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Dan Petrovic
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Curious Case of a Hacked Website
Today I checked freshlinkfinder.com for links and found this URL as a referrer: http://autoskillsaustralia.com.au/webmasters/

Upon closer inspection I found the website had been hacked.
Here's proof: http://goo.gl/hJcEBI

Now, what exactly took place here, any ideas why they did this?
An improvement to our top search queries data was applied retroactively on 12/31/13.
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Alistair Lattimore's profile photoDan Petrovic's profile photo
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+Alistair Lattimore +Peter Nikolow http://www.autoskillsaustralia.com.au/test.txt

I won't disclose here how it's done in order to protect their website.
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I love this on so many levels. Great use of #PPC and an amazing example of adaptive marketing. #canneslions  
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Great case study
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Is duplicate content a myth?

How can big brands like Entrepreneur, Yahoo Finance, Kissmetrics allow copy/paste content? 

They don't steal the content, they probably have their own agreement.

Here is an example:
We have published an article on kissmetrics: 
http://blog.kissmetrics.com/recover-from-any-google-penalty/

After a while we saw this article picked up and with a very small font at the end of the articles: "This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics"

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234963

Bonus, 3 days ago it also appeared in WomanEntrepreneur.com
http://womenentrepreneur.com/article/234963

There is no cannonical, no change in the text, just full-copy/paste.

Isn't this dangerous for them?

P.S. There are more examples of big websites doing this, but I don't go in details.
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That's exactly what I suspect Geoff. At a certain level, a domain has so much authority that they gain an amount of "immunity" to being affected algorithmically. It would seem that when a big brand finally gets slapped for violating Google's guidelines, it is typically a manual penalty. 

Relevant resource my colleagues put together just the other day: http://linkarati.com/google-manual-penalty-large-brands/
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For those that are looking for a cheaper backlink analyzing alternative http://openlinkprofiler.org/
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Thanks for sharing, i it would be great gift to my clients. lol
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Google Adwords has recently included a feature where you can see average monthly searches for every month. I basically wanted to find out the monthly searches for a specific keyword for the month of June 2014 but Adwords is yet to reflect it.

Could anyone in the community or +John Mueller chime in to let us know as to how many days following the end of a month does Google take to reflect these changes?
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Thanks +John Mueller have done that now.
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Hey guys - I caught up with +Jon Cooper from +Point Blank SEO in May this year at SMX Sydney & asked him a whole bunch of questions about blogging, link building strategies and more  - I'm genuinely interested in some feedback specifically regarding: Content interesting or zzzzzzz? TL:DR or length ok? What questions would you ask?
Read Woj Kwasi's interview with Jon Cooper aka Point Blank SEO from SMX Sydney 2014 where they chat about link building, strategies, blogging, SEO & tactics
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Good interview and great dinner on the first night of the conference
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Sunny K. Ujjawal

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This pic show Google.com US traffic from searchmetrics.com
The update in May had a negative effect on Google itself and from 22nd June SEO visibility of Google is high again.
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Searchmetrics has nothing to do with traffic, it calculates "Visibility". That is something completely different. And because of that, never use SM data as reports.
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Now that I think about it, having 'authorship' set up gives the user a chance to click through to Google plus and not your site.

Does anyone else see this as a disadvantage? What is the advantage of Google authorship?
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Bill Bean's profile photoPeter Watson's profile photo
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I guess its always good to 'support' the team (Google).
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Hi all, I have implemented everything I can do for a brand to show in SERP, all knowledge graph optimization: Schema SameAs, schema for organization, G+ recent posts, great wiki page, freebase...what else would you recommend? Do I miss smth?
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John Romaine's profile photoPeter Nikolow's profile photoSambhavi Karki's profile photo
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What is the brand name?  What are you searching for?
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Dan Petrovic
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rel="nofollow noreferrer"
When did Google+ start using noreferrer on links in comments is this new?
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Alistair Lattimore's profile photoTony McCreath's profile photo
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In short, yes.

The HTTP spec [1] says user agents should handle referrer headers as follows:

* HTTP->HTTP, referrer
* HTTP->HTTPS, referrer
* HTTPS->HTTP, noreferrer
* HTTPS->HTTPS, referrer

[1] http://www.w3.org/Protocols/rfc2616/rfc2616-sec15.html#sec15.1.3
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Hi guys, got a frustrating problem here. I have a clients site that is redirecting to BS pharmacutical websites (viagra etc) within the search results. Any ideas where I should look to find the culprit, apart from the obvious places? htacess etc.
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John Romaine's profile photoJim Munro's profile photo
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Cheap as chips.
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Peter Watson

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If site A ranks for 2000 keywords and site B ranks for 1500, how can I identify the the 500 terms site A ranks for that site B does not?
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Peter Watson's profile photoHarry Dance's profile photo
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if you sort them by colour, you can then easily copy and paste them into their own column http://spreadsheets.about.com/od/datamanagementinexcel/ss/090930-sort-font-color-excel.htm
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Experience Sharing Please: Website Migration
I'm currently dealing with a website that seems to have lost all trust from Google's side, most phrases are on the second or third page now, sometimes even deeper. I decided to move it to a new domain, but the domain I wish to use currently redirects to the old site.

clean-domain .com  - - - 301 - - ->  untrusted-domain .com

What I wanted to know is whether you guys have any direct experience in setting up a site on a domain which used to redirect to a site affected by Googles search quality algorithms.
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Indeed.
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Can anyone provide insight into backlink question?

I have a client that has purchased domains for the simple fact of redirecting to the appropriate page within their main site (community sub-pages).

 _They do this to make it easier for people to visit these community pages (community.com rather than mainsite.com/community/community-1...)_

My question is, "what, if any, weight do local backlinks pointing to the redirecting domain hold? There has never been content on these forwarding domains - do new links pointing to these domains have any value?"
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Terry Van Horne's profile photoDaniel Delos's profile photo
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okay so if these sites and pages within the site have no incoming links the value derived from these 301's would be a little less than the value created by the incoming links. If these pages have little link equity then all you are doing is providing a way to easily hurt you with negative SEO... since it looks like you've already got a "link farm" set up with the 301's.
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Kate Toon

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Is there a limit to the number of domains you can disavow? My file currently has around 2000 - (probably small fry to you guys) but will there come a point when Google won't take anymore?

Also has anyone had experience with Negative SEO campaigns? And if so how long did they last. It's 3 months on and kind chap attacking my site doesn't seem to have gotten bored yet.
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Yes James, I was talking about allowing some time for disavowed links to be processed before submiting again. I totally agree that you should watch constantly for low quality links and disavow from time to time, just not immediatly.
I have build my own SEO tool that checks Google Index status and do the monitoring art (Monitor Backlinks https://monitorbacklinks.com/ ), so it's easy for me to spot those links.
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Tauseef Azhar

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Just want to know whether Google can understand this type of robot.txt file or its just a normal file... like humans.txt
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Chris Edwards's profile photoKen Rohrer's profile photo
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Its a Skynet joke from the movie terminator.
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Nicholas Chimonas

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Rich Snippet attack?

What the deuce is going on here? I don't see anything in the affected page's sources or links that could be causing this. 

+John Mueller Do you have any advice for recourse? Never seen a rich snippet junked up like this before. 
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That often proves a much quicker route to resolution yeah - good luck with it.
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This shows yahoo depends on Google too much.
Yahoo has announced another round of product cuts and changes, all part of what it calls a continued effort on “furthering our focus.” The most notable cut announced today is the upcoming closure of both Yahoo Voices (voices.yahoo.com) and the Yahoo Contributor Network (contributor.yahoo.com). The former is Yahoo’s home for user-generated articles; the latter is […]
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Yahoo! Voices was a great platform to build a credible author status on the web and it is really surprising that they are closing the doors to this platform as they had decent moderation processes in place to ensure that only useful and valuable content was published.

This will frustrate a number of high profile authors that have published hundreds of articles and earnt a lot of money via the network. All the hours they put into creating this content over the years will just be deleted with one push of the button at the end of the month.
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Why Facebook is having 
User-agent: *
Disallow: /
http://facebook.com/robots.txt
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Razvan Girmacea's profile photoPhil Gregory's profile photoŁukasz Rogala's profile photo
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As far as I know Facebook is crawled by Google only via it's own API or something.
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