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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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); ...


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Google Webmaster Tools treats HTTP and HTTPS as separate sites. When adding a site, simply type the URL including the https:// prefix. You will then have two sites in Google Webmaster Tools. This fits with the general principle that http://www.example.com is considered a different URL from https://www.example.com and may validly serve different content, ...


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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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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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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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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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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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The seo experts told us to put rel="nofollow" to all external links. Trying to massage PR in this way sounds like a very outdated concept to me. Is e-Commerce any different in this respect? If a site is worth linking to it should be "follow". In a broad sense rel="nofollow" should only be used on paid-for or untrusted (ie. user-submitted) links. ...


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No, it does not influence in ranking, because that pages is not indexed at all, also it does not harmful for your site in some ways, but if you are placing too many noindex tags, then those pages will kept some PageRank or JuicyRank. Most of webmaster including me using noindex tag on specific directory, that have no quality content for example, list of ...


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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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The simplest solution is to just return a 403 or 410 response for any traffic on the unwanted domain. In .htaccess on Apache you could do something like: RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?domain\.com$ [NC] RewriteRule ^ - [L,R=410] In Nginx you could do something like: server { listen 80; server_name domain.com ...


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I think you've mixed up lot of things here. There are several problems with your website's pagination structure. By putting rel="canonical" in the paginated pages, you are telling google to show the nopaging page in the search results. If you don't want that, you need to remove the rel="canonical" tag. What is happening in your current structure is on one ...


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You are looking for what is known in the industry as reputation management. There are many businesses with experience in this area that will work on this problem for your client. If your client is in Europe, it may be possible to use right to be forgotten laws to force search engines to remove pages from those search results. In the rest of the world, ...


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Since 2014, Google has been giving websites available over HTTPS a slightly higher search engine ranking score. Given that your blog is only available over HTTP, it may appear lower in the results for some searches. However, Google isn't penalizing web site owners if other parts of their web sites aren't available over HTTPS but the main site is, at least as ...


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Google announced that they will start penalizing pages that are not mobile friendly in the mobile search results: Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will ...


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The idea to make a site mobile friendly is excellent, but I don't think your method is best, especially if later you decide to monetize your website with adsense for these reasons: You're scripting your site so that text is hidden if a screen resolution is under a specific value. Google may think you're playing games when you use this technique and might ...


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I would consider removing "knowledge-base/category-name/" from your URL altogether. Those aren't helping SEO, they are only making your URLs longer, harder to remember, and harder to type. Keywords in the URL path are a very minor ranking factor now. Your article name is going to have plenty of keywords anyway. Without the category name in the URL, ...


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Splash screens are acceptable according to Google. They do offer some best practices however, when using multi-language/multi-regional sites. In this article, Google recommends the use of the hreflang tag within <link rel="alternate" ... /> tag in the head. The specific excerpt from the article is below: For language/country selectors or ...



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