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Mar
25
comment How should I approach sitemap.xml, hreflang and regions for my website
Yes, you can use the same URL for multiple locations. In this case, I'd try to simplify it though, and use /us/ for "en" (all English variations that aren't otherwise specified) and /uk/ for "en-gb" (just English in Great Britain). If at all possible, use the more generic versions of the hreflang values, since that lets those URLs be used broader. You might even consider using "x-default" here, if that's your global preference -- and of course you can use the same URL for x-default & a more specific variation too.
Mar
25
comment Webmaster Tools: Mobile Usability Warnings - How to deal with adverts?
Your advertisers will likely profit from visibility of your site in mobile search too.
Mar
25
comment Responsive design, injecting code via Javascript: Is it bad practice?
This seems like a perfect place to use media-queries, for example, toggling "display: none" depending on the width that the user sees.
Mar
11
comment How to remove php extension from pages except search results?
I'm not sure why you'd want to do this. Search engines don't care which software powers your website, and most users wouldn't either. What's the goal?
Mar
11
comment What structured data is used for the license info in Google Images?
googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ch/2009/08/… ?
Mar
10
comment Sitelinks in Google search results run words together when I use a <span> inside <a> in <nav>
That looks like a bug, not something you should have to work around. Send me some sample URLs :)
Mar
4
comment Is it true that Google will effectively penalise mobile-unfriendly sites from April 21, 2015?
@closetnoc yes, only for users on smartphones.
Mar
3
comment Is it true that Google will effectively penalise mobile-unfriendly sites from April 21, 2015?
Just to be clear about the effects: sites that are mobile-friendly will rank higher, sites that aren't mobile-friendly will rank lower, in smartphone search results, after this change. Also, if your site isn't mobile-friendly, keep in mind that smartphone web usage is not slightly growing - it's exploding.
Feb
19
comment Why doesn't Google Webmaster Tools show more than one query to my popular site?
Make sure you're looking at the right version of the site (http/https/www/non-www/"m."). It needs to be the version that's indexed so that it can show that data.
Feb
19
comment Google Webmaster Tools showing no clicks on any queries
In addition to the protocol, make sure you're looking at the right version of the site (www/non-www/"m.").
Feb
13
comment How can I know if a page that links to my site is actually indexed by Google?
Automating searches like this is against the Google Terms of Service.
Jan
28
comment International Targeting Not Working as Expected
If the pages are equivalent, make sure you set up the hreflang markup.
Jan
28
comment How hard is it to get back in the search results after being offline for a long time?
You can use the Fetch & Submit feature in Google Webmaster Tools to speed that up too. Usually you'd see individual URLs back in the index after a few days, so you probably see them already in the meantime :). It might take a while for things to rank again like they did in the past though (and Google's algorithms change regularly anyway, so it would never be identical).
Jan
14
comment Several headings inside <nav>
Most search engines aren't going to use a HTML5 parser and will just see multiple H1's. That said, I've never seen a site where this would cause any noticable change, I wouldn't be pedantic about "only one H1/page" for SEO purposes if you have good reasons to use that markup.
Dec
31
comment Google's cache is not using my custom font
The font-types don't really play a role for indexing, so that's not really something I'd lose any sleep over.
Dec
31
comment What’s up with this 302 redirect to the same URL?
stackoverflow.com/questions/20885695/… seems to have more details from Github on why they do this.
Dec
24
comment Is it safe to let anyone add my site in Google Webmaster Tools?
Another aspect is that as a verified owner, you can link the website to a YouTube channel (to make it official), to a Google+ page, and to apps uploaded in Google Play.
Dec
24
comment Is it safe to let anyone add my site in Google Webmaster Tools?
Regarding URL removals, in Webmaster Tools, as a verified owner, you can request complete removal of your website at any point, even if the website is still live. As a verified owner, Webmaster Tools assumes you know what you're doing.
Dec
24
comment Is it safe to let anyone add my site in Google Webmaster Tools?
I'd definitely avoid letting random people verify ownership of your site in Webmaster Tools, lots of things can be broken... Adding people with "read-only" access is less problematic, but even there they'd be able to see your search query data (which might be a competitive advantage), and see if URL removal requests were submitted.
Dec
24
comment How do search engine crawlers deal with imported HTML using link rel import tags?
FWIW if you block import.html via robots.txt, then that would also prevent its content from being picked up for indexing at all (even when pulled in via JavaScript like this). You can test this with "Fetch as Google" using the rendered option, in Webmaster Tools.