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Google will automatically remove pages that now return a 404 status. They will get removed 24 hours after Googlebot next tries to crawl them. If you want to speed up the process slightly, return "410 Gone" status for those URLs instead. Then they will be removed without the day grace period after they are next crawled. The only problem is that it ...


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I'm seeing some evidence that Google likes text heavy pages even for simple queries right now. You might get better rankings with longer answers and filler text these days. One example is recipes. Pretty much any recipe I find on Google now has 3 pages of text before the actual recipe talking about how much Aunt Marge liked it at Thanksgiving four years ...


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This certainly looks like a mistyped URL in the links on pages /blog/page/12/, /blog/page/13/ and /blog/page/14/. On those pages look for a link like the following: <a href='’https://go.example.com/20190620-Lyft-Livestream.html?ref=blog'>Link</a> The erroneous single back curly quote ’ at the start of the URL will trigger the user-agent (...


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I don't think it's 'correct' to think or optimize for content length. Straight from the horse's mouth: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/7451184?hl=en: Provide an appropriate amount of content for your subject Creating high quality content takes a significant amount of at least one of the following: time, effort, expertise, and talent/...


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The worst that can happened is that google will consider that single page not worth to be indexed. If your website has 1000 "good pages" and 50 "poor" pages it will not affect the website. If your website has 50 "good pages" and 100 "poor" pages it can be affected. Why don't you simply group the answers by topic, so each page will contains maybe 5 or 10 ...


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The answer to your general question, is that it depends on the context. In my experience doing SEO, for over 10 years, it used to be the case that longer word count was better (not so much that low word count is hurtful, although this is debatable). However, Google's algorithms change and adjust over time to adapt to user behavior, it's ultimate goal ...


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As it stated at Schema.org, eventSchedule isn't yet implemented into official draft - its implementation is pending. Thats why the validation of it fails.


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You can verify that Yoast does indeed 301 (permanently) redirect attachment pages by viewing the Media Library and copying one of the attachment page URLs into a HTTP header check tool. (Yes, they do.) Once everything is 301 redirected, it will eventually be updated in Google's index. This can take some time, so you could use Webmaster Tools to ask Google ...


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This problem won't be solved by pinging Google to recrawl your site or resubmitting the sitemap because it would index the new URLs and not delete the old/dummy ones. The Webmaster tool used for URL removal is the only way to ask Google to remove links from its index, however, it only allows one link at a time, to be submitted for removal. In order to ...


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If your sitemap is being submitted in txt format, then it must have a .txt file extension. https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/183668?hl=en


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Is there any source/knowledge out there of what is actually counted in this metric? Back in the day, John Mueller wrote on Google+ that it was a simple HTTP request time. Basically, how long it takes GoogleBot to complete the HTTP request. Is it only pages responding with 200 OK status code or would it also include response times 301s, 410s 404s and ...


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If the content is an exact copy of that on the newspaper's website, then yes, Google will penalise your website for plagiarism. You can, however, use canonical tags to mark one of the web pages as the original and the other one as the duplicate of the same content, that way the duplicate page won't get much benefits but would avoid penalty.(Remember that ...


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You first need to think about your website architecture and how it is relevant for users and searchers. In this Webmasters Hangout, John Mueller talked about the best site architecture. In general I’d be careful to avoid setting up a situation where normal website navigation doesn’t work. So we should be able to crawl from one URL to any other URL on your ...


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There are a few big factors that you didn't mention: External links to the pages. External links to specific pages can help a lot. Especially if the anchor text of the links contains some of the keywords. (This is why link building is such an important SEO activity. BUT it needs to be undertaken with care so that Google doesn't penalize spammy links.) ...


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By default, Google Analytics works with URLs without a Hostname. It's what they call page, which indicates the path of the page being accessed. As you set up a view which filters traffic from the subdomain xxxx.example.com, when you generate the virtual page, it must follow that pattern in order to appear in the view: ga('set', 'page', 'xxxx.example.com/...


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