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Jul
18
comment Planning for catastrophe
Seems like the answers here already cover a lot of good ground. I can vouch that Amazon cloud has been very economical as a backup solution to this point. No telling what the future holds, but if nothing else, it's a good way to learn how the cloud works.
Jul
17
comment How to diagnose a search engine ranking drop?
Usually small changes in PR isn't a very good indicator of actual SERP position, but a dramatic drop like that is problematic for sure. That would lead me to speculate some of your backlinks have been devalued. Is your site in violation of the webmasters guildelines?: google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769
Jul
17
comment How to diagnose a search engine ranking drop?
Yes, most people affected by it feel it's way too aggressive. It's like getting blind sided in a car accident, you don't see it coming. A number of people believe that deleting the lowest performing pages has a beneficial affect, but I haven't seen that work in action yet, I can't vouch for it. It makes sense, but it will also lower your overall traffic so it's a gamble, but possibly worthwhile since you're dropping the low performers.
Jul
16
comment How to diagnose a search engine ranking drop?
A lot of people speculate about Panda's intentions, but duplicate content usually isn't part of it. Getting rid of poor quality content is the most agreed purpose of Panda. This is all speculation on my part, but Panda seems to place a bigger bulls-eye on older sites with lots of long articles, especially if they're written more to the search engine than the end-user (not saying you fall in this category).
Jul
16
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Jul
16
comment How to diagnose a search engine ranking drop?
Totally agree about not panicking and not making off the cuff changes without solid evidence that it needs changing.
Jul
16
answered How to diagnose a search engine ranking drop?
Jul
15
comment Google Ranking for long tail search phrases
I agree. Amazon gets a lot of exposure on organic search even on products they don't sell directly where there's very little info on the page.
Jul
15
comment Google Ranking for long tail search phrases
Glad to see an official article detailing it. Since they're applying this to eCommerce Products, do you think they're using a single page on the domain to determine ranking, or the entire domain's authority on the category related to that product? I'm open to a purely speculative answer if you're willing to give it. Thanks!
Jul
15
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Jul
15
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Jul
15
comment Blatant copyright theft
Okay so you already know where you stand with that license. I asked because that would have been your best option for legal recourse with a license that protects against commercial re-distribution. You could look for ways that he has violated the GNU license, but it's a question as to whether that is worth your time.
Jul
15
comment How do you track client sites' software?
Very good question. I use a mysql database to keep track of clients since it's easy to query, but that's not a proper answer. Hope this gets some decent input.
Jul
15
comment Blatant copyright theft
what open source license are you using for your software?
Jul
14
comment Penalty issue for a duplicate page in site but original page doesn't exist anymore
It's a good idea to avoid duplicating content yes, but you may be looking in the wrong place regarding the reason your site isn't ranking how you want it.
Jul
14
comment Penalty issue for a duplicate page in site but original page doesn't exist anymore
Nevermind, I should of searched. googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2008/09/…. From the page: There's no such thing as a "duplicate content penalty." At least, not in the way most people mean when they say that.
Jul
14
comment Penalty issue for a duplicate page in site but original page doesn't exist anymore
What is the duplicate content penalty? Is there an authoritative web page where I can read about the specifics?
Jul
8
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Jul
8
comment Magento Community secure?
@user793011 - If you're using paypal primarily, then all you need is community. Payment bridge helps if you're taking credit cards directly. I wouldn't have any security concerns running community in production using only paypal or google checkout if hosted in a secure environment.
Jul
8
answered Magento Community secure?