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Nikhil Raj

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I have a larger version of an image hyperlinked from its smaller version which opens in a lightbox when clicked. The code looks like <a href="link to large image"><img src="link to smaller image"></a>

Google is behaving strangely and is showing the larger image in image search results instead of the smaller image. Normally Google shows what is inside the img tag, right? Or did I miss anything? Note: The smaller image has a size of 300x350.
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Riccardo Mares's profile photoKen Rohrer's profile photoNikhil Raj's profile photo
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Google will show both versions but usually put the larger one with the higher resolution higher in the search results. If you go to Google images > Search Tools > Size > Medium, you may see the smaller image there.
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Riccardo Mares

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Does (not provided) will come to GWT?

Usually I analyze sites with some history.
By now, I'm analyzing the grow of a new little site.

So today I check 30 Impressions and Displaying 3: oh my God what's happened?

Another check:
■ report query: 2 keywords (3 impressions of 30)
■ report landing page: all landing pages  (their impressions sum is 30!)

So: now I see only 10% of query (per impressions).
Question: does (not provided) will come to GWT too?

Thanks
#gwt   #query   #notprovided  
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Riccardo Mares's profile photoMartino Mosna's profile photoKim Clinkunbroomer's profile photo
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I agree with +Krzysiek Deszcz​. I should also add that the new query report being developed (I don't remember the name, it's in closed alpha at the moment) seems to have a lot more precision and data integrity.
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Bill Bean

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What can we learn from the pharma SERPs? A lot, it seems.
Pharma SERPS (search engine result pages). PHARMA SEO CASE STUDY. Why study this serp? (Sure it might feel a bit slimy, but there is gold in these hills). ANSWER: Because some of the BEST SEO's, albeit blackhatters, work the Pharma serps. Why? $$$$$$$, that's why.
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Brilliant Logic I Love IT!
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Trey Collier

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GWT Crawl Error Reporting at its finest

Was gonna track down a possible errant link, then this happened.     Now what?
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John Mueller's profile photoTrey Collier's profile photo
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Thank you +John Mueller for your clarification.      44 of 50 of the newly found 404 errors yesterday shown to me had no "Linked From" tab.

Before your input,    I just marked them "Fixed"     I didn't know if if this was a glitch error or what, but figured that if it was a "Real" issue, it would re-show itself with good information (with "Linked From" tab)   so I'd know better how to deal with it in the near future.

But taking a step back, shouldn't GWT tools be giving us the best information on what needs to be fixed that may have issues with us ranking well?      Until now, I never thought of it being a tool that made us think of chasing our tails doing things that don't really matter in the long run.
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Vahe Arabian

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Hey guys I had a question. I've seen a few instances where we've implemented a meta robots tag (no index, no follow), however when you do a site command that page appears. any thoughts?
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Peter Watson's profile photoRick Bucich's profile photo
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If other pages have replaced it, why not 301 redirect?
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Riccardo Mares

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Google, where is Penguin?
Some months ago (august) I lost a client. No problem.

It found another SEO: no problem.
Image I posted is the growup of traffic SEO, by +SEMrush.

So... I did a little check of new backlink of last months, with +Ahrefs... near 100% of new domain was:
■ signature in open guestbook (off topic)
■ signature in open forum (off topic)
■ follow link in forum with "follow" link in post
■ singnature in social network off geo-target

So... I know that Google may penalize it, sooner or later, but is it acceptable?
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John Romaine's profile photoRiccardo Mares's profile photoAlexander van Aken's profile photo
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It seems something coming in italian serp...
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Maja Jovancevic

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Is Google wiping out the competition ?http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=bit.ly/ 
Of the 91549 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 721 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2014-10-25, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2014-10-24.
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Peter Nikolow's profile photoMaja Jovancevic's profile photoRobert O'Haver's profile photo
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At the time of posting, the information was a couple of hours old, since then Bitly has dealed with this by redirrecting its shortened urls to bitly.com. If the people feel that they have a need for url shorteners, I hope that they find this post and listen to our advice. 
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James Norquay
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A fair amount of discussion around Penguin Roll out in US/UK/AU serps today. We have seen some decent movements. What are others currently noticing?
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Dean Cruddace's profile photoMatija Janicic's profile photo
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https://plus.google.com/u/0/+PierreFar/posts/NURBpsNpef4 It's a slow rollout that's going to take weeks
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Sunny K. Ujjawal

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What's going on - getting too much direct traffic (97%) from Apple devices with 0.21% bounce rate.
I don't think it's fake traffic as Adsense revenue is also increasing. Check the screenshot.
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Yes +Tim Capper earlier my daily adsense revenue was $1 or $2 daily but in last two days it is $110+...and going on.. :)
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Riccardo Mares

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From GWT we can download queries: we know!
In GWT queries are filterable by: image, video, web.

If we export queries (in csv or google docs) filters are "unfiltered".ù
In the csv there isn't a "source" column to filter by web, video, ...

Columns are: query, impression, click, ctr, average position.
Does the only way to have a filtered report are export from GA?

Thanks Google!

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Update
I'm watching GWT queries report in GA. All queries are "web". If I filter by "image" appear zero: http://i.imgur.com/qsGoaRQ.png

The same report directly in GA:
http://i.imgur.com/XY3Txka.png
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I found an "orphan" thread in google product forum too:
http://goo.gl/cJksrQ
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Razvan Girmacea

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"negative seo" search term increases by 43% in the past week in search (Google Trends: http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=negative%20seo

http://i.imgur.com/IU6o86W.png

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Exploraţi tendinţele de căutare Google cu ajutorul serviciului Google Trends.
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Andre Weyher

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Interesting new feature coming up in the SERPs... 

http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/24/google-hangouts-for-places/
Google is testing out a service that incorporates live chat with businesses right into search results, via a new link that shows whether a business is..
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Jaaved Khatree's profile photoJohn Romaine's profile photoZakir Hussain's profile photo
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This continual push from Google to keep people on Google is getting way out of hand. Its too much.
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Cristian Sepulveda

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Hi guys,

You believe that Google algorithms applied equally across the world?

Have you seen SERPS that simply do not reflect the latest versions of Panda or other algorithms?
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I think +Rick Bucich  is also dead on about verticals. It is not just doing natural vs unnatural as a universal. It's also looking at natural/unnatural for X type of site where what's 'unnatural' is not necessarily the same across the board for all sites. 
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Matt Gardner

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Handy little tool... just what I was looking when trying to figure what plugins a particular site was using...
Did you ever wonder what WordPress theme or plugins is that awesome site using? WordPress Theme Detector is the perfect free online tool to find out.
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Nick Cavarretta's profile photoVictoria Spall's profile photoRobert O'Haver's profile photo
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Wish I had seen this earlier today when looking at theme options for a clients blog. Ha. Cheers for sharing dude :)
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Jarrod Wright

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Ok... so I'm never sure of the proper etiquette with this stuff. I hate to seem like I am complaining or outing someone.  I really would just love some opinions on some stuff I'm seeing rank and can't figure out why. 

First site: 
texasmedicalweightlossclinic (dot) com is a local weight loss clinic that is ranking in the top position for a few national keywords. Their link profile is one of the worst I have ever seen yet according to SEMRush they have been steadily increasing for more than a year and currently receive $10,860 worth of monthly organic traffic.  

Second site: 
buy-otc (dot) com has been gaining market share for the past year but I'm unable to find a single quality link or reasonable explanation for their success.   They seem to be capturing at least $2,987 worth of organic traffic with less than a handful of links. 

This is a space I am in and while it's not overly saturated, it's not so niche that I would expect to find stuff like this.  I'm wondering if anyone can find a redirect I'm missing or some other trick these sites have employed. If not can we then assume that there are other signals, not yet widely discussed, that are replacing links as the most powerful ranking factor?  

Anyway... sorry if this is the wrong place for this.. I know that there is always some engagement in this group and I would love a second opinion. 
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Peter Nikolow's profile photoSabastian Yalpur's profile photo
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Absolutely Peter
At the time when people in the industry were jumping up and down for the"content is the king" all that..I went hundreds of forums channel to get an answer.
No one, but no one could explain to me how it did happen.
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Matt Wooller

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Anyone had success (or otherwise) with websites on one of the new gTLDs? I'm looking for case studies and/or opinions on them for a piece I'm putting together for a leading internet registry.
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Victoria Spall's profile photoMatt Wooller's profile photo
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Thanks Vic,

I did see the Total Websites study which I'll be using, and the searchmetrics .berlin study. Hoping to find a few more examples for the piece I'm writing, there must be more people using them!

I couldn't find anything on the names.co.uk blog, unless it was this one? http://blog.names.co.uk/2014/04/top-3-benefits-new-gtlds/

Cheers,

Matt.
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Dan Petrovic
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What is the criteria for this to happen in search results?
One is the main article, the other a PDF copy.
Search Query: http://goo.gl/N3NfU2
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Kenichi Suzuki's profile photoTerry Van Horne's profile photo
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the biggest factor is that there are very few results for the query. I did not get it from .Ca or .Com so for some reason the DL is offered everywhere but NA... wondering if that is tied to the user preferences somehow... in the old days when peeps in UK had to pay for per minute charges... they downloaded stuff to cut cost
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Riccardo Mares

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I'm analyzing backlink of a site, that has many backlinks (like image I attached): keyword "escort milano" in the footer of more then 50k pages. It's one only example of many.

It's in first page, top rank, for "escort milano".

So... where is google?
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+Jarrod Wright like my previous reply, many penguins still happened, without effects.
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Riccardo Mares

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Google shared guidelines to implement "sitelink search" in SERP. Checking some sites with this feature, I checked they don't use schema.org.

So... why Google gives directives and then it does what it wants?
Example: eprice (checked in google.it)
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They never claimed they did. bing and yahoo the ones using it.
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