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Your website has been compromised and it is being used by blackhat SEOs. This is a pretty common thing amongst spammers and the like. Take a look at: My site's been hacked - now what?, by Google. Download a backup of your website. Make sure that you also backup the database, not just the files. Get in contact with your web host and explain the situation. ...


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No, it will not affect the final letter case format of your domain whatever letter case you choose while registering it. The Domain Name System (DNS) names is case insensitive and you can not manipulate this by any mean when you register it or even define it to search engines for "good looking" purposes. All cases (upper and lower) will be accepted when ...


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Google's Matt Cutts has addressed this via video: It’s a fair question. I think we can handle it either way, so we should be able to process it. But if we see a lot of pages or a lot of things ranking on a site all of a sudden, then we might take a look at it from the manual webspam team. So if it doesn’t make any difference whatsoever to you in terms of ...


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In the Disallow field you specify the beginning of URL paths of URLs that should be blocked. So if you have Disallow: /, it blocks everything, as every URL path starts with /. If you have Disallow: /a, it blocks all URLs whose paths begin with /a. That could be /a.html, /a/b/c/hello, or /about. In the same sense, if you have Disallow: /search, it blocks ...


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Great question, and one many webmasters might be interested in since the Baidu spider is notoriously aggressive and can zap resources from servers... As indicated in Baidu's Web Search news, the Baidu spider does not support the Crawl-delay notification setting, and instead requires you to register and verify your site with its Baidu Webmaster Tools ...


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Search engines have no way of knowing what traffic your website gets so it can't be used as a ranking metric in their algorithm. (Google has clearly stated that Google Analytics data is not used in their ranking algorithm). Even if they did, the number of visits would not be a good judge of relevance as it is easy to artificially inflate your number of ...


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Most of the comments on this are actually from 2013 so I thought I'd provide an updated perspective. I just did an experiment on this. Here's what I found: Published blog post date (and not necessarily index date) definitely affect SEO If the published date is very recent, you may see a significant increase in traffic (I saw 45% boost sitewide - some pages ...


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Update: As of Jan 30, 2015, Googlebot supports TLS 1.2 . See Post by Google: Googlebot now supports TLS version 1.2, in addition to previous versions: TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1 and SSLv3. As of September 14th, 2014, the Googlebot does NOT support TLS 1.2. You get notified about 100% inaccessibility and thats it. I am affected by this directly. Using TLS 1.2 ...


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Whilst DNS itself is case-insensitive, at least one search engine allows you to declare preferred case in search results: Yandex. The Case of the site name tool lets you set preferred capitalisation in certain cases. This can be accessed in Yandex.Webmaster under Appearance in search results > URL letter case. I've set this for a few of my sites and it's ...


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Google has a specific guideline against creating filler pages. They call it "doorway pages". Doorway pages are typically large sets of poor-quality pages where each page is optimized for a specific keyword or phrase. In many cases, doorway pages are written to rank for a particular phrase and then funnel users to a single destination. Whether deployed ...


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I am taking this as your question- repeated phrases or different phrases with the same meaning. I am going to take a side-trip, but bare with me- I am sure we will arrive at the right place. The reason is, I am not sure you understand the basics of SEO well enough. So please humor me. It will make sense in the end. When you talk about SEO, you really are ...


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Here are my answers to your questions: Displaying published dates below your articles is not taken into account for SEO. The date taken in consideration for search engines is the indexing date. If your article is old and is not updated by adding new content (or optionally getting new backlinks), it will go down in search results (especially with Google who ...


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Some search engines and bots send HEAD request to pages before sending the GET request for reasons like: Checking if the page size has changed Checking the last modified date etc. (Any other info the head would give them!) This would help large crawlers save a lot of bandwidth if they know a page has not been changed meanwhile and they don't have to crawl ...


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In SEO perspective wrapping contents with <div> tags is not an issue but large amount unwanted coding will increase the bytes of data which may increase the PageSpeed. Here an extract from this source: Compacting HTML code, including any inline JavaScript and CSS contained in it, can save many bytes of data and speed up downloading, parsing, and ...


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Both of those would work, but they would also block anything else in those directories. If you only want to block that specific URL, you could do: Disallow: */blah/assets/ico/favicon.png Do you have a Google Webmasters Account setup? If so they have a new robots.txt test page where you can see if a URL is blocked or not based on your robots file. EDIT: ...


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You can block Google and other search engines by using a robots.txt file and meta name no index. You can use one or the other but Google recommends that you use both robots and meta. To block a specific bot you use something like this within the robots.txt file: User-agent: bot-name Disallow: / To block a specific bot using HTML then include this meta ...


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This is a really good question! However, the answer can be found relatively easily with a site:stackoverflow.com "A language-independent collaboratively" search. The first thing you need to know: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35624?rd=1 We use a number of different sources for this information, including descriptive information in the ...


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After a lot of research and experimentation with this, I finally bit the bullet and set up a Baidu Webmaster Tools account. Its quite straightforward to use when armed with Google Translate in another window. You may need to have firebug activated in order to be able to copy-and-paste Chinese text from buttons that you cannot capture from the normal browser ...


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It depends on why the 404 errors are coming up but in general terms, yes, high numbers of 404 errors can count against the quality metrics of your site and hurt your rankings. Whenever Google spiders the web, they are following links from external sites to yours, your own internal structure, and your past indexed pages. While 404s themselves are not a ...


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One way I found here, is using an <iframe> and blocking the URL in robots.txt.


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It is illegal to copy someone else's written work without their permission. You should also check the terms and conditions of the social network in question as well, because they may also have clauses where they retain some rights of what users post. Furthermore, search engines typically frown upon content that is copied straight from other pages and rank ...


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Looks like you've been 'hacked'. Someone found a method to upload pages to your server en got them indexed. Go through your site/database and do a deap search for those keywords. Tip: with the commandline you can find and sort files on last edit date (this does last 25): find . -type f -printf '%T@ %p\n' | sort -n | tail -25 | cut -f2- -d" " After that, ...


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You are better off keeping the blog on your own domain for a vast amount of reasons but there is also no harm in using an external blog if it makes it easier for your business to manage and maintain. It is unlikely that your blog will rank above your website for the same terms (one would not expect your blog and website to be ranking for the same terms). ...


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Country code top-level domains (ccTLD's) such as .tk (Tokelau, New Zealand) and .ga (Gabon) have extra weight in their own country's search engine (like google.tk and google.ga for instance) but that is as far as it goes. That being said however, some ccTLD are considered gTLD (generic) by Google, .tk being one of them as can be seen under the 'More about ...


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There are no TLDs that Google finds preferential to others; they are all treated equally in rankings. There are some geo-specific TLDs that Google will default to a specific country and use that as an indicator that the website is more important in a specific geographic region. But all TLDs are treated equally. Google's systems treat new gTLDs like other ...


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As far as I know dynamic DNS isn't a big SEO ranking factor. However, page speed is. There's a big possibility that users will immediately close your website if it loads very slow. Hence, this can increase bounce rate, which will then make Google think that the users who were in your site weren't able to find it useful since they close it immediately. There ...


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It may take up to 3 months for those changes to reflect in Google search results, If your Profile is worthy and has a lot of visitors then changes can be seen within a short period of time, otherwise, it may take longer than expected. Personal Experience, Blogger since 2012.


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Google doesn't care about the name of the tags in your body section - the crawler renders the site using chrome itself (including synchronous js) so it cares for whatever is printed to the screen. You're safe as long as your tags in the head are standard. It is just safer to have SSR to reduce possible errors (timeouts, things that appear only on ...


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Day 0 for a user is the day they first visited your site, and the Sessions Per User value for that day is the average number of sessions a user had on their first day (where the users being considered are only the users who were new during the Acquisition Date Range). The fact that your value is 1.09 means that some of your new users returned for a second ...


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