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It is time to create an updated answer for 2014: Are there any books or do these date so quickly that they are obsolete? The games is changing so quickly that writing a book is just too slow. People maintain blogs and articles on website. Do all website give you misinformation or are there any reliable sources? Some are giving poor information, some ...


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sorry but "editing" and "from scratch" don't go together in my vocabulary. Either you design a theme "from scratch" or you edit an existing one. And yes: depending on how you look at it, the theme matters a lot since it's the template where content and html meet – so all H-Tags and Alt-Tags and even the order, how content is loaded is defined here. My ...


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Wordpress is seo friendly CMS and most popular due to ease of use and seo friendly nature. Creating a template is good idea to re-design site. If template is written properly with wordpress norms and guidelines, then it will be seo friendly. I recommend when designing theme for wordpress, follow strict guidelines and also use all the elements required to ...


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Here it is in a nutshell. First you'd need to save your PSD template as web images and HTML. Rename the HTML files to PHP files. Match the PHP files to the names of WordPress template files (header, footer, index, etc). Insert the WordPress specific PHP code into those files. Since you don't know WordPress, best start at ...


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A theme is simply a pile of code. It’s just a recipe to pull together the content for a web page. Whether it is SEO capable or not is not a factor of whether the theme is custom or not is meaningless. What is meaningful is your knowledge of how to code in HTML, your understanding of SEO best practices and how you apply that to your theme. Now if you are ...


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The theme, per sé, does not matter for SEO as themes are not a ranking factor nor a concept that search engines care about. So choosing an existing theme, editing an existing theme, or creating one from scratch really have no meaning here. HTML/semantic markup is a ranking factor so making sure you optimize that code is important so how well you ...


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The hgroup element was removed from HTML5 more than a year ago. For alternatives, there is now an own section in HTML5: Subheadings, subtitles, alternative titles and taglines In short, you should not use heading elements (h1-h6) for the "subtitles" anymore, as they’d create a wrong document outline. You could use something like this: <section> ...


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When in doubt, use rel="canonical". This could be as simple as putting <link rel="canonical" href="http://blog.example.com/dresses/green-dresses-are-awesome" /> in your <head>. See Google for more info. This won't keep bots from crawling both "versions", but it will tell Google (and other SERPs) to only index the canonical document.


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The <hgroup> is not an official HTML tag so its use is discouraged and its meaning may change. Since it is not an official HTML tag it almost certainly has no SEO value. And, even if it did, it would be so small that it wouldn't be worth focusing on.


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How to debug markup implementation errors and Fix it: To investigate an issue with a specific content type, click on it and it will show you the markup errors found for that type. You can see all of them at once, or filter by error type using the tabs at the top. Check to see if the markup meets the implementation guidelines for each content type. Click on ...


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You need to add a new site on Google Webmaster Tools and set the domain as https://example.com all the data is being collected there instead.


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What is the purpose of the redirect? The 301 Canonical The purpose of your redirect is to assure a canonical domain name. As such, the appropriate HTTP response is a 301. By default, many browsers will cache this indefinitely unless you specify a Cache-Control header. The 302 Confusion In the Google reference you provide, they are talking about landing ...


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The type of redirect you are using is not the problem. 301 redirects are cacheable. In fact they are extremely hard to cache bust. 301 means "permanent" and browsers are very likely to cache 301 redirects with no way with the server to undo one that is already cached. 302 redirects are generally not cached by default unless other headers indicate that ...


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(Re)submitting a sitemap does not affect rankings. All the sitemap does is tell search engines where to find your content. So changing your sitemap's contents will not cause a rankings drop. (Many sitemaps are dynamic and change daily if not hourly or minute-to-minute). All you need to do is update your sitemap. No need to re-submit it or anything. It is ...


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There is a chance of broken links in shortened URLs. Regarding Outbound Links: Linking to very low quality or banned sites can do real harm to your site. High number of external links drain off your Google PageRank. Selling links that pass PR is against guidelines and can lead to a site being penalized. One alternative is to add rel="nofollow" to the ...


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Serving multiple sized images is not a big SEO problem, but I try to stick to two sizes: thumbnail large That way, I can have smaller images in the pages, but get the large images ranked in image search. To optimize for image search you should: Use large images (at least 600px in the smaller direction, but not so large that they can't fit on the ...


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There is no hard evidence on this. Although it is conceivable that search engines and other programs treat span (and other inline elements) as breaking words, such behavior a) has no grounds in HTML specifications, b) has not been demonstrably detected, c) would break a large part of pages in identifying words, since such markup is common and the only way in ...


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I can't tell for sure but I don't think it's great for SEO as your HTML is only used for style, not for meaning. Google might be smart enough to figure out there are words but I personally would avoid adding spans around letters on sites where I care about SEO. Instead you should use ::first-letter and ::nth-letter() to avoid putting HTML tags around ...


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Why do you think showing your other site on your first site will help its rankings? There's nothing to gain by doing this for SEO. Not only is traffic not a ranking factor, but iframes are not SEO friendly so that content is invisible to the search engines anyway. So this is not useful and could possibly be seen as an attempt to manipulate the search ...


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I have inserted a <br> tag on a personal page of mine, and it finally got crawled by Google. And while I don't have any hard data on the before and after rankings, I do have more of an answer on the meta-description => search result snippet: The tag was removed, and the description was displayed as a snippet; however, it also appended page content ...


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It was said that one point search engines added weight to terms that were bold or in italics. This was quite a few years ago. This proved to be a flawed concept and search engines no longer look for this kind of markup (if they ever really did). Use your markup as you wish but do not over do it thinking that it helps SEO. It doesn't. Be natural in your ...


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for now just three points from my side, relating to the actual content of your site: machine- and human-readable URLs, containing your most important keywords. Put the important ones first site title and description, containing your most important keywords. Again: put your most important keywords first on-site linking – that means linking from within an ...


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There is no such ratio... You should use strong, em and i as much as it makes sense too use it.


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If there is a string "<br>" included, it’s exactly that: a string of text (and not an HTML element). That’s probably not a SEO issue (it’s just text, not different to anything else in the description), but it might be a problem for people reading this description. Only you can decide if it makes sense for your content’s description to contain such a ...


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I don't think there is any harm in doing this from an SEO perspective as this tag is not used as a ranking factor anymore. As far as Google using it to display the snippet for your pages in their search results, they can choose to simply ignore the <br> tag or choose a different snippet to display such as your ODP description (if it exists) or a ...


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You could try detecting the User-agent of the bots If your site is using hashbangs (#!) urls, then Google will crawl your site by replacing #! with ?escaped_fragment=. When you see ?escaped_fragment=, you'll know the request is from a crawler. If you're using html5 pushState, then you look at the "UserAgent" header to determine if the request is ...


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The URLs you add into your content, transfer some of the the value of your page to these URLs. But this happens if you are using the original URL. URL shortner destroy this effect. If you want that none of the value of your page transfer to these pages, you can set these URLs to nofollow or use URL shortners. Shortening the URL also minimize the risk to ...


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Using a empty menu button is more common than you think It's rather common to see nowadays websites using empty parents due to responsive design and frameworks such as Bootstrap and Zurb foundation, both use similar design where you can't access the parent while viewing on a mobile or small tablet device. What's the best HREF to use? Most webmasters will ...


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If I don't add the rel="nofollow" property to those links, can they hurt the seo of my page? If the target pages are spammy, then it may hurt your SEO if you don't set nofollow. Otherwise, if those pages are of quality, setting nofollow is a missed opportunity to rank a little more. The fact that you use short URLs has no impact on SEO, with one ...


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Should I nofollow a link to a noindex page? As a general rule, nofollow should only be used on links to pages of external websites you don't trust or you don't recommend. There is no reason to set nofollow on internal pages or links. So in your case, the answer is no. but when the bot gets to the link to a noindex post, does he note that link, ...


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Don't worry about it, while making a page no-index only nofollows all the links on that page (not links to it from other pages), making it nofollow isn't going to help you at all. Follow or nofollow, each outbound link is spreading out the internal balance of SEO juice (or PageRank). In other words, you can't really do structure/sculpting by using internal, ...


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Using URL shortener's has the same effect as a 301 redirect, so you really aren't hurting your SEO efforts. So you may lose a little link juice if outbound links are created using the shortened URLS, but you have to draw the line between UX and 10% lost link juice.


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The title you mention is the attribute, which is not to be confused with the <title> meta tag. And no, it is not taken into account for SEO.


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HTTPS/HTTP is a protocol and technically are not classed as a new site You do not need to inform Google Webmaster Tools that your site has moved, this is because HTTPS and HTTP are protocols and not are not treated the same as say changing domain or sub domain. You can even see when adding a site to webmaster tools it doesn't even ask for a protocol: ...


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The URL slug is always a good idea for one simple reason- okay two. 1] We are human. Humans relate to language and language is preferred over numbers which mean nothing to us. 2] Basic SEO. Because Google is made for humans, it's algorithms are centered around language and how humans use it. Google looks to language as clues on how to index a ridiculously ...


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As a sidenote, while on the subject of SEO and homepage links. Are you considering whether the address used to access your homepage is consistent? A lot of webmasters make the mistake of serving their homepage at example.com/ but linking to example.com/index.php from deeper pages. Googlebot will consider these 2 different pages and report duplicate content. ...


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In the past I had a small site to which the anchor text to the homepage (index page in your case) was a keyword, and not "home". It worked quite well in terms of ranking on Google. But in my case, the homepage was a long page with content, and it was one of the main pages of the site (small site). I'm not sure how your homepage looks like. If the homepage ...


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In short, yes Googlebot can crawl your search results, and it can even from time to time fill out form fields. However, I would strongly advise you block your search result pages with a robots.txt file. This is actually recommended in Google's Webmaster Guidelines, Use robots.txt to prevent crawling of search results pages or other auto-generated pages ...


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For "optimal" SEO, it has to do with the full keyword. Naturally you don't promote your site under "information technology", it must have something with it. Try google for example "IT spend", you'll find that in the SERP it appears that same way, and not under "information technology spend". This reflects how this term is used in the industry. If you ...


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Like others have mentioned, filing a DMCA complaint and a copyright civil law suit may be the best options. For the new content that you publish, you can consider notifying about your site updates on social media (Twitter, Facebook etc.) as soon as you post. The timestamp recorded there can be a fair indicator that you wrote first in case you have to prove ...


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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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Actually, the concept of stop words no longer exists with semantic search. These words are now found as important factors in determining search intent. Yes, for the most part, a, as, it, they, and so forth are words with less importance overall, however, they are no longer ignored. As well, their proximity to keywords becomes very important in determining ...


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Google knows it and information technology are synonyms and manages it as a non stop word in some cases (for example when it's combined with support). That's why in this case, you should choose the word you want without thinking about SEO. To decide: if you can ask which word to use to a person with a marketing view, do it if you need to decide yourself, ...


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Don't worry about this, search engines know how to make a difference between 'IT' and 'it'. They can work out the meaning of the word according to the context. Just use the word in a natural way in natural sentences. This is the optimal SEO usage.


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Set a canonical link on each of your item pages (not pagination pages) and make sure all the item page URLs are registered in your sitemap.xml. Make sure this sitemap is defined in your robots.txt. Then, let crawlers do their job.


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If those websites are spammy and link from and to other low quality websites, then they are in what is called a bad neighborhood. If you link to them or they link to you, then you become part of the bad neighborhood too. It is bad for your rankings. However, since you most probably do not link to them and you removed (disavowed I guess) those links, then ...


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I would implement Maltese versions of your pages and set the language in the <html> tag with the lang attribute. Then, I would set hreflang meta tags in your pages too to help search engines serve them properly. With this, English pages will be served in the English speaking community and Maltese pages will be served in the Maltese speaking community. ...


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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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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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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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