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What is the difference between noopener and noreferrer?

rel="noopener" is used so that when a new window is created upon clicking a link, malicious javascript code running in the new window will not access your previous window via the window.opener ...
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How I can ensure that a link sent via email is opened only via user clicks from a mail client and not by bots?

In short: you can't. Answer depends on the definition of "bots", but if a bot can crawl the e-mail, the bot can hit the link. A bot doesn't necessarily respect robots.txt, or mentioned html ...
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How I can ensure that a link sent via email is opened only via user clicks from a mail client and not by bots?

Incorrectly used meta tags Instead of using two meta tags, you should put both values into a single tag. With two tags, some search engines may choose to obey only one of the two. <meta name="...
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Speed comparison - absolute vs relative path links

Effect for browser: Though this looks like a bit of work for web browser, but technically it does not make much of a difference. The browsers are too fast to handle these relative url structure and ...
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Are spaces in "href" valid?

In (X)HTML5, the a element’s href attribute […] must have a value that is a valid URL potentially surrounded by spaces. As the anchor suggests, it may contain leading and trailing spaces. The ...
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SEO impact of using non-Latin characters in URL

Some SEOs are wary of using these non-Latin characters in URLs because of the way it might display in certain browsers, or in certain text cases when the link is copied and pasted somewhere online....
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Is it a good SEO practice to send external links through an uncrawlable redirect script?

What you propose could be argued as blackhat SEO which can find your ranking negatively affected. At no times should pages or links be cloaked in any way. If you are wanting to prevent ranking passing ...
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Does Google punish pyramid linking and does reverse negative SEO exist?

What is Fair? To begin with, Google can certainly penalize any sites performance within it's own search engine for what it feels is unacceptable behavior in particular with respect to their ability ...
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How I can ensure that a link sent via email is opened only via user clicks from a mail client and not by bots?

Not only can you not ensure it, it's highly likely that the link will be retrieved by programs not under the user's control. Many spam and phishing filters will pre-fetch any web pages linked to in ...
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Should I use anchor tag with next/link in Next.js for SEO?

It all depends on what MyButton component actually renders. The second case is always correct, since it renders regular a tag (a href="https://www.google.com">Go somewhere</a>), and ...
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Using URLs as anchor texts

Some reasons I might not do so: The URL is probably uninteresting to most users. Often a link is integrated into a sentence and a URL doesn't integrate well.1 These days, with fancy search bars and ...
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What do the different parameters in an Amazon Associates (affiliates) URL do? (Why use the Associates interface?)

They look to me like they are marketing tags which capture a bunch of things about presentation of the product, e.g. Which version of the web page they showed you that 'inspired' you to link the ...
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rel="nofollow" On Quality User Supplied Links

if the linked to page is context appropriate and of a high value wouldn't it be better to allow the passing of pagerank? Quite probably yes. But unfortunately, in the real world, for arbitrary user ...
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Is there any difference in a plain text link on a page, and a hyperlink SEO wise?

Raw Text: http://www.example.com Treated as a mention and Google treats mentions as a very relatively weak SEO signal and passes no link juice. Anchor Text Keyword: <a href="http://www.example....
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Is it okay for SEO to wrap block elements in a link?

Yes, it is fine and even advisable to put block elements inside an a element where appropriate, as long as the browser supports HTML5 (all modern browsers do): The a element may be wrapped around ...
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Why don't SEO tools such as Screaming frog crawl some of my links?

The links under "Destinations you might like" appear to be all generated by JavaScript - they don't actually appear in the initial HTML source of the page. This will prevent most "SEO ...
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Personal blog vs Medium

The Correct Answer is...Both? Everything should start on your website. So you should definitely create that. The advantage here is that you're creating your own place with a domain that is associated ...
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What is _ga in url path?

This is needed for cross-domain-tracking, and yes, it stands for google analytics. You can't stop Google from adding the tag, but you can tell Analytics to ignore it in your reports.
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How can I internally link to pages while keeping minimalist aesthetics?

I do have an idea that may very well satisfy the people you work for, but I still recommend your idea of having navigation stand out, but since your bosses come with not-so-wonderful requests, I'll ...
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Will unlinked pages on a WordPress site get indexed by Google?

Google and Bing bots are not mind readers If you have a link on your site, another site, or within a sitemap, then only then will it become indexable. It can't index something it can't find. If you ...
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Generating backlinks through a javascript video widget without getting manual action penalties?

Google no longer views widgets as harmless. They have been used too many times to manipulate search results. Your plan to use widgets to build backlinks is a risky plan today. Google's official ...
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SEO effects of footer attribution link to website builder's site

I'll not recommend using external dofollow footer links cause: Many of them will be off-topic so your ranks will not be affected Multiple links from the same domain (for SEO it's better quality than ...
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Would search engines consider footer links to my other websites to be toxic?

I don't think it would be a good idea to get backlinks from footer section. It's not a good practice in SEO. Backlinks are more strong when they are connected through your content not just sticking in ...
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How do I share my site so it is available to people looking at my resume, but not on search engines?

You can use any host you like to host your website (siteground, godaddy, bluehost etc.). What you should do to prevent your site appearing in search results and therefore to the world is: You have two ...
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Should I use the 'noreferrer' attribute on my website links (to open in a new window) as a safety measure?

You only need to use one or the other. From Google tools for web developers -- Links to cross-origin destinations are unsafe: rel="noopener" prevents the new page from being able to access the ...
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Googlebot doesn't see links in Angular SPA because routerLink is rendered with an href starting with a hash

That's a common JavaScript / SEO problem. It can happen with all JavaScript frameworks. To make your website compatible with Google (and benefit from SEO), you might use the Server Side Rendering (SSR)...
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How to deal with spammy links to an article I wrote in a different niche than the rest of my site?

Unless you are sure that those spammy blog links are hurting your site in rankings, you should do nothing. Google works hard to make sure that rogue backlinks don't affect your site: In general we do ...
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Should a separate link or a single link be given to the image and text?

With the single link option search engines will treat the image's ALT text as if it is the anchor text of a traditional link. Ex: <a href="url">This is Anchor Text</a> Possible ...
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Finding links without descriptive text

Is there a way via Screaming Frog or other tool to crawl a site for links such as these? The Custom Extraction in Screaming Frog should be able to do that. I can't seem to find a definitive list of ...
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A site with a directory of thousands of links can get blacklisted by Google for one link to a site with malware

We were hit by the same problem as the OP - our site blacklisted so that all Chrome users were getting a big scary red message about "The site ahead contains malware. Attackers currently on [site name]...
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