I have some query about seo. I have added my site on Google webmaster tool 2 weeks before but but didn't index my site yet. I have already added xml sitemap. now what should I do?
And secondly I have added my website on webmaster as www.abc.com now I need to set preferred version as www version or don't set preferred domain ?

Looking for help with a Yoast WordPress SEO question. Can anyone please verify the meaning of the check box for "Add Google+ specific post meta data (excluding author metadata)". Not sure if this means it won't affect it or it will delete my author tag and I can't find documentation on the plugin page.

Social Media Platforms and results in Web Search
I'm looking for data to support inconclusively that conversations in social media platforms influences web search results on a particular topic.  Seems that all the articles from 2011-2013 support this, but late 2013 and 2014 seem to downplay this.  Anything you can share?

Are Most of Your BackLinks From Friends?
I have read many a backlink guide to improve SEO in recent months.  And, I am trying really hard to at least understand what makes certain websites succeed.  But, recently a really famous blogger told how he acquired his original audience by making relevant friends, who then sometimes liked his material enough to link to it.

Are most of your backlinks from people you've gotten to know, and become friends with?   Is the best way to get links just to make friends in your niche? 

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How do you Want to be LIKED?
A genuine link or Like goes well-beyond an endorsement. A well-deserved link, Like [or +1 for that matter] can be nurtured to evolve into a long-term brand advocate and loyal customer.

On the other hand, paid links, fake likes and followers translate into empty relationships that provide no value to your business or brand.

Scenario 1: Remember the guy/girl that "Liked" you that ONE TIME? = EMPTY relationship.

Scenario 2: Remember how much you "Liked" your significant other [or best friend] when you first met? = Lifetime of meaningful, supportive interactions.

Which way do you want to be Liked?

#branding   #marketing   #linkbuilding
Regardless of whether they are links or Likes, they must be earned honestly and should be a testament to the integrity of your business and brand.

Do you agree?

The answer [I believe] depends upon your personal opinion of link building and social media marketing success. In my mind it is a shame so many businesses gauge their success on the number of superficial likes [or links] they receive.

At +Weal Media we believe that the value of a link or Like is derived from the meaningful relationship that is established. A genuine link or Like goes well-beyond an endorsement. A well-deserved link, Like [or +1 for that matter] can be nurtured to evolve into a long-term brand advocate and loyal customer.

On the other hand, paid links, fake likes and followers translate into empty relationships that provide no value to your business or brand.

Be proud of your business and brand, and treasure the people who have gone out of their way, to let you know that you product or service has made a meaningful and positive contribution to their life. These are the reviews and endorsements that will make you feel better about your business and yourself.

As +Kay Kulkarni, +Andrij Harasewych and +Mark Traphagen will attest to, I often have a good analogy to explain my point. Here is one:

Scenario 1: Remember the guy/girl that "Liked" you that ONE TIME? = EMPTY relationship.

Scenario 2: Remember how much you "Liked" your significant other [or best friend] when you first met? = Lifetime of meaningful, supportive interactions.

Which way do you want to be "Liked?"

#fakefollowers   #fakelikes   #paidlinks   #justsayno
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Does anybody want to discuss the SEO trends for 2014? I hear traditional SEO has significantly less impact in 2014. The trend seems to be "Content is king" regarding SEO. The more content, the best content, and the most consistent content wins out for SEO in 2014. What are your thoughts? 

-Mac

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I originally posted this in SM Strategy. Moving it over here as per +Kristoffer Howes' suggestion to expand discussion. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
What Is The Proper Way To Post Content From My Blog Onto Another Site Without Penalty From Google?

I wrote this article about how nonprofit organizations can use Google+ as part of their marketing mix. In the first thousand words, I walk them through Profiles and Pages. A colleague would like to post the next thousand words which focuses solely on Communities.

He uses rel="author" to credit his guest bloggers, but would like to protect himself from any potential Google penalties for posting duplicate content while at the same time attributing any SEO value back to my blog. In this case, do I use rel="canonical" tag? Is there a way to split the link juice between the two sites?

I searched the community but couldn't pinpoint an answer. Thanks in advance for your time.

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