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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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According to this Google blog post the TLD is more important then the country the site is hosted in. That post covers working with regional websites in good detail and should be a good point in the right direction.


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The explanation is pretty simple. When you are logged in, Google sorts the results according to your search habits and your search history. For this reason, the results you browse/click the most are likely to be moved at the top of the SERP when you are logged in.


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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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It varies from site to site. This site is very fast. This page is probably in Google's index already. Your site may take days or weeks for new pages t be ffound or existing pages to be updated. It is based on lots of factors but the longer you've been around and the more popular you're content has been with users (I.e. you have attracted lots of links) the ...


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You may want to have a look at this question: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2417475/seo-does-google-bot-see-text-in-hidden-divs which is pointing to the Google Webmaster guidelines on the following text Use a text browser such as Lynx to examine your site, because most search engine spiders see your site much as Lynx would. If fancy features such as ...


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As long as your robots.txt is accessible by search engines on your server, any user can directly access it by typing its address. You could block its access via .htaccess using specific user-agent filters, though, namely authorizing only search engines user agents to access it. As long as no one is fooling around with a fake user agent to blind guess your ...


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Enter that website's url into www.opensiteexplorer.org (or any other backlink checker) and you'll see it has lots of backlinks from a variety of domains. You can further use other toolboxes (sistrix, searchmetrics, xovi, seolytics...) to analyze the value of the site over a period of time to see if there was a sudden spike of links or if the link building ...


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You can make a request to remove your own content from Google search results, including a specific image. See this for more: Google Webmaster Tools - Remove an image from Google search results. If it's content from someone else's site and you want the image removed for legal reasons, you can send a legal removal request to Google. If you want it removed ...


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Add the parameter &pws=0 to the end of the search results' URL, it will turn personalisation off. There's nothing such as "average user", it's same for all users (with some geolocalisation/targeting-based differences) except users that visit that website very often. Tor does not store cookies and uses a different IP, so yes it's useful in this case to ...


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When Google shows multiple pages from your site, it is a sign that Google is confident that when people are searching for you, your site is what they are looking for. Google has determined that deep links into your site (such as your contact page, or your top articles) are likely to be more useful to searchers than links to other sites. This means that ...


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It takes a while for Google's index to catch up. They have to re-crawl the page (which may not have happened yet) and get the 404 response. But they won't act on that immediately because that may be a temporary error. Only after seeing the page is gone for good will they remove it from their index. They may get faster results if they send a 410 GONE ...



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