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HTTPS does not just provide secrecy (of which you are doubting the value, though there are good reasons for it still) but also authenticity, which is always of value. Without it, a malicious access point/router/ISP/etc. can rewrite any part of your site before displaying it to the user. This could include: injecting ads for your competitors injecting ads ...


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Check out how B&H Photo/Video handles this. They allow the site to remain active but inactivate the cart functions. This handles the no work/commerce on the sabbath. There will be an SEO issue if you deny access to the content.


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Remind your customer that the webserver is not Jewish and doesn't need the day off to go to the local synagogue. The functions of the site can remain active and any incoming inquiries can simply wait until Monday. The customer's physical store can certainly turn everything off and thus will not be "doing business" on Shabbat. If they really want it "...


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I'm not sure of the term but it's similar to coming out with a soda and calling it Koka-Kola and hoping you can get away with it. You won't. If you are going to compete, compete with superior products and service instead of trickery.


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First, as already pointed out, it's trickery and unlikely to serve you well. Someone typing in a specific domain name knows what site they want, and it isn't yours; how do you suppose they'll react to being duped? I certainly can't imagine it'll be a positive reflection on your business. And do enough people actually type a URL into the address bar to ...


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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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I'm probably being paranoid Maybe I'm being paranoid, but this sounds like it should be an entirely private blog/website. ie. password protected. Who exactly is the target audience? Apart from the security aspect (preventing the unscrupulous from finding and using the content), this sort of content sounds like it would be ripe for bullying from other ...


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I've been on the other end of this scenario. It was a couple of years ago, but I can't imagine much has changed. We held the trademark on the domain name—let's say we were ExtraSpecialVeeblefetzers.com, so a competitor opened up ExtraSpecialVeeblefetzers.co.uk. So I dashed off a letter that we were going to file a complaint, not with the trademark office, ...


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If you canonicalise appropriately, it is fine. Use rel="canonical" to specify that the pages are identical, and hreflang for the alternate languages. <link rel="canonical" href="https://example.org/es/ads/2"> <link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" href="https://example.org/en/ads/2"> <link rel="alternate" hreflang="es" href="https://example.org/...


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"nothing secret on the site" ...According to you. There migh be a perfectly fine reason someone wants a secure connection. It (partly) creates privacy: My admin can see that I'm browsing some picture site on my phone via url, but he can't tell if I'm watching pics of cute cats or hardcore porn. I'd say that's pretty damn good privacy. "a content" and "...


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Only in the sense that your page will download faster and Google gives you points for that because a faster page load is a better user experience. Otherwise, minimizing your page has no other impact.


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(What also perplexes me is they have no access to the site so I don't know what "tags" they could be referencing?) That there tells me your old SEO company wants to make whatever extra dollar they can from you. The company that we were paying to do our SEO just called and said they were contacted by google and told to remove their tags from all of our ...


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Google knows different spelling for words (synonyms and use of accents/diacritics), it knows "Pokémon" can also be spelled like "Pokemon". That being said google will return either "Pokemon" and "Pokémon" results if searched for "Pokemon" and do the same for "Pokémon". However, it does give them a different ranking. This is based on the IP-address of the ...


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I haven't thought about this before. But I believe it will probably hurt your SEO but might not if you do it right. You will need to make sure to retrieve a "503 Service Unavailable" http header status, for. Then make sure to tell google or other bots to comeback in X time. To do this you need to create a php file with the script to create a header with the ...


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We talked about Alexa here on Webmasters a lot. Alexa is useless and relies on users using their toolbar. It has junk metrics and unreliable data. I advise you not to consider Alexa ranking in any terms. Still, I'm not sure why do people use it, it's total gibberish.


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Several other search engines (Bing, Yandex, etc.) still use the _escaped_fragment_ system. They're not going to stop using it overnight just because Google has. Thus, if you care about your site being indexable by search engines other than Google, you may want to still support this scheme. Certainly, if you already have set up support for ...


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I agree 100% with @mike's answer. However to answer this question in short: Not true, Google will never call an SEO company nor a website owner to ask them to remove their website tags. Side note: I am glad for your client that they have left that doggy SEO company


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Removing the website during one day will hurt SEO, but not as much. Depending on the traffic, some crawlers (the ones not scheduled to visit your site during Sabbath) won't even notice. But it will hurt for the users and for the others. Putting a lightbox or a javascript code is not the best solution either, because it can be bypassed/disabled easily. One ...


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The base64 image option should be used where you would only have a very small number of images and you want to eliminate the network overhead of fetching a picture from the server. However from what you are indicating in the question I assume this could scale to a large number of images. In this case I would use a single 1px x 1px transparent image from the ...


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URLs that differ in case in the query string are different URLs to search engines. They are not considered equal and would need canonical tags or redirects to tell search engines which you prefer. Different parts of the URL are different in terms of case sensitivity: Protocol (http) -- case insensitive Host name (example.com) -- case insensitive Path (/...


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I would say it wouldn't harm much, nor will it add anything. I prefer to keep my header tags clean and wouldn't add the i. The inline styling would be a bigger problem, which isn't really an big issue. Instead of doing this, you can add the gear icon to the H2 directly: h2.Geared:before{ display: inline-block; color: rgb(102, 149, 45); font-...


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To complete the other answers, there is no authoritative database of complete IP -> name mappings. DNS provides for two kinds of mappings: name -> IP. Multiple names can map to a single IP IP -> name (aka "reverse"). A given IP can map only to a single name. Whether there is actually a reverse (IP -> name) mapping and what it points to is subject to the ...


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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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Spaces in URLs should be encoded. That would eliminate foo abc.jpg as the canonical. Here is a question that addresses how the space should be encoded: In a URL, should spaces be encoded using %20 or +? Spaces may only be encoded as a + in the query string portion of the URL, so that eliminates the foo+abc.jpg as the canonical. Your canonical URL ...


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Scrolling is a way of life and you're attempting to fix something that isn't broken If you research UX scrolling you will find plenty of evidence that for a good user experience and to keep people's attention scrolling is actually a good thing, here's just one article of many you can find online regarding scrolling and user experience: Myth #3: People ...


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(Parts taken from my answer to a similar question.) HTTPS can achieve two things: Authentication. Making sure that the visitor is communicating with the real domain owner. Encryption. Making sure that only this domain owner and the visitor can read their communication. Probably everyone agrees that HTTPS should be mandatory when transmitting secrets (...


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Nice question, here are some guides for doing that on that level. 1. CRAWL YOUR SITE When you redesign your website, there’s a good chance that URLs will change. If URLs change, you absolutely have to inform the engines where those older URLs have moved to. If you don’t, you can destroy your SEO power. All of the equity those old URLs have built up can ...


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First off, how are you going to get traffic to that domain? Google aren't going to index it if it simply redirects to your domain. If you use any other means to promote traffic to your site through this other domain you're running the risk of being guilty of fraud. Secondly, Nominet (the UK registry) have strict rules about malicious domain registration; ...


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Never pay for SEO services that guarantee results. Especially not quick results. Anything quick is going to be dirty. Such firms are likely going to: Create links to your site from bad places Create doorway pages Spam on your behalf All of that may work initially, but it will come back in the form of a site penalty eventually. SEO for a new site ...


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The reason it was marked invalid is because it was deprecated, i.e. at the time you tested it was no longer part of the current HTML spec. It's now been reintroduced to the HTML5 spec, albeit with a different use. Helpful discussion here. While there is a relationship, technical validity and desirability or efficacy for the purposes of SEO are not ...



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