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Is it worthwhile to buy my domain name with many top level domains?

It is almost impossible completely "lock up a brand" by buying it for every top level domain. There are hundreds of top level domains with new ones coming online all the time. Only well funded ...
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How do I tell blogger which image is the thumbnail to use in data:post.thumbnailUrl?

In fact, you can, but in a little hack way. As blogger considers the first image in a post as a thumbnail, and you want to add some other image as a thumbnail which should be not included in a post ...
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Does Google really care if your WordPress site has a "blog page" or not?

Google cares only about content (unique, correct headerts etc. ) and incoming links (from good sites with similar content) . Nothing more, nothing less :D
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Personal blog vs Medium

The Correct Answer is...Both? Everything should start on your website. So you should definitely create that. The advantage here is that you're creating your own place with a domain that is associated ...
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Is it worthwhile to buy my domain name with many top level domains?

You want to lock the domain the moment you purchase it in order to secure it to the one domain registrar you are working with. Without locking, someone could sign up and transfer your domain name ...
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WordPress subcategories and SEO

Obviously you can always have nested categories in WordPress (and most other CMSs) as well as child pages, child posts, grandchildren, etc. If done in a non-spammy fashion, there is no real ...
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Will Google punish me if I import a story from my own blog to content sharing sites such as Medium.com?

When Google finds two pages on different sites with the same content, it usually picks just one of them to include in the index. It usually picks the one that it considers the most authoritative. ...
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Should I remove rel next/prev from a single WordPress article?

Your understanding is correct. The sequential link types are for documents that are "part of a sequence". I would only use it for blog posts that belong together ("… Part 1", "… Part 2"), for a blog ...
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Should an IP be automatically blacklisted for a given timeframe after so many bad requests within a minute?

These look like vulnerability profiling. Basically, they are looking for vulnerabilities to exploit. If you can block these, you should. These are likely coming from open proxies. Instead of ...
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May I use custom images in a wordpress theme (not mine)?

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '<' in /membri/thekrumbs/wp-content/themes/comicpress/functions.php on line 40 <?php if ( has_post_thumbnail()): the_post_thumbnail( 'featured-image', ...
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Why are there requests for non-existent WordPress URLs on my vb.net website?

The first step is to ensure these URLs do absolutely not exist on your domain. Check your FTP now to make sure of this. Once you are certain that these files don't exist, then you can safely ignore ...
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Blog is only indexed in Google search under HTTPS and not HTTP

It seems that your server is allowing both connections. The main problem is that you are generating duplicate content. It's well known that Google prefers https, that could be the reason you have ...
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Is it necessary to have "blog" somewhere in the URL for a blog for SEO?

It's usually better to have as clean of a URL as possible. And for that reason, in most cases, I would not add /blog/ to your URLs. If you are really trying to rank your website for the keyword "...
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I've read many books and became an expert in a subject area - would it be a copyright infringement if I share my knowledge on my blog?

According to copyright.gov: Copyright protects original works of authorship [...] Ideas and discoveries are not protected by the copyright law, although the way in which they are expressed may be. ...
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May I use custom images in a wordpress theme (not mine)?

Yes, you can do whatever you like with theme that you have. You've purchased it (or it's free). As long as you purchased it or if it's free, you can do whatever. Just make sure that you make a child ...
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Discounts for free blog post

From the Google Webmaster Guidelines: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/66356?hl=en Buying or selling links that pass PageRank. This includes exchanging money for links, or posts that ...
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Should I make my website private until I have a lot of content?

Generally I tell people not to worry too much about things that in the end do not matter. However, I do want to say that it is far better that a site that is reasonably formed and populated show up on ...
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Schema.org 'CollectionPage' for list of blog posts by specific author

The author Your description seems to be about the person, not the page. And for creator, you would ideally provide a Person value (which then also allows you to add the description there). However, ...
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What is the SEO impact of pointing a Medium blog to a subdomain on my site?

Will my domain get credit for backlinks to the blog content? Ans: Yes, your domain will get credit for the subdomain. If Medium changes in the future and no longer points to my subdomain, will I ...
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Should you target popular (i.e competitive) keywords as a small website?

Wow. What a fun gig. Congratulations! I'd have a field day with this. So much potential. If you are in a competitive niche, then make your content localised. e.g. "How/where to meet a girl/boy/...
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Preventing Duplicate Meta Errors in Multi-page Sections

Canonical links will help for page content but they do not help against duplicate titles and meta descriptions. WordPress is notorious for adding duplicate titles and meta descriptions whenever using ...
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Blog and BlogPosting for Google

BlogPosting is a more specific type of Article, but Blog isn’t. Blog is for the blog itself. It can make sense to use it only for the homepage of the blog, but it’s also possible to use it for every ...
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How can I prevent a blogspot blog from misusing our company's toll free number?

I think you can try this Blogger form to report inappropriate blogger content On that form, select the Unlisted phone number option and fill up all details. I think Google don't consider toll free ...
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Is there a best practice for blog URL formatting (dated vs. non-dated)?

I think having the date in the URL is primarily useful if you're writing news articles that pertain to events of a specific day. Let's say that in 5 months from now, someone is searching for a ...
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Will my SEO be affected if I omit images in my post?

Whether it affects your SEO or not, it depends on user search queries. If your image alt text and caption have some keywords which are not included in any of your paragraphs, and those caption or alt ...
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I've read many books and became an expert in a subject area - would it be a copyright infringement if I share my knowledge on my blog?

As long as you don't copy the book's contents but explain it in your own words, it's legal. You can even provide links to the book as proof. In any case, read the copyright notice in the book and ...
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Can I move a WordPress blog on its own domain to Medium without a custom domain and not hurt SEO

How can I move without affecting the SEO? Yes, by means of 301 redirects you can preserve rankings when switching domain, however, this generally involves keeping at least the domain but in this case,...
Simon Hayter's user avatar
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New professional blog; should I redirect from my personal blog, or leave content both places?

Removing the content altogether will be a loss of the SEO and rankings gained by the pages throughout the lifetime of the content. Instead of removing it, you can set up canonical tags on the copied ...
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Rank for a my name and surname when it's not in the content?

There are a few things you can do: Use schema markups in your site Add your name in your site (can be in about section) You must have social media profiles; mention your website there and you can ...
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If my blog on the side has no traffic is it still contributing to my home page rank?

If by no traffic you mean no traffic from search engines you can delete it. If its being spidered by engines but not receiving hits it might be contributing to your site by providing keywords (...
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