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Google has stopped publishing PageRank publicly. The last time the Google Toolbar was updated with new PageRank data was December 2013. Google has said that it will never be updated again. If your site was created after December 2013, your toolbar PageRank will always and forever read "0". If you changed anything about your URLs since December 2013, your ...


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We talked about Alexa here on Webmasters a lot. Alexa is useless and relies on users using their toolbar. It has junk metrics and unreliable data. I advise you not to consider Alexa ranking in any terms. Still, I'm not sure why do people use it, it's total gibberish.


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The seo experts told us to put rel="nofollow" to all external links. Trying to massage PR (for want of a better term) in this way sounds like a very outdated concept to me. Is e-Commerce any different in this respect? If a site is worth linking to it should be "follow". Generally, rel="nofollow" should only be used on paid-for or untrusted (ie. user-...


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Not at all. A's PageRank is not improved. Links to website A (with <a> tag like <a href="http://www.asite.com"></a>) improve PageRank. Moreover, there is a bad thing for website A because website B uses the bandwidth of website A and thus can slow down the browsing of website A's visitors.


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As of March 7th 2016, Google has removed the public PageRank metric completely. Google's John Mueller confirmed it via Twitter. Prior to this, Google had been allowing access to this data through APIs. Those APIs are all now deprecated and now no longer function. Public PageRank has been dying a slow death. Even when the APIs were active, Google did ...


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Yes. Eric Enge: Can a NoIndex page accumulate PageRank? Matt Cutts: A NoIndex page can accumulate PageRank, because the links are still followed outwards from a NoIndex page. Eric Enge: So, it can accumulate and pass PageRank. Matt Cutts: Right, and it will still accumulate PageRank, but it won't be showing in our Index. So, I wouldn't ...


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Short answer: Definitely no. Alexa a very bad representation of growth especially for small sites. We run a couple of sites and the numbers are way off especially when the traffic is low. Like the executives in your company, there are a lot of people who want easy metrics to gauge (as opposed to "correct metric") and hence the popularity of Alexa. Alexa ...


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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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Alexa rank is the worst representation of growth in terms of SEO Alexa rank is the best representation of the growth in usage of the Alexa toolbar. Your website's rank in Alexa is determined by the number of users browsing your website with the Alexa toolbar installed in their browser. When it comes to SEO, it means nothing.


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Some black hatters believe it helps site authority and trust Technically speaking it is not classed as a direct backlink however many believe (mostly black hatters) that IMG embedding does improve the authority of a domain because Google does have the ability just as any other tag like with text, video and audio to associate the content to the original site ...


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Nothing is wrong with your site. The problem is with the Google Toolbar data. Google only refreshes this data periodically. The last time that was updated was December 5, 2013. That is six months ago; when your new domain wouldn't have had any PageRank. When Google next releases new data for the Google Toolbar, it is likely that you will see that your ...


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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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After reading comments to my question and a lot of searching I found the answer. To retrieve Google Page Rank, a query against one of Google's sub-domain http://toolbarqueries.google.com can be done. This sub-domain is actually only one of the ways I have found it may be done. The basic query syntax is in this format: http://toolbarqueries.google.com/tbr?...


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Will adding a comment to this page with a link to your website hurt your SEO? Yes, it will hurt your SEO. Good back links are all about three factors: PageRank Relevancy Authority It is a huge mistake to pay attention only to PageRank and ignore the other two link factors. Is your link relevant on this page? This page is in Japanese. It appears to be ...


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I recently moved several of my sites to SSL and the pagerank was not affected either positively or negatively. I followed all of Google's guidelines, which are basically just like you described: Get your site working smoothly with HTTPS. My biggest needed change was to only use relative and protocol relative links. For example: href="page.html" and when ...


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As of November 2014, Google announced that is not going to be updating Pagerank as available from the Google Toolbar. Any means of checking Pagerank is no longer going to work. The Google toolbar and all third party PR checkers will only show old stale data.


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A few links from non-relevant sites high PR sites that have good standings with Google can go a long way, but too many non-relevant can become negative SEO, because ultimately Google doesn't want to see manipulation and that could rise alarm-bells for there Evil Penguin Bot. An old matrix PageRank 1-10 is an old matrix even through Google still displays ...


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A single site linking to yours is unlikely to trigger any of Google's spam alerts for your domain. Google penalizes a site when it sees a pattern of spammy links from many domains. Your site will also have plenty of legitimate, non-spammy inbound links. Those good links will innoculate your site against ill effects from links from few bad sites. My own ...


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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 submitted content on a high traffic website, this is near impossible to guarantee. Trying to manually moderate the outbound links in such fine detail would be ...


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However long it takes for Google to find them and then process them. Google crawls different websites at different rates. This website is crawled constantly. New pages show up in Google's index in seconds. So links found on this page are available to Google's algorithm almost immediately. Pages on a personal website that has few links and little content ...


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Page Rank is calculated on the value of incoming links to the URL; amount of traffic and content does not factor into this calculation. So there must be more 'quality' websites that are linking to your sub domain than your main domain. If you have Google webmaster tools set up on the main domain and on the sub domain you can see a selection of the backlinks ...


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PageRank used to be an important ranking factor when it was first introduced over a decade ago. It used to be that high PR links meant high rankings, period. That is no longer the case and hasn't been in some time. You have noticed that they have links from unrelated and/or high PR sites. But the odds are that's only some of their links. Probably even only ...


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It was recommended by a coworker that I create the new URL but have it redirect to the old one If you 301 redirect the new URL to the old one, you'll just be telling search engines that the new URL permanently moved to the old URL, and to continue indexing the old URL instead of the new one. You'd want to do the opposite: 301 redirect the old URL to the ...


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HTML META refresh is not a 301 redirect While the outcome is the same they are technically very different because of the header status return. A meta refresh will return 200 OK header response, while a proper redirect will return the 301 Moved Permanently header status. HTML Meta Refresh is Supported As far as I know Bing and Yahoo treat meta refresh ...


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Google PageRank has not been updated for a while (since 4 February 2013) and probably won't be updated anymore. Moreover, it's not because the website has not a PageRank updated than it's penalized. Anyway, I checked and the website is not penalized. If I were you, I should forget this PageRank concept. Nowadays, it's not accurate anymore.


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Does Google have any notion of how often a result is clicked for a particular search term? If so how? Yes, when you search on a term like "hats", Google returns links to each result with parameters in it - you need to right click and copy the link to view the parameters. For example the first link returned for "hats" currently has: https://www.google.com/...


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PageRank != a page's ranking. PageRank is a mathmatical formula used by Google to determine a page's link popularity. It is one of hundreds of ranking factors used to determine a page's ranking. The length of a domain (i.e. number of characters in the domain name) is not a ranking factor nor should it be. It is an indicator of nothing. Both of the domain ...


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According to https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/182192?hl=en#3 it appears that Google will not penalise sites for duplicating content under different URLs as long as it is clear that they are intended for a different audience (as it would seem to be if the ccTLDs are different but the domain names are the same): Websites that provide content for ...


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John's answer is now incorrect - Google has a "disavow links" tool as part of Google Webmaster Tools. Google has stated that a site may receive a penalty if many spammy or "unnatural" links to a page are found. However, if you are signed up for GWT then you will receive a notification there about it. If you have not received said notification you can ...


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PageRank is per page not per website. So your home page PR may have changed but that doesn't mean other pages did as well. That PageRank you update you saw (if there was one) is stale data. It reflects the PR for a page at some arbitrary point in time but now right now. PageRank is updated at Google daily if not more frequently. So, just like above, that ...


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