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How (il)legal is it to get data from a 100% accessible but not "exposed" API

Let me be clear. There is one thing I know fairly well, it is copyright law. I am not a lawyer, however, knowledge of copyright was a constant requirement of my consultancy for 30 years. As an added ...
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How unique should articles be for better Google SEO

It is critical! If it's not unique in some way you become another of the useless, pointless, needless web sites that are among the millions thinking they can make money repeating what others do but, ...
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How unique should articles be for better Google SEO

Let's be upfront about this. This is blackhat. The very concept you are pursuing is what I call "city-state spamming". That is, creating "content" (to use the term loosely) for every possible of ...
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Overhaul website - completely remove old content?

Nice question, here are some guides for doing that on that level. 1. CRAWL YOUR SITE When you redesign your website, there’s a good chance that URLs will change. If URLs change, you absolutely have ...
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How unique should articles be for better Google SEO

You need original content for each page of your site. Even 300 words sounds a light to describe places in the world. There are entire guidebooks written about different places in the world. ...
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What impact does upper/lower case have on SEO?

Contrary to the URLs, there is no difference for SEO to use lowercase or uppercase for the <p> tag. As far as I know, search engines don't pay attention to it. The only case where it may have an ...
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Is content scraping useful for SEO or harmful?

Content Scraping is not at all Good and it is a worst SEO technique (Negative SEO) which will surely harm your website in Panda update. Google will penalize those websites which are following content ...
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A page has been removed from Google due to DMCA, are its inbound links still valuable?

Okay. This will be one of those cases where I will work through the process so that it becomes clearer. It will be somewhat long, but hopefully not painfully long. Let's start at the beginning shall ...
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SEO for pages with no content like cart, checkout, or "my account"

Why is there a need to optimize these pages? I mean, they don't serve any purpose. They don't create any sales. In fact, even huge companies like Amazon defer from this, it's quite the contrary, ...
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Do all the pages on a website help the homepage's SEO?

Wow. This is too big a topic to cover completely, so I will try and focus on your question with something of a mini-tutorial. When you do a site:mydomain.com in Google, you will see your site listed ...
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How (il)legal is it to get data from a 100% accessible but not "exposed" API

One thing that doesn't seem very clear in the other answers here... Whether it's "legal" or not, first and foremost, depends on the country. If we're talking about the United States, for example, ...
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how to avoid being noticed as a spam and not hurt seo? We are not trying to create doorway pages

The short version: yes, this will be harmful. Aside from grammatical errors, the repetitive nature of the content as well as the actual content itself suggests you are creating 800+ pages of ...
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How (il)legal is it to get data from a 100% accessible but not "exposed" API

While closetnoc has discussed the issue of the data itself, there's a larger legal concern: you are not authorized to access the API offering the data. The baseline for most computer crime laws ...
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Overhaul website - completely remove old content?

In addition to post-launch actions, I don't think you should completely ignore what's already there. You're speaking in future tense, so I presume the new site isn't ready yet; use that to your ...
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Moving content from one site to another - keep content on both sites

If you have inbound (back) links to your old pages, these may always come up first in search. However, other than that, the rest is easy. You can copy your content to your new domain. From your old ...
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SEO vs. content writing - Should writer's follow SEO?

Both. You have a dilemma for sure. How are you to know what is true? Which side is telling you the truth? Well... Professional writers can generally be spotted easily by the two or three style ...
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Indexing pages with few text (like tags with just one article) is penalizing for the SEO?

The main issue with having too many tags is that CMS such as Wordpress or Blogger will create tag pages similar to category pages which can result to many similar thin content duplicate template pages ...
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how to avoid being noticed as a spam and not hurt seo? We are not trying to create doorway pages

This falls under Google's prohibition of doorway pages in their search index: Some examples of doorways include: ... Multiple pages on your site with similar content designed to rank for ...
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How (il)legal is it to get data from a 100% accessible but not "exposed" API

It probably depends on the nature of the data. Pure data (think telephone directory) cannot be copyrighted. So a list of cities from an API should be fair game to copy and show to users. However, ...
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When changing page title/heading of a page should the URL stay the same?

The general rule of thumb is you don't want to change URLs. Changing URLs means links pointing to those pages and bookmarks referencing those pages can break, leading people to an error. From an SEO ...
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Targeting Locations in content seen as keyword dumping

...in all suburbs ... ...I need to let the users know which areas we cover... If you write "in all suburbs", you already let users know, that all suburbs are covered, so no need to list them all ...
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Does increasing or deacreasing content length impact SEO?

SEO and the impact that any work has is not about length. Sure bloggers have echoed that blog posts should only be about 300-350 words, then 500, and so on. At one point, search engines rewarded blog ...
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If I translate French article to English, can google detect it?

No, Google does not view translated content as duplicate, as content in another language is different than if it is appearing in the same language twice.However, it is recommended to have a human ...
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Is it good for SEO to leave up old web pages?

It has been widely accepted by the SEO community that both Google and Bing reward for pages that receive minor or major updates to the page. It would not make sense for search engines not to reward ...
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Can meta description content be exactly the same as the page content?

Yes. Although the point of a tag is to make a suggestion to Google as to what you'd like to see on the SERP result description. If you have only 2 lines of content - it's a no brainer for Google and ...
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When a Google Search Console removal request expires, could that content return to the Google index?

Yes, this means that the links can return to Google. From Google's knowledge base: A successful request lasts only about 90 days. After that, your information can appear on Google search results ...
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Any SEO penalty for creating a new website and having no content for years?

You won't have any SEO penalty as Search Engines will see a brand new website. On the contrary, the domain age and registration length may be a good factor for SEO if it has never been blacklisted.
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How to manage SEO content pages for a similar content hierarchy?

Definitely do not create three different pages for this type of content. The content is far too similar, mostly synonyms that lead to the same answer. Best case scenario, search engines will ignore ...
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How (il)legal is it to get data from a 100% accessible but not "exposed" API

(IANAL, and laws and norms vary widely throughout the world, but certain things tend to remain consistent due to IP treaties. If you have a professional issue outside of your specialty, consult with a ...
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Can referrer-based web page content be SEO friendly?

The only way that Google knows your page is about bears is that you give it content about bears when it crawls the page. When Google crawls the page, you have to choose whether it is about bears or ...

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