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comment Use of no-index-meta-tag on pretty URLs?
I'd not worry about it, either URL is the same content, users won't care which URL it is. You can also redirect and/or use rel=canonical. Selectively noindexing adds unnecessary complexity & new failure modes.
Apr
5
comment Submitting a URL to Google using PHP/cUrl
I'd just use a sitemap file.
Mar
11
comment Google Called Previous SEO Company?
I work at Google in search -- we don't call SEO companies.
Jan
24
comment Google complains about missing hreflang tags despite documentation that says only a canonical tag should be used for untranslated conent
Using canonicals is fine, but they should point to their own language/regional version (en->en, fr->fr), and not go across versions (avoid fr->en).
Jan
24
comment Google complains about missing hreflang tags despite documentation that says only a canonical tag should be used for untranslated conent
I added a comment to googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ch/2010/09/… to make it clearer.
Jan
6
comment How to properly tell Google they have no right to access the download. What status do I use?
Just use 403 (or even 404) if something isn't meant to be accessed, no need to do anything fancy.
Jan
6
comment Does minifying HTML have an impact on SEO?
Like @DisgruntledGoat said, this is a smaller factor for SEO. That said, it can make a bigger difference with regards to usability, and that in turn can lead to better metrics (recommendations, conversions, etc), so it's not something I'd ignore completely.
Nov
11
comment Multi-language site, landing page
@AndrewLott good point -- Bing seems to use them: blogs.bing.com/webmaster/2011/03/01/… (or at least did in 2011).
Nov
10
comment Multi-language site, landing page
googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ch/2014/05/… goes into this topic, and should cover these use-cases too.
Nov
10
comment Multi-language site, landing page
FWIW the lang="xx" attribute is ignored, no need to mess with that for Google.
Nov
10
comment How to correctly remove parameters from the Google index?
If you just want them dropped from the index, the noindex like that is the right solution. If these are duplicates, you probably just want to put a rel=canonical on them and let it sort itself out like that. You don't need a noindex in that case.
Nov
2
comment Can the files robots.txt and sitemap.xml be dynamic through an .htaccess redirect?
Yeah, as I mentioned, doing it for multiple hosts is essentially like having separate robots.txt files per host, which is fine. However, we sometimes see sites trying to control crawling by time of day using a dynamic robots.txt file -- that causes a lot of problems.
Aug
26
comment Google is successfully indexing our JS pages. Should we stop providing _Escaped_Fragment_= Snapshots
The cached page is usually just the raw HTML response. If your JS can be run on the Google domain, and execute in the browser, that can happen (and it can appear to be on the cached page). However, the rendered content won't be displayed on the cached page directly.
Aug
25
comment How to add meta keywords in each Blogger post?
I work with Google's web-search team & just wanted to confirm that the blog post from 2009 is still valid. From Google's point of view, there's no need to spend time on keyword meta tags.
Jun
29
comment Google Webmasters, getting blank errors?
Yep. The report shows all URLs with structured data, so if you're not seeing errors listed for individual URLs, that's because the markup is fine :).
Jun
22
comment Breadcrumb bug in Google results, using BreadcrumbList
@MarkusPint Thanks -- I'll pass that on to the team; on first glance that looks like something on Google's side.
Jun
17
comment Breadcrumb bug in Google results, using BreadcrumbList
It would really be helpful to have a URL :)
Jun
17
comment My website redirects to another website on google searches
I'd also post in Google's webmaster help forum with the URL & query, so people can take a look at your specific case. Sometimes these are from subtile hacks that are really tricky to spot, and sometimes they need to be escalated to a Googler to review.
Jun
17
comment Does every page HAVE to be mobile friendly even if its almost unimportant?
Having desktop-only pages is fine; some things just don't work (or at least not yet!) that well on mobile. Don't redirect them to an unrelated page just because that one happens to be mobile-friendly.
May
29
comment Should meta tags along with site verification, publisher be used on mobile website as well
Like all meta-tags that affect indexing, you need to use them in the head .