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Looking for something to watch over the weekend? Check out my +Portent, Inc.  webinar from yesterday - the 30 Minute SEO Audit.
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Join me along with +Bryan Eisenberg, +Eric Enge and +Matthew Hunt as we talk about Local SEO for Multi-Location businesses in a free webinar next Thursday!
Join four SEO experts for a free webinar as they explore seo for multi location businesses. Register today!
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For those of you using hreflang for international pages: Make sure any rel=canonical you specify matches one of the URLs you use for the hreflang pairs. If the specified canonical URL is not a part of the hreflang pairs, then the hreflang markup will be ignored. 

In this case, if you want to use the "?op=1" URLs as canonicals, then the hreflang URLs should refer to those URLs. Alternately, if you want to use just "/page", then the rel=canonical should refer to that too. 

Finally, don't use a rel=canonical across languages/countries, only use it on a per-country/language basis (don't specify the "de" page as the canonical for the "en" version, otherwise we won't index the "en" version). 

There's much more about using hreflang on homepages at http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ch/2014/05/creating-right-homepage-for-your.html & a lot of information in our help center at https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/189077

Edit: Some people asked about ways to recognize these issues on their site -- you can do that by using the hreflang tool as described in http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ch/2014/07/troubleshooting-hreflang-annotations-in.html
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Anyone have any good recommendations for a Best Practice resource for local SEO without a physical storefront? Like SEO Best Practices for Service Area businesses?  Thanks!
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Google to start terrifying site owners into becoming mobile friendly, from +Barry Schwartz  
Google is sending mass scale notifications via email and Webmaster Tools warning sites that are not mobile-friendly that it will cause issues for them if they want to rank well for smartphone users.Th
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Javascript and mobile SEO
Depending on how a page uses javascript, some of the mobile seo basic best practices may not hold true. Example:
Sometimes responsive web design pages will need the Vary HTTP header (even though most guides may say they don't).
I stick with what Google says and this article outlines the Google defined javascript methods and their associated recommendations.
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  • Portent, Inc.
    SEO Strategist, 2012 - present
  • Sesame Communications
    SEO Specialist, 2009 - 2012
  • Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup
    Web Consultant, 2007 - 2010
  • BuddyTV
    Freelance Staff Columnist, 2007 - 2008
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I like Internet jokes, cheese, whiskey, grammar, Batman, coffee, college basketball, Excel for Windows, iPhones, certain types of music, efficient public transportation systems, recycling and t-shirts.
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    English, 1997 - 2003
  • Bellevue College
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