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Best alternative to character "&" in domain name

You have a few options for an & in a domain name: Leave it out: xxbusiness.example Spell out the word "and": xandxbusiness.example Spell out the word "and" plus use hyphens: x-...
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Why does Google change / mispell my very site name?

Radiom is not a term. Radio is. Google is using n-gram analysis and term ontologies trying to understand your domain name for semantic value. The best it can come up with is radio and M. If, for ...
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Is it problematic for SEO to abbreviate a business name in the domain name?

Is this incongruence problematic for branding? That's a context-dependent measure I'm afraid. Some brands it might work perfect, others not so much. For example: Southern Expert Xerox Yogis —> ...
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Should I promote a product while there's a different product with a quite similar name?

Using ALM Performance as your keyword will mean you always struggle to compete with HP for that search term and anyone searching for your tool will find the HP tool instead, I would suggest choosing ...
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Where should I put Site Name structured markup?

Google doesn’t seem to document if it’s sufficient to provide this one the homepage, or if every page should have it. Note that they do state this for the Sitelinks Searchbox ("Add the markup only to ...
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How does changing the username affect the profile page SEO?

Assuming twitter.com/myusername becomes a Not Found page - search engines don't like lots of broken links, which is why many websites prevent (or limit) username changes. For example, Google gives ...
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When does a .com domain become available after it expires? (With status clientTransferProhibited)

Does this status prohibit me from getting the domain once it has expired? No. And can I acquire the domain as soon as it expires according to the expiry date on ICANN? No. (And you have to be ...
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Is a screen name considered personal data under the GDPR?

I'm no lawyer, but under the current UK Data Protection Act, personal data is broadly defined as: "any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person ('data subject'); an ...
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Upper and lower case business names and SEO

Not only can you refer to your business as Business with no effect, but if you have a domain thisismybusiness.com it is fine to use ThisIsMyBusiness.com or for emails, [email protected] - ...
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How do generic words in business name affect SEO?

I would look more towards the content on the website as it will have a larger impact on SEO. Short and long tail keywords are what you want to look at. You also seem to be looking at 2 audience ...
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Personal page - name with foreign accent

The right way to handle this situation is to have two index.html files, one for each language. Then you will need to fill the title html tag and meta description tag in English and in the other page ...
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Exact Match Domain Extension Value

There is virtually no exact match domain name effect. There was a time that Google thought it was a good idea that exact match domain names be given a significant boost, however, that was a spammer's ...
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How can I de-share third level .name domain which would allow me to register the second level domain?

See this post on how to convert a 3rd level .name domain to a 2nd level .name domain. Summarizing the steps: Confirm that you are the only one using the second level domain. Issue deletion of third ...
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Google has a hard time finding organization's official page

Okay. You are asking for several things that are fairly representative of common misconceptions in ranking a brand within search. I am at a disadvantage not knowing what your domain name is. That ...
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When changing the hostname of a server, can a CNAME be used with the old name for backwards compatibility?

It is perfectly acceptable for multiple host names to refer to the same IP address (and server). So yes, use a CNAME with the old name of your VPS so that all the devices that connect with that name ...
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Should I promote a product while there's a different product with a quite similar name?

Definitely you can promote the same, If you can't compete HP you will definitely get rank next to HP and if you have effective marketing strategy than you can even get higher rank to HP, but note that ...
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Is it problematic for SEO to abbreviate a business name in the domain name?

Which should the website logo reflect, PVGA or the full business name (purple valley grand artists)? The full name should appear on your site somewhere near the logo in large enough letters so people ...
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Review site domain: xxxxreview or xxxxreviews?

I'd have to agree with Patrick Mevzek's comment, "Why not buying both domains and redirecting one to another?" Whichever you use, someone is going to screw it up and enter the other one so having both ...
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I live a period in one country and a period in another; what do I do with both local websites?

In the U.S., the phone/cell companies offer a feature referred to as "Call Forwarding". When you leave one location, you set the phone there to forward any incoming calls to your number at the other ...
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Changing name when a domain holder is a citizen of one country; possible problems

I think you are making it a bit hard on yourself .. if the .com domain is available just buy it and register it with your new identity. for your old domain use domain privacy service to hide your ...
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Changing name when a domain holder is a citizen of one country; possible problems

Your question is not clear for the following reasons: I have a website to which I consider changing the domain from CCTLD to NCCTLD. There is no such change, if I understood you correctly (and ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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I live a period in one country and a period in another; what do I do with both local websites?

There are two solutions that can address this issue. Have your updated phone number on both websites based on the country you are living in. This will help your customers understand to reach out ...
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How do generic words in business name affect SEO?

The name of a business has an impact when you expect people to search for it by name. Otherwise, what you need to make sure your pages and websites are relevant to what your target audience is looking ...
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Possessive form with nickname/name for a blog title

As @closetnoc points out you should always design your site for people. If we look at it from that point of view then the site should ideally be named semantically. Where some of the confusion may ...
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What is the snippet shortname?

Why are we stuck in a way of thinking that file extensions must be 3 characters? This is a throwback to the days of DOS - who can remember that :o) - that had a 3 character limitation. Wouldn't it ...
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What is the snippet shortname?

On the web there are many cases where spt is used so I guess that would be the most correct shortname for it. An example: https://github.com/vim-scripts/snippet.vim/blob/master/doc/snippet.txt ...
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Personal page - name with foreign accent

Just use the correct version in your page and the search engines (ie. Google) will figure it out. Part of the "search" algorithm is to understand word alternatives and relationships and to return ...
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Company name same as national news scandal name - What to do?

You could pay for some appropriate key words to bring up your client's web site as a "sponsored result" (or however exactly it shows up) when searching for the company name. So if the company is ACME ...
user's user avatar
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Company name same as national news scandal name - What to do?

How does the saying go.. Bad publicity is the best free publicity. I say get creative and ride the wave (not minimizing the seriousness). Afterall you can't prevent or foresee things of this nature. ...
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What is the correct implementation of personal URL addresses, like in social networks, i.e facebook.com/username?

1) Facebook, for example, used to give you a numeric (i.e. 1000000001) id, now i guess they automatically establish you one (alphanumeric) related to your name/etc at first, and don't change. The old (...
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