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Kate Toon

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Hi all, wondering if any SEO experts in this group would be keen to join me on a Q&A Blab next Friday 11am AEST.

Very basic SEO questions, from noobs. Would be extremely grateful. +Tony McCreath joined me today and it was great fun.

If you are keen follow the link and let me know if the comments.
https://blab.im/rj0sba 
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Bill Slawski's profile photoJohn Romaine's profile photo
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I'd be happy to help.
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Hreflang implementation

How similar does content need to be in order to use hreflang tags? 

I've seen it used when the content is identical across the same domain name with different country code extensions, but in this scenario, the client has clientsite.ca, clientsite.com, etc. and the content is fairly similar, but still unique on the two different domains. 

Would it be wrong to use the hreflang attribute when the content isn't identical? 
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Victor Gras's profile photoJames Norquay's profile photo
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Google's faqs are actually ok on this area, if you target day US and Canada content can be similar http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/x-default-hreflang-for-international-pages.html?m=1 Tho with other regions use local copywriters for local content is the general consensus.
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Daniel Law

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Google allowing users to book appointments directly from the SERPS. Not a huge fan of this. Thoughts?
"Book an appointment" feature is now appearing in some knowledge panel results.
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James Norquay's profile photoMel Nelson's profile photo
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IMO the name of the game is to get customers in the door so if this works out to be fast and easy why not use it?
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Hardik Oza

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Anyone has seen live tweet for personalized result ? Google shows instant tweets in mobile!   #knowledgegraph  
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Peter Watson

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I 301 redirected this site a few weeks back but when doing a site search, its still indexed, but shows the meta tags of the site its directing to:

https://www.google.com.au/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=site%3Abusinesssold.com.au

Will this eventually reflect the site its redirecting to?
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Terry Van Horne's profile photoPeter Watson's profile photo
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+Terry Van Horne I can see your confusion as the domain name might be misleading, however 'BusinessSold.com.au and Biz Listings were in the exact same niche. I also 301'd on a 'domain' level, and not simply a site wide redirect to home page. I was basically consolidating the sites so I can concentrate on one main site. 
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Will Kennard

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Hi all, I'm working on a clients rather large new website launch, same domain but different URL structure. So far I've done;

-301s (based on backlinks, core site structure of old site, top 200 landing pages and more)
-GWMT fetching
-sitemap submission
-backups of HTML of old site
-404 monitoring

I'm not worried about a huge loss in rankings, although it would be nice to know if you guys do anything for a new site launch with a structure change, i.e. have I missed anything really obvious off the list. Can't seem to find too many solid articles on this.

cheers!
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John Romaine's profile photoFrederic Chanut's profile photo
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+Will Kennard might want to do an old vs new cral to see the impact of poentially new IA and interlinking modules. Makes a difference for 50k+ page sites
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HI,

Is anyone  aware of a software (not online services) to make easier to manage several social media accounts for SEO purposes? You know, to check, to post, etc...
As you can suppose, I have to deal with my own accounts and my client's accounts multiplied by all the social networks. Impossible to keep track of what's happening just using the browser.

TIA 
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Tony “Tiggerito” McCreath's profile photoDiego Fernandez's profile photo
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Yes, I have been researching for Seesmic and TweetDeck alternatives at Softonic. It's evident how the big dogs have been buying these desktop software alternatives. To benefit users? Of course, not! Getting rid of the competition is becoming a more common practise day by day.
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QUESTION: I'm using BrightLocal to do an audit for a local SEO client in the property management space.

So far I have them ranking #1 local and organic for property management. However, I can't seem to get them to rank #1 for "[location] rentals". The page has higher DA, better link profile etc. 

One thing I noticed when doing a citation comparison was a few of the competitors ranking for the term had selected "rental" related categories. Currently I only have "property management" set as the category for the G+ business page. 

Should I add the "rental" categories too? Eg. "apartmental rental agency", "condominium rental agency". 

In other local business directories I have "property management" set as the main category. 

Any thoughts appreciated. 
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Peter Watson

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So apparently Panda 4 .2 has been released 'LAST' weekend. Did anyone notice? It appears they haven't really pushed it out, they have just hit the go button, which will then roll out 'incredibly' slow.  http://searchengineland.com/google-panda-4-2-is-here-slowly-rolling-out-after-waiting-almost-10-months-225850 
Google has told us they pushed out a Panda refresh this weekend and it will take months to fully roll out.
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Chad Harris's profile photoKen Rohrer's profile photoBoomShare's profile photo
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John was saying that because it is rolling out over several months, many won't see it's effects until later. I've been on several forums and hardly anyone is noticing yet.
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Peter Watson

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I recently had a debate (friendly) with someone about linking in directories. The example used was this one:

http://www.downunderindex.com

I'm of the opinion that if you manually add your link to a site, its unnatural and most like harm your site. My friend said that a link like this was fine because this site hasn't suffered a penalty of any kind. 

Would love some feedback on this............
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Perry Bernard's profile photoJohn Romaine's profile photo
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lol
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Kate Toon

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Question: What are the first three things you look at when auditing a site? And what fairly small fix do you think makes the biggest difference?

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Hyderali Shaikh's profile photoKate Toon's profile photo
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You list is like mine +Hyderali Shaikh :-)
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Elena Alioshina

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Hi all: I have a question about href lang tags. My company launched a series of international sub-directories (i.e. company.com/ca, company.com/au, etc.). All pages have href lang tag implemented in the <head> section (before </head>). However, Google Search Console HTML improvements section picks up these sub-directories' meta data as duplicate content. 

For example, Search Console says that company.com/ca/examplepage and company.com/au/examplepage have duplicate title tags and meta descriptions, even though both pages have href lang tags implemented as follows:

<link rel=alternate hreflang=en-CA href="http://www.company.com/ca/examplepage"/>
<link rel=alternate hreflang=en-AU href="http://www.company.com/au/examplepage"/>

Any idea on what might be going on? Thanks so much in advance!
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Riccardo “Merlinox” Mares's profile photoElena Alioshina's profile photo
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Thanks all! Huge help. Do you think had we hosted these international sites on sub-domains vs. sub-folders, we wouldn't have run into this issue?
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Luke Chapman

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Just noticed something amusing. Searching on Google AU for "Endemol" (it's a TV production company) and the description looks fairly normal. If you search for "southern star" (they used to be Southern Star Endemol) you get the second screenshot... "What appears when you type in the content field on the homepage? Nothing!" which is actually the meta description on their site. 

I wonder if they know their web dev left this message in there... They probably haven't noticed because it doesn't show up when searching their actual brand name!
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David Iwanow's profile photoJake Mabey's profile photo
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Ha ha ha- love it. 
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Collin Davis

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International SEO Sitemap Question

I am getting a no return tags error in Webmaster Tools with regards to my international sitemap. www.firstsource(dot)com/international-sitemap.xml

Could some please help me out as I am not able to find a solution for this.
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Jaaved Khatree's profile photoKen Rohrer's profile photo
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Your sitemap should probably have this code in it to be proper:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">
    <url>
        <loc>http://www.yourwebsite.com/</loc>
        <lastmod>2015-08-11</lastmod>
        <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
        <priority>1.0</priority>
    </url>
</urlset>
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Peter Watson

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When 301'ing (I did on an url basis) site A to site B in the same niche (turning 2 sites into 1 big site), how long before the links propagate and are reflected in GWT (from experience)?
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Perry Bernard's profile photoPeter Watson's profile photo
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+Perry Bernard oh, thanks for the tip! 
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Jake Mabey

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How can one find the source for a particular piece of code on a URL? Let's say I'm working with WordPress, and in the source code, I find a second GA code. It seems like a wild goose chase every time. I have to look for php files that may have it, look at plugins, etc. Is there an easy way to click on an element and find it's root source?
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Diego Fernandez's profile photoPerry Bernard's profile photo
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I think Robert is on the right track.
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Lance Hudgins

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I got a question for all My SEO's. I working with a nursing school in san diego...very very competitive. Some keyword phrases I rank in the local 7 pack but my main keyword phrase I cannot rank for. Also I am second page in maps. I have yext to submit to all the directories. What would you recommend to give both my google + page and maps ranking a boost
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Identify which searches trigger local results and optimise selected content for those - obeying all best practices for content optimisation. Engage in your Google+ profile with relevant local content too. Ensure your Google+ page is correctly configured in terms of page type (radius service area, call-in location, brand representative).
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Hi all,

I was wondering if you would have to point out 5 of your favorite inbound marketing tools - the ones you can`t live without - which ones would you choose? And why?

I`m writing an article for my company`s blog (IT Startup) and would like to add some of your thoughts as well.

Thanks in advance,
Marijana (SEO Manager @CollectMyThoughts)
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Will Kennard's profile photoMarijana Škrivanko's profile photo
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Hi all, just wanted to say thanks for your help.
Here it is:
http://www.collectmythoughts.com/inbound-marketing-tools-you-need-in-your-arsenal/

Hope you`ll like my choices.

Thanks,
Marijana
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Daniel Law

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How Google treats all new TLDs. Worth the 2 minute read
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Perry Bernard's profile photo
 
You might be interested in my article on the same topic: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-new-gtlds-all-fail-perry-bernard
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