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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 :-).


Apr
23
comment How do I transition to SSL without affecting PageRank?
Yeah, I think this is a pretty sound approach. FWIW there was a similar discussion on Google+ a while back where we looked into some of the specifics: plus.google.com/106413090159067280619/posts/ZZVAS65mmw4 . Separating rel=canonical & redirects time-wise probably isn't necessary, but it can make it easier to catch problems earlier. One thing you didn't mention is HSTS, which might be worth considering at some point too.
Apr
2
comment Robots.txt vs Sitemap — Who wins in a Conflict
When Google can properly process a robots.txt file, a URL mentioned in a Sitemap file will never trump a valid disallow directive in the robots.txt file. A URL that is disallowed from crawling should not be crawled by Googlebot.
Mar
26
comment Does a plain vanilla site benefit from a “canonical” directive?
FWIW Duplicate content by itself isn't a problem (assuming the site is still normally crawlable) - search engines will just pick one URL and use that. If you have preferred URL that should be used, then using rel=canonical is a great way to let them know.
Mar
19
comment Robots.txt on one line
Why would you want to do that? Maybe there's a different way to achieve the same thing...
Mar
19
comment Google indexing titles of login only pages
Usually these kinds of pages don't show up in the normal search results (but you might find them in site:-queries), so in most cases, I'd just leave them robotted out. Using the noindex (as mentioned above, you need to allow crawling then) is also fine.
Feb
17
awarded  Great Answer
Feb
7
comment Total Indexed 0, 99 not selected in webmaster tools
FWIW we removed the "not selected" graph there since it was much more confusing than helpful. Sorry for the confusion there!
Jan
21
answered Network unreachable: robots.txt unreachable
Jan
15
comment Does Google reprocesses submitted sitemaps from time to time?
We recrawl Sitemaps files regularly, for most sites that's usually every couple of days. It's faster to ping if you know that something changed though (usually we recrawl them right away when they're pinged).
Jan
15
answered Is it possible to find out whether one given page has been indexed?
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.