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Technical SEO specialist at DigitasLBi. Occasional webmaster and designveloper.


May
29
comment Is submitting a sitemap an outdated technique for SEO?
I agree they're over-hyped and widely misunderstood, but the original question asks whether they're an outdated SEO technique.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.
May
29
comment Is submitting a sitemap an outdated technique for SEO?
Google claim to use Sitemaps to resolve duplication issues, and of course they can assist discovery of content that otherwise might not be discovered. And as you point out, they're useful for monitoring indexation if submitted to Webmaster Tools. So still a valid part of SEO.
May
28
comment Can microdata be used within META and custom tags?
@Boris_yo I don't understand your point. The question is expressly about microdata.
May
28
comment Showing schema.org aggregate rating in Google rich snippets
That page doesn't mention <meta> at all, but does specifically refer to content hidden with CSS, which is rather different. That guideline also refers to instances where it may be appropriate to "provide both a machine-readable and a human-readable version of your content", and use of <meta> for such purposes is expressly specified by Schema.org (schema.org/docs/gs.html#advanced_missing).
May
27
comment Showing schema.org aggregate rating in Google rich snippets
I've tested his code with values in <meta> and it works - I'm not aware of any reason you can't do this as long as the information is actually displayed on the page. Do you have any references for not doing it?
May
26
answered Showing schema.org aggregate rating in Google rich snippets
May
26
comment Showing schema.org aggregate rating in Google rich snippets
I don't think this is correct. Use of <meta> is within spec, and in fact if you take Schema.org's own example code for AggregateRating and replace the rating values with <meta> equivalents, it still works in Structured Data Testing Tool. Further, I tested the OP's code with both <span> and <div> in place of <meta> and couldn't produce the desired result.
May
26
comment Are schema.org microdata attributes valid on any element?
Very thorough answer from unor below, but I guess your question is prompted by the fact that Google, Schema.org etc. show examples with noting but <span>s and <div>s - I think they do that to simplify their examples by sidestepping questions of semantic structure and so on that are beside the point for their purposes, it's not an indication that microdata has to be used in that way.
May
26
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How can I figure out how much my site is worth?
May
24
revised SEO Advice Needed! Can you use a snippet from a big article as a new small article?
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May
24
revised Geolocalization of my website
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May
24
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Could an adult site affect the other sites in same server?
May
22
answered Can Google Bot index transcript of YouTube hosted video?
May
22
revised Can microdata be used within META and custom tags?
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May
22
answered Can microdata be used within META and custom tags?
May
21
answered Can I use Google Data Highlighter and Schema.org on same page?
May
21
comment Why is a query string appearing on my URLs in the Google search results?
@JohnMueller Good point. Edited.
May
21
revised Why is a query string appearing on my URLs in the Google search results?
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May
20
answered How can I change the Google Analytics timezone?
May
20
revised For SEO, should the path portion of the URL be localized?
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