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Will putting a clock display on a website boost SEO?

Working from this: ...dynamic clock or meteo widget on the page could boost the SEO... ...has been updated with new content. Short answer? No. Not even close. Search engines, using more than one ...
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Google .dev domain strangely redirects to https

.dev domains are HTTPS only. It isn't a redirect. It is HSTS preload. HSTS is a technology that lets domains declare that they are HTTPS only. It is meant to mitigate against protocol downgrade ...
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Prevent Google from thinking my own bot is faking traffic on my website

Google has no way of knowing when you hit your own site with your own bot. Google can't see anything that happens on your server. Even if you use Google Analytics, your bot won't show up in it. ...
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Ask Google to remove thousands of pages from its index after cleaning up from hacked site

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 "...
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Prevent Google from thinking my own bot is faking traffic on my website

Google doesn't care about your traffic. Even if you use Google Analytic, Google never uses that data for search engine ranking algorythm. Gary Illyes from Google says in a tweet We don't use anything ...
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Google Mobile Friendly test shows "other error" for resource loads

I had 6 instances of "other errors" (4 images and 2 stylesheets) and continually hitting the refresh button didn't help. here's what I think finally fixed it for me: I switched 2 of the images from ...
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Google Mobile Friendly test shows "other error" for resource loads

According to this support thread, "Other error" may be that Googlebot reached the limit of the number of requests it is willing to make to a server to prevent it from overwhelming the ...
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My Competitor is bidding my brand name in their ads. How I could outrank their ads?

Paid Listings Ranking System: Google's Paid Listings has a very simple equation, in determining the positioning of all of their Paid Listings. Your advert's positioning is referred to as its Ad Rank....
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Does server location and geo location based on IP impact SEO?

In a Google Webmaster Help thread, Google's John Mueller said in response to the question of SEO and server location: For search, specifically for geotargeting, the server's location plays a very ...
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Will putting a clock display on a website boost SEO?

I really doubt this is the case, you should try engaging the Googlebot by constantly adding relevant and consistent data. If what you say is true a simple code like this could boost SEO: <?php ...
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How is HTTP 418 treated by Google and others as it is not a "real" error?

If you use the "Fetch as Google" tool in Google Search Console on a page that returns a "418 I'm a Teapot" status then it simply reports an "Error" and indexing cannot be ...
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Google search keeps indexing hacked URLs

I got the same problem once with a website with an old version of Joomla, the server was safe but the pages were generated by an hack on at PHP level that I was not able to discover fast. In the end ...
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Why is preventing Googlebot from crawling some pages on my site good for SEO?

Some pages can hurt the SEO of your entire site if you let Google crawl and index them. From my answer to How should I choose which URLs I want indexed to include in my sitemap? there are several ...
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How does wordpress submit new sites to search engines?

WordPress uses a "ping" service to submit every new page that is written. See Update Services « WordPress Codex. In short, they use Ping-o-Matic which in turn pings several other services. ...
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restricting Google Maps js API keys to just my domain

Google changes this around every now and then, and whenever they do I have to 're-find' where each of the settings are. So you're not alone! You're right that a browser key is essentially 'public' ...
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After updating the title and meta description, how long until changes take place on Google?

If you go to Google Search Console website, click on Crawl, the Fetch as Google you can order the page on your website that you are updating to be indexed. From that point, as of the date of this ...
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The word 'behance' appears instead of my title in Google search results

I contacted John Mueller at Google about this issue. He had his team take a look at it and got back to me with the answer. The word "behance" is coming from an SVG image on your page. The image ...
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What is the screen size used by Google's PageSpeed Insights for mobile previews?

I created a test you can run in order to check. For me, it was 412px for mobile and 1350px for desktop: Here's the test: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww....
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Are alternate links included in the 50,000 URL limit for sitemaps?

As closetnoc suggests in comments, the 50,000 URL limit for sitemaps refers to the number of URLs in the sitemap file itself. ie. the number of <loc> elements. This is an individual sitemap ...
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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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Google Pagespeed: How to satisfy the new image compression rules?

I see the same unsightly results for pages without any problem before, of course using responsive frameworks like ZURB Foundation with responsive images. In the past I used: find . -iname "*.jpg" -...
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Will putting a clock display on a website boost SEO?

Fresh content doesn't even always help SEO. For many (probably most) topics Google likes content that is tried and true. Content to which it knows users react favorably. Some areas, like news, ...
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Is word count a large ranking factor for Google?

Is word count a ranking factor? No. Absolutely not! Any suggestion that word count is a ranking factor is bad SEO and completely wrong. In fact, it is an insult to Google and Bing to suggest such a ...
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What causes "redirect notice" in Google search?

I think there may be (or may have been) a few scenarios that can trigger this "redirect notice" from the Google SERPs. Some of these may have been historical "glitches" judging by some of the articles ...
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Can I use numbering to decorate headings for readability in CSS without hurting SEO?

Contrary to hurting SEO, I've found that placing numbers next to headings can help SEO in some cases. More specifically, if you have a numbered list of things, sometimes it can qualify your site for ...
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Shall I submit sitemap containing all the bad (now 404) URLs after the spam URL hack?

You can submit a temporary sitemap with all the hacked URLs to Google as a method for getting Googlebot to come crawl all of them quickly. When you submit a sitemap of URLs, it will trigger ...
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Are 'robots.txt' rules "starts with" or "contains" rules (clarification on confusing Google documentation)

the /fish/ rule matches anything in the /fish/ folder (...) it matches the path /animals/fish/ This does look like a mistake in the Google docs IMO (as you suggest) for several reasons: That example ...
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Leverage browser caching on GitHub pages

USE A CDN (CLOUDFLARE) By the far, the more efficient way to increase your score is to use a free content delivery network to serve your site. I recommend the free version of CloudFlare because of ...
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Does Google count a text only link as a backlink?

Googlebot uses text links for link discovery. I've seen tests that show that Googlebot will crawl URLs that it could have only found through text mentions. Google patent filings indicate that they ...
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Is word count a large ranking factor for Google?

Google does not use "word count" as a ranking factor. Think to yourself; does it make sense? Just look at the StackOverflow site, you will hardly see more than 1000 words per page. Still SO and SE ...
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