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.google actually is a valid top level domain (or top level zone), as is '.youtube'. Google applied for those TLDs a long time ago... successfully as we can now see. Google can now further delegate authority within that zone and com.google and other subdomains (or delegated zones) can become valid and be operated. Here's a news article on zdnet about this ...


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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 page, can determine patterns within the HTML DOM model that separates the header, footer, sidebar, and any other page element that is truly not content. The idea ...


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If they're just mirroring your site by feeding your site through a proxy script or regurgitating your HTML verbatum, you can add canonical URLs to your pages. This will let Google know your content is the original source and to show your URL in the search results, not their's. Submit a DMCA request to Google. They're a little slow with them but they will ...


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.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 attacks. The first time you visit a site that wants to use HSTS, you get a header that prevents you from ever visiting that domain on HTTP. The HSTS preload ...


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It took me a while, but I figured this one out. It's a 2 step process (maybe there are other ways to do it, but this works for AWS, too): 1) Use a CNAME record to set your www.example.com to forward to the true hostname. 2) To configure the naked domain, add a "Synthetic Record", and set up a "Subdomain Forward." In the subdomain text box, enter the @ sign ...


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UX Importance User Experience also known as UX remains one of the most important factors when managing and operating a website. User experience enhances your conversions, increases time spent on page and indirectly improves rankings due to an increase of people wanting to link to your website. Having a site not accessible via both with or without www ...


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You can file a DMCA complaint and if you are in the U.S., you can file a copyright civil law suit. Here is a link to a short answer that explains how the DMCA complaint can help anyone: Do you have to be in the United States to file a DMCA complaint? ... and another one the explains more... How much of your content needs to be copied before you can file ...


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You could track their IP (or IPs) and return totally different content for them to mirror - whatever you like. This way you get free space for advertising whatever, and you can use their high position in Google to your advantage. I once used this to simply explain to the users on the mirrored website that this is the wrong domain. You can also post a simple ...


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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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(What also perplexes me is they have no access to the site so I don't know what "tags" they could be referencing?) That there tells me your old SEO company wants to make whatever extra dollar they can from you. The company that we were paying to do our SEO just called and said they were contacted by google and told to remove their tags from all of our ...


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The How... In the past few years icann opened up applications for custom GTLD names, you can take a look at application statuses on the ICANN website. Expect to see many new company names as gTLD in the next few years such as .bbc,.foodnetwork,.hilton etc. Sadly these scheme was only for the super rich or big corps with buckets filled with 100 dollar bills. ...


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Google does index XML sitemaps (like any XML file). If Google is aware of a URL and it returns a valid response then it's going to pass Google's inclusion rules and could get indexed. Personally, I only submit the sitemap through GWT and include a Sitemap: reference in robots.txt and this is certainly enough to get it indexed. The recommended method to ...


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To know the age of an URL you can follow this link by replacing www.example.com by the URL you want: https://www.google.com/search?tbs=cdr%3A1%2Ccd_min%3A1%2F1%2F2000&q=site%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.example.com&safe=active&gws_rd=ssl For example, here's the result from Google for the Meta site of Stack Overflow: Otherwise, the Wayback machine is ...


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Most likely, you cannot. But don't worry — all hope is not lost. Of course, as suggested in the other answers, you could try simply asking the site hosting the image to take it down, replace it with a more flattering image, or at least to change its name and descriptive text to make it rank less prominently for your company name. However, I'm going ...


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It is more user friendly to translate slugs, but don't expect, it will bump your site's ranking like a bomb. Google is able to translate URLs by itself, so it can match a meaning of a page with english URL and italian content. URL translation could lightly improve your user metrics and user experience, which are ranking factors too. Also, if you do it, do ...


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I'm not sure if this changed over the years since this was asked; while in theory you can (as the first answer states), in practice Google at least will give you an error (as seen in their Webmaster Tools): Incorrect Sitemap index format: Nested Sitemap indexes The Google help page further states: A sitemap index file can't list other sitemap index ...


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Google's Matt Cutts was asked this question and responded directly in a video (Aug 2011): Do spelling and grammar matter when evaluating content and site quality? At least the last time I checked (which was a while ago), it is not used as a direct signal within our rankings. So its not one of the 200 different signals that we use to assess the ...


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In your header you have a canonical link (on line 11, just under <title>). It looks like this on your page: <link href="http://escene.ir/component/products/?task=view.12" rel="canonical" /> This element tells Google your preferred URL for a page which has several urls to choose from. This is to prevent you from being penalized for having ...


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You really do need to have the www. sub-domain point to your website. It is particularly important for type in traffic. If you tell a person to visit example.com, a large number of them will add a www. In my experience it is 40% or more that do this. I myself tend to like naked domains with no subdomain when creating a website. I have occasionally ...


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Because Microsoft Edge presents a User-Agent string that contains the word Chrome. And, for that matter, Safari. Check out http://whatsmyuseragent.com/ and you'll see something like this: (Emphasis mine) This is deliberate on Microsoft's behalf to fool naïve user-agent checks into thinking that it's not Internet Explorer. Which it isn't.


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Google now officially processes JavaScript. In order to solve this problem, we decided to try to understand pages by executing JavaScript. It’s hard to do that at the scale of the current web, but we decided that it’s worth it. We have been gradually improving how we do this for some time. In the past few months, our indexing system has been rendering a ...


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MrWhite's answer about using X-Robots-Tag appears to be the correct way to do this. Here is code that can be used in .htaccess or Apache configuration files to do so. (Reference: WebmasterWorld - Sitemaps showing up in SERP - How to prevent this?) <Files ~ "sitemap.*\.xml(\.gz)?$"> Header append X-Robots-Tag "noindex" </Files> Under nginx ...


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There is no benefit in using the hreflang on a single language website, it is meant exclusively for multilingual and international websites. I am not suggesting that Google (or other search engines) would penalize you for it, but they would definitely not reward you. You can see a proper implementation of the hreflang tag over at trip advisor - a well ...


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A little late for you but best idea to protect your website (in the future) would be this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3pNLB3Cq24 (defcon 21, defense by numbers) faking the return code so users will see the content but bots will throw the content away crawl in circles stop working other possible ideas - make sure that your users don't see any of this: ...


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I agree 100% with @mike's answer. However to answer this question in short: Not true, Google will never call an SEO company nor a website owner to ask them to remove their website tags. Side note: I am glad for your client that they have left that doggy SEO company


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Google doesn't take into account W3C errors for SEO. There are so many big websites with a bunch of errors which have a good ranking in Google for many keywords. Having a W3C compliant website is good practice because you're sure your website respect rules of web semantic but there is no influence for SEO unless you have invalid HTML which is creating ...


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As John says, this is fake traffic known as "referral spam". This morning I had about 80% of my "traffic" coming from this same domain. Rest assured, you are not paying Google for these clicks. The basic idea behind referral spam is that some hosts will publish their logs or Analytics data publicly, thus creating links and/or text references to their spam-...


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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. This Equation is: Ad Rank = Quality Score x Bid Amount (CPC) Simply put, the higher your Ad Rank, the higher up the the Paid Listings you go. In other ...


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Google doesn't care about the length of your articles. It cares about whether your page satisfies the searchers that it sends to your site. With that in mind, the length of your articles should be: Long enough to inform the user. Short enough that most users read the whole thing. There is no "minimum length" for web pages to be indexed. Web pages often ...


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I wouldn't count on all spiders being able to follow a redirect to get to a robots.txt file. See: Does Google respect a redirect header for robots.txt to a different file name? Assuming you are hosted on an Apache server, you could use mod_rewrite from your .htaccess file to to serve the correct file for the correct domain: RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{...


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