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If they're just mirroring your site by feeding your site through a proxy script or regurgitating your HTML verbatum, you can add canonical URLs to your pages. This will let Google know your content is the original source and to show your URL in the search results, not their's. Submit a DMCA request to Google. They're a little slow with them but they will ...


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You can file a DMCA complaint and if you are in the U.S., you can file a copyright civil law suit. Here is a link to a short answer that explains how the DMCA complaint can help anyone: Do you have to be in the United States to file a DMCA complaint? ... and another one the explains more... How much of your content needs to be copied before you can file ...


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User Experience User experience remains one of the most important factors when operating a website. User experience enhances your conversions, increases time spent on page and in directly improves rankings due to an increase of people wanting to link to your site. Having a site not accessible via both with or without www causes a few user experience ...


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You could track their IP (or IPs) and return totally different content for them to mirror - whatever you like. This way you get free space for advertising whatever, and you can use their high position in Google to your advantage. I once used this to simply explain to the users on the mirrored website that this is the wrong domain. You can also post a simple ...


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Google's Matt Cutts has addressed this via video: It’s a fair question. I think we can handle it either way, so we should be able to process it. But if we see a lot of pages or a lot of things ranking on a site all of a sudden, then we might take a look at it from the manual webspam team. So if it doesn’t make any difference whatsoever to you in terms of ...


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Google's Matt Cutts was asked this question and responded directly in a video (Aug 2011): Do spelling and grammar matter when evaluating content and site quality? At least the last time I checked (which was a while ago), it is not used as a direct signal within our rankings. So its not one of the 200 different signals that we use to assess the ...


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Wget is just a command line tool for linux that fetches resources over HTTP - all this tells you is that someone accessed your site via a command line, it could have been a bot scraping you, but there's no way of knowing for sure If your site is password protected properly, there shouldn't be any need to block particular user agents :) x


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If there is no content for a particular composer, use the meta tag: <meta name="robots" content="noindex, follow"> As soon as content is added and the meta tag is removed, Google will index it. Example: <?php if(empty($composerInfoArray)): ?> <meta name="robots" content="noindex, follow"> <?php endif; ?>


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Between two options, there is no difference for SEO. By the way, your question is not about SEO but it's about HTML semantic. To respect the HTML semantic and unlike you think, the <p> tag exists for displaying paragraphs of text, not text. But in general, texts are displayed in a page through paragraphs. That's why you can use <p> tag inside a ...


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If you do not have specific experience running this kind of websites, then I would strongly suggest you to get a separate server. While having an adult site on same server with different websites might not affect your non-adult sites directly, there are plenty of things that can go wrong (e.g. IP flagged/blacklisted for "spam"-like emails, content IP-blocked ...


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You really do need to have the www. sub-domain point to your website. It is particularly important for type in traffic. If you tell a person to visit example.com, a large number of them will add a www. In my experience it is 40% or more that do this. I myself tend to like naked domains with no subdomain when creating a website. I have occasionally ...


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Within the realm of normal bots, it all depends on what you appreciate and only you can decide that. Of course there is Google, Bing/MSN/Yahoo!, Baidu, and Yandex. These are the the major search engines. There are also the various SEO and backlink sites. Right or wrong, I allow a couple of the big ones have access to my site, but generally, they are useless ...


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Hiding <h1> tag can hurt SEO because <h1> tag is a very good spot to optimize a webpage for a keyword. If I were you, I will try to reduce the size of the text in the <h1> tag or something similar but I won't hide this tag from search engines.


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Search engines have no way of knowing what traffic your website gets so it can't be used as a ranking metric in their algorithm. (Google has clearly stated that Google Analytics data is not used in their ranking algorithm). Even if they did, the number of visits would not be a good judge of relevance as it is easy to artificially inflate your number of ...


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As long as the number is balanced and the link targets are not spammy sites, then there is no reason to worry about. However, you may want to add some sort of filter that allows dofollow links only to users with a trusted reputation. Another alternative is to limit the maximum number of links in a document. You can either set an absolute limit or compute ...


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There is a Google Webmaster video which answers this: How are site: results ranked? The gist is that pages are ranked partly by popularity/importance, and partly by how "deep" the URL structure is.


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Google doesn't care about the length of your articles. It cares about whether your page satisfies the searchers that it sends to your site. With that in mind, the length of your articles should be: Long enough to inform the user. Short enough that most users read the whole thing. There is no "minimum length" for web pages to be indexed. Web pages ...


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It is perfectly valid for the alt attribute to be blank, if the images are purely decorational. Otherwise, if you are outputting the same image over and over then it makes sense that the alt attribute be the same for all of them. There is no negative SEO benefit to that, and your cross/tick images are unlikely to rank in image searches anyway. One ...


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Not at all. A's PageRank is not improved. Links to website A (with <a> tag like <a href="http://www.asite.com"></a>) improve PageRank. Moreover, there is a bad thing for website A because website B uses the bandwidth of website A and thus can slow down the browsing of website A's visitors.


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Blocking No User Agent Blocking based on no user agent is a silly idea... a lot of users who like to remain anonymous through VPNS will often disable user agent and anything else that can be used to harvest data... And anonymity is growing. Also if the idea behind this is to save on resources it should be noted that most bots that are not legit search ...


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A little late for you but best idea to protect your website (in the future) would be this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3pNLB3Cq24 (defcon 21, defense by numbers) faking the return code so users will see the content but bots will throw the content away crawl in circles stop working other possible ideas - make sure that your users don't see any of ...


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This will not hurt you. Having your site do different things depending on environmental factors (such as the type of device) is common and ok to do. You only have an issue when you intentionally serve different content to search engines than to users and that clearly is not the case here.


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First of all, use better alt attributes. Seriously, "Cross" and "Checkmark" are horrible alt attributes. To see why, try viewing your page in a text-only browser. With your HTML as it is, you'll see something like: Unregistered Basic Premium ------------------------------------------------------------------- ...


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The best course of action is to use canonical URLs. This avoids a situation where you are penalized for duplicate content. When it comes to desktop vs mobile websites, most sites will have something like this on their mobile website: Example for: http://m.mywebsite.com/page.html <link rel="canonical" href="http://mywebsite.com/page.html" /> The ...


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Search engines index pages by URL, and duplicate content is content that's found at more than one URL - see this for more: What is Duplicate Content? Search engines would only penalize content appearing more than once on the same page if it appears to be spammy or an attempt at keyword stuffing. Incorporating different menus and layout structures would not ...


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W3Schools does not set the industry standards on HTML coding. They are simply a 3rd party reference site that is not affiliated with the W3C in anyway. W3Schools and other sites are often wrong when using cutting edge coding technologies such as Schema and Responsive design. When using fairly new code your one stop shop should be W3C as set the compliance ...


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Microdata extends HTML5 in a way that link and meta elements can be used in the body, if they contain an itemprop attribute. If the itemprop attribute is present on link or meta, they are flow content and phrasing content. The link and meta elements may be used where phrasing content is expected if the itemprop attribute is present. This extension is ...


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The best option is to have a noscript fallback to regular pagination. The search engine will pick up on the links in the noscript section and index those pages. This has the added benefit that anyone browsing your site without JavaScript enabled will get a better user experience.


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In it's very basic form search engines don't crawl content provided by ajax. Google at least gives a lookout on this matter: In the near term, your site will remain indexed by Google as-is, with many pages likely not fully represented in search results. However, we are continously working to make Googlebot behave more like a browser. As we implement more ...


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If the proper steps are followed, Google should replace the HTTP indexed URLs with the HTTPS ones over time, during which you may experience a dip in your rankings. The steps to follow are outlined here: Google Webmaster Tools - Moving your site. Expanding on those: Use 301 redirects Update internal and external links Use the Change of Address tool in ...



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