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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 :-).


Mar
4
comment How are Google search results ordered when prefixing a search with “site:”
I'd also sprinkle in an element of chance. For example, while the homepage is often first, it doesn't have to be, and it's not a sign that something is broken on the website when it isn't. A site:-query without keywords is a very undefined query, so I wouldn't expect anything particular all the time.
Mar
4
comment Proper usage of <title>, <header>, <h1> and <h2> in a HTML5 website?
I wouldn't worry about search engines. If you're thinking at this level, the rest of your site will probably be technically fine, and good enough for search engines. Think about your users instead.
Feb
25
comment Can I get source URL from Google search if I switch to HTTPS myself?
That's currently still the case. Technically a referrer could be forwarded if both sites use TLS (HTTPS), but that is not done for these queries on Google's side.
Feb
25
awarded  Organizer
Feb
25
revised If a website is accessed on HTTPS instead of HTTP, should the URLs on the sitemap be HTTPS or HTTP?
edited tags
Feb
25
comment Submit example.com/#!/page URLs to Google
I'll go out on a limb and say that if you have a new HTML5 website, you'd be better served with using the HTML5 history API and using normal URLs. Use JS for navigation, change the URL in the browser, but serve static content on first load. Using the AJAX-crawling setup for a new site now seems a bit backward given the newer alternatives :-/
Feb
4
awarded  Civic Duty
Jan
21
comment How many users use geotargeting in while searching in Google
Local users automatically get redirected to their local Google versions, where they are served localized results automatically. The country-setting is an additional restrict (past normal geotargeting) to limit to country-specific sites.
Jan
21
answered Preventing Google from indexing “.com” instead of “.com/fr” or “.com/en”
Jan
21
answered Controlling robot crawling concurrency using robots.txt and the undocumented setting “host-load”
Jan
21
comment What is a best canonical URL for a search result page?
Also, words in URLs are overrated, don't lose time thinking about that.
Jan
21
comment What is a best canonical URL for a search result page?
Search pages should be disallowed from crawling with the robots.txt :)
Jan
21
comment Our company's white label site was removed from Google's search index, would canonicalization help?
If you used rel=canonical to point to the main site, then it's working as expected: the rel=canonical tells Google to only index the main site. That's a good way of keeping separate sites up, and a good way of making sure that search engines focus on your main site instead of getting confused by the copies.
Jan
14
answered Do I need a robots.txt file if most of my site's pages require authorization?
Jan
14
answered How can I obtain past webmaster tools warnings/manual actions on a site with a previous site owner?
Jan
14
comment What is the default behavior of robots if there is no robots meta tag?
developers.google.com/webmasters/control-crawl-index/docs/… has more on this and how combined directives are handled. Essentially, specifying it as "index, follow" has no effect at all.
Jan
14
comment Too many outgoing links due to user generated content - is this bad for SEO?
If they're writing for your website in exchange for links, then that's a bad sign -- Google would generally see that as a link scheme / unnatural links.
Jan
9
awarded  seo
Jan
7
answered Trace user history in Google Webmaster Tools
Dec
4
comment Locate sitemap at HTTP or HTTPS?
@w3d I don't know how other search engines handle this, since it's specific to Webmaster Tools verification. You can achieve the same by specifying the Sitemap file in the robots.txt file though (the same Sitemap URL in both example.com/robots.txt and example.com/robots.txt) -- that should be supported by all search engines.