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Do not use JavaScript to change meta information Using JavaScript to add no-index is a bad idea because JavaScript is processed after the <head> has been downloaded. You should use PHP or manually edit the HTML after the promotion. No index works but its not like instant coffee You should also note that Google does not instantly remove pages when ...


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Unfortunately, this is one of those things that you will need to test for yourself. Although Google has been known to index JavaScript-generated content; there doesn't seem to be any case studies out there that prove whether or not Google takes note of JS-generated meta tags. My advice is: Run some tests or check to see if the promotion has expired using a ...


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Yes. Google's crawlers will value a straight img tag rather than one that is inside of JS or jQuery. Crawlers couldn't understand JS just a few years ago. Can you incorporate meta elements with your images without messing up your JS/jQ? There is an imageObject schema.org markup. Manually crawl your site. Are the images getting picked up? If they are, submit ...


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How is your German traffic accessing your site? Have you looked at your site's link profile? A tool like Moz's Open Site Explorer, Majectic SEO, or Ahrefs can help you determine whose linking to your site and the geographic location of the site hosting the links. Although I'd start with Analytics referral traffic.


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I study this kind of traffic as part of my research. Simply put, these are bot visits. You know this because of the hit and run nature of most bots that are not scrapers. This is evident in the number of pages and the bounce rate. Bots, including scrapers, often result in a %100 bounce rate. But without further data, I cannot tell you much about your ...


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Blocking a whole country like Germany is not recommended since its generally high quality traffic. Ukraine and China however are extreme spammers and you can get away with country block due to their low quality everything. You should first start to log user agents and IP's from Germany to deduce what type of user they are. If you find its scattered and ...


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Placing your social media Icons at the Top or in the header can help your visitors to get connected and visible to them in first impression. But it doesn't impact ranking.


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The icons itself have no value, apart from recognision for your users. A link you your SM accounts is a plus, this way SE's can link you SM and website together. This does require a healthy relation between the two, the socialmedia's need to link back to your site. Does it matter if you add it to the footer? AFAIK not, as long it's there, it's there (unless ...


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As far as i know, there is no positive or negative impact of placing social icons on your website. It will help your visitors to connect with you through your social media profiles and will help you to stay connected with them too.


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According to searchenginewatch.com: -Set up a Google Places for Business and Google+ page. This post outlines the most important aspects of both services, and explains how to merge the two types of pages for a single business. -Make sure images are high resolution, unique, and order them in terms of your priority. -Encourage happy customers ...


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After Panda 4 update (May 2014), blocking css & js files will kill your seo. There is a nice case study here that shows how doing that can hurt SEO : https://yoast.com/google-panda-robots-css-js/ Nowadays Google wants to see your pages as same as users, so it is important to let him to see your client side scripts and style sheets.


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InstantClick has no effect on SEO, as far as I know. Google has no way to detect the cool trickery that’s going on with JavaScript, so InstantClick’s UX benefits unfortunately aren’t reflected in SEO. (I’m InstantClick’s creator.)


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The only thing that matter is what clients (including Googlebot) see. When you implement 301 redirects, it doesn't matter if you do it using Apache's mod_alias, rewrite rules, or through a custom 404 handler. The only thing that matters is the status code that browsers and bots see when they visit the URL. You should test this yourself using the ...


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Load a couple of images immediately (enough) to display the page. Then load a couple of extras images asynchronously in background to anticipate requests from users as necessary.


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A sitemap doesn't determine what gets index and what does not, Google and other search engines will still crawl links found on the actual pages in fact Google prefers this method and it'll use the sitemap to confirm what its already discovered and ensure that no pages have been missed, which a sitemap can help if your site is insanely big or a website that ...


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I would suggest writing the new content for new website. If the old website is not in the business / active then you can use the old content otherwise avoid using duplicate content on new website. Google will give first priority to old content not to the republished content.


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Yes, At whatever page the similar content gets displayed, it will consider as duplicate content. Remove the widget if it is still there.


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It won't harm your website. Make proper 301 redirection of your old domain. e.g. www.badges-and-buttons.com 301 redirect to www.badges-buttons.com Also, read this http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8450573/how-to-301-redirect-an-entire-domain-while-preserving-the-path


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i would suggest you should load all images faster on the page. Compress it or use css sprite feature to make your website load faster.


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Yes. You should have a different sitemap.xml for each sub site (uk/us/ca/de) and then have a main sitemap for your default site which does not duplicate the items in the other sitemaps. Domics answer is 100% correct, but again make sure that you dont repeat results in your sitemap. A word about sitemaps. If your site is less than 100 pages dont really ...


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You can solve this by using rel=canonical and then on the canonical page not lazy loading your content. The only catch with this approach is if someone visits you from a search indexed page they miss out on all the lazy loading goodness. You could also LazyLoad based on UserAgent (MSIE, Chrome, FireFox) and then Googlebot will just see the content without ...


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Your logic is incorrect. When someone requests a page (hasbang or pushstate) in the same exact tab then the request can be done via ajax and less resources are loaded. When the page is loaded in a new tab (hasbang, pushstate) then the full request cycle starts from scratch and the whole page is requested. My point is there is no difference in regards ...


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Your best bet is to just use robots.txt and tell google not to crawl your login page. Probably has very little SEO value anyways, if the only text google is picking up is the FB login code. Google interprets javascript as it crawls your site, and in your case it has decided that the text from FB login is of high value. Either build up the content of the ...


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a subdomain and 3rd party domain will have almost identical SEO benefit. They are considered different domains by google. So if you have a subdomain of your regular domain (blog or not) google sees it as a totally different site. If you are trying to get the blog to add value to the main domain then subdomains or 3rd party domains are propbably not what ...


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They are not considered duplicate content if they are not the main meat of the page. If you notice this site itself has a lot of "duplicate content" in the form of footers, headers, sidebars, etc. One way you can bulletproof this risk is by using html5 sematic markup and wrapping the sections in asides, footer and other semantic tags. You can take this ...


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Google punishments If both sites are the same and both sites are in the index then yes, one will be marked as duplicate. Do a site: www.example.com` as a search on Google. Generally what normally happens is when a site is marked duplicate it will noted by Google and if enough pages and content gets marked as duplicate the site will receive a punishment ...


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You need to have the proper meta tag for google to know that you are crawling Ajax based pages. In essence when google sees your escaped fragment they replace it with a querystring and pull that page instead. This makes your Ajax page crawlable. An alternate approach is just to use HTML history api and update the url when you make an ajax call. This way ...


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No you cannot add the x-JP wildcard as you want, but since your site is in English (EN) and German (DE) only, then you would do it like this: <link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-JP" href="http://www.example.com/japan/" /> <link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-AR" href="http://www.example.com/argentina/" /> <link rel="alternate" ...


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Here is an updated view for 2014 with a brief historical explanation. In the early days of search engines, Google seems to be the focus here and so I will speak to Google, the methods of determining the site and page subject was to evaluate several things from the links to a page, the title tag, the header tags primarily the h1 tag, for a period the ...


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You are talking about a keyword density tool. The best free one is: http://tools.seobook.com/general/keyword-density/ which allows one page at a time. I prefer ranks.nl which costs a monthly fee. It is far superior to all the rest and definitely worth the fee if you are in the business. As a side note. Keyword density in regard to SEO is a myth. It is still ...


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I recently moved several of my sites to SSL and the pagerank was not affected either positively or negatively. I followed all of Google's guidelines, which are basically just like you described: Get your site working smoothly with HTTPS. My biggest needed change was to only use relative and protocol relative links. For example: href="page.html" and when ...


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To be safe, it certainly would not hurt to leave the category off the product description/name if the category page has an h1 tag, and title tag along with bread-crumbs all with the category name. Create your links to your category pages with the category name as well. This is enough of a signal for search engines that they will be able to return search ...


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Google Analytics is a Google tool to measure results of SEO and not improve SEO on it's own. A power user of GA will be able to leverage it in the right manner to improve website traffic. A power user will monitor user behaviour on the site and make necessary changes to the site and it's linking policies. All in all once the website itself improves (reducing ...


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Actually, the answer above is incorrect. You would need to read the question carefully. In this case, the title tag is too long and Google decided to use what it determines as a brand which is simply the domain name without the TLD. I detailed the process in this answer: My title tag doesn't appear to be getting crawled by Google properly But I will ...


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Google likes to try and shape the web like Microsoft likes to shape the PC world. Often, their more bazaar attempts fail. This will be just another failed attempt I predict. Sorta. Bare with me. I will explain how this ranking factor is applied and what it all means. Google touts the notion that the web would be better if all web sites were served with ...


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No you cannot do this using hreflang, they are primarily for language and location is optional, but you cannot just mark up the location: Do not specify a country code by itself! Google does not automatically derive the language from the country code. Use hreflang for language and regional URLs I think the other option here is to try and detect what ...


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You don't need to post anything in a different section. As long as your .htaccess file isn't blocking webcrawlers, bing and google will add it to news. If it is a blog, you might want to tag it "news", like you mentioned. Then exporting it to the news sitemap would be highly recommended, yes. But you don't need to reorganize logic or have a separate section ...


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Thanks guys ... Yes.. The position may be important depending on the other page elements... The thing is that for example I used to had this code elements :::: before the H1 ... so ... Is that wrong? (Also.. don't know why the word "Weather" is displayed like "_Weather") Thanks for your great and useful responses


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It is highly likely that Google reduces the linkjuice passed from one site to another if it is on the same IP address because Google makes the logical and reasonable assumption that the link isn't an unbiased link. Google uses links as 'votes' for how important a site is - the more links it gets from other sites the higher it's 'authority'. The more links ...


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If your customer is not doing anything shady or does not break any search engine recommendation, then using different IP addresses will not improve SEO. It is a waste of time and money. If your customer is doing something shady, using different IP address may delay a little the moment search engines found about it, but not by long, and once they penalize ...


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The purpose of alt attributes is to provide a description of the contents of an image file. One of the most cited uses of alt attributes is to provide text for visitors who can’t see images in their browsers. If a viewer can see your images, alt attributes will also show when the user hovers over your image. In addition to ensuring the content in your image ...


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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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Although there are some great answers here, there is one explanation missing, how PageRank is actually calculated. In the simplest form, PageRank is an algorithm that is calculated on the number and quality of links that are linking to your site. The higher the PR of the sites linking to a page, the higher the PR should be. More info here: PageRank from ...


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If you consider the position of the h1 element important (at least I do) then what actually matters is its position within the code of your page. Google certainly won't "see" what the Web developer Plug-In for Chrome presents to you. Instead what does count is the position in relation to the other page elements such as h2 etc. I do actually cosider the ...


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Yes and No :) Check out this link: http://moz.com/search-ranking-factors In short: Today the importance of h1 is not as great as in the past, what counts is the voice of the community than the number of links to a page, or how it was built. Of course, appearance and proper functioning of the hand to give you additional votes (pluses and likes), also ...


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Google has its own pre-fetch both at bot and browser-client level, and there is a high chance it wont run that JS as a bot. Actually it doesnt run most JS unless its from its own Googroot (like conversion, analytics, tagmanager container). That being said, there are significantly better layers to optimize for pagespeed. Google even has its own Apache module ...


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Google does factor page speed into its ranking algorithm but it is a small factor affecting only the slowest of sites. So if it makes a difference, and as of right now there is no indication that it does, it isn't going to be much. While site speed is a new signal, it doesn't carry as much weight as the relevance of a page. Currently, fewer than 1% of ...


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Google allows you to demote a sitelink but not modify one. At the moment, sitelinks are automated. We're always working to improve our sitelinks algorithms, and we may incorporate webmaster input in the future. There are best practices you can follow, however, to improve the quality of your sitelinks. For example, for your site's internal links, make ...


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First things first. I am going to assume that your site is new or less than a year old. Often the very foundation of good SEO is ignored choosing to jump into that nitty-gritty of on-page, off-page, backlinks, and other SEO efforts that are important but of secondary importance. I will cover the foundation of SEO which all other SEO efforts rely. It is only ...


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In addition to Google Webmaster Tools, Majestic Seo has a horde of bots that people volunteer to run. It crawls quite frequently so has a rather accurate view of your backlinks schema. There is also Open Site Explorer, but that seems to index less. If you want a neat way to check literal source for your links, NerdyData has a decent pool, although not as ...



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