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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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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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Do search engines still crawl a noindex page

Yes, Google still crawl webpages that have noindex tag. But if you have same content on two different webpages and one URL contain noindex tag, while second does not, then you should not worry about ...
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Remove subdomains from Google index and stop indexing them

You can remove the sub-domains in webmaster tools, but first you need to add the sub domains as seperate sites and then submit a site removal. They should be gone within a day or so. See these ...
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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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SEO ranking when copying content from other website with permissions

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 ...
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SEO ranking when copying content from other website with permissions

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 ...
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Redirect Google crawler to different robots.txt via .htaccess

Google's bots will still want to request /robots.txt from your sub domain and not /robots_static.txt which would have no meaning to them. RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.static\..*$ [NC] RewriteRule ^/...
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Should URL paths be case sensitive?

Two of the most widely used operating system file systems for serving web content have have very different settings for case sensitivity of URLs by default. Whether or not your URLs are case ...
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Block a random domain pointing at my dedicated IP

I deal with this type of situation using my virtual host configuration. Under Apache, the first virtual host is the "default" virtual host. I configure it to serve a 404 error with the message ...
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Will Google penalize me for duplicate content on GitHub from my knowledge base?

Ideally, no. It is very, very difficult to get penalised (Sandboxing, Deindexing). Having duplicate content may 'de-value' your content and it will have less weight than it would organically but it's ...
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Google Webmaster Tools: duplicate title even with a 301 redirect in place

GWT is known for not refreshing some parts of their data very often. Chances are your site got crawled before the 301's and what was reported at that time got stuck. Usually it will go away after a ...
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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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Do search engines still crawl a noindex page

As Goyllo has already stated, search engine bots will crawl pages that have a noindex meta tag. If you think about it, they need to crawl the page in order to see the noindex meta tag in the first ...
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Index page content identical to page 1 of a gallery-type website

No don't use a 302, because it means temporary redirection. Set a canonical link in page 1 to index.html. That is the right way. REM: both pages exist, but Google (and other search engines) will only ...
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Publishing articles twice

Personally, I would use canonical URLs. Example: <link rel="canonical" href="http://othersite.com/article-name" /> Avoids any duplicate content issues and allows you to re-publish articles on ...
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Scraped content from my website posted on Blogspot is outranking my site and causing Google penalty

It's not normal that your site is outranking you, but can happen. Google has its own tool to report Scrapped content, you can check it here -> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/...
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Responsive design, injecting code via Javascript: Is it bad practice?

The idea to make a site mobile friendly is excellent, but I don't think your method is best, especially if later you decide to monetize your website with adsense for these reasons: You're scripting ...
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How to use same content from another site without getting a penalty for duplicate content?

When using content from other sites you can use <blockquote> and <cite>, one of my customers had a similar case to yours, they wanted to use external reviews on TrustPilot, by using ...
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Why create a fake duplicate / clone website?

...what is the reason for doing such a nonsense thing? They might... be associated with a competitor and want to take traffic away from your site. An exact clone of your site on another domain can ...
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Preventing URLs ending in "/" from search engine indexes with robots.txt or rewrite rule

rewrite ^/$ ? permanent; This would only match the document root (a valid request) - this isn't a URL that ends with a slash, but a URL that starts with a slash. Try something like the following ...
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Site for the same service in different locations: how to avoid duplicate content?

Yes, there's a high risk of the new sites being flagged as duplicate content. Even if you change up the text, if you reuse images and/or have a very similar HTML structure, Googlebot is quite good at ...
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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 to specify the canonical URL for downloadable versions of the page (doc, pdf, txt, etc)

Google allows you to specify the canonical as an HTTP header. They give an example for canonicalizing one PDF file to another: Link: <http://www.example.com/downloads/white-paper.pdf>; rel="...
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How does copying website pages and content but changing CSS affect SEO?

Duplicate content is duplicate no matter how much you try and sugar coat it.
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Responsive design, injecting code via Javascript: Is it bad practice?

Maybe it's just your simplified example, but your example can be rewritten to use just CSS and media queries only, no JavaScript is required here and no change to the source. You are "half" using a ...
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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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Is there SEO conflict if making identical posts on Medium and on a standalone website?

You can set the canonical link on your article to be your website, so that any SEO benefits will be redirected there. The only caveat it seems, is that you need to use Medium's import tools. Here is ...
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How to correctly mark up different versions of the same document which are non-canonical

given your question I have to make the following assumptions: your website is offering a section for install-guides for a product guides differ from product version but stay relevant for customers ...
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