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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
15
comment Is it possible to find out whether one given page has been indexed?
an "info:URL" query also generally works.
Jan
15
comment SEO wikipedia content and blockquote - duplicate content
Putting the duplicate content into an iframe and don't let it get crawled might be a solution then?
Jan
15
comment How do you get your Google+ profile displayed in the right hand sidebar of the Google search results page?
The second link you included is the "authorship" link, which is something we also show, but it needs a different link-type than the publisher one (authorship is for personal profiles & individual articles, publisher is for the whole website & the Google+ Page).
Jan
15
comment How do you get your Google+ profile displayed in the right hand sidebar of the Google search results page?
You need to make sure that you're linking to a Google+ Page, not a personal Google+ Profile, when using the rel=publisher markup. Using this markup to link to a personal profile will not work.
Jan
1
answered text to code ratio and SEO
Nov
8
awarded  google
Nov
7
answered What should filenames and URLs of images contain for SEO benefit?
Nov
7
answered Multiple URL's going to same page - Kosher for Google?
Nov
7
comment Is there any benefit to having a link to your website's XML sitemap?
FWIW we (Google) will currently process relative URLs like that for Sitemaps submissions in the robots.txt, but as you mentioned, it's not a part of the standard, and with that, it might change on our end & it might be handled differently with other Sitemaps consumers (other search engines, etc). So if you have the choice, I'd recommend just using an absolute URL.
Nov
7
comment Is there any benefit to having a link to your website's XML sitemap?
Just to be clear & direct: NO, you do not need to add a link in your HTML pages to your XML Sitemap. Having one isn't bad, but can result in the Sitemap file being indexed as normal content. It's better to use the other methods as mentioned in the answers below.
Oct
30
answered I want to consolidate two sites into a third. Will my search engine rankings be penalized if I rewrite and redirect pages one by one?
Oct
30
answered Easy way to identify pages which are index, but not linked to on my site
Oct
30
awarded  Excavator
Oct
30
revised What's the current wait time for reconsideration requests for Google's webmaster tools?
fixed name
Oct
28
awarded  Revival
Oct
3
answered Edit robots.txt on google sites
Oct
3
answered Which URL is SEO friendly?
Oct
3
comment Should a URL match the page's title?
Two things to back that up: Here are Google's recommendations for titles, and here is our recommendation with regards to dynamic vs rewritten URLs. Make the title relevant to the page, and don't worry about having to create a fake, static-looking URL.
Oct
3
answered SEO - Hidden content before main site content
Sep
26
comment Does loading images from a server that disallows robots affect SEO?
The Instant Preview for that page will probably break or not be visible, but otherwise there shouldn't be any effect on the web-page (the images just won't be indexed).