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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 :).
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
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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.