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Arseniy Bolotsko
Hi, my name is Arseniy Bolotsko. I'm a Washington, DC – based SEO and WordPress Consultant.
Hi, my name is Arseniy Bolotsko. I'm a Washington, DC – based SEO and WordPress Consultant.


When to tell Google Webmaster Tools that domain has moved.

I have moved a site to a different domain name and did a complete overhaul. Link structure has changed because the old one was very bad. That being said, I am doing 301's manually on about 1800 pages. I prioritize what to move first based on SEO Landing Pages report in Google Analytics. Stuff that has most impressions and clicks goes first and some content is clearly bad so I will just 301 to a suitable section of the new site. I am about half way done with my 301's.

Should I wait until I finish all my 301s or can I indicate in Google Webmaster Tools that the domain has moved?

Using display="none;" to hide small portions of content (post excepts and etc.) when rendering responsive design for mobile devices. Are there negative SEO implications?

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I am working on organizing about 3000 article for a new WP site launch. All article have been sorted and categorized in a very simple/intuitive way. My SEO concerns include duplicate content, category v.s. tags (or using both) and canonical urls. 

Articles are divided into 3 primary section (Magazine, E-publications and Opinion Columns) which is pretty simple to work with. For UX reasons I would also like to display articles from every category under 1 of 8 Market Segment categories i.e. all articles from "Magazine, "E-pub" and "Opinion Column" sections that are about "Green Energy" will display under market segment called "Green Energy" but they will retain original URLs. Lastly, each article will only be associated with one Market Segment.

Based on this scenario, what will be most beneficial from SEO perspective? Would rel="canonical" be the best way to avoid duplicate content? Crawl Noidex Market Segment category pages?Are there any other potential pitfalls I should look into?


Attached is a very quick diagram I put together to visualize the process 

RIP Nelson Mandela. What a tremendous loss...
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Great first day at the Technology Conference & Expo. A lot of useful information and exciting new technology.
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 How much of a differece Sub Domain vs. Sub Directory make in 2013?

In 2012, MC said :

“The historical reasons why you might’ve wanted to go for a subdomain don’t really apply as much, and that leaves you with, okay both are on the same domain, overall, and so it’s really a question of which one is easier for you.”

Around the same time, some SEOs started noticing that Google favors Sub directories for sites such as Amazon, Facebook and etc.

Duplicate Content Question:

A site with about 500 pages shows the following:

Pages Ever Crawled: 34,000
Pages indexed on www version: 900
Pages indexed on non-www version:  2,000

Once the redirects are set, necessary directories are blocked and site map is re-submitted, what is the short-term (3m-6m) impact on organic traffic/ranking ?

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Incredible! Doctors in Chine use this guy's own head to grow him a new nose.
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Just wanted to share with the group. Heard about this on the news today and it was funny how shocked people were to heard this.


I know that this is more of a Google Analytics question but I am sure someone in the group knows the answer.

I need to segment member and non-member visits to a site. I know that custom even tracking in the way to go. I wanted to know how other people  implement this on their sites. So far i came up with this:

<?php if (user_logged_in) : ?>
<script type=”text/javascript”>
_gaq.push([‘_setCustomVar’, 1, ‘visitor-type’, ‘member’, 2]);
<?php endif; ?>

Any ideas?
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