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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 bonus, I consulted primarily to telecos and often worked with subscriber data and data analysis and presentation of said data for sale and re-use. I am at least, ...


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Your website has been compromised and it is being used by blackhat SEOs. This is a pretty common thing amongst spammers and the like. Take a look at: My site's been hacked - now what?, by Google. Download a backup of your website. Make sure that you also backup the database, not just the files. Get in contact with your web host and explain the situation. ...


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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, instead, should be thrown on a dung heap and make me think the internet needs to be regulated to prevent such sites from existing.


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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 something -- localities, postal codes, area codes/prefixes, ports, iPhone apps, you name it. You have no interest in generating bona-fide original content for ...


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Google's Matt Cutts has addressed this via video: It’s a fair question. I think we can handle it either way, so we should be able to process it. But if we see a lot of pages or a lot of things ranking on a site all of a sudden, then we might take a look at it from the manual webspam team. So if it doesn’t make any difference whatsoever to you in terms of ...


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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 to inform the engines where those older URLs have moved to. If you don’t, you can destroy your SEO power. All of the equity those old URLs have built up can ...


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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. Furthermore, your original content can't be re-used, warmed-over, or spun. Google considers machine generated content to be very low quality. Using machine ...


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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 impact (not sure), is for the acronyms. However, you should write a sentence in the correct way (in respect of language rules; here the English) because all ...


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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 scraping technique. In Google support page you can find Scraped content Some webmasters use content taken (“scraped”) from other, more reputable ...


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It's very simple how it works: Google sees 2 or more sites with the same content. It's not gonna show you all of them, because it's not really a good resultpage if everything is the same. So it starts to decide which of the sites will be shown. It does this based on a few factors like: - Which site had it first (on same publish date, this is THE FIRST ...


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Let me give you practical answer. If yours is heavy backlink profile from high worth sites then chances of Panda penalty will be much less than if you hadn't. Secondly if you're copying articles "as is" then it is adding to internet spam. Everyone wastes time and energy on such sites. Google abhors such sites. These ways you can help reduce web spam: So ...


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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 we? Starting with what we know about how Google works based originally with the research paper by Brin and Page back in 1997, we know a few things things that ...


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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, they ask the robots.txt to block search engines from indexing these pages. If you google keywords like "amazon checkout" Amazon has optimized a help page that they ...


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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 somewhat in order of importance according to what Google has found. Often your sites home page is listed first, but not always. If it is not, do not worry about ...


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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, then using the data itself is not illegal. However, I'd advise you to use the real data from the US Census. They offer tons of data through what they call TIGER ...


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Looks like you've been 'hacked'. Someone found a method to upload pages to your server en got them indexed. Go through your site/database and do a deap search for those keywords. Tip: with the commandline you can find and sort files on last edit date (this does last 25): find . -type f -printf '%T@ %p\n' | sort -n | tail -25 | cut -f2- -d" " After that, ...


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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 involves the notion of "unauthorized access to a computer system". You should not confuse this reference to authorization in the legal sense with the concept of ...


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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 marketing spam. Expect the Search Engines to react accordingly.


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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 advantage and do a bit of tidying before you even make the switch. If you have pages that will have a replacement (to which you'll want a 301 redirect) then take a ...


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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 domain, create a canonical link on your pages pointing to your new pages. That is it! Here is the Google page regarding canonical links: https://support....


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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 guides, the huge dictionary, the huge thesaurus, etc. Pocket protectors and black plastic eye glasses are a bonus. Really, good writing can be evaluated. SEOs in ...


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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 which can negatively affect your SEO. However if you are looking to insert many tags to improve the User experience then you can nofollow and noindex the tags ...


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This is known as a paywall. Google has a program for news publishers called "first click free" - which allows for the blocked content to be crawled by Google, in most cases you also get to read the article for free if you access it via Google (with a 10 monthly article access - like NY Times for example). You can read more about it here: https://support....


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That URL returns a temporary 302 redirect to Googlebot to a URL on the website that checks the cookie stored to see if the user is logged in and whether to show premium content or not and for Googlebot where no cookie is stored, the full story is displayed and indexed in Google.


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Sure there are concerns in dumping huge numbers of pages onto your site and whether it would be considered spam or not or have a negative SEO effect. I just want to give my perspective since I feel you are within a safe range of pages and likely have fair domain trust due to domain age and stability. My experience is this. My site can add over 3000 pages ...


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I have had this happen to me a while back on a shared server. Wexford's list is pretty comprehensive, but I wanted to include that the attacker also added their own key under .ssh/authorized_keys and was able to reinfect my site after I removed everything. I'm not sure if this is the case in your setup, but being on a shared server can expose you to ...


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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, if that API has descriptions of the city those descriptions would fall under copyright law and you wouldn't be able to use them without violating copyright. If ...


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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 specific queries like city or state names They also say how they deal with sites that use such pages: Google may take action on doorway sites and other sites ...


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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 standpoint, you also lose any authority assigned to that particular URL (like links referencing that URL) if you suddenly remove that URL from your website. You ...


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...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 one by one. if you even list them all, no one will read such bunch of continuous text. The best way to show, which area is covered by your service, is to show ...


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