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Is it good SEO to meta refresh / JavaScript an error page to my homepage?

If the content still exists as pages on the new site, 301 redirect them to the new URL rather than throw a 404. That way any backlinks will still carry value, and users won't hit a 404 page whilst ...
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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 ...
Wayne Smith's user avatar
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Where to put schema markup code. In <head> or <body> tag?

https://developers.google.com/search/docs/appearance/structured-data/intro-structured-data#supported-formats Format Description JSON-LD* A JavaScript notation embedded in a <script> tag in the ...
ardacarofficial's user avatar
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Is SVG better for SEO than other image formats?

One advantage of SVG is that the text stays with the image file, if your logo ends up in a Google image search for example. The point here being that if the image is embedded in HTML then the alt text ...
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Does query string case affect SEO?

It does not matter, but you must be consistent, as all three examples you showed represent different URLs to be indexed. Some like to stick to lowercase as it reduces the possibility of human error ...
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Page Indexing > Page with Redirect to Google Search Console

Google's page indexing "issues" are often misnamed. In several cases (such as "blocked by robots.txt") what they are referring to as an "issue" is actually expected and ...
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Will Google frown if I create sites to create backlinks?

Google will detect pointless links and could penalize you. The sites have to have a genuine purpose. Even if Goggle doesn't detect it now, it may in the future. In the long run, 2 or 3 extra links ...
Rohit Gupta's user avatar
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How to fix the "Video is not the main content of the page" error for text contents

Google made an update last spring (2023) that made it so that video thumbnails would only show up next to search results when the main content of the page is the video. In your situation, which is ...
Mike Ciffone's user avatar
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Google search console doesn't seem to be correctly scraping my sitemap index

There are a couple of basic things to this: Sitemaps with cross submits require proven ownership (https://www.sitemaps.org/protocol.html#sitemaps_cross_submits). By default a XML sitemap file can ...
Tobias Schwarz's user avatar
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More accurate indexing

A solution using noindex, follow is not going to last. Over time Google will inevitably treat it as noindex, nofollow. Here's a Search Engine Roundtable post from 2017 on the subject. It would be ...
Mike Ciffone's user avatar
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SEO - Should my business name be my H1 tag?

I think you're confusing organizing an individual page vs your site. H1, H2, etc, are used to structure/outline your page's content. It tells search engines how your page content is organized, and ...
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Since there is no H title on the website consisting of images, is it possible to add H title as display:none?

It might be more of a problem of hiding headers than having none. This gives me the same feeling as black hat tactics. You would rather not have the signal than fake signals and potentially tanking ...
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Client's Website Was Hacked and 316K Fake URLs Submitted to GSC

Here are some steps / guidance: The URLs must return a 404 or 410 status to clean up the site. Do not block the crawlers' access via Robots.txt Use different tools to scan and verify the site is ...
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Usage of noindex / canonical tag for products in shop

You may want to also consider your internal linking structure. If you want Google to rank a page higher, you can build a silo page or boost a single page with on-page SEO and internal linking etc. You ...
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Can Non Inclusive Language Cause Deindexing?

Judging from when your drop happened, you were affected by Google's March 2023 core update. You aren't the only one who was affected by this, many sites were and there were a lot of complaints that ...
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Is it possible to make your website to be searchable with specific keywords?

NO. Webmasters can't definitively do anything to force Googles search to behave a certain way. The best they can do is follow best practices for the moment and provide data optimized in a way that ...
davidgo's user avatar
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Any value in backlinks on pages deliberately not indexed on Google?

From Ahrefs, comparing DR and UR: While both ratings are based on backlinks, DR is calculated at the domain level. This means that it looks at the quantity and quality of domains linking to your ...
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How can I improve mobile rendering performance on pages with many images?

Website speed is a factor as you noted, it appears to load fast; it would be nice if Pagespeed showed the same results to confirm that but Google does not actually use the value provided by Pagespeed ...
Wayne Smith's user avatar
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Is it okay to have <canonical> outside the <head> tag?

https://developers.google.com/search/docs/crawling-indexing/consolidate-duplicate-urls The following text is highlighted in the official Google documentation: If you use a CMS, such as WordPress, Wix,...
ardacarofficial's user avatar
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After adding an .htaccess rule to remove .html from my URL, which version of the URLs go in the sitemap?

Your XML sitemap should contain the version of the URL that you want to have indexed. If you prefer the new clean URLs that don't end in .html and they are the ones that are in use in your site, ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Use query parameters or hashes when implementing referral codes?

I don't think either approach is ideal. The parameter approach is likely the better of the 2 as it does not try and jump to a non-existent anchor point on the page. A more appropriate solution might ...
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Is it better to have a large chunk of text, or individual p tags for SEO

Ask yourself, would anyone want to read that? Creating content purely for SEO and not the user is misguided and will hurt you in the long run. Using one <p> tag is the wrong approach. ...
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Adding GA4 using tag manager causes performance issue

Is it causing any real performance issues? The reduce unused JavaScript is just a hint at what may be a performance issue. It's quite dumb as it does not know if that JavaScript is used when users ...
Tony McCreath's user avatar
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What is better for SEO? Host on a cloud with virtual CPU/RAM located in my country vs host from neighbour country on a dedicated CPU/RAM?

There are too many subtle variables at play to give a simple answer here, but maybe this will be helpful - if not to you, to others - Google cares about speed of page load - so this is what you need ...
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SEO effect for Blocking entire site for a country and allowing only one page

Just make sure that you treat the google crawlers exactly the same as you do any other traffic to your website from other countries. So those redirect rules should apply to the GoogleBots like they ...
Math Man's user avatar
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How to best position the keyword combination "[keyword] near me" for local SEO and organic search?

My advice for the getting the most out of "[keyword] near me" is the following: create pages dedicated to cities where you offer your service, but without being spammy. You don't want 50 ...
Liviu Ivascu's user avatar
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Do toxic backlinks really influece your DA for Google since it is a 3rd party metric?

The guy you got the site from is using information that is very, very, old. Google is adept at determining paid links ... US Patent 6,799,176; US Patent 6,285,999; US Patent 8,719,276; US Patent 7,783,...
Wayne Smith's user avatar
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SEO implications of having EN hreflang with German content

The W3C standard does have lang= support for individual elements. IE: <p lang="fr">Ceci est un paragraphe.</p> If practical putting the German with-in a div with a Lang tag for ...
Wayne Smith's user avatar
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Should I return 404 from dynamic product page if product no longer exists?

Is it necessary (or encouraged) to return a 404 status code for expired/non-existent products? From a technical perspective, yes - you should use either 404 (products that might be available again ...
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