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Technical SEO specialist at DigitasLBi. Occasional webmaster and designveloper.


Mar
20
comment Is there any advantage/disadvantage to using robots.txt to disallow access to legal pages such as terms, privacy policy, etc.?
Bybe's wrong about robots.txt. It does prevent crawling, but doesn't prevent the blocked content being indexed (if the content in question is linked to).
Mar
19
comment SEO Impact on changing the resolutions of already indexed images
You mean to just swap the image out, or dynamically changing image resolution based on device?
Mar
18
answered Would a 403 page, a blank page and a page redirect be indexed by search robots?
Mar
15
revised Should rel=canonical point to page one of a set and still have rel=prev/next on the page as well?
refined answer relative to OPs clarification about search content
Mar
15
comment Should rel=canonical point to page one of a set and still have rel=prev/next on the page as well?
@merk No need to remove prev/next markup: you're placing too much value on GWT's HTML Improvements. Regards the "view all" and page size issues, have you read Google's documentation on this? They deal explicitly with that (and simultaneous use of canonical).
Mar
15
revised Should rel=canonical point to page one of a set and still have rel=prev/next on the page as well?
defined CLE
Mar
15
comment Should rel=canonical point to page one of a set and still have rel=prev/next on the page as well?
@merk Sorry, CLE = canonical link element. If no other duplication issues then no need for canonical element; just use the pagination markup. To some extent I agree about the titles and descriptions, although I'd argue there's some value to users in adding "page #" to title (not meta desc). Remember that GWT data is just a guide: simply having things listed under HTML Improvements doesn't mean those things are damaging site performance, it's just an indication of things that might be unless there are mitigating factors (like pagination).
Mar
14
answered When moving to a new domain should I ensure the old domain returns 410?
Mar
14
answered Should rel=canonical point to page one of a set and still have rel=prev/next on the page as well?
Mar
12
comment Right canonical pages for encylopedia-style site
@DKOATED My point is simply that Google will prioritise the content identified as canonical in SERPs. As a result, logic based on user preference (i.e., what a visitor with specific interests should see) is anything but "nonsense", if we assume that several combinations and permutations of the same "building blocks" of content are functionally discrete. Hence my suggestion above that it's probably more of an architectural issue.
Mar
11
answered How to Give proper Credit to Original Content keeping in mind the Google SEO
Mar
11
comment Right canonical pages for encylopedia-style site
@DKOATED But surely whatever is the canonical will (assuming the CLE is obeyed) be returned in SERPs, so user preference is important.
Mar
11
comment Right canonical pages for encylopedia-style site
@tsk You could probably pose at least some questions here (it's outside of scope of current question), and perhaps on the UX branch of StackExchange too (they have an "information architecture" tag). If you're at a point where you'd struggle to ask precise enough questions, I suggest looking at existing sites for ideas. Failing that, web design forums and Google+ groups might be a good fit for canvassing ideas on alternate approaches.
Mar
11
awarded  Informed
Mar
11
comment Just overhauled our entire site. How do I keep Google, Bing and Yahoo from demoting us?
@BrienMalone No problem. Answer edited accordingly.
Mar
11
revised Just overhauled our entire site. How do I keep Google, Bing and Yahoo from demoting us?
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Mar
11
answered Right canonical pages for encylopedia-style site
Mar
11
answered Just overhauled our entire site. How do I keep Google, Bing and Yahoo from demoting us?
Mar
1
comment Redirect from the main page on multilanguage site
I don't mean they won't find the content, just that one may encounter problems with targeting it to appropriate regional indices (in Google). This view is based on recent experience. The Google guidelines I link to above advise that webmasters "Avoid automatic redirection based on the user’s perceived language. These redirections could prevent users (and search engines) from viewing all the versions of your site." For these reasons, and the user experience argument I made above, my personal view is that your approach entails unnecessary risk without much advantage.
Mar
1
comment Redirect from the main page on multilanguage site
Redirecting on what basis? If Accept-Language, a search robot will be sent to the default as they don't send that header. If IP, search engines will always be sent to whatever's local to them (usually west coast US). In either case, it's not great news for effective geotargeting in search. In both cases, it provides a poor user experience (e.g., if I'm on holiday in Spain, it doesn't mean I want a site in Spanish).