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Breadcrumbs. There is little official information available, but it seems that if you put navigational breadcrumbs on your site's pages (the kind that shows the user where he is within your site's hierarchy), the Google bot will pick up the information from there. From their original announcement: The information in these new hierarchies come from ...


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Yes. It's probably more so when alt text isn't present, just because Google seems to put a lot of emphasis on that. Give your images detailed, informative filenames The filename can give Google clues about the subject matter of the image. Try to make your filename a good description of the subject matter of the image. For example, ...


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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 shouldn't have any effect on your pages' rankings. After all, its purpose is to tell the search engines what pages you would like to have indexed and where to find them. It has nothing to do with relevancy. But you see things like the Sitemap Paradox and realize it is far from a perfect system. Having said that, the odds are it isn't your sitemap that ...


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Rich Snippets Testing Tool Improvements Last year, Google announced a modification to search results to begin showing site hierarchies (typically referred to as "breadcrumbs") rather than standard URLs in cases where it helped users to better understand a website You can read how to use breadcrumbs rich snippets markup at Google's Webmaster ...


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I used many software in the past and no one really fit my need but I can suggest one of the following: WebCEO: the desktop software is feature rich but sluggish and a bit expensive. It's charts are horrible IMHO. They also provide a web version of the app with a modern and slick interface. RankTracker: fast and with a good set of features, nice charts ...


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Disqus has a blog post about how using there tool helps, http://blog.disqus.com/post/9956511178/disqus-research-how-comments-drive-traffic. In the comments, Rob Webb asks the Disqus team about the SEO drawbacks of using Disqus because of the JavaScript not being seen by search spiders. The response from Disqus says that they aren't even sure if there are ...


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As far as I know the official term is just sitelinks. That's what google calls them: http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&topic=8523&answer=47334. Also, here is a good article on the topic and they are called sitelinks as well. http://www.click-finders.com/blog/how-to-get-google-sitelinks-on-your-serp-listing/


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"To the best of my knowledge, it does not." – Matt Cutts, Google employee, answering Does Google Analytics play a part in SERPs? via video.


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I've found that the best way to get neutral results is to use chrome's incognito function (tools menu > incognito window). An incognito window doesn't have a cache, cookies or anything else attached to it at the start of a session, and anything added during a session is deleted at the end.


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Although both the IP address and domain might lead to the same content at any given moment, the content for each was likely indexed on different dates. Note the differences in the snippet for the IP address, which starts with "5 days ago", versus the snippet for the domain. It looks like much of the content there is dynamic and changes frequently, as other ...


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If I were you, I didn't use separate pages to display comments because loading text is rarely a loading problem for a page. That's why I think the problem is elsewhere. There are many possible reasons, maybe a script has been injected in one of your comments or a JS file takes a lot of time to load in your page. Moreover, Google ranks pages and not sites. ...


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We have another question here that ask why items in the sitemap are not ranked better: The Sitemap Paradox. Google's John Mueller has this to say about common SEO misconceptions regarding sitemaps: The Sitemap file isn't meant to "fix" crawlability issues. If your site can't be crawled, fix that first. We don't use Sitemap files for ranking. ...


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A list in order-of-importance would be impossible to create if we were hoping for any long term credibility, but yes, SEO does factor into SERPs and no, it's not going to ruin your SEO strategy if you use a non-relevant domain name. With social marketing, quality content, clean code, etc. it's quite possible to get ranked well if you know what you're doing. ...


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It is best to let them disappear as long as your redirects are 301's. Google will in time see that they are 301(permanent) redirects and will switch over to the new URL. I have done this myself and you should see results within 2-4 weeks, if not faster. If it has been more than a month and your old URLs are still showing up in Google's SERPs then you ...


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Unfortunately there is not a way to tell Google not to do that as of right now. But this web page had a couple of suggestions worth mentioning: Use image based dates instead of the usual theme (PHP) generated server side time stamp. In this case, you have to convert the date string to images and hence it may not be very easy to create the ...


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There is no definitive timeframe. In fact, there's no guarantee Google will use breadcrumbs in their search results for your pages. As with anything related to Google displaying search results, you can give them clues and express your wishes as for what to display in the search results but ultimately Google will decide if and when it will happen. All you can ...


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No, Google will not penalise your site for hiding menu items in this way. As you mention, this is a common technique and if it was to penalise sites for this then half the sites on the internet would be penalised! (And then they wouldn't use this technique, user experience could go down, etc, etc...) If, however, you were to hide huge blocks of text with ...


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You can't really find out how many times your links show up in a One-Box result but you can see how much traffic is coming in from those links by using the ved parameter in the referrer query string. This is a little complicated to explain in a single post but I'll wrap it up and provide links to articles you can read to fully understand how to do this. ...


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Bare with me. I will explain what changes Google has made followed by how Google decides how to make the SERP link and what specifically happened in your case. Google has been changing the look and feel of the SERPs since March 2014 with the hopes of improving the user experience and click-through rates (CTR). It is believed that changing the SERP look and ...


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The domain name is important but not the end-all and be-all of SEO. If you can get a domain name with good keywords in it you will definitely have an advantage over someone with the similar content who does not. BUT you can overcome not having a good domain name with quality content, good URLs, etc. as they all are factors and can help you overcome the lack ...


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There are lots of tools available for this. Free Monitor For Google is very basic and doesn't have a lot of the fluff others have so if you like simple it's worth checking out.


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There's no SEO benefit to this at all. Unless someone is looking for those backwards words there is nothing to be gained from doing this. The search engines do not tie them to the correctly spelled words as they are not synonyms.


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If the same content can be reached by more then one URL then you will definitely have issues with duplicate content. You will need to specify a canonical URL for each page so Google knows which one is the "main" one and will show that URL in its search results. All other URLs that pull up the same content will be seen as the same page (which means any links ...


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I would really have one main URL, which would show the calendar for the current year. If you do not currently have year encoded in your current top ranking page, then use just that one. Now on this page you can provide additional links to either calendars of previous years or have some sort of functionality to let users compare / see calendars from different ...


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Pagination with rel=“next” and rel=“prev” Much like rel=”canonical” acts a strong hint for duplicate content, you can now use the HTML link elements rel=”next” and rel=”prev” to indicate the relationship between component URLs in a paginated series. Throughout the web, a paginated series of content may take many shapes—it can be an article ...


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Yes, this rolling out, see the official Google statements: https://plus.google.com/+JohnMueller/posts/PDkPdPtjL6j https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1408986 And discussion here: http://www.seroundtable.com/google-author-images-gone-18763.html


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Google Webmaster Tools provides this functionality (along with the ability to see how you rank at localized Google domains, in image search, et cetera) with an approximate SERP rank as well as a percentage-based change in rank indicator for the timeframe you specify within the last 30 days. Log in and go to "Your site on the web" > "Search queries" - the ...



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