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Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google Switzerland. I work together with the web-search engineers and the webmaster-support team to help webmasters to make awesome content that search engines can understand and recommend.

I primarily post in the Google Webmaster Help forums (in English & German). You can also catch me on Google+, occasionally even in live hangouts :-).


Dec
18
comment Does Googlebot support SPDY?
With regards to potential future functionality, this kind of thing is something they would definitely consider, if they can see that it would have a significant impact. For example, if they see many servers that are overloaded with requests, where combining requests could allow better crawling, then maybe this would be an option. On the other hand, if it's only an option on servers that are already well-crawled, then it probably doesn't make that much sense.
Dec
18
comment Does Googlebot support SPDY?
I ended up talking with someone from the Googlebot team about this. At Google, we don't have these things documented (the list of things Googlebot doesn't do it pretty big), so I can't really point to anything as a reference.
Dec
18
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Dec
17
answered What is the SEO impact of hreflang attributes pointing to non-existent pages?
Dec
17
answered Does Googlebot support SPDY?
Dec
17
comment Prevent Googlebot from seeing or indexing common keywords such as “read full story”
FWIW the content keywords report in Webmaster Tools is based on crawling, not indexing/ranking/relevance. Just because something's mentioned there doesn't mean that Google sees it as being relevant for the site. You don't need to optimize for that report.
Dec
10
comment How do I find when an URL was first indexed by Google?
Like others have mentioned, you can't get this information. If you have access to the server logs, you could see when it was first crawled, but even that doesn't mean that it was indexed then.
Dec
10
comment Can we use regex in robots.txt file to block URLs?
I'd caution from using too fancy directives in your robots.txt file; these are really, really hard to debug later on. Try to keep things as simple as possible. Also remember that robots.txt is case-sensitive, so you may need to add alternate versions of the directives depending on your site.
Dec
2
answered Can I use sitemap index for media RSS (mRrss) files?
Dec
2
comment Where should I put the sitemap of mobile version of my site?
Keep in mind that mobile sitemaps (like you're using here) are meant for featurephone content (WAP, WML, etc), not for smartphone content. The solution for smartphone sites is in the answer below.
Oct
29
answered AJAX crawling scheme & redirects
Oct
22
comment How Do I Contact a Domain Owner Who Doesnt Use Email? (Private Registration)
It's fine to NX requests for domains that you don't serve on your DNS, Google won't mind. I wouldn't silently drop those requests though, since that makes it hard to understand what you're trying to say (it'll just look like your DNS is flakey).
Sep
26
answered Mark-up for desktop and separate mobile version of site, can they be used cross domain?
Sep
24
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Sep
24
answered Rich Snippets Review Rating on Homepage
Sep
24
comment Is there a way to bulk submit URLs to Fetch as Google?
You could also just create a sitemap file (or text URL-list file) and submit that.
Sep
24
comment Base64 encoded images and availability of their metadata for googlebot
As linked above, we currently don't index these as images separately. That might change in the future, but at least for the moment you'd want to use separate image URLs if you want those images indexed in Image Search.
Sep
16
comment backlinks to our site are being ignored by google thus affecting our SEO
You need to make sure that you have the right version verified in Webmaster Tools (usually this means your site is indexed as example.com but you verified www. example.com - or vice versa). Also, keep in mind that if you're selling the websites together with the link (and it's not a link that customers placed on their own), then you should be using the rel=nofollow to prevent them from passing PageRank.
Sep
16
comment Why doesn't Google Webmaster Tools show the search queries that led to clicks?
It needs more datapoints, more impressions & clicks.
Sep
10
answered SEO - Does Google properly handle hreflang tags with links that just change the language settings in a session cookie?