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PageRank zero after a few years

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 ...
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Is Alexa Rank a true representation of growth?

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 ...
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Should I put rel="nofollow" on author link?

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 Trying to massage PR (for want of a better term) in this way sounds like a very outdated concept to me.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 ...
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Is my PageRank improved when someone else uses my images?

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 ...
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How to find Google PageRank without third party tools?

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 ...
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Do noindex,follow pages pass pagerank / link juice?

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:...
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Is Alexa Rank a true representation of growth?

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 ...
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Is negative SEO fact or fiction

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 ...
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Is Alexa Rank a true representation of growth?

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 ...
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Is negative SEO fact or fiction

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 ...
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Is my PageRank improved when someone else uses my images?

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 ...
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Lost all pagerank after redirecting my domain

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 ...
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How to find Google PageRank without third party tools?

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. ...
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Will creating dofollow links in the comments on sites with high domain authority and page authority hurt SEO?

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 ...
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How do I transition to SSL without affecting PageRank?

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 ...
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Is it possible to check Page Rank of a site without the Google toolbar?

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 ...
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Are multiple unrelated links to my site from a single domain damaging?

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 ...
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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 a zero second meta refresh tag to 301 a Blogger post a proper solution?

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 ...
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When 301 redirecting a page, what needs to be in the sitemap?

My answers: Search engines bots are web crawlers (like your web browser in some way) and when a 301 redirect is thrown, they are notified. Therefore, they follow the new redirect to reach the new ...
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Why is page rank so high for a teacher's personal site

PageRank is a formula driven by links and links alone. Anything you mentioned that is not to do with links is irrelevant. PageRank has to come initially from external links pointing to your website. ...
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Is negative SEO fact or fiction

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 ...
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backlinks: two domains with same IP

There is no penalty for as long as you don't overdo it. Just two domains on same server? Not even near the amount I'd say would be questionable. Two could be coincedence, would be very mean to ...
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Why doesn't Google capitalize a page title in the search results?

I assume you're referring to http://www.andreexpress.be/diensten/ramenwasser/. Was the page's <title> tag ever "ramen en vitrines"? If you changed the title after Google indexed the page, ...
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Do noindex,follow pages pass pagerank / link juice?

Google recently (December 2017) said that noindex,follow pages end up not not passing link juice. Initially link juice will get passed, but eventually the links on the noindex page will be ignored....
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Would a different IP address for each site in a network of sites help with SEO or prevent a penalty?

It is highly likely that Google reduces the linkjuice passed from one site to another if it is on the same IP address because Google makes the logical and reasonable assumption that the link isn't an ...
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How to get Google PageRank (from the toolbar) to increase from 0?

First things first. I am going to assume that your site is new or less than a year old. Often the very foundation of good SEO is ignored choosing to jump into that nitty-gritty of on-page, off-page, ...
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After the home page was redirected by a hack, it is no longer indexed. How long until it comes back?

Did you follow the guidelines for removing the malicious codes and following the hacked site guidelines? The last step is submitting a request for review, which can be done here: https://support....
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Pagespeed rating vs server speed from a SEO perspective

Page speed is a bit of a misnomer. People took the early days of Google using page speed as a factor and seemed to forget what happened immediately after its implementation. I will explain. When ...
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Does Google rank websites higher for using their APIs?

I agree with closetnoc, but remember one thing. Because you're technically using an API live from a remote computer, the speed and performance of the API may be a factor because it contributes to the ...
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