Andrew Lott
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Is there a term for the moment when a lot of users visit/log onto your website at the same time?
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In my experience we've generally refer to a spike in traffic to differentiate an unexpected or irregular increase from regular/daily peak periods. For example, a website may have peak periods around ...

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Employee registered domain in his name and left.. now what?
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If john.doe@somecompany.co.za is on your company domain, then you should be able to access those emails and have a password reset by the registrar. You can then log in and transfer back to a generic ...

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International Targeting "no return tags"
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This happens when a page includes a hreflang link to an alternate language, but the linked page doesn't link back to it. This Official Google Webmaster Central Blog post explains that: Annotations ...

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Why don't browsers have jQuery installed?
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Not only is jQuery not the only popular JS library, a browser would potentially have to include multiple versions. The Google CDN currently lists: 42 versions of jQuery; 44 versions of jQuery UI; 6 ...

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Removing the dot or period from htaccess files - A dangerous move?
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It's dangerous in the sense that it won't work if you do. Apache will look for .htaccess and apply those rules as it serves content. Without finding that file, Apache will proceed assuming no ...

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Should I create a 'Website coming soon' page for my recently-acquired domain?
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If the website isn't particularly secret (e.g. a new product/service that shouldn't been announced yet) then starting with a landing page has its benefits. As you're preparing your business, you're ...

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Is a different sitemap per language OK? How do I tell Google about them?
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You can have multiple sitemaps per website, and this is a great example of when that makes sense. You should make sure you have a Sitemap Index listing each of your sitemaps. It will probably look ...

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How to make whole site headers send code 404?
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If this is a test site that shouldn't be indexed at all, there are a couple of steps you can take that tell search engines not to index your site more effectively than returning 404 headers. robots....

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Should I use rel="nofollow" for social media links?
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Instead of using rel="nofollow" you should use rel="me" if you're linking to your own social media pages. This allows you to explicitly tell Google that you're not just linking to those pages, but you ...

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Can I route only a subdomain through CloudFlare?
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CloudFlare don't allow this in their Terms of Use. I received the following email from CloudFlare when I attempted this on an image-only subdomain once: Also note here -- you seem to only be using ...

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Are Static Websites (HTML & CSS) Hack-Proof?
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Nothing is ever really "hack-proof" when you consider the multitude of attack vectors. Whilst a purely static website may not be susceptible to SQL injection or WordPress script-kiddie attacks, there'...

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Can I define the letter case of a Domain Name?
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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 ...

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Someone else is using my IP address with an old A Record. What can i do?
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The simplest solution is to just return a 403 or 410 response for any traffic on the unwanted domain. In .htaccess on Apache you could do something like: RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(...

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Analytics: CloudFlare vs Google - What discrepancy is too big?
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CloudFlare acknowledge this and provide the following explanation: CloudFlare Analytics vs. Other Services Google Analytics and other web-based analytics programs track visitors that trigger ...

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Will a dynamic robots.txt file that disallows crawling based on the time of day hurt SEO?
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5 votes

Focus your energy on improving your site/server instead of trying some hacky workaround. You never know what time of day search engines will crawl your site, so only allowing them during certain ...

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Does Google penalize daily updated <lastmod> tags in sitemaps if the data is not daily updated?
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I've never liked the idea of updating <lastmod> every day as itt's not just wrong, it's misleading search engines. In a post over on SO, Google's Gary Illyes wrote: The lastmod tag is ...

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Should I disallow crawling of HTTP after moving to HTTPS?
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If you're already 301 redirecting HTTP traffic to HTTPS then you've got the biggest step already done. Any links to HTTP pages will get redirected to the relevant HTTPS page, and search engines will ...

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Overhaul website - completely remove old content?
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In addition to post-launch actions, I don't think you should completely ignore what's already there. You're speaking in future tense, so I presume the new site isn't ready yet; use that to your ...

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Can a very large not-so-relevant sitemap hurt my site to Google’s eyes?
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You generally won't want these excess pages in your sitemap. The sitemap should only contain links to URLs you actually indexed & listed by search engines. If you have property/form URLs in your ...

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How do I remove HTTPS results from Google after the domain has been redirected and the SSL certificate taken down?
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You can redirect the HTTPS version - you just need to have an SSL certificate for that domain. Since the HTTPS version is what has apparently been indexed by Google, you'd be better off just setting ...

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Should I use HTTPS in sitemap URLs for SEO?
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Your sitemap should include the links you want search engines to find and index. If you're providing HTTPS canonicals then this is what should be included in the sitemap. Giving a HTTP in your sitemap ...

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What's the difference between Brand and Organization in Schema.org?
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Usually Organization represents a company itself (school, NGO, corporation, club, etc.) whereas a Brand represents a product or service. In many cases these may be the same, e.g. Adidas; but not ...

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Are web crawlers able to find a secondary robots.txt in a sub-directory?
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Your robots.txt should be in the root directory and should not have any other name. According to the standard specification: This file must be accessible via HTTP on the local URL "/robots.txt".

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Robots.txt for multiple domains with same website
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I work on a similar website where I manage this with PHP. In my .htaccess I have a line reading: RewriteRule ^robots.txt$ robots.php In robots.php I have the following: <?php header('Content-...

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Does Google ignore robots.txt
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Google will still see sites blocked by robots.txt, and may even list them in search results. This is especially the case when entire domains/subdomains are blocked. Google will list links to these ...

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Can Google index a non-80/non-443 URL?
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Sites can be picked up on alternates ports. As an example, search for https://www.google.co.uk/#q=:8080 You should see a result for Outgoing Port Tester on http://portquiz.net:8080 listed. A bit ...

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Creating a backdoor in (your own) PHP website
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Building back-doors into your client's system could lead to legal issues if discovered, as well as destroy your own reputation. The better option would be to ensure payment is made before final ...

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Is it possible for Google to discover a website that is not linked to anywhere?
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You never know who might be aware of your "hidden pages". Anybody could link to these pages from their site without you even knowing about it. Matt Cutts from Google has addressed this in one of his ...

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Multiple IP addresses to a server
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4 votes

One IP could be for your web (HTTP/HTTPS) traffic, another could be for FTP or SSH access, another could be for mail, &c. If the publicly known IP (i.e. the one published to DNS) is separate to ...

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How to restrict web site/intranet access to company network?
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Step 1: Require a Login Add a login page in front of any content you don't want accessed externally. This will also help stop anybody visiting your office and using your WiFi from getting in. This is ...

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