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What is a toxic link?

I asked a similar question a few months back about when does a good link become toxic? but this time I'm asking "what is a toxic link?". You read all over the internet that you should disavow your ...
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How to use rel='canonical' properly

I have 3 URLS that serve the same data: www.example.com/product/foo www.example.com/product/foo?id=1 www.example.com?product=foo For Google's sake I want the URL www.example.com/product/foo to be ...
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How to restrict the download of all files in a folder?

I have several .pdf files, which should be viewed on my website by clicking a link on a page. But when a pdf file opens, in the address bar the directory where all .pdf files reside is visible. So if ...
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Is link building a white hat SEO activity?

Link building is the process of manually building links in any way possible to show the site in question as having more of a value to search engines than it did previously. Therefore it's surely a ...
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Absolute vs relative links for search engine crawlers and SEO

Our site's navigation links are currently in relative form: <a href="/section"> The SEO company I mentioned in my previous question recommends we change them to absolute links: <a href="...
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How many links (internal) is too many?

Let's have some fun shall we?? At the bottom of the content for about 1/3rd of my pages, but not in the footer, I create an internal link for each related IP address to the page on my site for that ...
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Is the title attribute (not tag) important to SEO?

The title attribute is an HTML standard element available across most tags. e.g. <li><a title="Widgets listed by household function" href="/widgets/by-function.html">by Function</a&...
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Strange incoming links appearing on site statistics

Last year, I started a small blog on wordpress.com. Most of my blog posts are about computational statistics. When I look at the site stats, I've noticed a number of strange incoming links. Usually, ...
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Keyword phrases and links

Does a link on a page add any value to the page that it is on or does it only add value to the page that it is linked to? For example, let's say I have a page targeted towards a certain industry like ...
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Thousands of 404 errors in Google Webmaster Tools

Because of a former error in our ASP.Net application, created by my predecessor and undiscovered for a long time, thousands of wrong URLs where created dynamically. The normal user did not notice it, ...
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Web designer's link back to own website (rel="designer" / rel="nofollow")

I read somewhere that web designers' habit of placing a default "follow" link in the footer of their client websites is bad for SEO. Is this true? If so, should we use rel="nofollow" instead. I ...
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Does using links to other pages dilute the linking page's link juice/page rank?

There are lot's of questions here about passing link juice to other pages, including Does how deep a page is in the page hierarchy affect it's ranking?. I've read several of them over the months, ...
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What is the purpose of leading slash in HTML URLs?

I have noticed that some blogs posts have links using a value starting with / in the href. For example: <a href="/somedir/somepage.html">My Page</a> Does the leading / mean the path is ...
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Rel no follow on EVERY link?

Forgive me for asking such a simple question, I understand why you would want to rel nofollow untrusted links (forum posts, blog comments etc), but why would you not want to do it on EVERY link on ...
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How to detect broken external links and site wide spell checking?

I'm looking for known methods to scan our site and alert us of spelling errors and broken links. Our goals are basically to have something consistently checking the entire site for spelling errors and ...
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Link value of links from social media

As a SEO you can benefit from Social Media activities and it even seems key according to Matt Cutts recent video on SEO in 2011. However besides getting 'inbound links' from third party websites or ...
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Unnaturally high number of links from domain

Please consider the following image, from Google Webmaster Tools I have these unnaturally high link counts coming in from lowish Page Rank Domains (MOZ Score 13) Is this natural? Is this hurting my ...
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Wikipedia's effect on Google SEO

I've been researching new SEO trends for a few weeks now and I see alot of community buzz about Wikipedia pages effects on Google. For example: When I do a search on Lowe's or Macy's in Google: I see ...
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Need advice on best strategy for removing these bad links

We recently took on a new client whose previous SEO company had partaken in some dodgy link building tactics. They appear to have done some blog comment spam, very poorly. The situation we are now ...
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Online dead link alert service

I'm looking for an online service that will periodically (daily) check for broken links on my site (~100 pages). I see lots of tools that you can download and run, and indeed have used such tools in ...
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Why won't title attributes get indexed in Google?

When I search for Ride On + my site's name, I see that it's indexed. But when I search for Green Horse + my site's name, I don't see my site appearing in the results anywhere! Here's my code: <td&...
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Fake Links Showing up in Google Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster tools is reporting a large increase in 'not found errors' on my site, and I see approximately 1700 'Not Found Errors over the past 2 months. All of them are for a url that is ...
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Would Google think a hidden "skip to content" link is deceptive?

When I tested my website in the past with powermapper tools, It suggested I should add a "skip to content" link hidden off-screen to help people with screen readers use the website. I can completely ...
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Does an iframe count as a backlink to my domain?

I have the following situation: Iframe case web page www.notMyWebPage.com contains an iframe that points to my domain (the contents of the iframe are loaded from www.myWebPage.com) Link case web ...
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What is the difference between noopener and noreferrer?

I am learning about the merits of including rel="noopener noreferrer" for external links. What is the difference between these two attribute values? When should I use noopener, and when ...
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Are SEO links from Facebook, Delicious, Digg useful to increase Google PR?

Does anyone know in his SEO experience if links coming from Facebook, Delicious, Digg are useful to increase PageRank on Google? I would say NO cause most of these links are nofollow and/or stored in ...
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Should I put rel="nofollow" on author link?

We have just launched a new ecommerce shop. At the very bottom there is an anchor linking to our company website (a little advertisement, if you like). The SEO experts told us to put rel="nofollow" to ...
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How should I study a competitor's off page SEO? [closed]

What are the things I need to do, and with what tools to know what a competitor has working for him/her off-page (free and paid tools -- please suggest both)? First of all, I'm supposing I want to ...
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How do I handle having too many links on a webpage because of my menu

I am developing a website that has a drop-down menu at the top of it. The Menu has around 100 links in it that are repeated on every page. Every page also has some number of links below the Menu ...
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Finding the Facebook post or page that links to my site

I am getting lots of traffic from Facebook, but the referrer looks like http://www.facebook.com/l.php?url=http://www.example.com/mypage.html I've also had this problem before with another page. ...
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Does Google value links to a page's named anchors (#) as equal to links to the page w/o the anchor?

Occasionally my site gets links directly to a sub-section of a page via a named anchor, e.g. /mypage.html#section1 Does Google give this link equal weight as a link to /mypage.html?
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SEO impact of using non-Latin characters in URL

Is there a negative SEO impact if I use non-Latin characters in my URL? For example, suppose I want to have a page about sweets. I am targeting the keyword お菓子 which is in Japanese. Should I go for ...
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Uses of LINK tag

The <link> tag appears to have many uses aside from stylesheets. For example the W3 suggest using it for previous/next/index pages. I know that Opera also has a Navigation toolbar that will ...
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Does Googlebot crawl items that look like URLs in HTML5 data-* attributes?

Google is discovering some URLs in GWT which I'm surprised it could discover. The only place these are linked from are as follows: <li class="multiselect__item" data-key="filter__brand--...
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Most used social bookmarking sites for sharing? [closed]

A lot of WordPress sites have a "share this post to xxx" link. I was wondering which "xxx" people click the most? A top 5 or something like that. I know Twitter and Facebook are in the list, but are ...
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Facebook like button in plain HTML, is it possible?

just a quick question, is it possible to create an FB Like button in plain HTML? I checked out the Like button code dircetly cerated by developers.FB but it's an <iframe src="http://www....
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SEO impact of links without href

I have some links on my site that are used only with JavaScript, hence they don't need a href attribute. I'm doing so because there's no need to have the URL displayed in the browser. Is there any ...
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Make .URL shortcuts into functional links within a Directory Listing

I use a lot of directory listing on my website and want to make .URL shortcut files into functional links. These .URL shortcuts were made by dragging the websites' icons from my Firefox URL bar to my ...
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What is the potential harm of using Google's Disavow Links tool?

Google gives a warning on its disavow links tool, that says: This is an advanced feature and should only be used with caution. If used incorrectly, this feature can potentially harm your site's ...
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Favicon from unpublished site won't show on Google chrome

I am making a HTML page that is unpublished and that I just started. The first thing I wanted to do was add a favicon to appear next to the title. I'm using Google chrome and I noticed that other ...
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What needs to be done to user generated outbound links to prevent hurting SEO?

I have a site that contains user/external application generated content (content from SMS messages). I want links to be clickable for user friendliness, but I don't want any potentially "spammy" ...
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Are there benefits of receiving external links from PR 0 or 1 sites for SEO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Effect of adding link from PR1 site to PR0 site? I'm thinking to do some link exchanges with PR0 or PR1 sites which have the related contents as my site. And my link will be ...
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Do search engines index mailto and tel links?

I have a website that allows users to display their email address and contact number on their public profile page. These would be in link format, example: <a href="mailto:user%40email.com" title="...
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Site-wide footer external link - is it a risk?

I want to do link exchange with another site, he is offering me footer site-wide link to my site. This site has about 50 indexed pages on Google, this site has strong SEO data that can help my site. ...
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Is there any benefit to put rel='nofollow' on mailto links?

Since bots have a fixed budget to spend to crawl websites on a regular basis, does it makes sense to mark mailto links with rel='nofollow' to make sure them don't spend time on these (especially if ...
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rel="noreferrer noopener" in target="_blank" external links

In numerous sites I have been reading, they say that you must use rel="noreferrer noopener" when using target="_blank" within external links. I can understand why you should use noopener as a ...
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Does Google punish pyramid linking and does reverse negative SEO exist?

There are thousands of online companies that sell various linking building services, such as: Private Blog Networks (PBN) User Generated Links (forum signatures, blog comments etc) Pyramid Link ...
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Does adding a category link into an article body help with SEO?

I have a news website and I'm looking to improve the SEO ranking of our website. Looking at other websites, the Guardian, for example, they add in category links to the body of their articles. I ...
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When splitting a folder with tens of thousands of documents into several folders, how can I handle broken links?

I have over 30,000 html files stored in www.example.com/docs, and these files are linked to each other. When it comes to displaying the content of those files on my site, I use the following code: ...
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What effect does a URL length have on search engine indexing?

Once again, I tested some URL's of my site via powermapper tools, and now I receive the following issue: W3C Best Practices - Some pages violate these guidelines. Keep URLs shorter than 78 ...
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