself.


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It's not PageRank of your home page but PageRank of https://sites.google.com. You can check PageRank of Github home page here and you will see PR8. This comes from HTTPS misunderstood. If you want the real PageRank of your page, check it with HTTP. I have checked it and your PageRank is N/A.


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PageRank is Google's link analysis algorithm that assigns a numerical weighting to web pages based on the links they receive from other websites. More info here from wikipedia Page Authority is a term used by different tools, companies, individuals that can mean different things - but generally is a score assigned to a web page based on a number of ...


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Google's "Information retrieval based on historical data" patent is about as close to authoritative (i.e. not anecdotal) data as you can get: [0101] Also, or alternatively, the age, or other information, regarding a name server associated with a domain may be used to predict the legitimacy of the domain. A "good" name server may have a mix of ...


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which one is correct? Neither. The PageRank they show is old information. PageRank is updated daily but the PageRank you see in the Google toolbar (which is the only official PageRank by the way) is updated only periodically. So you never actually never know your real PageRank. why are they different? Because they aren't the real PageRank. They're ...


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No, it's not true. Why should it? How does that improve the content or its relevancy?


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If you get any seo benefits from this, which I doubt (see John Conde's Answer), it will not be enough to make up for the fact that you have bad unprofessional content littered with "2s" and "4s".


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Google does use domain authority to rank sites, or at least they use the Panda update to demote pages on a site-wide basis. From Google's original announcement in 2011: This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. At ...



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