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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 types of pages that Google doesn't want to index: URLs without content Error pages Redirects Blank pages Thin content Stub pages Tag or category pages that ...


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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 the "Numbered List Featured Snippet". Here's an example of one of those snippets showing for my own site: And the markup that it was generated from: ...


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"It feels like I have spyware on my computer." Oh, it's much worse than that. There is spyware on everything but your computer, probably. Grapeshot is an Oracle service. Here are a few quotes from the crawler explanation page: Oracle Data Cloud assists advertisers placing contextual advertising on web pages. Pages are only visited on demand. If ...


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It will be field data. In their announcement of the algorithm update, Google are clear about using "real-world, user-centered metrics". By definition, lab measurements are not real-world, and what I see in my lab might not be the same as what you see in yours. Google themselves are clear on this in their documentation for speed tools: lab data &...


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Anyone (not just you as the website admin) can use the small "Feedback" link just below the info box to dispute any of the pieces, but I'm not sure if a single report will even be seen by a human. Depending on your role/responsibilities with the company, you can verify yourself as an authorized representative and/or submit a legal removal report. ...


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Soft 404s have nothing to with this problem, although for usability and SEO you should show 404 errors instead of redirecting to the home page. This sitemap appears to be generated by a crawler. You shouldn't do that. Google says it is not a good idea: Google Says Don't Crawl Your Site To Build A Sitemap File. If you have only 10 pages on your site, ...


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So, you have a case of an "NGINX Has Only One Site Configured" problem. That is, NGINX is serving the same data not just for your domain but for the bare IP address and any other request to your server/site (even with invalid domains - domains/subdomains which are NOT hosted on your site). Thankfully, this is something you can fix. FIRST we need ...


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The featured snippet in Google that Maximillian posted is a good example of where I would use numbered headings. Quick how-to guides, recipes, ranking, anything where the order of events actually matters. In most cases it seems unnecessary with website content (your experience may vary) and it wouldn't make sense for Google to present the headings like that. ...


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I am a bit doubtful that recovering server resources is going to make enough impact to your business to make a difference. Removing 25% of your worst performing pages isn't going to remove 25% of your traffic. I doubt that you will be able to downsize your servers as a result. Even if you could, servers are cheap. A small amount of extra resources ...


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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 Googlebot to crawl the URLs with greater priority. You want Googlebot to come crawl the URLs so that it sees that they are "404 Not Found." If you don't ...


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Some pages may have special uses that you don't need Google to display in the search results. For example, maybe you have a series of pages that asks the user for data in sequential steps. The first page asks for the user's name and maybe a password to complete an order. The second page asks for mailing address to complete the order. While the first page ...


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The only way to edit a site created with Google Sites is through the Google Sites editor. It is not possible to upload an HTML file or even to edit the HTML of the page the editor creates for you. See How do I use HTML in new google site editor? - Sites Community: The new version of Google Sites does not offer HTML editing and never will as the whole ...


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I think this breaks down into 2 questions really: How can we simplify our Analytics setups in the future? What do we do with our pre-existing Analytics accounts? How can we simplify our Analytics setups in the future? Having dealt with this myself, I don't think there's a one-size-fits-all solution. As you've already discovered: Keeping track of this many ...


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Off-page, you certainly have your work cut out for you. LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter have trust and longevity in search engines, as well as domain authority. It will be difficult to outrank them, not just at first but ever, unless the individual does not have a profile on LinkedIn or you have a long tail query that your users may be targeting and that ...


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The Knowledge Graph and Google My Business Profiles are Different Things Knowledge panels are boxes that display information about (named) entities e.g. people, places, organizations, things that exist in the Knowledge Graph. Knowledge panels for entities typically will include content obtained from a variety of different sources or domains. Ex: a knowledge ...


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It would be better SEO to not use filler text for those image attributes, because it would not be providing any useful information, either to people who depend on screen reader software, or to bots like Googlebot. You might consider using a manual process that prioritizes the top 50 pages (just using that number as an example) based on organic traffic ...


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Image URLs with different resolutions do not present a duplicate content issue. I would not do anything to try to keep your thumbnail images out of the index. This includes both situations where multiple resolutions are displayed on a page (as in a thumbnail and the main image) and situation where one of the resolutions is displayed (as in <srcset>). ...


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Is Difference Between German and English Versions Possible? Yes, it is possible. There can be several reasons. For example, most visitors from the US may use certain devices, browsers, etc., that German visitors may use sparingly. Server location, DNS speed, etc., may play a part. You have to segment the visitors from the US and Germany and profile them to ...


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You should not add URLs to your sitemap unless you want them crawled and indexed. If a URL is disallowed, non-canonical, or redirecting, it doesn't belong in your XML sitemap. Google uses your XML sitemap as a list of pages that it should crawl. When you include non-crawlable pages in your XML sitemap Google will complain about them in Google Search ...


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Google calls empty or nearly empty pages "thin content." In 2011 they wrote the Panda algorithm to detect thin content. Since then, thin content itself doesn't usually rank well and having lots of pages of thin content can hurt your site's rankings overall. It is usually best to remove empty pages from your site altogether. However, in this case ...


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When you say "preview" I think you are talking about the sentence of text under the link in the search results that is typically called the "snippet." Google has some documentation for that: How snippets are created When I do your search on Google, I see your pages have snippets like "You need to enable JavaScript to view this ...


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The simple answer is "it's complicated". Google is not influenced by tags in the header because they've discovered (a long time ago) that many really put whatever in there. So it's not totally ignored, but it's strongly verified. If it detects that the meta data looks like stuffing, you're penalized¹ (mostly likely, that page won't appear in search ...


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No, as per https://developers.google.com/search/docs/advanced/crawling/block-indexing you cannot do what you are asking. The <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> tag is specifically telling Google not to index the page, so it won't! About the best you could do would be to put up a minimal page with your name and details that ...


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In addition to @StephenOstermiller's answer, to further expedite the removal of these URLs you should: ensure they return a "410 Gone" status (rather than simply a 404 Not Found - which is perceived as more "temporary"). Submit these URLs to the Google Removal tool - although this will be a bit tough if these URLs do not have a common ...


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Leave it as is and hope for the best. Why you shouldn't list 404s in your sitemap.xml Your sitemap should only contain URLs you wan't indexed. URLs in your sitemaps should be clean -they should return 200, be indexable, be canonical, and also unique. If search engines come across 404 pages in your sitemaps, they may stop trusting the sitemaps for crawling ...


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I can't think of any reason besides these. It could also be bug on Google's end. I'm assuming we've already ruled out automatic redirection per Max's question and your answer. Directory & File Permissions are Not Set Properly If your directory/file permissions are set up incorrectly it is possible that your whole file structure could be indexed. The ...


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Wanted to provide links to Google docs on this subject. These are Googlebots but there are many different types of bots. Several explicitly ignore the robots.txt when its user initiated (such as Read Aloud for text-to-speech reading your site for the visually impaired). Others are just getting your favicon for favorites/bookmarks and need a logo, they ignore ...


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I'll say it boldly: Text-to-HTML ratio is a bad metric that has no place in SEO. If you're using Text-to-HTML ratio as a "warning flag" to pick out pages to take a closer look at, that's one thing. But it's not correct to say that the metric reliably points out "bad pages" - there are plenty of valid reasons a page could have low Text-to-...


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This is a very legalistic question, and I am not a lawyer. This answer does not constitute legal advice in any way. DMCA is intended to protect copyright holders from piracy, but there is a provision in the statute that allows for copyright holders to pursue action against anyone who aids in the circumvention of copyright protections. The “act” prohibition, ...


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Analytics increments the Unique Events metric by 1 the first time during a session that it receives an event with a unique combination of Category/Action/Label. A defined goal is track once per visit. So if you have for example these two events in a session: - Event 1 category: Form action: Complete label: Sign up - Event 2 category: Form action: Complete ...


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