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There is no hard evidence on this. Although it is conceivable that search engines and other programs treat span (and other inline elements) as breaking words, such behavior a) has no grounds in HTML specifications, b) has not been demonstrably detected, c) would break a large part of pages in identifying words, since such markup is common and the only way in ...


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I can't tell for sure but I don't think it's great for SEO as your HTML is only used for style, not for meaning. Google might be smart enough to figure out there are words but I personally would avoid adding spans around letters on sites where I care about SEO. Instead you should use ::first-letter and ::nth-letter() to avoid putting HTML tags around ...


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The title you mention is the attribute, which is not to be confused with the <title> meta tag. And no, it is not taken into account for SEO.


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You have to use the 301 header when redirecting the page. This way you're telling Google that the page has moved and it will index it. Google has recently announced that it will offer a boost to SSL websites.


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The new page will be indexed and the old page will be removed from the index, assuming the content of both page is the same and that one has not left a canonical URL to the HTTP URL in the HTTPS version. Yes, search engines are fine with HTTPS.


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Google actually prefers 404 pages when pages no longer exist. There was a bit of a campaign waged by Google to replace redirects with 404 errors. But that whole effort rather fell flat. Thankfully. In a traditional sense, when a page is removed, the web server issues a 404 error. I worked with CMS software a long time ago, and this was also true then. If ...


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You can submit your website right away. Just make sure that pages which are not ready have a robots meta tag set to noindex,noarchive. When a page is ready, remove its robots meta tag. You can already put all your pages in a sitemap.xml too to make sure web crawlers already know about your pages and revisit them from time to time. However, search engines ...


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There's no harm in making the site public with a holding page including details of launch. This is quite common and will have no negative repercussions when you do open the whole site up to everyone.


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You can submit the site to search engines before your site is ready in order to set the domain age as older as possible (positive effect on SEO in the long term). However, I wouldn't do it 6 months before. 1 or 2 months before the launch could be a good compromise. Think about creating the buzz about your site during this period and try to launch your site ...


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I would try to get it on this way. Firstly ensure, that URLs are "speaking", so e.g. they look like domain.com/category1/item1, domain.com/category2/item2. Then export all existing URLs into different files, which are sitemaps, by sorting URLs alphabetically, so each sitemap file gets URLs from single category (category1.xml, category2.xml) It all can be ...


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I can't think of anything a sitemap is used for that requires content split up by content type. Can you dig into that a bit and give us a more detailed picture of what is being created, how it is being used, and why it would want to be edited? The big worry is the pages that aren't being generated--that is content that Google and other search engines aren't ...


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I cannot speak to other countries, but I can speak to U.S. law. Bare with me while I explain a few things. If it is a factual post or primarily opinion, you are stuck. Nothing you can do about truthful statements or opinions. After all, there is the 1st. amendment. However, if the post is false, based upon a faulty premise, or an opinion that is ...


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This seems to be the way Google works. You cannot speed up Google and patience is something even an already patient man learns. Google will fetch a few pages to test download speed and then fetch a larger amount for a period. It seems based on what I have seen over the years that Google will fetch in chunks as great as about 40,000 - 50,000 pages per day ...


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I'd probably run a crawler to collect all the URLs of your 1.5 site (a sitemap generator, or link checker should do this for you). When the site is live, Joomla 2.5 has a redirect manager (under components) which lists all the URLs which have thrown a 404. You should use the redirect manager to set up 301s on all the pages you know have changed. If you ...


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Search engines can crawl any documents found inside of the webroot (in your case public_html) and any directories with it. They cannot directly access documents below your webroot. For example, assume the following directory structure: /website1 /website2 /website3 /mail /logs /includes /public_html /images /admin /users Unless specific measures ...


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The benefit to using a separate link is tracking which link converts better. The image, or product name or title. Using event tracking with Google Analytics you'd be able to see which of the two were clicked on more often and which converted higher. However if you view Zappos category pages, the image and title of product are both within the a tag. This may ...



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