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Has any one got image domains in Search Console. How's the crawl stats going? Mine is almost zero activity.
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+Dawn Anderson No. It gets a 200 always.
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I have an event on my CTA button. GA reports total events as 48. That button is the only way the user can reach my checkout page. I made a segment for the event to track the pageviews on the checkout page. The pageviews reported is 34 which doesn't match the button clicks. Why the difference in metrics? Thanks!
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It sounds like a pageview tag issue. Have you tried to segment it down by device to see if the difference is equally split along all devices or if it is a particular device/browser version that causes this? 
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Planning on moving to HTTPS? Here are 13 FAQs! What's missing? Let me know in the comments and I'll expand this over time, perhaps it's even worth a blog post or help center article. Note that these are specific to moving an existing site from HTTP to HTTPS on the same hostname. Also remember to check out our help center at https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6073543

# Do I need to set something in Search Console? No, just add the HTTPS site there. The change-of-address setting doesn't apply for HTTP -> HTTPS moves.

# How can we do an A/B test? Don't cloak to Googlebot specifically, use 302 redirects + rel=canonical to HTTP if you want to test HTTPS but not have it indexed. Don't block via robots.txt . More about A/B testing at https://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ch/2012/08/website-testing-google-search.html (302 redirects aren't cached.)

# Will the rel=canonical guarantee that the HTTP URL is indexed? No, but it's a very strong signal when picking the indexed URL.

# What's the next step after testing? Follow our site-move documentation ( https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6033049 ). Use 301 redirects from HTTP to HTTPS, confirm the new version by adding a rel=canonical on the HTTPS page, pointing to itself, and submit sitemaps including both HTTP & HTTPS URLs with new change-dates (in the long run, just keep the HTTPS sitemap).

# What about the robots.txt file? The HTTPS site uses the HTTPS robots.txt file. Check that it's reachable or serves a 404 result code, and check that your HTTP URLs aren't blocked by the HTTP robots.txt file.

# Is it OK to have just some pages on HTTPS? Yes, no problem! Start with a part, test it, add more.

# Should I move everything together, or is it fine to do sections? Moving in sections is fine.

# Will I see a drop in search? Fluctuations can happen with any bigger site change. We can't make any guarantees, but our systems are usually good with HTTP -> HTTPS moves.

# Which certificate do I need? For Google Search, any modern certificate that's accepted by modern browsers is acceptable.

# Do I lose "link juice" from the redirects? No, for 301 or 302 redirects from HTTP to HTTPS no PageRank is lost.

# Will we see search keywords in Google Analytics when we're on HTTPS? This won't change with HTTPS, you can see the search queries in Search Console.

# How can I test how many pages were indexed? Verify HTTP / HTTPS separately in Search Console, use Index Status for a broad look, or the sitemaps indexed counts for sitemap URLs.

# How long will a move from HTTP to HTTPS take? There are no fixed crawl frequencies, it depends on the size of your site, and the speed of crawling that's possible. The move takes place on a per-URL basis.


Hope this helps clarify some of the open questions! Let me know if there's anything missing.

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Questions on crawlers and URL parameters. 1. Does the crawler prefer parameters in URL? 2. example.com/category/product.html?sortby=5 where sortby=5 sorts the results based on date added. Will it help to change sortby=5 to sortby=newest which is more meaningful, does that help the crawler?
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My default website is HTTP. I do have the HTTPS version and its canonical is pointing to HTTP. We have difficulties in setting up the 301 from HTTPS to HTTP. So with Google saying that they will crawl and index HTTPS by default, how does this impact my crawl budget? They need to crawl around 30 million of my already indexed HTTP pages, then they need to crawl the HTTPS version and then only they will see the canonical back to HTTP! 
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They will only send people to https pages if it is a valid option. If you canonicalise back to http then that is what they will show users. You are saying https should never be shown. 

If your link structure does send people to the https pages then Google will crawl them, and then find out you don't want them in the search results. That would waste some crawl budget.

But that is different to the recent announcement that they will prefer https over http. They will only do that if both are a valid option.
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We changed the URLs of CSS and Scripts in certain set of pages. This affects around 20 million pages. I was checking Google cache of these pages and found that the cache loads pages without any style! Should I be worried? Of course when Google updates their cache this will be solved.
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Thanks for your help on this!
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Has any one got image domains in Search Console. How's the crawl stats going? Mine is almost zero activity.
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Any one?
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Confused and need help!

I blocked all images in one of my client's website. Google says I can do it without affecting web search [https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35308?hl=en]

But then when I did the Fetch and Render the blocked resources appeared with a severity level High. "The missing resource significantly affects the rendered page, and will probably change how Google indexes your page" [https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6066468?hl=en&rd=2]

What does that mean?

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+William Harvey Thanks! That answers my question. Last time when I checked my log files, images crawled by Googlebot was almost 0% but all the images were crawled by imagebot. So may be rendering and crawling are different.
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When I say example.com/articleid=16 and example.com/seo-friendly-url doesn't make any difference to the crawler, but only to the index. Is that true?
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I have an image of 500x500 size. This is placed inside a container of 170x170. So when JS is enabled the image will be resized to 170 size. If JS is off it will be 500.

What should be the width and height for the image? Is it 500 or 170? What does bots prefer?
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Thanks +Jaaved Khatreeand +Terry Van Horne! It's in the range of 30-50. So the suggestion is to make a new image domain for 170 image size. The issue is 170 doesn't look good when it comes to Image search.
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Does the cache and index have any relation?

For URLs that are in the index(I searched the URL and Google returns it) and are cached, when I search using the exact title these pages are returned.

For URLs that are in the index and are not cached, when I search using the exact title these pages are not returned.
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The Google bots crawl your site and then index what they see, per page, as a cached version of the page.
The page may change (new design, new images, different content, etc) before they crawl and then reindex the new page, hence the term cache. In other words, the term cache is used as almost a caveat to say that the page may have changed since they last crawled it.
When you view the lasted cache of a page you can see the date in which Google crawled the page last and then visually see if there have been changes to the page that Google hasn't indexed yet.
When a page shows a cache, it's still in the index with that exact page content, etc. In order to update the frequency of the crawl so that Google caches and re-indexes your pages more often, you need to build the overall authority of the domain with high quality inbound links and proper on site SEO.
Oh, and you can't tell if a page is indexed or not with Google by searching the page title. They get to pick what they rank your indexed pages for, if anything. A page title is just a query when you search Google, so if the page isn't coming up that just means Google doesn't rank it for that phrase. If a page returns a cache it is indexed... Where it ranks in the index and for what terms is a totally different story. 
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A question about cache: operator. I was checking a random 100 pages from our website and competitors. I was collecting data about Cache dates in Google. How useful is this data? I have observed that most recently cached pages rank higher. Of course there are other factors in play here! Some of the pages I checked are not cached. If a page is not cached does that mean Google has never crawled it? Or has crawled it but not available in Google index. What does the cache operator return? Is it a copy from Google's index which is used by the algorithm for ranking purposes? 
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+Bob Gladstein thanks!
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I am an SEO analyst. You can find me at www.nikhilraj.com
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    Senior SEO Engineer, 2015 - present
  • Suyati Technologies
    Inbound Marketing Analyst, 2012 - 2015
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    SEO Analyst, 2012 - 2013
  • Trikode Solutions Private Limited
    Internet Marketing Specialist, 2011 - 2012
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