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Terry Simmonds

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Identifying the real Googlebot?

One of my sites is currently getting hit hard by a bot that identifies itself as Googlebot appearing to be using Cogent Communications

It's coming from numerous IP addresses in the range 149.71.200.0 - 149.71.200.999 and also from 38.1232.. - 38.131..

100,000+ hits in last few hours

Is there anyway of identifying genuine Googlebot from fakes and anyone have any info on the addresses hitting me, one source points to Lithuania but not sure if that is correct or not?
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Just to add - there are several unofficial sources which provide the numbers we tend to know about - example http://compnetworking.about.com/od/traceipaddresses/f/google-ip-address.htm

If the info is already out there it would make far more sense for Google to provide an  official source.

Do we know if these are the only numbers/ranges they use?
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Jaaved Khatree

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How does this fare in terms of SEO?

https://skorokithakis.github.io/expounder/

Have been debating it internally more for a better understanding of cloaking and when/where hiding content in this way would be acceptable and not considered deceptive.

Thoughts?
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Jaaved Khatree's profile photoSuraj Gadage's profile photo
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+Jaaved Khatree I would suggest test it on a few pages and see if it impacts your performance in any sense.
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Kate Toon

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SSL help needed

One of my students has an SSL certificate issue.

Google Search Console gave her the following message

I checked with a few tools and the SSL is ok – it could just be a false positive.

https://www.sslshopper.com/ssl-checker.html#hostname=modella.com.au

Firefox is saying the certificate is ok too.

But I did find this test that reported some issues : https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=modella.com.au&hideResults=on&latest

The hosting company said everything appears to be ok and the SSL certificate is operating as it should.

So I'm wondering if Google has it's knickers in a twist about nothing?

Can anyone help?
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Dawn Anderson's profile photoPerry Bernard's profile photoSha Menz's profile photo
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+Dawn Anderson is that a technical description? "we have a big computer". Or is it more a case of "mine is bigger than yours"? ;-) Well, without taking off your knickers, Mr Google, I concede.
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Jeremy Kaiser

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Huge amount of backlinks detected - what to do ?

The websites that use Yotpo review solution can display product galleries like this //imgur.com/4dHUh7O - orginal source page: http://skibox.fr/fr/veste-de-pluie-dynastar-long-shell.html

Every product in the gallery generates a link to https://yotpo.com such as https://yotpo.com/go/eAaQNjJh

This generate a huge amount of links detected in Google Search Console (GWMT) of yotpo.com

And every of those links redirects 301 to a page of the website using Yotpo review solution. Example: https://yotpo.com/go/eAaQNjJh redirects to http://skibox.fr/fr/batons-de-ski-leki-worldcup-lite-slalom-4683.html?#.VymNdr5_TwY

It seems to be similar to shorten URL sites such as bit.ly (that are doing fine), but I would be glad to get your feedback

Is this influencing (in bad) the (potential) rankings of https://www.yotpo.com subdomain pages?
What would you recommend to do?
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Strange case history for an ecommerce.
In Google Analytics I've a lot of sessions to reserved pages: are personal pages protected by login.

In Google Analytics I found them like Organic Landind Pages:
- medium: organic
- source: google | bing

The result, checking those pages using "see as googlebot" of GSC, is ever a 302.

Those pages don't exist in Google Search Console, Query Analyzer, Landing Page.

In logs those pages have ever a referrer: the internal page ordini.cfm, not google.com!

IDEAS?
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Tony “Tiggerito” McCreath's profile photoRiccardo “Merlinox” Mares's profile photo
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Those pages aren't in serp. Those pages correctly give 302, by now they give better 403.
In logs those pages have like regerrer internals pages. Thanks
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Matt Gardner

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Can anyone point me to a guide on best practice for noindex/nofollow, as to which pages, tags, products etc: should be included or excluded from the Google crawl?

I'm looking to understand more about the differences between different types of sites such as ecommerce, blog, and traditional company websites.
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No problem +Matt Gardner. We're all learning, all the time :)
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Hi everyone - what's the best solution for dealing with Parallax scrolling sites with long pages? The client doesn't have the budget to break out great content into separate pages as they had just invested a lot of $$ into a shiny new and completely not SEO-friendly site. Found a lot of articles floating around with contradictory statements. Anyone has any experience with breaking out content on backend with tagging? Thanks!
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Jaaved Khatree

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General rule of using unique anchor text for URLs and avoiding using the same anchor text for different urls (eg. "Brisbane" as anchor text for domain.com/brisbane-rentals and domain.com/brisbane-sales)  - however, I've found cases where different URLs rank very well, despite having the exact same anchor text. Page content is similar but different - so how would this happen?
This case refers to internal links using the same anchor text but for different URLs.
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yup.
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Hardial Singh

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We have one website having large number of pages but only few number of pages are indexed by Google. So we created multiple sitemaps and submitted them in Google Webmaster account. Now there are 32 Sitemap files and each file have 40,000 pages.

It has been 2 weeks now but the number of indexed pages is not increasing. Everything is fine in Google Webmaster and there is no error.

Is there any other way to get indexing for large number of pages in Google quickly? 
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Terry Van Horne's profile photoJaaved Khatree's profile photo
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some strong words there Terry - very passionate about indexation, clearly! but you've got a point - link building won't fix the issue (at scale). Fixing up the internal link structure is a good place to start along with sitemaps and ensuring they're accurate.
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Jaaved Khatree

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Has anyone noticed any ranking drops (or even gains) around 2-4 December?

Algoroo reports some action on 30 November and Mozcast reports similar movement around 28-29 November which is close enough to the dates I'm noticing some movement (could perhaps be a delay due to the region?)

I thought it might have been a bug with AWR Cloud but it shows some sites dropping dramatically whilst some have improved (or have been unaffected) hence the question. 
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Dawn Anderson's profile photoFlorian BESSONNAT's profile photo
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Huge changes in France last two weeks : amazon.fr visibility (SearchMetrics) dropped first  -13% then -3%. Looks like a Phantom update.... Big moves for e-commerce website... 
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Jaaved Khatree

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Is there a benefit to making the last level of a breadcrumb link to itself?
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Would you self internal links to a page?
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Has anyone played around with SEMrush new backlink tool?
https://www.semrush.com/news/backlink-audit-news-beta/

Having a go at it but would be interested to hear everyone else opinion?
We’d like to announce the launch of our new tool — Backlink Audit — for conducting all-encompassing backlink analysis
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Martin Reed's profile photoKate Toon's profile photo
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Yep, I've had a play. it's okay but I don't think it's that comprehensive. Still need to cross check against Search Console and ahrefs

What do you think +Frederic Chanut ?
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Ricky Shah

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Has anyone come across through this sort of hack? The cached version of Google is showing something completely different. There is no sign of this in server log, htaccess and HTML file.

Let's talk about this scenario
A: Original site
B: Cached URL shown by Google (different domain)
C: Redirected Domain (different domain)

When you check the cache of A site, it shows B site. Now, when you click on site B URL it redirects to C domain. Surprisingly, the site B is ranking in Google for certain keyword.

Example: http://www.techverse.net/root-samsung-galaxy-s3-android-4-3-jellybean/

Keyword: "How to root Samsung Galaxy S3"
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Jaaved Khatree

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Is it worthwhile placing nofollow on links within a Google map overlay? The maps are on pages with relatively short lifespans (so no chance of getting significant value) and they link to external websites. I'm of the mind that it won't make a difference either way. Thoughts?
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+Jaaved Khatree Do you mind me asking what type of site the outgoing linking site is? i.e. is it a local area information site?
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Will Kennard

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So I'm auditing a bunch of clients at the moment, and they are all getting pretty rubbish scores on Goog page speed and Yslow. Seems the same recommendations every time - eliminate render blocking resources, use inline CSS etc. 

I honestly don't remember the last time when I checked a site and it had a good score, or didn't have these recommendations.

But with the amount of tools agencies use - tag manager, heatmapping etc etc, there's undoubtedly going to be a bunch of different JS requests that are quite frankly essential.

Do many of you concentrate on pagespeed? And how do you get round these problems? It's an area I've neglected and I need to tackle it.
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+Will Kennard , speed IS a ranking factor - but mainly only if it's poor. If you get it from 80% to 90% on the PageSpeed Insights tool, expect no change in rank. At that end of the scale it's really just about UX: bounce etc.
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Jenny Munn

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Technical question: a client just sent this to me:

"We just found that the <lastmod> date in our sitemap is hardcoded for 2008-03-18 - I assume that’s a bad thing. How should this be handled? Hard coded for a new date and updated manually? Or updated automatically using some tool?

Also, what should the priority and change frequency be for a blog."

This client has a homegrown CMS. Can anyone chime in with their recommendations?

Thanks in advance! 
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Dawn Anderson's profile photoMel Nelson's profile photo
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The screaming frog spider can create custom site Maps quickly and easily. But you do have to upload them yourself. It's a good idea to put a reference to your site map in your robots.txt. there are options in screaming frog to set the last mode as you desire.
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Impact of Rank Trackers on Your Website SEO and Google Search Presence
We are going to purchase a rank tracker software for monitoring hundreds of keywords, But management is concerned about this:

Is it true that rank trackers can put negative impact (from SEO perspective) on the website since they send multiple request to Google? And these request can be considered as spam or automated bot activities by a tool for a specific website by Google? 

I think, it's just a myth in SEO world. What are your thoughts on this?
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Deepanshu Gahlaut's profile photoRazvan Girmacea's profile photo
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It's a myth ...

You can not get any penalty for a specific website if you use a rank tracker (how can Google know what website are you actually tracking, you are just getting top 100 results for a specific keyword).

Your IP may get banned if you use a local computer to track keywords. So use a cloud based rank tracking software.


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Jaaved Khatree

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I've had my fair share of clients who pay for my advice but never take it. We all know these clients - the ones that want the help but never make an effort to action anything. They coast along with average rankings, traffic and sales. And they don't seem to care that they've paid good money for advice that would improve their business. It can be quite disheartening. It's not that you want them to do well so you'll get another win for your portfolio - you want them to do well because you genuinely care.

How do you handle things when they don't bother? What do you do to ensure clients action your recommendations? Do you have arrangements in your contracts that include implementation of your recommendations?

How do you stay positive and move onto the next project?

#latenightthoughts #pensiveseo  
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Bill Bean's profile photoJaaved Khatree's profile photo
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Thanks Bill.

This new article on Search Engine Land kinda answers my question! http://searchengineland.com/ensure-seo-recommendations-get-implemented-237981
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Jaaved Khatree

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Which option would be better when linking from the homepage to internal pages?
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33%
67%
Option A
33%
Option B
67%
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Mel Nelson's profile photoRick Bucich's profile photo
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I'd say experiment with both options to see if there is a measurable difference BUT... when there is the same anchor text for two similar pages (new & used) it increases the likelihood that a search engine will simply select the more popular of the two to display especially if they're very similar. Without data to support the decision, go with KW anchor text to send a stronger differentiated message.
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James Norquay
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Anyone know how to shut down a gmail account spamming people and other agencies using your name? +John Mueller​ thanks!
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David Iwanow's profile photoJames Norquay's profile photo
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Will give it a shot 
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