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I would say no. And this question has been asked on Google webmaster forums and the response was: Having URLs from your website submitted in their disavow file will not cause any problems for your website. One might assume that they are just trying to pressure you. If the comment links they pointed to you are comment-spam that was left by them (or ...


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nobody likes splashscreens, I strongly advise you make any video a choice, even autoplay is annoying. It is not accessible There is no (reliable) way to make it only show once It will increase the bounce rate even for people who haven't seen it before On slow machines your site may be unusable and yes slow pages are ranked lower. (this will be a problem ...


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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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Sitemaps can be dynamic just like web pages. Just have a PHP script grab those names from the database and make a loop to echo out the XML for each one. Also, make sure you output the proper content type for your XML. That's it. The code below is a basic script for generating a dynamic XML sitemap. Please not this is only an example intended to point you, ...


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A video in-of-itself is not a bad thing. However, the notion of hijacking the user experience by auto-starting the video and restricting access to the content is a bad thing. It is extremely bad. Listen, these days UX (user experience) is everything. Smart SEOs understand that bounce rates, time on site, number of pages read, time on page, are all metrics ...


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A blog can be beneficial to SEO, IF it contains quality content. Lets face it: Getting backlinks to a "boring" corporate website can be extremely difficult. I mean, who is going to link to your "About Me" section? Who is going to link to your website on the basis that they thought that your "Services" page was well written? A blog can provide you with the ...


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The important thing to know is that (as stated here) the change only applies to mobile searches: This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. If you do not have a mobile friendly site, your ranking on desktop Google searches should not be affected. Google may not class it ...


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Google seems to put very little weight on how a URL is structured right now. You can confirm this by doing any Google search and looking at the URLs that are ranking. You are just as likely to see any of these styles: Exact match domain: www.keyword-phrase.com Exact keyword path: example.com/keyword-phrase Lots of directories: ...


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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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I really wouldn't worry. Google can't rely on the genuineness and accuracy of user generated disavow lists to blacklist/penalise domains on the internet. At present, if your domain ends up on a website's disavow list, this just tells Google that website does not trust (or can't vouch for) the link from your website to theirs and to subsequently not factor in ...


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Contrary to the URLs, there is no difference for SEO to use lowercase or uppercase for the <p> tag. As far as I know, search engines don't pay attention to it. The only case where it may have an impact (not sure), is for the acronyms. However, you should write a sentence in the correct way (in respect of language rules; here the English) because all ...


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Parenthesis are "reserved sub-delims" as defined by the RFC 3986. That means that the character may have special meaning in certain parts of the URL. Here is what the RFC says about how they should be treated: URI producing applications should percent-encode data octets that correspond to characters in the reserved set unless these characters ...


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If I were you, I would launch the site with some articles and news (for example, two of each) and I would publish some new articles and news every days for a moment to launch the site and quickly attract visitors. Once the site is launched, you could publish some articles and news a little bit less regularly (once a week for example) to continue to attract ...


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This is an easy one. Keyword density is a myth- sorta. At least it is now. What is important to note is how the terms are used and not how many times the terms are used. SEOs like to intentionally confuse the issue to keep you dependent upon them and paying for tools and advice. P.T. Barnum used to say that there is a sucker born every minute. In SEO, the ...


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It takes weeks for Google and other search engines to de-index pages and even longer for a website, which would in time would hurt your rankings. The only thing you need to do is return a status 503 rather than a 301 to 404. This is the definition of the 503 status code from the RFC that defines these status codes: The server is currently unable to ...


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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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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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For HTML5, there is no title metadata name. You may only use values defined in the HTML5 spec or registered in the WHATWG wiki, and as title is not registered, you can’t have an element like: <meta name="title" content="…"> <!-- invalid in HTML5 --> In HTML 4.01, you may use any value (there is no registry): <meta name="title" ...


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Be careful. Most SEO advice stems off of old advice that was just plain wrong when it was written. It seems that much of the SEO world cannot grasp that SEO has become much closer to what it should have been all along. As well, this is a follow the leader industry even as the lemming leap off the cliff. I will give you a quick SEO rundown. For each page, ...


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I disagree with the comment that SEO is extremely complex. Actually, it is common sense stuff. There is no magic, voodoo, special formula, incarnations, specific sequence of buttons and switches, etc. You do not need the voodoo priestess Bloody Mary to come to your house or office. How search engines work is very simple and only a handful of techniques that ...


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Google expects differences between mobile and desktop sites. Even major differences, including differences in link structure, are not a problem. Google crawls the web with different Googlebot user agents for mobile. As long as your server shows that version of Googlebot the same thing that your actual mobile users see, you don't have any penalty risk. ...


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No SEO campaign is perfect. So please throw this notion out of the window. Since search engines change strategies and updates come on the average of several a day, it is impossible to have a perfect SEO score at anytime. However, you can have a highly competitive score regardless of the changes if done well. Without knowing your website name and any terms ...


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No, it does not. Your Google Analytics is not a ranking factor. So garbage referrals, or anything else in your analytics, will not affect your ranking.


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Panic not! From: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2015/02/finding-more-mobile-friendly-search.html Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. [Update] Please note: John Mueller has just told us that this only effects searches made by mobile users. To quote: Just to be clear about the ...


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You refer to pages and posts so presumably you're using Wordpress and if you are, you can easily show content based on whether the page is a post or a page which saves you from having to hide anything with CSS anyway. if ( is_page() ) { // This is what you want to show in the footer for pages... } else { // This is what you want to show in the ...


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As long as the upgrade goes smoothly, things should be fine. WordPress is good about keeping your content between upgrades. I've occasionally seen plugins break during upgrades. This can have some negative consequences. One of my WordPress sites had a calendar plugin that I couldn't get working again after the upgrade. This caused all of its URLs to ...


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If the page content is only based on the user agent and is not accessible by different URLs then the search engines are only ever going to see one version of the page and that is the version that will be indexed. But this is also a problem for users. Users don't always search for help (or whatever "instruction" you are providing) using the device that they ...


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You need to conditionally serve a different robots.txt file based on which domain/host has been accessed. On Apache you can do this in .htaccess: RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(example1\.com|example2\.com)$ RewriteRule ^robots\.txt$ /robots-disallow.txt [L] This is specific to your example, where it will serve a "disallow" robots.txt ...


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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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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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