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comment Does Yahoo use Bing outside the US/Canada, too?
Yahoo! shut down that entire operation; Slurp, Inktomi (a long time ago), and so on. Yahoo! does not crawl anything anymore based upon their own word. The idea was that the Microsoft deal adds $500mil in revenue and dropping search operations saves $200mil and will allow the company to survive into the future. Though I doubt this was wise logic.
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comment Strange GET requests from an IP resolving to googlebot - or could this be a hacking attempt?
@initall I am not following your logic. From what I see, you have some suspect files that are being accessed that look like your system has been compromised. The odds that someone is spoofing Google and accessing these files is extremely remote. Since you can access these files remotely, I would be very concerned as to what they are more than anything. The example you have given is presenting information to anyone who accesses it. I would be working really hard to ensure that these files are disabled if they are not intentionally installed. Run a full anti-virus scan including root-kit.
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comment Tracking Image Views
That actually sounds like the simplest way. It would take a programmer 5 minutes to bang out an app that could do what you want. Really. 5 minutes. I am not kidding. It is that simple to do.
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answered Does Yahoo use Bing outside the US/Canada, too?
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comment Strange GET requests from an IP resolving to googlebot - or could this be a hacking attempt?
Make sure this is not part of any software install of course, however, this is rather suspect and likely the site has been compromised. Certainly, Google is not hacking you. They are simply following links that exist somewhere. It appears you have a lot of work to do. One trick is to break things and see what else breaks. That is, rename files and see what the effect would be. You can always rename them back. But do this one or two at a time so that you can keep track. If nothing breaks, then after a period, you can remove these files. Also figure out how they got in and patch/fix quickly.
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comment Securing Linux Servers
Nice answer! I used to be a web host and securing servers within a production environment is a very significant endeavor, however, when you are a web host, you have to intentionally back off of some security for the sake of your client and employ other techniques. Unfortunately, most people who get into this market are not even production environment savvy. It is a discipline unto itself. It is not like securing a home machine or even a small company site. The techniques used would really surprise anyone and are quite impressive.
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comment Do HTML errors affect search impressions/ traffic?
In short yes and no. It depends on the error. Google prefers HTML 4.2, but as long as you are 4.0 compliant and the errors are nothing tragic and within the scope of error correction that exist within the parser, then you should be fine. In other words, if it still works within your browser there is no harm. Some will argue, but this is right from the horses mouth. It is preferable that code be correct and compliant of course. But mixing standards some and smaller errors have absolutely no effect. BTW- the metrics on this is almost binary. Google does not grade sites and adjust SERP placement.
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comment sitemap.xml for a website with forum
@HelpingHands Thank You!! I try.
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comment Unable to load this website of Hp Gas
I am sorry, but I have no idea what you are asking. As well, this does not sound like a website that you control. Can you clarify this? Thanks.
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comment Limits of liability
I would also suggest asking an attorney. Many will talk to you and give advice for free. Especially for something like this. It may be that all you will need is a disclosure of some sort that absolves you of liability and making it a clear link on a web page somewhere.
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comment Website looks different on my connection compared to others
Clear your browser cache. Also do a nslookup example.com to make sure you are seeing the right IP address.
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comment How to stay safe from being copied?
I have about 600,000k pages and I have been adding data into my database for 7 years. I have been adding the data for the stealth bot detection for about a year now 24/7/365. Once caught up, then I can tell what stealth bots hit my site along with the hackers, spammers, and so forth that I report on now. I am redoing the schema and code some this winter which will allow for better granularity and reporting as well as being faster. Originally, it was all research data and the schema was designed for that, but for the website, I have to do things differently. It will just take time.
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comment How to stay safe from being copied?
I did not think you felt insulted. I was just having an after-thought. I can be rather curt and matter-of-fact sometimes when I am really a gentle person. I always recommend that people keep as much of a daily watch over their log files and block obvious bad bots. One of the things I am working on is content and (in particular) an RSS feed of stealth bots that people can use and automated code generation to help. I hate bad bots. It seems like everybody and their brother and weird little cousin are creating them these days.
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answered sitemap.xml for a website with forum
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comment How to stay safe from being copied?
I hope I was not insulting. That was not my intent. I happen to see a ton of bots because I set traps and bait out and track stealth scrapers. I am not so familiar with the tools available for sites to stop bots. I know they exist. Are you familiar with any of these?
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comment How to stay safe from being copied?
One thought. Bots do not right-click anything. It is rare that content is copied by a person.
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comment sitemap.xml for a website with forum
What many SEO Pro's are you talking about? Sitemaps have nothing to do with search engine result page (SERP) placement- no boost at all. I repeat. None. They are only used for sites that are difficult to index. If search engines can follow your links okay and your site is not huge, then there is likely no need for a sitemap at all. In fact, for most medium and smaller sites, the sitemap is totally ignored by search engines.
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comment Is There any tool for seo analysis of our website?
Oppss! Too late. @dan
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comment Is There any tool for seo analysis of our website?
By all rights, this question should have been closed. I just thought if there was anything you could add that would be helpful, that perhaps this question would survive. I like MOZ too. I am not faulting your suggestion. Please do not take my comment as such. It was not meant to be anything more than helping other people with the same question and helping this question survive. It was not a criticism.
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comment Is There any tool for seo analysis of our website?
Are there other tools you can recommend? I use Majestic Samurai and SEO PowerSuite. I can also recommend Screaming Frog. If you can recommend other tools, what are the strengths and weaknesses from your experience or what is it you like about the tools or how is it these tools help you make decisions?