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Trey Collier

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What?  How?   Why?

The two pages with logo on them I created, but these other two just showed up.

Anyone see this before?    How to fix?
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Perry Bernard's profile photoTrey Collier's profile photo
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+Trey Collier OK. Yes, correct. There's no difference between the vanity URL or the ID number version on how it works. You have to have a link on your G+ account going back to the site. In theory, you should use the "contributor to" section, but I've heard it works outside of that too so long as it's on your profile, but I haven't confirmed that.
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Dan Petrovic
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This ladies and gentlemen is the most relevant Google image result for a query "white girl".

Background
I noticed a few of my middle eastern followers all used one particular photo as their profile picture and thought the image popped up high in the results for search query "white girl". I went to investigate an found no such result. The results to be of a rather poor quality but at the same time they offered a nice glimpse into those other and overlooked signals Google uses to rank stuff.

This is what I'm hoping will come up in the discussion here.

Search: http://goo.gl/JQyGBe
Images: http://goo.gl/sGtX8d

I tried to improve the quality of my results by adjusting the reading level but instead of academic stuff I got more urban dictionary and eventually - pornography:

Reading Level:
Medium: http://goo.gl/ru0mYQ (best quality of results)
Advanced: http://goo.gl/2aRujJ

Synonym Use
I even tried using a query "Caucasian girl" in hope to end up with higher quality results, but the signals seem to be so strong that it just seem to override and show me the usual "white girl" rubbish that the masses seem to enjoy: http://goo.gl/B73ZyE

Bing Results
Interestingly, Bing seems to provide better quality of results, minus the images: http://goo.gl/yYieCQ
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Dan Petrovic's profile photoNicholas Chimonas's profile photo
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+Nicholas Chimonas this is spot on. I wonder if +Barry Schwartz has run into this in the past?
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Perry Bernard

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New look Google.co.nz SERPs header today. Looks like WordPress ;-) I'm calling it "GooglePress". I suppose all you Aussies and Americans already have this and will just say "ho-hum".
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Bartosz Góralewicz's profile photoPerry Bernard's profile photoJim Munro's profile photo
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+Jim Munro Let them laugh I say! It would just be fits of jealousy, disguised as ridicule. But we will know the truth.
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Jaaved Khatree

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Some observations and questions about Sharepoint.

I've never worked with this system before but am auditing a website being developed with it and have discovered a few things which I'm hoping to get some clarity on from those with more experience with Sharepoint. 

1. XML sitemap shows up with port 80 in the robots.txt, eg. http://www.domain.com:80/sitemap.xml - according to the developers of this website, this is unavoidable. I'm wondering if this might cause any duplicate content issues given that port 80 is default for http.

2. Sharepoint also appears to add in a mobile XML sitemap, regardless of whether your site has any mobile only pages or not. Apparently this is default.

3. Content appears to be duplicated in some cases. After crawling the site, I found duplicate pages, eg. 
http://www.domain.com/AboutUs
http://www.domain.com/about-us

I'm told this is also something to do with the inner workings of Sharepoint but I'm not entirely convinced. Without knowing more on how this is occurring, I can't really say what's best - normally, I'd 301 to the correct page but I'd also look at why this happens and fix it.

4. And lastly, Sharepoint apparently has issues with URLs ending in a trailing slash... so the dev team have done some URL rewriting so that URLs with trailing slashes redirect to URLs without. Doing it the other way causes problems across the entire site. Again, not sure about whether this is entirely Sharepoint's fault!

Apologies if this should be in the Questions section. Thanks in advance for your insights.
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Jaaved Khatree's profile photoMartin Reed's profile photo
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not sure about canonical because not sure why this is happening with the pages and if canonical can even be fixed. 
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Dan Petrovic
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I Googled "entertain me" and found the top result to be really interesting, particularly as the title, content and anchor text don't contain the word "entertain" at all. Variant "entertainment" appears in alt, navigation anchor, sitemap title and meta keywords: http://goo.gl/tPmnb0
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Riccardo Mares's profile photoKim Clinkunbroomer's profile photoJake Mabey's profile photo
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If I'll search "I need some love" what can I receive? ;)
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Bartosz Góralewicz

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Penguin 3.0 Release date finally known! :)
I’ve never had any kind of “abracadabra” or “I know some Google leaks” or “Matt Cutts is my uncle” etc. kind of post… This is my first crazy SEO post! Now, let’s get a little bit more serious. No matter whether you’re a black hat or white hat SEO guy, the Penguin Algorithm is one of the most interesting pieces of news in the SEO community. Mostly because it is so secret. Of course, all the white hats will tell you that they couldn’t care less – “...
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Chris Butterworth's profile photoBartosz Góralewicz's profile photoPeter Nikolow's profile photoBoris Krumov's profile photo
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In that case. 24th May.
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Nicholas Chimonas

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When is Google ever going to get AdOwls? AdBirds are too expensive and prone to death in transit from other predatory ad services... 
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a good April fool wheeze that.
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Perry Bernard

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Did anyone else see this come and go today? It's a private / public search toggle, that seems to have been tested today in SERPs. Now it's gone again.
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Robert O'Haver's profile photoPerry Bernard's profile photoNicholas Chimonas's profile photoBrent Nau's profile photo
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Yeah, it seems to me that most of the updates Google rolls out are tested in America first, .com only. Then slowly over time other countries get the same features rolled out to them. A couple of years seems like a long wait though. 
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Tommy Landry

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RIP MyBlogGuest apparently.
Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced really early this morning on Twitter that Google has taken action on “a large guest blog network.” Google’s Matt Cutts warned the webmaster and SEO community that guest blogging is done, at least for SEO and link building purposes. Well, it might not have been done – […]
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Sunny K. Ujjawal

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Caution: Don't update WordPress SEO by Yoast to new version 1.5.2.1 for sometime, it will create problem in custom taxonomies meta description.
Only <meta property="og:description" content="" /> will be displayed
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Yoast released a new version 1.5.2.2 ..it's working fine now. Thanks +Joost de Valk 
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Tommy Landry

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Looks like several of the folks in this group were included in the below: http://www.stryde.com/top-50-seo-experts/
Here we go again! Last week, we highlighted the Top 50 Content Marketing Experts. Now, as promised we give you Stryde’s take on the Top 50 SEO Experts. To compile this list, we used things like Twitter followers, frequency and quality of interactions in the social realm, breadth and depth of experience, as well as impact …
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+Luke Chapman
 funny you mention 3rd best seo company in the world, on a Google.co.uk search for best seo company in the world we (Cozy Digital) are number #1 lol
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Sunny K. Ujjawal

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How Google pick these images in search, these are not author photos.
Any specific code or schema for this.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Ang%C3%A8le+Green+Tea+Cooler
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Nevyana Karakasheva's profile photoDave Ashworth's profile photo
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well  using schema not necessarily means that Google will use it to grant you the rich snippets you want; the same goes for title tags and meta descriptions - you might write unique ones, and such that fall into the chart limits, but google will not always show those - sometimes it prefers to generate its own that wold better fit the user query.
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Dan Petrovic
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Added to our disavow file.
We regularly go through our link profile and remove 5% of the stuff we're not happy with, or looks suspicious. This one somehow slipped through for a long time. White text, white background, exact match anchor text. I asked around the office, nobody knows how this link happened. I find it hard to believe anyone would have done such thing internally. It's visible in our database as an automated Google Webmaster Tools import from 2011.

http://teresagambaro.com/2011/06/visiting-the-year-seven-students-at-st-margarets/
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Jim Munro's profile photoDan Petrovic's profile photo
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Aaah IC. Cool, I've found a new way to look silly. :)
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Daniel Delos

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I noticed old approved comment spam posts and anchors still on Matt Cutts' blog. They're all over on his older posts. Goes to show how much times have changed.
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Perry Bernard

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Some of you reported to have had this "for ages", but this is just the second time I have seen it here in NZ: Google SERPs again showing the "public" / "private" toggle in the top right, and Google+ results showing in the search results. I haven't yet tested to see what filters I can use to search in the G+ results. #google   #search
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Richard Pocock's profile photoPerry Bernard's profile photoRahul Gupta's profile photo
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+Richard Pocock Hey Richard, yep I see it's on again today. Since this is Monday morning and web traffic will be picking up, I assume that means it's here to stay. I spotted it on weekend testing about a month ago, then again this weekend. BTW, as a Kiwi, please join a new Digital Marketing community - for NZers: http://goo.gl/nuCrWN (just started it and haven't started inviting anyone yet till now)
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Chad Harris

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Manual Action Penalty - #2 ( 6 months after 1st one) 

Today I received notice that my blog ( a subdomain of our main site) for my retail online store has given a manual penalty for paid and or unnatural links.  Oddly enough we only used the blog to write about products, share recipes and home decor How to's.  We only link to the very specific topics/product on our own site, no commenting was allowed and we used this as a host page for email blast, social channels etc. 

Is anyone out there seeing a trend- 6 months ago our main domain received a manual penalty for unnatural links.  I am wondering if this was a " are you playing by the rules " check.  

I am so serious about this kinda stuff - I just didn't follow their suggestions, I crashed the damn thing.  
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Chad Harris's profile photoTerry Van Horne's profile photo
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+Terry Van Horne yes, you are right. It was odd because I have a section on our ecom site that is called learning center- which we provide useful information, I should just have stuck with that- we are growing at a 300% rate without organic - I will still to PPC and retargeting.  Thanks again for all your input- Chad 
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Perry Bernard

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I just happened to notice, Google has stopped appending whole words from the title in SERPs when the title content passes the size limit. Used to be that the entire word got appended when it crossed the limit, along with any words or characters after of course, but now I see it shows all characters up to the limit, and then adds "..." so you can see half of a word in some cases.
Anyone know when this changed?
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+James Norquay Yes, the fear factor spin doctors at work. It worked, I think, to some degree.
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Perry Bernard

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Google+ adds "profile views" to your profile page. Interesting. Not sure what value that will bring, if anything.
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Oh come on Robert, I'm really that popular! ;-) no seriously, I think it's exactly what I stated in another post that these are designed solely as vanity stats to prepare us for paying for views some day. I also think it's 'hits' not 'views'. Indeed could be scrolled past. It got displayed so it counted as a hit? Something like that.
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Dave Ashworth

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Isn't it frustrating, having seen sites fall foul of Penguin, to still see anti Penguin tactics getting sites to the top of the SERPs on competitive terms.  When will Penguin become part of the algorithm as opposed to a periodic update?  I'm assuming it's not, because sites like this wouldn't be able to get away with what they do:

http://www.my-ecommerce.co.uk/

I'm all for the long term, but how to explain to clients that this sort of stuff doesn't work anymore and we need to change their mindset - when it clearly still works.  I'd like to think it won't last long for them, but suspect I'll be waiting some time.  Time is money and all that.

Tempting to go back to the old days, isn't it.

I'm not looking to out a site here or anything, but without an example, it's just another hot air rant that means nowt.  Take a look at ahrefs, LRT and all that to see what I mean.
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James Norquay's profile photoJohn Romaine's profile photo
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I don't even bother worrying about sites like this, it is just a matter of weeks or months before they are hit. That been said they are pushing hard on branded links I will admit so that is how they may escape, yet overall the profile links very non-natural and spam driven. The thing is its pretty evident they are using link networks and other things as many domains from .pl based sites does not look natural at all for a UK based business. 
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Peter Nikolow

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I don't know is this post should be here because didn't fit on other categories too.

Within few minutes i saw this link: https://plus.google.com/102747786373469675244/posts/4sZwSHyRVrK Please evaluate link - there is image, title, URL and text. For first time i see such sharing on G+.  What do you think about it?
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