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To avoid Negative SEO against your site, regularly practice Positive SEO. It will help to build your reputation in Google and other search engines, and they will not give value to the bad SEO links, etc. You may find this article very helpful to recover from bad SEO.


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Content Scraping is not at all Good and it is a worst SEO technique (Negative SEO) which will surely harm your website in Panda update. Google will penalize those websites which are following content scraping technique. In Google support page you can find Scraped content Some webmasters use content taken (“scraped”) from other, more reputable ...


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Negative SEO (NSEO) refers to several black hat techniques that attempt to penalize the SEO of a rival site. Here are some NSEO techniques and a way to prevent each: DDoS attack against your site - try to use a web host or CDN that offers to block these kind of attacks (CloudFare for example) Hacking your site - keep your server up-to-date; for example, the ...


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I've seen enough reported cases of negative SEO being effective that I'm convinced that it is possible. Here are a couple of the better stories: Web Marketing School - Sorry: Negative SEO Does Exist Owners of bluewidgets.com and bluewidgets.org independently discover that their sites were victims of negative SEO. They compare notes and find that the ...


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It's not normal that your site is outranking you, but can happen. Google has its own tool to report Scrapped content, you can check it here -> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Pw1KVOVRyr4a7ezj_6SHghnX1Y6bp1SOVmy60QjkF0Y/viewform I also advise you to make a DMCA complaint, as addresses copyright issues and can act faster. I had that experience in the past ...


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Yes it exists. And is very hard to combat, but the badguys have to put in a lot of work to pull it off, there are easier methods. It's not as simple as making a bad site with a backlink to the goodguy though. If the bad guy has a sucky webpage, they're not gonna get indexed (or given any value at that), so the backlink doesn't really do any harm if you're ...


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If you provide structured data about the same thing in different syntaxes, you should convey that it’s actually the same thing, not different things. You can do this by giving all representations the same URI. JSON-LD: @id Microdata: itemid RDFa: resource / about <!-- JSON-LD --> <script type="application/ld+json"> { "@context": "http://...


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You can submit the site to search engines before your site is ready in order to set the domain age as older as possible (positive effect on SEO in the long term). However, I wouldn't do it 6 months before. 1 or 2 months before the launch could be a good compromise. Think about creating the buzz about your site during this period and try to launch your site ...


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I would not recommend hiding joyride from Google because google can treat that as Cloaking. It won't be negative for your SEO if you implement that on your web. How Googlebot Crawls Javascript


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The best you can do is disavow these domains in Google Search Console (webmaster tools). You can also block any referral from these sites so that anyone that follows the link will get an error. 403 is traditional and often signals to Google that you disapprove of the link though this is not absolute.


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If you haven't already, you probably want to verify your site on both Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools. Adding the verification will help the search engines recognize the legitimate site. You may also want to consider adding metatags declaring the author and generator in your site's templates. See metatag properties/values on MDN here. Add ...


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At this time the consensus among people who have actually looked at real data is that it seems plausible, but has not been proven to work on sites that weren't already at risk of a penalty from link spam they did themselves. Even the Moz case study cited above has its flaws. The author failed to disclose that the site did in fact have bad links dating back ...


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Smells like bull doody to me. A handful of links will not cause your site to be penalized by Google. When you have the ability to disavow the links it makes it even more suspicious. Google doesn't ask anyone for lists of unnatural links. The aforementioned disavow tool handles that automatically. You've been getting multiple emails? Sounds like a ...


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This has been discussed by Google's Andrey Lipattsev most recently in June 2016 when he stated that Google does not have a duplicate content penalty. As Andrey states It is not a penalty if Google discovers your content is not unique and doesn't rank your page above a competitor's page. It is further outlined by an SEO Audit company... For SEO, it ...


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From what you are describing it almost sounds similar to the way a site is referenced when you add a URL to a Facebook post in that at the end of the post an image from the site, the page title, the URL, and a short extract is added. If this is the case then you will not have any issues as a small extract like that and a single image won't make your page ...


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Do not be afraid. Google does get new and trending spam terms from obvious abusive usage on sites like you mention. At one point, when new terms were added to the spam list, and assuming with more severe cases of abuse, innocent sites were marked as spam sites just for simple mentions of these new terms. This went on for years while Google tried to tune it'...


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I don't think it's negative SEO, my guess is that you are facing bot's traffic. Check if that traffic matches those indicators: Low average session duration. High bounce rate (checked). Mostly new visitors. No goal completion. In order to minimize the 'bad traffic' take into consideration the following actions: Make sure you exclude traffic from spiders ...


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Google doesn't want your site search results to appear the Google search results. Google reasons: Users don't want to click from search results only to find another page of search results Site search results are not high quality landing pages According to Google's webmaster guidelines, you must prevent Google from indexing your site search results. If ...


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When you website is targeted to a specific country, you will rank better in that country and much worse everywhere else in the world. Unless your top level domain is on Google's list of generic top level domains, you won't be able to use it for a website that targets a global audience and gets traffic from Google search.


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Yes, it's definitely possible. I've worked with three clients who have had link penalties in Google Webmaster Tools and when doing a link audit it was evident that these links had been built with the purpose of trying to get a site penalised. One site was a photographer and the majority of his links were on casino sites and med sites about Viagra. The ...


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Replace spaces with hyphens in URL's without a doubt. They are more readable otherwise URL's will be encoded in the browser like:- example.com/category%20name/article%20name.html It's more friendly for search engines and humans like:- example.com/category-name/article-name.html You can accomplish replacing spaces with hyphens by using the php function ...


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As far i understand joyride is a piece of html code, which displaying is triggered by a javascript to the news visitors, who doesn't yet have your cookie. In this case you can easily hide your joyride content from Google without any cloacking. The first idea i would try, is to get all of your joyride textual content into background images, which surely ...


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I am assuming that you are saying that you are worried about them having duplicate content. One option would be to set one of them to be removed from the search engine index, such as by serving a 404, and then adding a robots.txt rule to prevent re-crawling them. The easier option, though, if it is acceptable to you, might be to create a redirect from one to ...


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You'll get a penalty if you're trying (regardless of your level of intention) to have two or more copies of the same page indexed. If you still want both copies live, then you'll have to determine which ONE page from each set of same pages you want indexed. As for the remaining pages in each set, you can either: Declare it canonical to the original. In ...


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It's not that Google is unhappy with you but rather that you are seeing a typical "new site" spidering/update schedule. Very few sites get indexed/updated by Google daily and almost none of those sites are new. What most likely happened is your site was indexed based on the first iteration, then those pages dropped after the mistake and now you have to ...


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If you believe that you are receiving links that can hurt your site, you will want to disavow them. You can disavow links here: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/disavow-links-main There have been issues of competitors trying to derank other websites by setting spammy link campaigns targeting that site. The simplest way to combat this is with the ...


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I don't think there's a whole lot of official information on the web about brand mentions in relation to spam. I also don't think there's a disavow tool for brand mentions, though perhaps there should be. Because Google's language algorithm uses word association to determine what a word means, when it sees your brand on pages of a certain topic it's very ...


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Mentions are playing a role for Google, yes. But not in such cases. What you describe is just a kind of informational noize and it is pretty well recognized and filtered out by Google. To send to Google some clear signals about your site, raise against some of worst offenders DMCA notices under https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-notice. Another ...


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If you are able to manage it so, that publishing blogs give you a cross-site canonical to your page, to original article, than it is the best case. If you have no influence on canonicalization, than simply don't worry. The whole web lives by republishing and cross-posting, and Google is pretty good in getting to know, where is the original. To make Google'...


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Most of your hreflang are unneeded, maybe because you are confusing languages and localizations. See https://tools.ietf.org/html/bcp47#section-2.2.4 : Region subtags are used to indicate linguistic variations associated with or appropriate to a specific country, territory, or region. Typically, a region subtag is used to indicate variations such as ...


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