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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
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?
Aug
7
answered Authorship-verified website not included in “Author Stats” of Google Webmaster Tools?
Aug
7
comment Why are the same two web pages appearing on the first page of Google's SERP?
Usually these things fix themselves automatically (which seems to have happened here). If this is your website, you can fix it yourself by using the normal canonicalization methods: support.google.com/webmasters/answer/139066
Jul
18
awarded  Yearling
Jun
27
answered Does Google use any “Language” flags / tags set within a PDF file when determining its language?
Jun
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
19
comment Does Google penalize Wikipedia external links?
Just to add to this: Google definitely does not penalize a website based on rel=nofollow links pointing at it. We (I work within web-search at Google) do not use those links for any manual action, and it's even one of the ways we recommend to clean up issues with unnatural links to your site.
Jun
19
answered HTML5 vs HTML4 regarding Search Engine Optimization
Jun
19
comment Will Google and other search engines follow IP address only sites (i.e., no URL)
Google regularly crawls & indexes content under IP addresses, but like you mentioned, there's almost no reason to aim for that. I'd personally also avoid using third-level domains and instead try to get a "real" domain name of your own (that you can control as you want to).
Jun
19
comment How important is the text on your frontpage for SEO?
Just to make it a bit clearer: you will have a very hard time to get your pages to show in the search results with little to no text on them. The content on your pages is under your control, the things outside of them usually aren't. If you want it to be found for specific words, you can either hope it somehow works, or take control and use them on your page.
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 :).