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Mobile to desktop version should be a choice the user initiates. Sometimes the user may want the mobile version due to: 1) A focused and less cluttered experience 2) Faster browsing for low-bandwidth users (e.g. laptop with a 3G connection) 3) Ability to fit on a small screen Whatever the reason, I don't think deciding for your users is right. Let the ...


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You need to add a new site on Google Webmaster Tools and set the domain as https://example.com all the data is being collected there instead.


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Back in the days the trailing slash suggested "this is a directory" in contrary to "this is a file". Browsers would react slightly faster – or at least that's what I was told – when they were indirectly told "look for a file called index…". Today that trailing slash is next to obsolete. Today it is considered good practice to either always or never have ...


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Personally, I would use canonical URLs. Example: <link rel="canonical" href="http://othersite.com/article-name" /> Avoids any duplicate content issues and allows you to re-publish articles on your newer website. This approach is often used by blogging networks such as Gawker, etc.


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you should use both: crawling encouragement using a sitemap.xml – A well structured sitemap.xml can help search engine spiders to find your content quick and directly. And a sitemap.xml gives you the option, of curating what you want to have crawled, how often you consider crawling useful and you can even put a focus on content you find important – the ...


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Bare with me. I will explain what changes Google has made followed by how Google decides how to make the SERP link and what specifically happened in your case. Google has been changing the look and feel of the SERPs since March 2014 with the hopes of improving the user experience and click-through rates (CTR). It is believed that changing the SERP look and ...


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Using the link: operator is not an accurate or official way to find out what links you have to your website. Google omits links on purpose to prevent SEO analysis of other websites you do not control. To get an accurate report of your incoming links you need a Google Webmaster Tools account. Under Search Traffic > Incoming Links you will see what links ...


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According to Google , they will treat URLs with and without a trailing / as different documents: Historically, it’s common for URLs with a trailing slash to indicate a directory, and those without a trailing slash to denote a file: http://example.com/foo/ (with trailing slash, conventionally a directory) http://example.com/foo (without ...


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Google will automatically treat subdomains as part of the main site when: They have related content They are written by the same person or company They link to each other From Vanessa Fox, an ex-Google employee: Google is no longer treating subdomains (blog.widgets.com versus widgets.com) independently, instead attaching some association between ...


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Absolutely do not 301 redirect any old link to the site. The assumption would be that the link and page are valid and they will remain in the search engines indexes as a result. 404 all of these pages and let them drop from the index. It will take quite a while. As well, search engines will continue to follow these old links as long as they exist. There is ...


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Google isn't ignoring your robots.txt as robots.txt does not tell Google not to list that content in its search results. It tells Google not to crawl content. So Googlebot cannot find this content on its own. But if it does find this content it will still list it in the search results. To keep content out of the search results you need to use the ...


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No, you won't get better results simply from using Google Analytics and Google doesn't favour sites with Google Analytics over sites without it installed. Google Analytics is of course a great analytic tool and when the data is studied correctly, it can influence on your SEO efforts and thus can indirectly affect your SEO. (As could any other types of ...


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You may run into issues with duplicate content. You probably do not want to create canonical tags when they are not necessary. Too much work. You can try a redirect: RewriteCond %{REMOTE_ADDR} ^123\.321\.123\.32$ [NC] RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://site.com/$1 [R=301,L] Of course you can adjust this to suit your needs. Insert this into your .htaccess file. ...


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You need to have separate URLs for Google to be able to index them separately. Using the same URLs for multiple languages won't work. You can dynamically serve the content on a single URL, but the individual language content needs to be on separate URLs too.


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After the transfer, what will most likely happen to our Google ranking? Nobody knows. You will be changing core elements of your website which are known to affect SEO (your HTML markup, site structure, URL structure) so your rankings will be influenced by this change. But there's no way to tell if this is for the better or not. If your rankings are ...


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I don't see why not. The question here is whether you think it will benefit your users or not. Personally speaking, I find it a tad bit annoying whenever I'm brought to the mobile version of a website, even though I'm using a desktop computer. Do note that you should create some sort of URL fragment that can be used whenever you do not want to be redirected ...


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Let the user choose. Few things are more frustrating than being forced to use a lacking mobile site. Consider allowing desktop users to choose mobile as well -- perhaps they're tethering their laptop to their unrooted iPhone and would appreciate the low-bandwidth alternative for their limited data quota. I think you will find the first problem case ...


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No they will not cause any issues (nor do you need to do any kind of redirect). RFC 3986 (the official URI spec) specifies a "Reference Resolution" section which states any path segments (between slashes) containing only dots should be removed. Single dots are removed entirely while double dots essentially remove the previous directory from the URL. Also ...


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The type of redirect you are using is not the problem. 301 redirects are cacheable. In fact they are extremely hard to cache bust. 301 means "permanent" and browsers are very likely to cache 301 redirects with no way with the server to undo one that is already cached. 302 redirects are generally not cached by default unless other headers indicate that ...


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HTTPS/HTTP is a protocol and technically are not classed as a new site You do not need to inform Google Webmaster Tools that your site has moved, this is because HTTPS and HTTP are protocols and not are not treated the same as say changing domain or sub domain. You can even see when adding a site to webmaster tools it doesn't even ask for a protocol: ...


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Should I nofollow a link to a noindex page? As a general rule, nofollow should only be used on links to pages of external websites you don't trust or you don't recommend. There is no reason to set nofollow on internal pages or links. So in your case, the answer is no. but when the bot gets to the link to a noindex post, does he note that link, ...


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I don't think there is any harm in doing this from an SEO perspective as this tag is not used as a ranking factor anymore. As far as Google using it to display the snippet for your pages in their search results, they can choose to simply ignore the <br> tag or choose a different snippet to display such as your ODP description (if it exists) or a ...


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There is no such ratio... You should use strong, em and i as much as it makes sense too use it.


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Why do you think showing your other site on your first site will help its rankings? There's nothing to gain by doing this for SEO. Not only is traffic not a ranking factor, but iframes are not SEO friendly so that content is invisible to the search engines anyway. So this is not useful and could possibly be seen as an attempt to manipulate the search ...


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The theme, per sé, does not matter for SEO as themes are not a ranking factor nor a concept that search engines care about. So choosing an existing theme, editing an existing theme, or creating one from scratch really have no meaning here. HTML/semantic markup is a ranking factor so making sure you optimize that code is important so how well you ...


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It merely indicates that the location points to a directory and not a specific file. The webserver will then show the default page for that directory if one has been set up or otherwise list the files in that directory. It has no SEO meaning or value. (Although being able to pull up the index page of that directory via two URLs can result in duplicate ...


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This looks pretty spot on to me, apart from on the Spanish desktop site set, where there are quite a few errors. You are referencing the mobile version with the three rel="alternate" hreflang= tags, you should be referencing the desktop version. The canonical tag on the Spanish desktop is pointing to the English language page. If you need to set a ...


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Google crawlers are quite flexible as it comes to changes it shouldn't affect your rankings. I'd just proceed as usual in terms of SEO. You may get a lot of crawl errors from non-existent but already indexed forum permalinks. Upload & Test your new sitemaps in Webmaster Tools. Make sure you check Webmaster Tools/Crawl Errors for 404/Not Found URLs ...


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The change you are making is a "site redesign" or "content management system" switch. There are big search engine ranking risks with such a change, but those can be mitigated with the proper use of redirects. You should follow these guidelines: No content should be deleted during the process. Every page on the old site should have the same URL as that ...


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It is highly likely that Google reduces the linkjuice passed from one site to another if it is on the same IP address because Google makes the logical and reasonable assumption that the link isn't an unbiased link. Google uses links as 'votes' for how important a site is - the more links it gets from other sites the higher it's 'authority'. The more links ...



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