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Peter Watson

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So after approx 5 weeks and not receiving my verification pin for Google My Business, I have just requested another one. Frustrating! Anyone else having issues with this?
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James Norquay's profile photoPeter Watson's profile photo
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ah right...... na only one at this point. There was a different business there which moved out approx 8 months ago, but they never set up a Google My Business page, so there should be no issues. I guess I'll just have to wait another few weeks and cross my fingers. 
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You’re creating an e-commerce store, that also has one brick location and is planning to add more. It has a really strong brand name, let’s say it’s “black beans and rice”.

You have a trademark registered on the name, but blackbeansandrice.com is taken and not being used.

Would the better option be to go for blackbeansandrice.us or blkbns.com for initial launch?

If you can acquire the .com later would you switch to that?
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William Harvey's profile photoJames Norquay's profile photo
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Their is a whole science to domain acquisition and you see so many companies making mistakes costing big money.
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Question:
What web scraper do you use to collect information from web pages?

I want to speed up a (manual) process of noting down some events and conferences (information like dates, venue, organisers), and I am hoping some one can suggest a tool that will do this.
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Stephen Hamilton's profile photoKen Rohrer's profile photo
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Unfortunately, the scrapers seem to rank higher in the search than mine. It should be the other way around but I guess Google doesn't care much about original content anymore.
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Perry Bernard

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Has anyone here tried an experiment in which you systematically removed or disavowed all back-links to a website that is already ranked, just to see what happens? If so, when did you do this and what did you observe?
(you might know where I'm going with this)
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Chad Harris's profile photoTerry Van Horne's profile photo
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+Perry Bernard IMO, if the links that were removed were deemed to be shite by the Gorg Council they basically have zero impact until you reach the right threshold for shite links and Penguin runs, IMO those links become isolated on the linkgraph ie: the algorithms and/or G web spam team basically remove them from the ranking calculation, if you remove the link from them then it is one less bad one pointing at the site and with enough removed and disavowed you can remove the dampener caused by "algorithmic dampener" otherwise known as Penguin. IMO, the best way to beat all of these algorithmic dampeners is remove the problem... so I choose to 410 the Penguin affected page which effectively removes it from the linkgraph and any negative impact... at some point you see the site gain trust and begin to rank. IME, it's easier to try and rank for the target term  of the removed page with new filename and copy.
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Hi, have recently from http to https  and it it seems to have screwed up all my social media share counts. Is there anyway to fix this?
So I do manual redirects on each of the site URLS as well as the global on in htaccess?

THanks in advance
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Kate Toon (Kate Toon Copywriter)'s profile photoPeter Watson's profile photo
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ah ok cool. 
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Matija Janicic

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To 301 or not
I have a bit of “doorway page dilemma” here and I would really appreciate your opinion on this stuff. Some time ago I made a page that matches the exact search query (it’s a foreign language site) which now ranks first organic on google for that specific term. In the meantime, technical capabilities of the website  have increased and allowed for a better user experience, so I made another page aiming at slightly different keywords, with what essentially may be considered same content. The link to the new one exist on the old page and I even boosted visits to a new one with dedicated banners from a content website (anchor text but no follow). 
What I see now is 
1) The “old” page still has a higher ratio of landing page visits
2) The new page has a higher unique visitors but is nowhere to be seen in organic search
For the time being I’m happy but I don’t think it’s a viable course of action in the long run. Would you 301?
Much obliged
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Matija Janicic's profile photoJohn Romaine's profile photo
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If its not broken, leave it. If you feel its an issue, give the page that's ranking more depth (add content, images, video, external links etc) The days of building out single term doorway pages died a long time ago.
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QUESTION: How long to 301 redirect?

My thought is that you should 301 redirect for as long as the page has links pointing at it (and work to get the links manually updated).

But what if you want to stop paying for the previous domain? Thoughts appreciated.
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Perry Bernard's profile photoJohn Romaine's profile photo
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I'm not sure +Perry Bernard . Verification with Google can be really dicky at times.
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Jaaved Khatree

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Can anyone shed some light on App Indexing and how they've measured its impact? Keen to learn about others experiences. Thanks. 
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Bill Bean

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Hypotext for more effective content? 

Invest the 9 minutes to read the hypotext at the end.
Our research shows that only one in five people read web content word for word. Majority scan, skip and only read key items of interest.
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Jaaved Khatree

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When you need to make necessary database changes which then require changes to URL structures for some URLs, which then in turn requires 301 redirects, how many is too many?
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Perry Bernard's profile photoWilliam Harvey's profile photo
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If you're using htaccess based redirects then apache may become slow depending on the number of redirects.. htaccess will need to be processed for every request if it's not cached.  So test it and check the response times. 
I've seem 1000+ htaccess redirects with no problem, but each server is different.
Apache also state and what many sites do is to place your redirects at httpd.conf level. It' speeds up the response times.
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John Romaine

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Dealing with late or non paying clients. This is proving to be frustrating. How do you guys handle this? I'm thinking about moving towards collecting credit card details for this, as waiting on clients to make payment each month just doesn't appear to be working, and having to send "late payment" type emails is making me uncomfortable.
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Jenny Munn's profile photoJohn Romaine's profile photo
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Thanks +Jenny Munn  I will be looking at this next week. Still chasing money here which is ridiculous.
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Jaaved Khatree

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Canonical tag or 301 redirect?

URL 1:
domain.com/brisbane/hotel-apartments.html 

displays the same content as

URL 2:
domain.com/brisbane/hotel-apartments-brisbane.html

I'm inclined to place a canonical in URL 2 to point to URL 1 to avoid creating extra internal 301 redirects. It's easier to implement too.

Thoughts?
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Tony “Tiggerito” McCreath's profile photoJaaved Khatree's profile photo
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ah yes, good point Tony. Just found this: https://www.seroundtable.com/noindex-canonical-google-18274.html - makes sense (and I'm smacking my head for not realising this before!)
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Will Kennard

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How often do you guys use the 'fetch as Google' tool? Say yo've just created a new, large piece of content for a site, do you think it's worth submitting it through the tool to get it indexed faster? 
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Tony Dimmock's profile photoKen Rohrer's profile photo
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I find that URL's I submit to the index from Fetch are usually crawled within 24 hours. That means they show up in Google searches sooner and that's usually a good thing.
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Peter Watson

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So just to clarify, if I build an exact duplicate of my Australian site and put it on a different tld (.co.nz, .com, .co.uk, etc), this is ok as long as I use hreflang, right?
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Tony “Tiggerito” McCreath's profile photoPeter Watson's profile photo
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Thanks for the feedback guys. +John Mueller actually touches on it here around the 13 minute mark https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1008&v=ywrMafJiKo8
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Dave Ashworth

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So is anyone seeing any mad fluctuations  as reported on Moz and SEJ?

https://moz.com/blog/the-colossus-update-waking-the-giant
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-search-update-rolling-out-confirmed-to-not-be-panda-related/134812/

The only thing I'm seeing is as well as being on https, wiki has a new URL structure for some pages - not sure if deliberate or not:
e.g. if you search for "lowestoft" as I randomly did earlier:
https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Lowestoft

but on other queries, e.g. "Bolton", you get https and the old style structure:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolton

and that's about it - all main rankings I check are pretty much as they were
June 16, 2015 marked one of the hottest days on MozCast. Was this a change in Google's HTTPS algorithm, or the aftershock of waking the Wikipedia giant?
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Matt Gardner's profile photoDan Petrovic's profile photo
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+Matt Gardner same as usual, lots of websites went up and lots of websites went down in results. This time it was more prominent than usual.  I think Dr Pete's guess is as good as anyone's.
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Frederic Chanut

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Congrats to +Cornelius Do for identifying common pattern in the IMWT office.
Interestingly enough the first comment that came out was ah I've seen +Frederic Chanut and +Önder Vincent Koç doing just that fresh prince dance! completly false, I have a much nicer jumper...
Maybe you've been there or you want to know what it's like. Click here to see what life as an SEO looks like - in memes!
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Will Kennard's profile photoJames Norquay's profile photoÖnder Vincent Koç's profile photo
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A few were good and one of the gifs looks a bit like you Freddy lol...
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Terry Simmonds

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How does Google treat Autofocus?

Has anyone done any tests on Autofocus as to whether it can have any negative/positive effects on Google?
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Will Kennard's profile photoTerry Simmonds's profile photo
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+Will Kennard autofocus is supported in all the browsers I test with.
I can't really see it causing a problem, but would like to be sure.
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Byron Trzeciak

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Does anybody here have any experience using call tracking software and can recommend a solution  or service that works for Australia that won't break the bank? I'd like to do some trials on integration with google analytics to show ROI for both SEO and adwords. Thanks in advance.
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Tony “Tiggerito” McCreath's profile photoByron Trzeciak's profile photo
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+Tony McCreath Thanks for the follow up Tony. I spoke with Avanser last week and so far they're the only one to call me back. Others have requested a time to schedule in a product demonstration. Jet continues to get strong reviews so I'll follow up with them Tony and compare them to what Avanser has on offer. Appreciate the comments from both.
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Peter Watson

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A friend of mine moved his business from one address to another about 2-3 months back and made the appropriate changes in Google. Everything updated accordingly, but Google maps is still displaying his old address when you search the business name.

Andy advice?
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Nathaniel “Nate” Tower's profile photoPeter Watson's profile photo
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+Nathaniel Tower Call Google? Nice one! lol
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Peter Watson

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I have a site that is about to open a 'shop front'. How do I change  Google mybusiness to "company or organization" so I can  include an address?
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James Norquay's profile photoPeter Watson's profile photo
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Yep all good. That's what I've done. Just waiting for the card to come in mail now so I can verify.
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