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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 :-).


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.
Dec
3
comment Locate sitemap at HTTP or HTTPS?
A small tweak: From Google's POV if you have both the HTTP & HTTPS versions of your site verified in the same Webmaster Tools account, you could submit a single Sitemap file for URLs from both "sites" (verification tells us that you own both, so you can do that).
Dec
3
answered What is the general practice for country TLD subdomains
Nov
27
comment Why doesn't this web crawler obey requests to stop crawling my pages?
You probably want to lock the page down a bit more than just robots.txt or robots meta tag if it's used for financial transactions. Both of those are not replacements for authentication.
Nov
19
comment Tell Google the list of URLs to crawl
It's always good to have a clean internal linking structure to make it possible to crawl a site by default. With the Sitemap file you can make it easier for search engines to recognize new & updated pages within the normal site. A Sitemap file shouldn't replace internal links.
Nov
12
comment Can a web page have two keyword meta tags?
From Google's point of view, you can add as many of them as you want -- they're all ignored for web-search.
Nov
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
17
answered Does Google serve different result according to responsive design?
Sep
5
awarded  google-webmaster-tools
Sep
4
answered Does Submit to Index on a page with new content update Content Keywords for the site?