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Preparing for a huge spike in traffic

During the high traffic period your server should be able to handle all requests made by visitors to your website. But there are some limits in concurrent connections handled by the server. So it's ...
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Is large scale of 301 redirects for URL change harmful for SEO?

This is actually outdated. It is now stated that there is no link equity lost through 301 redirects. However, there are still risks linked with changing the URL structure and redirecting. For example, ...
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How to block baidu spiders

I have just successfully blocked the Chinese searchbot Baiduspider from accessing any content on my site. I made the decision to do so because of the following reasons. Reasons for deciding to block ...
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Preparing for a huge spike in traffic

First of all, I'd recommend Cloudflare. You can create a free basic account and it will route traffic via local data centers to minimise the amount of server hops. Cloudflare's also great for caching ...
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How to close a website for a few months without affecting SEO?

Unfortunately, you can't take down your website, or hide it from search engines, and not take a hit in the SERPs. If the search engines have you in the index, they'll come to your site to crawl it ...
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Frequency & Recency in Google Analytics. How to read the histogram?

"Count of Sessions" is "The number of visitors with X sessions during this time period". You have far more than 123,649 users during the specified time. You had 123,649 users that visited exactly ...
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Preparing for a huge spike in traffic

Consider load testing your site. There are free tools available such as JMeter, The Grinder, and Gatling, which can simulate large numbers of visitors to your site. By testing the impact of heavy ...
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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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What should I check first to explain over 300% increase in organic traffic in 1 day?

You have to first open your analytics and analyze all the landing pages. Go to Behavior then landing pages.| When you do that check the pages that received the most hits and collect all the keywords ...
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Estimation of organic traffic loss while rebranding

This depends on your time, effort and methods. With a 301 redirect (if pages exists on the new domain) you pass on about 95% of your page value. Keep your oldDomain as long as viable, with a 301 ...
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How can I monitor traffic on unused domains to determine which would be most popular?

I were to host a blank page with a tracking code on each of them I would be able to monitor incoming traffic to each domain, correct? Correct, although I would avoid a completely blank page and at ...
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How do websites like trafficestimate.com and digsitesvalue estimate web traffic?

Alexa Alexa runs a large number of DNS servers and with it's partners is able to monitor a chunk of the DNS traffic for the Internet. With DNS traffic data Alexa can see the number of queries ...
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Track traffic from Social Media in Google Analytics while using a URL shortening service

First find out if their url shortening service uses 301 redirects, if they don't, use another service. If you stay with them, add GA tracking parameters to your urls. You could create some "fancy" ...
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60% organic traffic drop after permalink structure change?

It is fully normal, that traffic drops after such basic change of URL structure. Google needs time to get the new structure, to re-index pages, to understand, whether the content changed and so on. I ...
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Graph that shows bounce rate overlaid with the organic traffic per day in Google Analytics

In Analytics: Acquisition > Channels click on "Organic Search" - this gives the report with the evolution of organic traffic. On the top of this graph you see Sessions vs (Select a Metric) - click on ...
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How can Similarweb.com monitor traffic of one website they don't own?

Your Website is not monitored: They do not monitor your website traffic, they simply estimate your website traffic, exactly the same way Alexa estimates it. This is mentioned on both SimilarWeb and ...
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Does https site conversion affects organic traffic?

Our site has lost substantial traffic after moving to HTTPS. Keyword here is moving. If you just changed everything over to HTTPS from HTTP (and got rid of the HTTP version), then many robots that ...
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How to close a website for a few months without affecting SEO?

Firstly, resources are very cheap these days so, I guess you can find way around. It is not recommended to make your website offline for that long as it will impact on ranking, you may be able to ...
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50% traffic coming from a single IP on website

Arin.net shows that this is /16 subnet mask meaning that RGH has 65K IP address in their subnet. That's quite a few IP addresses given that many companies NAT their internal networks anymore for ...
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Merge a small site into a larger one while preserving SEO

The standard practice is what you already suggest, moving the pages and setting up redirections (make sure to redirect each page to its new equivalent). However, 301 redirects do not preserve all of ...
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Spike in Traffic from "Facebot Twitterbot" user agent

This is the iMessages app's crawler (from the users phone itself, not a Apple server). Apple has chosen to use this useragent in their iMessages app to ensure the unfurling of the URL and the rich ...
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How to track Campaigns in Google Analytics without using UTM parameters?

It can't be done in the Google Analytics admin panel, but it can be done programmatically by your server. You can put some extra JavaScript in your snippet to send Analytics the full campaign info ...
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Is it possible to regain a site's traffic after losing some to a transfer / merge?

If you are redirecting old pages to the new pages that have the same content as the redirected pages (and ideally the same URL structure), then patience is needed. I suggest that you look at the ...
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Where is this traffic with doubleclick.net referrers coming from, and how can I block it in Google Analytics?

You can setup Google Analytics to exclude based on the referrer domain. See this for more: Google Analytics - Exclude referrers Also, you could block these based on the referrer as well via your ....
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Does paid traffic improve SEO?

I have never seen any evidence that Google uses traffic to a website as a ranking signal. There is certainly a bunch of speculation about it in this thread on WebmasterWorld. If they did, they ...
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How to block baidu spiders

Just decided to block Baidu as the amount of traffic it was giving us was too negligible for their aggressive scanning. In addition, they now run an agent that impersonates a browser and launches ...
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Site traffic goes down suddenly

There are a number of possibilities. First thing you should do is compare your Google Analytics with any algorithm updates. If there has been an update around the same time your traffic tanked, then ...
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Do HTML errors affect search impressions/ traffic?

In short, yes. But, good HTML does not automatically mean you will get more traffic, so the fact that you have not seen an increase may not have anything to do with your HTML. To your questions ...
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Preparing for a huge spike in traffic

If you're on 1and1, likely you're looking for cheap hosting. Cheap hosting means you tend to do everything under one box. A major pain point for hosting is that when you host everything on the same ...
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Monetise website via Amazon affiliate? Or other means

Amazon has a an affiliate program. You earn 4-10% of purchases where your referred the buyer. Amazon offers several options for linking to them such as: Product links (image, text, or both) ...
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