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Yes, putting important keywords closer to the beginning of a title does help SEO. SEOmoz's ranking factors survey agrees, as do other sources. Keyword Use Anywhere in the Title Tag 66% very high importance Keyword Use as the First Word(s) of the Title Tag 63% high importance Keyword Use in the Root Domain Name 60% high importance ...


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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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We did this (listed in DMOZ) for Stack Overflow, Server Fault and Super User. Since then, I have noticed that the DMOZ text for Stack Overflow appears in a bunch of places. http://search.dmoz.org/cgi-bin/search?search=stack+overflow Open Directory Sites (1-5 of 5) Stack Overflow - A language-independent collaboratively edited question and ...


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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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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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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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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. They do not. And your logic is spot on. They don't know how much traffic any sites gets unless it is using Google Analytics which is only a tiny portion of all websites. Traffic is not an indicator of content quality or relevance. It can be easily manipulated. You can have your own bots reload your pages constantly or run an ad campaign that boosts ...


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Firstly, if they've copied original content from you without permission this is a breach of copyright, so you could consider legal action. A complaint to their ISP would be the first port of call here. You'd need to be able to prove that you are the original author of the content. Regarding the SEO aspect, from Google's webmaster guidelines: If you find ...


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For SEO ranking purposes there is no difference between www and non-www. The www is just a subdomain of the main domain and Google considers subdomains and sub-directories equal (i.e. part of the same website, not special in any way). You do need to pick one versus the other, though, as using both will cause you SEO problems. Since www.domain.com is a ...


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No. Google currently doesn't differentiate sites like that. You may see indirect effects (smartphone users liking your responsive site and recommending it to others), but we don't use that as a ranking factor. We are starting to use common configuration errors to adjust the rankings in smartphone search results though.


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Hard to say for sure why you aren't indexed yet but: 1) Number of visitors has no bearing whatsoever on your indexing or rankings. Google doesn't know this information and, even if it they did, it really offers nothing in terms of relevance of any page for search. 2) 20 backlinks is hardly a lot. Even then, unless Google knows about those backlinks they ...


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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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This is actually a function built in by Google originally to help newspapers etc. It's called "first page free". News sites want their content to be indexed by Google so they can get search traffic, however, Google does not want to send users to a login page, so they compromised Google will index content that is normally blocked by a pay wall in exchange the ...


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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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From practical experience we've found that beyond the usual 301 redirecting these following actions have resulted in a shorter (and on one occasion non-existent) Search Engine fluctuation: Time the migration well away from your domain name expiry/renewal, so there is little ambiguity over it being a different site Set all far-future HTTP expiry headers to ...


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I think that the problem with using bounce rate for ranking is that it doesn't take into account the fact that bounces aren't always a bad thing. This metric needs to be taken in context because there are some sites for which you might want to actually increase your bounce rate! In fact, as an example, your sites might be that type of site (at least from ...


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Google's Eric Schmidt said that listing Google's 200 page ranking factors would reveal business secrets. Although Google does not officially publish their ranking algorithms, the guys at WebmasterWorld compiled a pretty comprehensive list. Domain Age of Domain History of domain KWs in domain name Sub domain or root domain? TLD of Domain IP address ...


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I manage a site that brings in around 30k pageviews per day. It lost 1/3 of its traffic around April 11th (panda international rollout). The entire domain lost traffic across the board. The overall average bounce rate hovers around 65% (pre-panda was 71%). The hardest hit pages have bounce rates over 75% however. It's an interesting theory. To google's ...


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Some possibilities: The sites who moved up in the rankings may have gotten quality links that boosted their relevancy (as opposed to you losing relevancy). You may have lost quality links The sites that leaped ahead of you made big improvements in their SEO and now are reaping the rewards There was a small algorithm change that played to the other sites' ...


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Is it legal to use translated comments from other sites? Depends upon the terms and conditions set forth by the website whose content you are using. Most sites, by default, don't allow others to use their content without their permission. Other sites, like the Stack Exchange sites, are released under a creative commons license. If the content you want ...


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As long as the domain and content remains the same, changing IP addresses should have not affect on SEO. Moving from Canadian to US IP's wont affect your SEO. The only potential gotcha could be if somehow the IP address has been backlisted due to spam or other misuse, although this is more commonly, but not exclusively, an issue with Email than Web Domains. ...


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If your URLs are changing be sure to do a 301 redirect so the search engines know that the old URL has moved to a new location and all incoming links for the old URL should be transferred to the new URL. A sample 301 redirect in .htaccess would look like this: redirect 301 /old.html http://www.example.com/new.html That's about all you can control when you ...


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Yes. Hiding text or links in your content can cause your site to be perceived as untrustworthy since it presents information to search engines differently than to visitors. ... If your site is perceived to contain hidden text and links that are deceptive in intent, your site may be removed from the Google index, and will not appear ...


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rel="nofollow" does not help with SEO. It was created by Google to combat link spam. Links that have that attribute pass no PageRank and do not count as a backlink in any major search engine. Google may acknowledge that it found a link with nofollow but that link will have no value. Source How does Google handle nofollowed links? In general, we ...


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Possible factors: ALT attribute values If the image is included in a hyperlink, anchor text Surrounding text Relevance of the page for keywords Links pointing directly to the image Links pointing to the page the image is on Keywords in the file name Meta data in the image


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That article is incorrect in its assertion. It's not the fact that those blogs are on subdomains that causes them not to rank well. It's their low quality content. There are plenty of blogs on those sites that do rank well and it is because they have good content. FYI, having a domain name containing keywords would help those sites rank better but so would ...


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That is because Alexa does not know how much traffic your website gets. They depend on users with their toolbar visiting website to get an idea of how much traffic to website gets. So the lesser trafficked site is getting more Alexa toolbar visitors then the other site. That's why you shouldnt be paying any attention to Alexa.


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Google views "keyword stuffing" as using keywords ways that are not natural. Placing a list of keywords at the bottom of a page is certainly not natural. You wouldn't be doing that if you weren't trying to rank for those keywords. On the other hand, a small list (less than ten) of relevant keywords is unlikely to get you penalized, so your approach isn't ...


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I had a site with far more links from other reputable, well trafficked sites that took several weeks to be indexed. And it was first caught by Bing, not Google, despite Google's far more prolific crawler. Go figure. There's a concept called "Domain Aging." Nobody knows exactly what the various search engines look for, but several surmise that older, more ...



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