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Technical SEO specialist at DigitasLBi. Occasional webmaster and designveloper.


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Jun
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comment Optimising website IP for location
See comments below.
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revised Optimising website IP for location
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Jun
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comment Optimising website IP for location
The point of my answer is that the IP - the CDN's or your own server's - has at best a minor influence. A CDN's purpose is really about load time, which itself is a tiny element of Google's ranking algorithm and nothing at all, so far as I know, to do with geotargeting.
Jun
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answered Optimising website IP for location
Jun
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comment Optimising website IP for location
In response to the query about geotargeting in Google Webmaster Tools, it is worth setting if you have a gTLD. In fact, if you don't want Google to geotarget at all (e.g., override the targeting effect of your server's location), you can set the target to "Unlisted". seroundtable.com/archives/022831.html
Jun
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comment Optimising website IP for location
Actually, the server's IP does have a geotargeting effect, as confirmed by Matt Cutts from Google here youtube.com/watch?v=keIzr3eWK8I, however as John Mueller, another Google employee, stated more recently, it's a relatively minor factor.
Jun
11
revised SEO issue - External links rel=“nofollow” or NOT!
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Jun
11
comment SEO issue - External links rel=“nofollow” or NOT!
Unless involved in some sort of link scheme (e.g., taking something in exchange for a link), or you're linking out to something spammy or otherwise suspect, I'm not sure why you'd use nofollow. There's no harm at all in passing PageRank to good sites via links that aren't part of some scheme. support.google.com/webmasters/answer/96569?hl=en
Jun
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comment Showing schema.org aggregate rating in Google rich snippets
I thought you were suggesting your position is verified in Google's Structured Data forum, David. My point is only that if, as you've agreed, something is not clear from specifications or guidelines, it's beneficial to be clear that your answer is speculative, or based on non-public information.
Jun
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comment Showing schema.org aggregate rating in Google rich snippets
We're all here to learn, David. I've tested code and provided a reference that are inconsistent with your assertion; you only need do the same with mine to make the argument constructive.
May
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answered SEO Impact of using Responsive Design and the serving of different content on the same URL
May
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revised SEO Impact of using Responsive Design and the serving of different content on the same URL
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May
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revised Does Google provide different Index status for HTTP and HTTPS?
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answered Does Google provide different Index status for HTTP and HTTPS?
May
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comment Showing schema.org aggregate rating in Google rich snippets
"[I]t's all the same to Google" and "should not hide [content] with <meta>" are statements of opinion, not fact. There's a difference between content simply hidden with CSS (itself not necessarily invalid), and content which is shown on page but may be difficult or impossible to mark-up with microdata without recourse to <meta>.
May
30
comment Is submitting a sitemap an outdated technique for SEO?
@TaylorTaff doesn't say they "have to be used", but he does make the valid, referenced point that the 2 dominant search engines recommend using them. Unless I've missed something, nobody has asserted that a Sitemap gets a "page indexed quicker" and that isn't what the original question asked.
May
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comment Is submitting a sitemap an outdated technique for SEO?
Again, I agree with your basic premise, but I disagree with the conclusion as it relates the the question asked. In practice, clients' sites are not ideal and change is slow, especially when dealing with large corporations. If I can mitigate an issue now at low cost with a Sitemap, or cure it in the medium-long term when the client has sign-off, budget allocation, etc., which do I do? Both. So is a Sitemap an outdated technique? I'd say no.
May
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comment Is submitting a sitemap an outdated technique for SEO?
I agree they're over-hyped and widely misunderstood, but the original question asks whether they're an outdated SEO technique. I think the answer to that is "no". Actually, someone from Google gave a talk entitled Sitemaps: Oversold, Misused or On The Money?, some conclusions of which are covered here (goo.gl/DIL1TG). Though it's from 2008, I don't think any of the advantages described here have become irrelevant or insignificant.