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Prevent Google from thinking my own bot is faking traffic on my website

I have a large website which I want to be visited by my own bot early on the morning, every day (for caching purpose). I want my bot visits 10,000 pages per day. My natural traffic is about 5000 pages ...

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asked by ordiminnie 11 votes
answered by Stephen Ostermiller 41 votes

How can I identify which text within a page is "too small to read" as reported by Google Search Console?

Google Search Console intermittently claims that I have "Text too small to read" and gives just URL to my page. How can I get more specific location of supposed problem? It is a bit more ...

google-search-console fonts mobile-friendly-tool text-size  
asked by reducing activity 8 votes
answered by Maximillian Laumeister 13 votes

Why does it cause issues to use robots.txt and a meta robots tag at the same time?

It seems common wisdom that using X-Robots-Tag/meta robots with robots.txt to block a URL from being indexed "can cause issues", e.g.: Using both X-Robots-Tag and meta robots on a URL is ...

web-crawlers robots.txt meta-tags noindex http-headers  
asked by jII 5 votes
answered by Maximillian Laumeister 7 votes

I submitted Sitemaps from AIO SEO to google search console, if I now delete the AIO plugin, do my sitemaps become invalid?

I use Yoast as SEO for my new Wordpress website, however I couldn't get the sitemaps with Yoast as it was giving me error 404, and regardless of what I tried, it wasn't working. So I then got the All ...

seo google-search-console xml-sitemap yoast  
asked by Charlie 4 votes
answered by Mike Ciffone 2 votes

Linking relevant ecommerce links with nofollow

I have a price comparison website which lists different products. On the product pages it lists 10-20 webshops per product where the item can be purchased. At the moment I am linking these sites with ...

seo googlebot  
asked by rihe 3 votes
answered by Stephen Ostermiller 2 votes

What could cause a huge drop-off in traffic from two specific countries? (Germany and US)

We launched a new website in March this year and site traffic has been fairly consistent, however, since the beginning of September I noticed a huge drop off in traffic, all of which seems to be ...

google google-analytics traffic  
asked by Trevor Clissold 3 votes

Trigger event from external domain Google Analytics

I have a shop on a third party service. I want to trigger a event when the product gets purchased. The third party service allows us to add script snippets. I'm doing this, but I can't see any custom ...

google-analytics google-tag-manager event-tracking analytics-events  
asked by Steve 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is the use of @id in json-ld syntax?

I am really confused what is @id used for in json-ld syntax. Sample from apple.com. What does @id actually represent. Any help would be great? <script type="application/ld+json"> { "@...

schema.org json-ld  
asked by Ishan 23 votes
answered by unor 34 votes

Which event log file does IIS 7 app pool log to

Which event log files does the IIS 7.0 Application Pool Recycling log to? I want to check out at what time the default app pool automatically recylces.

asked by Julius A 23 votes
answered by LazyOne 37 votes

How can I tell how big my Amazon RDS database (MySQL) is?

I have a MySQL database for my website hosted on Amazon AWS using RDS. It has 5GB of storage available to it. How can I tell how big the data in it actually is (and therefore how much of the 5GB ...

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asked by Stephen Ostermiller 19 votes

Is there an easy way to see amount of compression in Chrome?

I am busy checking how my webserver is doing gzip. I'm confident now that gzip is on as chrome shows the content-encoding: gzip header. Is there a easy way to see how much a file was compressed in ...

gzip compression google-chrome  
asked by Peter Smit 47 votes
answered by mikemaccana 52 votes

What are the best ways to improve a site's position in Google?

What are the best ways to improve a site's position in the Google search results?

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asked by ilhan 285 votes
answered by Nat Ryall 282 votes

Set the "servername" directive globally to suppress this message

I am setting up PHP for the first time and I am getting this error from the Apache server: Set the "servername" directive globally to suppress this message. This is the content of my httpd.conf file:...

php apache httpd.conf  
asked by LOTUSMS 2 votes
answered by Daniel 3 votes

Are cookie warnings still required under the EU cookie law?

Is it still required to provide a cookie warning offering users the ability to opt in/out of cookie tracking? I cannot find any official advice on what we are supposed to be doing. I'm not looking ...

cookie eu-cookie-law  
asked by Double Clicked 46 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Cloudflare plus Nginx plus Tomcat - is Nginx redundant?

With my past project, I have Nginx serving static files as well as being a reverse proxy for Tomcat (backend written in Java). There was no Cloudflare or other CDN. With my current project, I have ...

nginx cdn cloudflare reverse-proxy tomcat  
asked by yurin 2 votes

"Cert authority invalid" error from Chrome on Android when viewing my website which uses Lets Encrypt

I have installed and activated open SSL (letsencrypt.org R3 version V3) on my website. Website is working fine in Desktop browsers (Chrome, Firefox....) but in Google Chrome Android, I get security ...

https security-certificate android lets-encrypt  
asked by Ali Sheikhpour 3 votes

About sudden drop in crawl request of our site

Looking for some help from Google seo expert to help our company site to identify this urgent issue. Here is the thing: the crawl request of our site experience a sudden drop on 9th, Oct. And it hasn'...

google-search-console crawl-errors technical-seo  
asked by hazel Wwrong 3 votes
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