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There is no official announcement about image's title being a ranking factor despite that in Google's image best practices they encourage to use it. Google extracts information about the subject matter of the image from the content of the page, including captions and image titles. Wherever possible, make sure images are placed near relevant text and on ...


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My question is whether I directly upload the xml file to my hosting? or I need to edit it first to set what menus appear when typing keywords on google? We need to clear some things up before we get into the rest. Sitemaps have nothing to do with Google Sitelinks. You do not have to have a sitemap to have Sitelinks. Sitemaps are completely optional and ...


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Maybe there is more to your backstory that you have omitted? You count the number of characters in the URL by literally counting every single character in the URL. No more; no less. I shouldn't include the protocol https:// in my character count, right? Why not? It is part of the URL. It is also shown in the Google SERPs. Oh, and should I could a ...


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The closest thing I could find is my answer here. Does Google index portions of the page that are unique and ignore the duplicate content? The up-shot is this. You do not have to worry about portions of content being duplicate. There is no penalty assuming that there is enough unique content to differentiate each page as being unique. Duplicate portions ...


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When I experimented with Google Image search (many years ago now), I found that this markup is what caused Google to most associate the text with the image: <div> <image src="./cat.jpg"> Funny Cat </div> Putting text inside a container div with the image was more effective than either the alt attribute, the title attribute, or the ...


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The image title does not have any effect on SEO but the image alt attribute has a potential SEO benefit. Google’s article about images has a heading “Use descriptive alt text”. This is no coincidence because Google places a relatively high value on alt text to determine not only what is on the image but also how it relates to the surrounding text.


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There is no use of title for image in terms of SEO. It is only used for providing extra information for that image element. You can increase the SEO by adding ALT tag to your Images.


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Thought question cause without seeing it it's difficult to provide an answer. In first place, you should use Search Console Inspector tool to analyze how Google sees your home and what kind of information is available for the searcher. Having that in mind you can check if that info is what you want Google to see or if you need to provide more content in ...


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Short anwser, Yes. But as a minimun set of requirements you need to make sure your clients will be able to have the control over meta data (Page title and Description), images alt text, nofollow and follow links, robots.txt file, include or exclude URLs from the sitemap, edit URL paths, handle third party scripts or libraries such as Google Analytics, etc. ...


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To answer your questions properly you should paste the code you are using for the redirect first, however I won't do that, check below for what I believe you should do. You don not need to implement a 301 redirect here, that could complicate things more in the future. Besides that, how many redirects would you need? I would suggest to implement a ...


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Assumption: These are pages all on the same site and there's some common denominator between the discount pages you're creating. In that case I would consider creating a folder that holds each page by the common denominator. So say you're selling vacation packages, I'd create that folder and then target each location supported with hreflang tags: Vacation-...


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The reverse proxy should be entirely invisible to the user, so no, it should not in any way affect SEO. If, however, the (remote) server you were proxying to was slow or on a slow connection then yes, that could affect SEO, simply because it would slow everything down. But that does not seem to be the case here.


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Google uses searchers from multiple origins but most of them are located in USA. That means that Google will always see the same title: <title>[Company name] | Discounts in USA</title> In this situation, you will never be able to index nor rank for other countries cause searchers will never see those "located titles". The correct approach to ...


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Most mobile menu's are "opened" via a button click, essentially opening in a modal window of some sort or another. When it comes to a website meeting accessibility standards - those menu's need to be placed in the DOM in a deliberate fashion. It isn't enough to simply use one NAV in the header and apply different CSS to achieve the desired layout (in most ...


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Well you can use two separate routes for Messi and Ronaldo and render the same template. As in selecting the players, it can be setup such that when the user selects each player it redirects to that player's route. Do comment if it's not what you want. I feel like I have not fully understood what you need.


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Is it okay to add this to my homepage JSON-LD when it's not visible, as long as the subOrganization has other visible information? Do not do this. This can be perceived as hidden content from users and this is a spam signal for Google: Structured data found on hidden content Structured data found on elements that are not visible to the user. what ...


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If your website is available on both http and https I definitely recommend using relative path and not absolute. Otherwise I cant really see any specific difference. The SEO optimization services might recommend you to use absolute paths because it could in theory create some issues for them if you use relative path, but I would ignore that myself because I ...


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"The main page in question is jobs that our company posts on a jobs page. We want those jobs to be indexed, so can I just have a basic HTML page with all the job details?" According to the SEO Black Book, by R.L. Adams (pg.90): "Search engines really don't like to see a lot of code mixed in with text these days, which is why CSS is so important for ...


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The solution to my problem was to unblock Google Image's crawler from scanning my website. The robots.txt file looked like so - ‎User-agent: Googlebot-Image Disallow: /‎ I removed the above lines from the robots.txt file and Google started showing the favicon on the search results within 2-3 days. I repeated the process for another domain that had the ...


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Better Business Bureau (BBB) serves consumers and business users and there is no direct equivalent in the UK. For consumers, there is Trading Standards and Citizen's Advice (who offer consumer advice). For businesses, the closest equivalent is probably a professional trade association or another membership body. There are also supplier directories such as ...


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You should test your sitemap with a downloading program such as curl or wget instead of using a browser like Chrome or Firefox. You should be able to download the file within 3 minutes with a download program. If the file takes longer to download for you, then Googlebot will probably also have problems with it. You can: Upgrade your hosting so your ...


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Google reads CSS so in short. Yes. The overall page will be rendered by Google and used to determine if mobile friendly etc. If you aren't serving media queries in your CSS that will be a problem. Theres lots of best practice reading around that. E.g this page exists for a reason. https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly It's also likely that ...


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Have a look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geotargeting and reconsider using separate domains.


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Personally, If I needed to use an operator other than a hyphen '-' I would use an underscore because it seems cleaner and is often used for variables when writing code. In your comments you said you're needing the extra operator to perform a search using the words in the URL. If this is the case I would probably use the plus '+' symbol. Many websites ...


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I guess this is the best that love the google! /salty-recipes I'm always using this separator for my projects.


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You should show Google what an end-user would see. Check the Google Webmaster Guidelines Basic principles Make pages primarily for users, not for search engines. Don't deceive your users. Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you'd feel comfortable explaining what you've done to a website ...


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Canonical tags are a suggestion and just one of the signals used to help Google determine which URL to chose. A stronger signal is to 301 redirect the http pages to the https ones. That will also force your users to a secured and safer environment. I suspect Google may be choosing the http versions if they have more links to them. Try and update any links ...


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SEO takes time. You should be keeping a record of changes if you are intentionally changing your pages to boost SEO. It takes time for bots/google to evaluate your sites SEO value. it’s never immediate. Immediate changes are from outside of what googles decision on your ranking is. It could even be your own activity working on the site, checking pages ...


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Google is pretty clear that they prefer hyphens: We recommend that you use hyphens (-) instead of underscores (_) in your URLs. https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/76329?hl=en In short - Google views hyphens as word separators in a URL, making it much easier for Google to identify words and figure out what the page is about. Underscores and ...


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Whenever a web page is updated and Google has fetched the new page, Google will index the new page. If the page has changed significantly enough, the metrics will change and the newly updated page will perform differently for a period while it settles into the SERPs (search engine result pages). It will, in time, perform as it should. Changes to a site, ...


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For me this is a visitor, who makes a SERP impression. Such visitors are listed in GSC (not by name, I'm afraid, but by impressions amount your certain URL earned). This lets us pretty clearly describe such users.


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Google won't index pages which redirect. Why would they index a page which simply redirects to another page that's already in the index? If you want your domain to be the "main" URL for the page, then you need to change the A records (and remove the CNAME record) as per GitHub's instructions (the Namecheap instructions you followed appear to be for setting ...


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Honestly i don't see how to utilize sr-only for your purpose. But adding the text to both of alt and title attributes (<img src="" alt="your content" title="your content") will finally do the job.


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No, it's not possible to add 'negative' keywords which would stop you ranking for a particular keyword term. If the word appears nowhere on the site Google obviously think it's relevant. This may be due to links pointing to your site which use that keyword as the anchor text. You can check this with tools like Majestic SEO. It's a fairly common practice for ...


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Google is taking away review stars in the SERPs for structured data that is on the website, if the reviews are about that website. Google now considers this "self-serving" structured data markup.


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If you are not able to use 301 redirects, I would strip the page and put in a client side redirect. The client side redirect will get users where they need to go, opposed to a canonical which is sometimes honored by search engines and never used by users. Search engines do pay attention to client side redirects. Both JavaScript redirects and meta refresh. ...


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Google views subdomains as separate websites, and as such they're ranked separately. As @closetnoc pointed out above, in the eyes of search engines, the subdomains have their own ladder to climb. Some companies have strategically used subdomains to dominate the SERPs. If your main domain ranks #1 for a certain search query, and your subdomain ranks #2, you ...


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If you have rel="canonical" tags on your blogs so that only one is viewed by Google as being the "original", then you'll not be penalised. Not using canonical references is likely to harm your website's SEO. This does mean you'll have next to no pagerank for these pages on your news.xyz.com subdomain if the blogs on the main xyz.com site are defined as the ...


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Simply mark them as nofollow. That way, the spiders know that you're not passing any of your SEO mojo to the destination. It's a simple attribute in the tag. <a href="targeturlhere" rel="nofollow"> That being said, Google also have one specifically for links which are adverts. <a href="targeturlhere" rel="sponsored"> Here's Google's own ...


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From what you mentioned in your original post, one of the errors is "Missing region-independant link for that language (en)"... "region-independant" seems pretty straightforward. You only list "en-CA", "en-US" and not "en". So the way to fix that mistake is to add: <!-- EN --> <link rel="alternate" href="https://www.example.com/us/" hreflang="en" /...


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The response you are seeing for the old .asp pages would appear to be the standard 404 response on your server (or rather a front-end Nginx proxy by the looks). You seem to get the same response regardless of what non-existent page you request. So, this is not limited to .asp pages. This 404 response is a "domain holding" page with external third party ...


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It’s a little unclear exactly what the issue with the 301 redirects is, but if you previously set them up you should be able to do it for the new pages as well. Since you now have 3 potential URLs for the same page, you need 2 redirects both pointing to the canonical page. In other words: /en-us/Getting-Started -> 301 /article/Getting-Started /article?id=...


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It can have any amount of links, limitless, open end. But i very doubt, whether even the tenth link in it would be visited by Googlebot. You can monitor it with GA and/or your log files. Google, just as any human, doesn't like link lists. They are simply not interesting - not relevant to something. Thats why HTML sitemaps are better to omit.


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This does come off as keyword stuffing. Think about heading tags as a table of contents for the rest of the content on the page. When stripping away all other informations on the page. Your headings should be able to read as a table of contents. When looking at a table of contents where keywords are used over and over again, it is impossible do determine ...


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There is not enough actionable information in your question for us to assess the situation, however, we can say that there are a lot of factors associated with where a page falls within the SERPs including CTR (click through rate), CTR of other SERP links around yours, bounce backs (when a user clicks the back arrow to return to the SERPs), the general ...


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I am not a fan of duplicating content on other sites. It can be done, but why give away your own work? That is how I feel about things. Be that as it may, if you chose to, you must get assurances that the other site will place a canonical tag in their copy of the page pointing to your original content. Do not share your content without this. Also, make ...


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First of all, inspect your log files: what happens on accessing studio.asp? I very suspect that to make the expected schema work you should maintain the previous IIS server too, so page like studio.asp really exist. What else could happen? If my suspicion is wrong and with the server/file circumstances is everything ok, Googlebot could be a bit lazy and ...


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One should distinguish: blocked pages vs. blocked ressources. If pages are blocked by robots, the bot can't come in and read. But, if there are links to blocked page, it could nevertheless be indexed. The SERP result of indexed, but blocked page is ugly - no snippet, only alert "the page is blocked". Getting such alert means, the bot tried to visit the ...


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Maybe i don't understand exactly your purposes, but as stated in the Schema.org/OpeningHoursSpecification documentation The place is open if the opens property is specified, and closed otherwise. According to this i would set only opening times by implication of closed is when not open. PS to go into the case rised by @StephenOstermiller: to deal with ...


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