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Shaad Hamid
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For some reason, when your browser language setting is set to Russian or Arabic, and when you search for 'ag5 yzer' (which is a brand term) Google displays the Korean version in the SERPs. Screenshot below. I've checked the hreflang tags and they all look fine. Is there something I am missing by any chance?

This is the URL: https://yzerproperty.com/ko/dubai/apartment-for-sale/business-bay/ag-tower/1-bedroom/431593
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Hi All, I've got a hreflang question. Can you implement hreflang tags across different domains? For example, can you have hreflang tags implemented on example.com (as the US language site), example.com.au (as the AUS language site) and so on? 
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Excellent. Thanks for clarifying Geoff!
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Can anyone recommend for me a tool or software they use to create video sitemaps? Ideally it shouldn't be a plugin or a script that requires backend installation.
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Hey +Charles Meaden many thanks for sharing this. They do have a spreadsheet in there that is super useful!
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We've put together a short explanatory film all about Multi Signal Search (MSS) - or our version of the evolved linkbuilding offering in 3 minutes. Enjoy! #seo #linkbuilding  
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Hello, can someone suggest a tool that will crawl a website and identify internal linking opportunities? For example, if I specify a keyword and then it finds all the pages with that particular keyword? I tried using SF, but it's also pulling all the footer and navigation links. Appreciate any suggestions. 
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Thanks Alan. Unfortunately the site is pretty big to be honest. However, it's not a bad shout. Let me give it a go.
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Question: Does Baidu and Yandex still not index HTTPS? If a website wants to launch in markets where Yandex and Baidu are the dominant search engine, is sticking to HTTP still the more safer option?
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Thanks +Wissam Dandan. This is really helpful. Although I'll probably need to get a Chinese colleague to the translate article for me :)
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Question on video sitemaps. All the videos on the site are youtube embeds. Can you still submit sitemaps for these? Do you need access to the raw video files?
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yes well the only way to ensure your embed gets in the results is to use the iframe code. Otherwise IME, it's a crapshoot at best. Adding value to the original video helps as well....likely more than the sitemap ;-)
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The Dubai International Film Festival is hosted by Madinat Jumeirah for the 10th year! Here are some neat facts about the hotel.
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Apologies in advance as this question isn't entirely Tech SEO. But since it's that time of the year where most of us are tasked with forecasting organic search traffic for the coming year, I was wondering how you folk go about measuring this now (especially with no KW data). Also some of my clients want to 'see' how traffic would behave if no SEO activity is carried out in the coming year.  What assumptions do you make? Would be extremely grateful if you guys could talk me through your methodology or thought process. Cheers in advance!
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+Shaad Hamid I would put it in terms of traffic price from the keywords you are targeting.  You can go back several years and itemize the KWs that have driven conversions and back into $$ by rank tracking for those kws and the assigning a CPC value based on position (there is CTR % based on position).  That can give you a Traffic Price (similar to SEM Rush: http://screencast.com/t/5qatp46msWsJ)

For the with / without seo question, this is a non-starter.  There is no way to gauge this because there is no way to tell what will happen in the next year.  This has more to do with risk to me than comparison.  If I have cancer and I go to my family doctor vs. a specialist, how can I quantify whether I will live or not.  I feel less risk in selecting the specialist since I do not speak that language.

This is a teachable moment for your client.
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We are hiring! Any SEO (technical/outreach) and PPC peeps looking to move to Dubai? If so, please get in touch.. #seo   #ppc  
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HI +Shaad Hamid One of my friend who is in Adwords is looking for a change. And he is ready to move to dubai. How to get in touch with you?
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Does anyone know how to remove date-stamps from SERPs? Google seems to be pulling in the date on the 'latest news' column on the homepage (and other pages) and is displaying it as the date of the page on the SERPs. Since new press releases won't be published regularly, there is a possibility that the date-stamp on the SERPs could affect CTRs. Also it isn't possible to remove the date element from the code so will require a work-around. Any help will be much appreciated!
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Hey everyone! Thank you so much for all your responses. +Nicolai Lønne I'll definitely be looking into your solution of removing date stamps after 30 days, that's a great solution. Currently though, the client has agreed to the JS wrapping, if it doesn't work, we'll remove the date stamp entirely from the template.
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I am an Oxford Based SEO consultant, passionate about all things 'Search'. Currently works at DigitasLBi as an SEO Account Manager.
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  • Oxford Brookes University
    International Business Management
  • Asia Pacific Institue of Information Technology
    HIgher Diploma in Business Administration
  • Royal Institute
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  • Isipathana College
    Pure/Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics
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