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How to combat negative SEO?

Someone has decided to create a hate blog on a hosted blogging service (wordpress.com) that bashes my company. The blog contains posts that completely flame myself, my service, and contains complete ...
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How to prevent negative SEO?

Negative SEO can harm your website rankings, that's why a rival might decide to use negative SEO techniques against you to try to penalize your website rankings, and thus obtain higher positions on ...
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Get Google to ignore backlinks from a particular domain

I just used a backlink scan tool to show me the backlinks to my site. I have found there are almost 90k backlinks. The problem is that about 95% of these are coming from the same domains and these are ...
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Is content scraping useful for SEO or harmful?

Is content scraping useful for SEO or harmful? Scraping: Taking content from other places on the web and publishing it on your own site. There are many websites that only contain pieces of other ...
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Hide joyride (intro javascript) for Googlebot

I am using a joyride script for new visitors. Example here: http://foundation.zurb.com/sites/docs/v/5.5.3/components/joyride.html After the vistior is done with the intro, a cookie will be created ...
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Scraped content from my website posted on Blogspot is outranking my site and causing Google penalty

I noticed that starting from October the organic traffic is very low on my website. I searched on Google for some text phrases from my website and I noticed that there is a Blogspot website, a blog ...
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Is negative SEO fact or fiction

I have read a couple of articles about negative/black SEO. They were explaining that important part of it is creating web sites with "bad" content that "stink" to Google. Back links from these sites ...
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Negative SEO: do brand mentions (not links) on low quality websites affect rank?

My brand - 'Brand X' - has thousands of mentions on low quality websites. These are mentions only, sometimes mentioning 'Brand X' and other times mentioning the domain 'brandx.com'. No hyperlinks ...
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Add site to search engines, even though not ready yet

I'm building a website, and until it's done, visitors will see a "This site will launch on new year's day 2015", and a description of what the site is all about The domain is new, and nobody knows ...
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How can I copy posts from my old (but still active) blog without SEO penalty?

I have had an old blog (which is still active) where I published some articles which I also want to publish on the new blog? How can I do this without SEO penalty?
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Is sudden high bounce rate traffic on one page of my site a negative SEO from competitors?

My Google analytics shows %100 bonce rate on one of my website pages in last 2 weeks. All of this traffic is new user and visit this page directly (Not from search engine, paid search or referral) and ...
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Implement hreflang with multiple regions same language and page

My search results seem to not be correctly localized since adding a 'Europe' /eu/ page. My header now looks like this (taken from EU page https://example.com/eu/features/). <link rel="canonical" ...
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Are automatically generated spam backlinks that I didn't create likely to be a negative SEO attack from a competitor?

In last 10 days, my website traffic suddenly increased. Yesterday I noticed that my domain authority value and my website backlinks also increased. I reviewed my backlinks in ahrefs.com and I noticed ...
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Is SEO dinged if another site's post excerpt and thumbnail are used on a different site for reference?

I'm trying to see if what I have in mind is optimal or if there is any other solutions as I didn't see a definitive answer when I tried searching the site. The closest question I was able to find was ...
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Will the “Geographic Target” of my website negatively affect my search ranking? [duplicate]

Some time ago I bought a "cool" domainname to match my username, namely, wol.ph. After looking in the Google Webmaster Tools recently it told me that the Geographic Target for my domain is ...
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Accident with a lot of indexed pages - Google is not happy

We had more than 500 pages indexed, we are a relatively new site but I think we have good content so Google was ok with our pages. Most of this pages were profiles and had a url structure like /place/...
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Method for removal of high number of spammy links

I haven't been able to figure out the right combination for deindexing spammy links from search results. On one hand, we have the Google URL remover which removes links temporarily (they may show up ...
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How can I unmask the culprit behind a Google Bowling (negative SEO) attack?

There is another question here, How to prevent negative SEO?, which gives the same advice found on most other online sources: Just have more good links to outweigh the bad. That's nice in theory, but ...
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How to PREVENT ranking for a keyword?

A client frequently receives unwanted traffic from Google. They do not wish to receive these visitors, mainly because they want not to deal with them through their support channels. So they asked for ...
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Is hiding text in links bad if the links are icon fonts?

I've done a few quick SEO tests of a page and they all suggest "consider adding text to links". The links they were referring to are all social icons, and are displayed using icon fonts. I've read a ...
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How to link domains hosted on one hosting account

I have several different domains hosted on one hosting account and some of these domains are linked together not because I am trying to influence page rank but because they contain related content. ...
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Changing pagination, and having more sections per page

I'm upgrading an old website, from having 25 results per page (40 pages), to having 50-100 per page (5-10 pages) This will change the pagination, and maybe affect search engines in a bad way.. So I'm ...
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If I have nested a span tag inside H1 tag,Is it effect SEO

I have a site that give users all kind of services so let's say I put a span tag inside my H1 tag and with js I will replace it every 3 sec for example my h1 tag contains : <h1>Best italian ...
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How do I know if backlinks are hurting my search rankings?

The previous owner had disavowed 400+ backlinks, but I know that some of them were very good and high quality. I un-disavowed them. (Avowed?) I don't know what they were thinking, but how do I ...
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www vs non-www in seo [duplicate]

I recently overhauled a website for a client. Their preference was to switch from a www url to a non-www url as part of the redesign. Once we launched the site, it took a major plummet in its ...
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Two websites with semi-similar keywords on same IP server / SEO affecting SERPS [duplicate]

Two websites have semi-similar (main) keywords 1 brand site /w keyword "Superman shoes" and 1 retail site named shoes.com They both run on the same server/hosting, same SSL cert, comparable design, ...
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Google algorithm penalty & reconsideration request

There is no any manuel penalty message on my Webmaster Tools > manual actions tab. But, my visitors count decrease 10.000 to 1.000 in last 3 years. All seo-check services says my site is OK: W3C ...
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Someone is duplicating/reproducing my site what can I do?

Someone has created an exact copy of my site. At first, the code of his pages were identical to mine. A few days later he just replaced my internal links with the same links to his own domain. At ...
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Permalink Structure change killed traffic - change back?

On my website I had a wordpress permalink structure that was as follows: http://example.com/2012/03/post-name/ Having read in many places that a simpler permalink structure could boost SEO rankings, ...
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Using both JSON+LD and Microdata to markup the exact same information on a page

This Quora Answer: https://www.quora.com/Can-I-mix-microdata-and-JSON-LD/answer/Aaron-Bradley The above answer from 2015 mentions there being a potential problem when marking up the same entity with ...
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Business Directory - duplicate content in descriptions - SEO impact

I run a Business Listing Directory website listing local businesses in the area. These businesses are allowed to submit their company description, contact details, URL and other links such as Fb or ...
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URL Rewrite with spaces or with -?

Which URL is more SEO? mydomain.com/category-name/article-name.html OR mydomain.com/category name/article name.html I have read some articles about URL Rewriting but there I can't find any ...
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Can someone cause me negative SEO by reporting to Google?

I've been getting emails like this: Our site has been penalized by Google because of a handful of back links pointing to our site (we have lost 80% of our traffic). I have opened a line of ...
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How can we prevent sites from loading our site in an iFrame which causes spammy links in out “top linking sites” report?

There are few websites which are loading our entire website in iFrame and generating lots of spammy links to our website from their domain. Check this link which has linked our pages and loaded our ...
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Is it okay to cross-post my own posts on multiple separate WordPress.org sites? Is it good or bad for SEO? [duplicate]

I write blog posts for multiple WordPress.org blogs and where content overlaps, I wonder if I should post it separately on multiple blogs or not. Often this happens with posts I write to my personal ...
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How to properly use related search links on sites without taking a negative SEO hit?

On a search results page, I want to show related search links. These links are generated by user searches, that aren't already part of the site's regular links. This, in effect was to increase the ...
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How to block external links from websites that have loaded our website in an iframe?

There's website lilpot which has listed URLs to millions of website from it's domain and is loading those websites in iframe. Recently, it has started doing the same for my domain too. We want to ...
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Can I wildcard disavow all links from any site on a specific top level domain?

So lately I found more than 7,500 links our website that are coming from spam sites. I used disavow to get rid of them. In the future though, nobody stops a spammer to make abc.tk foo.tk bar.tk LOL....
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How can I quickly detect irrelevant Keywords suggested by Google Keyword Planner?

Even if I provide focused seeds to Google Keyword Planner, it usually returns some irrelevant keywords. I want to quickly detect and remove them. Do I have to check every suggested keyword? Sometimes ...
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Thousands of links from Russian Sites

I've recently checked into my Google Webmasters account and found that I have several thousand links from .ru domains. Almost half of all links from one domain. I have never hired anyone for link ...
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Is it cloaking to use e.preventdefault on the link to the second page to make users register before continuing?

We have a very voluminous site. We want to index around 50,000 pages. We want the pages to be all in the Google index and accessible. We also want that if a user arrives on the first page, when he ...
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Will Posting a Link to My Site in Every Tweet Have a Negative Impact on SEO?

I have a site that auto-posts to twitter (and facebook) different content from my site (always unique) about 5 times per day. Will including a backlink to my site in every post negatively (or ...
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Should I submit both mobile and desktop domain names for indexing on non-responsive sites or is that bad for SEO?

I have a desktop version of my site using yourwebsite.com and a mobile version using m.yourwebsite.com. Should I treat them as one site and only submit the desktop version along with its sitemap and ...
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Setting up Wordpress site for AMP - SEO implications

This is fairly new and I have been reading up on AMP implantation. There is a plugin that sets up AMP pages for WordPress. My concern is duplicate content since there will be a new set of pages with ...
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SEO - My web page ranks by images but no by content

I have a page with original content which only ranks my images but don't rank the articles. The images appears in SERPS with an interesting graphic of impressions: As you can see in picture I've made ...
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What is happening with this backlink profile? Is it spam, malware or an intentional attack?

I recently took on a new website client. During my initial research, I ran their website through ahrefs. I discovered several dozen (maybe a little more) of spammy looking backlinks. Some dating back ...
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Cleaning up web results after SEO spam attack

A while ago my Wordpress-based personal site was hacked with SEO spam. I've since cleaned it up (removed and reinstalled wordpress, manually checked through all files, manually checked database ...
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Multiple websites with same topic

I want to create 10 websites about same topic. Each website has its own template and each will have around 10 unique articles. Topcis/titles of the articles will be identical. I will not link sites ...
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Any negative consequences of linking from a wordpress site to another site that uses ASP pages

A client of mine had a blog that utilized ASP pages for some content. Recently they moved their site to a Linux-based server and installed Wordpress. They did not want to have all the ASP pages ...
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SEO for multifacited company [duplicate]

I am trying to create a website and up the SEO rating for rocket-media.co.uk. The company covers a lot of different design, print, exhibition and digital services. They currently have a one-page site ...