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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 :-).


Jun
13
comment Google Webmaster Tools site removal
If you cancel a site removal request, "everything" will be visible as it's indexed, assuming it's not individually removed as well. If the content there shouldn't be indexed, I'd try to submit these individual URL removal requests first, and then cancel the site removal request. For natural changes on sites, I'd just let them drop out naturally, but if it's really problematic content, being extra-sure that they're removed might be a reasonable strategy :).
Jun
12
answered PageRank & SEO results of using a different domain for each company product
Jun
12
comment Would changing IP addresses affect my SEO
One element I'd add is that Google may crawl slightly slower in the beginning if it's worried that the new server (IP address) might not be able to handle the full load. Most sites don't see any issues from that, but if it's an extremely fast-changing website, it can take a bit of time to get crawling back up to speed.
Jun
12
comment Would changing IP addresses affect my SEO
Great, comprehensive answer! With Google, the geographic location is less critical nowadays since you can also adjust your site's geotargeting in Webmaster Tools or just use a ccTLD (both of which override any element from the server's IP location).
Jun
12
answered Will enclosing an <h1> element inside a <p> element affect SEO?
Jun
2
comment Why does Google index pages of my blog in seconds, while pages on the rest of the website take longer to get indexed
FWIW you can do the same with a Sitemap file (including pinging programmatically) -- you don't need to artificially create an RSS feed if your website doesn't already have one.
Jun
2
comment Are images with non-standard extensions (such as “.ashx”, instead of “.png” or “.jpg”) bad for SEO?
Yeah, non-standard image extensions are fine.
May
29
comment Google Webmaster Tools keeps reporting not finding pages from the old website
FWIW this is not a problem from Google's POV, it's just that the algorithms are curious to see if they missed anything.
May
22
comment Google SEO - Migrating website from a sub-directory of another website to its own domain name
Any site move will result in some fluctuations for some time, as the signals propagate, but you shouldn't lose rankings for a year (for most sites it's somewhere between days and a month or so, depending on the size).
May
14
answered Google non-SSL search not passing the “q” parameter with keyword
May
14
answered Google Webmaster Tools site removal
May
14
comment Why do hackers inject hidden links?
Often these links go to other hacked content: content that hackers place on legitimate websites, which shows commercial content like advertisements for adult or pharmaceutical sites, sometimes phishing, and sometimes automatically redirecting users. Here's a rough run-down: blog.unmaskparasites.com/2012/05/18/…
May
14
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May
14
awarded  Constituent
May
7
comment Google AdWords have flagged my site as containing malware
FWIW it looks like this is resolved in the meantime.
May
7
comment Griefing to steal pagerank off my website?
Hi, I work with the Google Webmaster Tools team. This was an issue on our side that only affected the Structured Data Testing tool & the appropriate dashboard in Webmaster Tools. It didn't affect web-search, and this likely wasn't really something that was found on your site. Sorry for the confusion!
Apr
30
comment Which meta “robots” tag gets preference?
The robots meta tags is documented in detail in developers.google.com/webmasters/control-crawl-index/docs/… -- the simple way to remember it is that the "positive" ones (all, index, follow) have no effect at all.
Apr
25
comment What is the maximum size of an HTML file that Google will crawl through?
Another way to test it is to go to Project Gutenberg, and search explicitly for something on the bottom of a text, eg google.com/… -- also, if your page is going to be bigger than a novel, that seems like it might end up being a bit confusing to users who end up there when searching for something on the bottom of the page...
Apr
24
comment Solving “Googlebot encountered extremely large numbers of links on your site.”
That's correct, robots.txt & noindex will not prevent this message, but they may each be reasonable means to use in some cases - for example, if the URL is just fetched asynchronously for click-tracking with JavaScript. (using noindex + robots.txt won't work, since we don't see the noindex in those cases.)
Apr
23
answered Solving “Googlebot encountered extremely large numbers of links on your site.”