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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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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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How does Google judge page performance if audience is from one specific region & server is also in same region

Google measures speed from the US. However, for SEO, Google doesn't actively penalize sites unless they are very slow. Unless your pages (without JS, CSS, and images) takes more than 7 seconds ...
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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 page age a ranking factor?

When you are seeing that it takes Google 15 to 30 days to start sending traffic to a page, that is most likely because it is taking that long for Google to find and index content on your domain. As ...
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Can a post with low word-count be bad for SEO?

I'm seeing some evidence that Google likes text heavy pages even for simple queries right now. You might get better rankings with longer answers and filler text these days. One example is recipes. ...
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Does country blocking affect SEO?

The main Google bot is visiting your site with a California IP address- there are some 'localized' versions but they do not always crawl your site with the same frequency/debt. Check google support ...
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Is it okay for SEO to wrap block elements in a link?

Yes, it is fine and even advisable to put block elements inside an a element where appropriate, as long as the browser supports HTML5 (all modern browsers do): The a element may be wrapped around ...
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How to detect whether a hidden content will cause a penalty from Google or not?

If Lighthouse is warning about dom size that may result in performance issues which can effect the sites rating because of the algo on performance. Can you use a progressive method to get the ...
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Replacing external links with internal links and redirect

The way Google looks at this is whether the links you've added add up to the quality of the pages. It's a myth that linking out hurts, on the contrary, linking out to relevant authority sites helps ...
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SEO Impact on presenting User details without login

In short: it's very unlikely you'd see a negative SEO impact, but it still might not be a good idea. Google doesn't currently impose penalties, manual or algorithmic, for showing user details without ...
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What are typical key performance indicators (KPIs) for a marketing agency working on SEO?

When it comes to marketing agencies, there are some common KPI's that you see on proposals. Generally, they lean less toward technical SEO and more into the content territory; that means anything from ...
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Can I use Selenium to create automated traffic for improving SEO?

On using of automated traffic for SEO purposes you will 100% violate against Google terms of service. If you will be caught by Google on this, the penalty probability is very high. The technical ...
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Can a post with low word-count be bad for SEO?

I don't think it's 'correct' to think or optimize for content length. Straight from the horse's mouth: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/7451184?hl=en: Provide an appropriate amount ...
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Does googlebot index base64 encoded images

This comes directly from Google's Image Best Practices document which I assume is up to date and current. Supported image formats Google Images supports images in the following formats: BMP, GIF, ...
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Do empty pages affect SEO in a website?

Google calls empty or nearly empty pages "thin content." In 2011 they wrote the Panda algorithm to detect thin content. Since then, thin content itself doesn't usually rank well and having ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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How can I tell if a site was penalized by Google's Page Experience update? If it was, how can I fix it?

Investigating the Likelihood of a Google Algorithm Update Causing a loss in Organic Keyword Rankings and Traffic Attributing the loss of keyword rankings or organic traffic to any one algorithm update ...
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Does ARIA help SEO? Have you experienced any benefits for organic search?

At the moment of writing this answer, there's no evidence of search engines (specially Google crawler) paying attention to ARIA attributes for HTML. ARIA attributes are not designed for SEO purposes, ...
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Should I exclude countries with poor page speed to prevent Google PageSpeed Insights using aggregate data?

No, you should fix your page speeds. Even 4.9 seconds to the USA is slow - you should be aiming for less then 2 seconds. Maybe start by looking at Google Lighthouse (built into Chrome) for what's ...
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When a business closes, how to transfer the rankings and domain authority from its website to another?

I would definitely not setup 301 redirects right away. Instead, update Restaurant A's home page, headers, footers, and any relevant landing pages to inform customers of the change. Use language and ...
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Google Search Console: My "indexed" and "not-indexed" pages have flipped. I now have more "not-indexed" pages

Google's search console is not a good SERP tracker, which is why other trackers exist. It also looks like they have a math problem, 12.4K vs 12.2K. It is unusual that Google will crawl 1000s of pages ...
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Will AMP affect rankings for non-mobile traffic?

Your question depends on your SEO strategy. Companies that have a thorough organic strategy have content mapping, where they produce digestible content for consumers in each stage of the "buyer's ...
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Should I make my website private until I have a lot of content?

Generally I tell people not to worry too much about things that in the end do not matter. However, I do want to say that it is far better that a site that is reasonably formed and populated show up on ...
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How to diagnose a search engine ranking drop?

There are many reasons as to why this is happening. Not knowing the specifics I will create a basic checklist of the things you should start looking at: Website has been blocked accidentally via ...
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How can CTR (Click-through rate) affect SEO & web site rank

I have been into SEO for about 8 years and am good at SEO. CTR really does affect Google ranking. Google in past has denied use of Google Analytical's data for ranking sites. But I am sure, it is ...
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Does country blocking affect SEO?

Here's another opinion from a different perspective. Blocking can affect SEO, but you should think about this stuff: How about blocking or filtering visitors automatically based on their IP address? ...
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How to split a ranked page or category?

There is no way at this point to split your page rank between two new categories the way you are asking about. The only thing I have seen done with this before was to keep the former category online ...
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Will repeatedly searching and clicking increase search engine rankings?

Not at all fortunately! Imagine that it will be so easy to pay a thousands of people to click on a site to optimise its positions. Here are some tips to increase a site's position on Google. However,...
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Website structure with multiple sub directories

This is too much opinion but I'll answer anyway. You are doing too much description in the URL. A restaurant is a category so no need to prefix it with "category". restaurant-tavern-bistro ... we get ...
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Will adding (moving) a well-visited blog to my site subdomain improve its ranking?

Google and other search engines treat sub domains exactly the same as a stand alone domain, therefore you will not benefit from the move. If you want to benefit more from the blog then hosting it ...
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