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Technical SEO specialist at DigitasLBi. Occasional webmaster and designveloper.


Nov
7
comment How might you add SEO value from an iframe to its containing page?
Out of interest, why do you want to add SEO value to the host page? Is that a way of encouraging people to use it, or something else?
Jun
11
comment Optimising website IP for location
See comments below.
Jun
11
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
11
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
11
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
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
2
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
1
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
30
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
30
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
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
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
21
comment Why is a query string appearing on my URLs in the Google search results?
@JohnMueller Good point. Edited.
May
20
comment For SEO, should the path portion of the URL be localized?
@closetnoc I'm not clear on what you're recommending with regard to the canonical link element, but generally speaking it's something you'd avoid when dealing with content for different regions, because what we want is to show region specific content in appropriate regions. A canonical link element would have the opposite effect. @Ed_Pichler should probably be considering rel="alternate" hreflang="xx-XX" annotations, but that's beyond the scope of this question.