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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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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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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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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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Google doesn't take into account W3C errors for SEO. There are so many big websites with a bunch of errors which have a good ranking in Google for many keywords. Having a W3C compliant website is good practice because you're sure your website respect rules of web semantic but there is no influence for SEO unless you have invalid HTML which is creating ...


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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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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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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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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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ALT tag is an accessibility tag that was introduced for people who have sight difficulties even through Google use it to determine what an image is about you should never consider putting alt tags for SEO purposes before your visitors. Many people and even Matt Cutts who works at Google talks about alt tags like they were specifically designed for Search ...


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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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In general, from a SEO point of view, read more links are implemented on blogs for the following reasons: to avoid duplicate content between homepage and articles (the main reason) for visitors to see more article titles on the home page (to act as a sort of table of contents) to pass more PageRank to an article if the read more links point to an anchor in ...


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Google has a specific guideline against creating filler pages. They call it "doorway pages". Doorway pages are typically large sets of poor-quality pages where each page is optimized for a specific keyword or phrase. In many cases, doorway pages are written to rank for a particular phrase and then funnel users to a single destination. Whether deployed ...


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I believe it doesn't matter for SEO. It's HTML5, it is (almost) a standard, they simply "aren't allowed" to give you bad credit. I think this is more of a UX question. A header is a block level element and will be 100% width. An anchor is inline and will only wrap the text. With that knowledge, you have two options: Wrap the <h1> around the ...


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It's very simple how it works: Google sees 2 or more sites with the same content. It's not gonna show you all of them, because it's not really a good resultpage if everything is the same. So it starts to decide which of the sites will be shown. It does this based on a few factors like: - Which site had it first (on same publish date, this is THE FIRST ...


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Better question would be: Are two words a relevant pagetitle to that page? It's a bit minimal, but if relevant, it's no problem. But I dont think it can be very relevant with only two words.


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In my experience, mobile visitors want the same content as your desktop visitors do. I worked for a travel website with lots of information about hotels and restaurants. The site is generally known for hotels, but we thought that mobile users would be much more interested in restaurant content because they we looking for something when they were out. ...



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