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Your proposed solution is the best way forward from an SEO perspective. You avoid duplicate content by using the canonical URL and the 301 redirect will transfer most of your PageRank (a small amount is lost in the redirect). Plus thanks to the strength of Stack Overflow's pages in Google I would be more then stunned if you saw any fluctuations in your ...


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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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About a year ago there was a bug in the permalink generating code for my WordPress site, which gets about 70% traffic from Google. The canonical tag started using the WP short URL format instead of the regular format. Two weeks later, I found the bug when I noticed that my URLs were showing weird in the Google index. Instead of the full /999999/post-url-...


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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 Trying to massage PR (for want of a better term) in this way sounds like a very outdated concept to me.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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PageRank is Google's link analysis algorithm that assigns a numerical weighting to web pages based on the links they receive from other websites. More info here from wikipedia Page Authority is a term used by different tools, companies, individuals that can mean different things - but generally is a score assigned to a web page based on a number of ...


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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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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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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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It's not PageRank of your home page but PageRank of https://sites.google.com. You can check PageRank of Github home page here and you will see PR8. This comes from HTTPS misunderstood. If you want the real PageRank of your page, check it with HTTP. I have checked it and your PageRank is N/A.


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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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Google does use domain authority to rank sites, or at least they use the Panda update to demote pages on a site-wide basis. From Google's original announcement in 2011: This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. At the same ...


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Some ways non-existent pages end up in Google's Index There is 3 ways that non-existent pages can end up on Google's or any other search engine for that matter and these are: Your pages are linking to these pages. (This can be in sitemap, a profile page, a blog comment or a href based a link...) I've seen some plugins from WordPress for example that ...


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PageRank is purely URL/page-based, so whether you have http://example.com/page, http://page.example.com or http://example-page.com/ would not change anything in how PageRank is calculated. Using a 301-redirect to forward users (and search-engine signals like PageRank) to a different URL is generally fine, but PageRank is slightly dissipated during a ...


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Page Rank Page Rank is a rank given to each and ever webpage by Google. This Ranking is based on the Link Analysis Algorithm named after Larry Page of Google. Page Rank is based on a logarithmic scale from 0 to 10 and its depends on the number of backlinks a webpage receiving. If you get backlink from a high PR site then your webpage PR will increase. For ...


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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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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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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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Yes, you can tell Google you're moving with the Change of Address functionality inside Webmaster tools. If you've moved your site to a new domain, you can use the Change of address tool to tell Google about your new URL. We'll update our index to reflect your new URL. Changes will stay in effect for 180 days, by which time we'll have crawled and ...


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I believe Google ranks the first URL seen should it be a short URL, HTTP or even HTTPS unless a canonical link has been used so right they are separate rankings so 301 transition would result in some juice lost in the transition. However as John has also said its doubtful this would hurt stack, since stack has tons authority and trust with Google. Also ...


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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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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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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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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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I wouldn't primarily think about Google's web-search algorithms when designing a website in that regard -- you're unlikely to see a visible effect in web-search either way. Using a single host name can make things easier to track in an aggregated way (eg in Webmaster Tools) if these are all a part of your website. Similarly, if these are for user-generated-...


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The practice of hoarding "link juice" isn't a valid practice anymore. Google got wise to the whole "PageRank sculpting" game and amended their algorithm accordingly. Any PR that would have passed via a given link, were it not nofollowed, is effectively thrown away. The only likely exception to this is where users are able to post unmoderated links, for ...


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