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You can't redirect your old sites without losing 90% of their value and risking a penalty on your new site. There usually isn't a huge cost to leaving old sites up and running. You could use them to advertise your new site. Put a banner about your new site on every page of your old sites.


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First, something that's implied in other answers, but should probably be spelled out: the situation you describe is something Google actively wants to discourage -- you're not "collateral damage" in their fight against spammers, you are their intended target in their fight against irrelevant and 'deceptive' results. ('Deceptive' in the sense that you think ...


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Bad Idea! Never, I repeat NEVER do that. I tried that 3 days ago and after couple of days the site to which I redirected completely lost all its rankings. Not even it was ranking on searching domain.com in Google. All indexed pages are still there but the site lost its ranking completely. I can provide the links of the sites as proof but that's not allowed ...


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This is a very common problem faced these days. This can be easily solved as follows: If you want to have same page /pets but also drive /pets/cats, /pets/dog to index separately, then ideally they should exist separately i.e. if opened by a http client with a separate url they should respond independently. Also the content populated via ajax or via ...


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301 Redirects are completely fine if they're real. If you had an old site and then decided to move/combine it with some other related site, there's absolutely no problem putting up a 301 redirect on the old site to send users to the new site. You should not be penalized for this in Google and if you are, they're completely reasonable about fixing it if you ...


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One thing that all your sites have in common is you. Why not throw a designed by link at the bottom of your site that links to your "portfolio" where your new business is prominently displayed.


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The best thing to do is not worry about the traffic to your old sites. I had a good friend who graduated from Harvard Business. He told stories about how Harvard drummed into his head the mantra of "Know when to cut your losses." every day one way or another. From a business perspective, this is excellent advice! It is good advice in life too!! You are ...


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From your reference to the noindex tag it would appear as though you don't need the student sites to be indexed. If you add all the student sites under a single directory such as www.example.com/students/student1.HTML you could then add a disallow directive in your robots.txt file for the whole students directory, this would protect your main site from any ...


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The question is interesting but brings back memories of a time when people would debate IF Google could read Flash. And if text in flash was - as you ask here - visible or possibly to be viewed as a technique to add (blackhat) content. The answer to the Flash story was and is "Google reads EVERYTHING". And TEXT made for screen readers (etc) that is USEFUL to ...


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This is pretty much easy to achieve: There is a title for the question in stackoverflow / you would have a title for the blog as well. Then there are tags per question in stackoverflow, similar way you can have tagging enabled for your blog as well, where people tag the category to which their blog post belong. Example : travel, health, leisure etc Then ...


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Yes, sort of. Put yourself in the visitors shoes (with google at their back) and ask how you can introduce your new content to them in a relevant way. ie old site is about say hiking and new one is about music recording services add content to the hiking site aimed at say hikers who like to bring their guitars along on hikes to play encouraging them to ...


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I've never liked the idea of updating <lastmod> every day as itt's not just wrong, it's misleading search engines. In a post over on SO, Google's Gary Illyes wrote: The lastmod tag is optional in sitmaps and in most of the cases it's ignored by search engines, because webmasters are doing a horrible job keeping it accurate. I've generally ...


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I would assume a big big reason for advertisement driven websites is that every time you change a page you can be presented with a different advertisement. I don't have enough points to make this just a comment. I see no other reason for the stumpy little pages some major websites offer.


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Nope, you cannot link to Page A in your hreflang markup if page A says it's a duplicate of page B. You'll end up getting errors in Google Search Console for missing return tags.


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There is nothing in Alexa's reports that is important. It may be useful to compare websites in the same niche, country, etc. But overall, you should definitely not be relying on Alexa for anything important, especially analytics.


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Simple answer. Your sitemap should reflect the structure you want and not the structure you do not want. It should only contain your new URLs. As well, while the advice fro MOZ sounds good, if Google has all of your pages indexed, it does not care about links. It cares about URLs. Not URLs from links, but URLs of pages. This is one of the two keys for your ...


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It is normal for bloggers to update existing posts with new information. If you have set the permalink of your blog to reflect the date of the post, then changing the date could change the URL of the post as well. If you have existing links pointing to the URL, then you might notice a temporary drop in the ranks of that page till the time the link equity is ...


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It is against the Google webmaster guidelines to clone pages and change only a few keywords to get them into the search results for different keywords. Google calls this practice doorway pages. You can create a page for each city served, but you have to make the pages substantially different as not to risk a penalty from Google. Some ways you could do ...


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You have two options to secure your main domain (mysite.com) and its sub-domains (play.mysite.com and test.mysite.com). SSL is not only for ecommerce, payment merchant sites where financial transactions or login credentials are shared over the website. It is as equally important for content-based website. Attackers always search for plain HTTP website or ...



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