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Dumb SEO Questions 200.
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Nishad S.L

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I am working with a company offering jobs in Middle east. The site has got sub folders for different country views like www.abc.com/kuwait, www.abc.com/qatar etc. My doubt is, which will be more seo friendly sub domain or sub folders as it is now. We are not getting a stable result. Thanks in advance.
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thank u very much +Dave Elliott
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Chase Reiner

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What do you guys recommend for tracking call conversions? Google forwarding number or a third party app?
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Piyush Vasoya

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Hi,

I have two websites.

1. http://paradisegold.in
2. http://www.paradisesanitaryware.com

Both these website has same design structure, same codding, offers same services but web content are different and unique.

So my question is how it will impact on SEO?

Is Google allow for Good ranking of my second site that copy from original?
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+Dave Elliott +Kuldeep Sharma  Thanks for the reply.
we created new website because the old one is in spamming and blacklist of google.

we working for only one website, the 2nd one.

but we not able to rank for it.
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Jim Munro
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Aggregation.

We asked this question during our 100th episode and received some insightful responses. What do we think, two years later?

"Search engines are now providing enhanced search results that push out the middle man. Like Hotel search or product comparisons. Considering both the supplier and the customer, is this a good or bad thing?"
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The changing roles of SEOs

Looking back at 5 year intervals, we can see that the activities of an SEO are not the same as those of 2011, 2006, 2001 (and 1996 if you can think back to before Google and Bing).

Can you highlight any of the advances over that period and maybe imagine what we will be doing in 2021?
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From the expert panel in this week's SEO Questions hangout on air on 00:00:40 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/the_changing_roles_of_seos +Jim Munro

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James Ruesch

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Hi. I've been using search console for months now and I am just wondering why it still displays the following errors.

Duplicate meta descriptions
Short meta descriptions

I assure you that my pages have different and unique meta descriptions and they have been crawled by Google successfully. But still, I have a duplicate meta error.

Regarding the detected short meta issue, last updated date here is July 18, just recent. So I believe that there is no way that Google has not seen my updated page.

My theory is Google detects a duplicate meta when pages' descriptions have the same idea or subject. Can this be true?

Please enlighten me and others who are experiencing this.

Thank you so much.
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From the expert panel in this week's SEO Questions hangout on air on 01:29:54 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/google_search_console_issues +James Ruesch

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Greg Kristan

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If I 301'd to a new site, should I submit that new URL in Google Search Console, or can I keep using the old URL that I had in Search Console? I am seeing incomplete data since I am using the old URL in Search Console, so I am wondering if I should submit the new URL to the platform.
As a note, the URL did not change dramatically in name, but it did add a /us/ at the end of the URL. I do understand that is still a new URL though, so that might be why the data is incomplete in search console.
Thanks!
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From the expert panel in this week's SEO Questions hangout on air on 01:40:57 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/should_i_submit_a_new_url_to_the_google_search_console +Greg Kristan

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Neeraj Pandey

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I have seen 1 brand losing sitelinks on brand name query. Also all sitelinks pages are deindexed. No ninf no tech fault still it is a brand . now in brand query search no sitelinks appearing what could be a reason behind this??? And what to check if we not using noindex 
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Hi +Dumb SEO Questions​ thanks for giving some tips about my problem, further I would like to say that it was happening on that brand name query. No crawling issue and fetch as Google bot was also perfect it deindexed on Friday and Monday again came in indexing .. By the way thanks a lot for your kind help
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Diego Santos Sicardo

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Hi, I have 2 different websites (about the same topic) that receive a relatively high amount of organic traffic. They have loads of links and even 301 redirects between themselves. Would it make sense to migrate all the pages to the same domain and stop using the other altogether?  Would that improve rankings for the chosen domain? Thanks for your help!
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From the expert panel in this week's SEO Questions hangout on air on 00:07:27 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/merging_domains +Diego Santos Sicardo

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Jamin Rak

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I've been noticing some organic serps pulling up the companies reviews from review sites other than Google. For example, they are using a 3rd party review generator company and somehow getting those to show up in organic search results. How?
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+Dumb SEO Questions​ Thanks guys! Liked, reviewed, subscribed and followed! :)
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CK Stull

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Hi guys! Been a while since I posted here.

I have a question about canonical thieves...

I have a post that has always ranked really well. Last week I noticed my traffic waning.

Eventually I went searching for the problem and found that another website has basically stolen my canonical tag.

When I was I was trying to fix this, I noticed a website with my exact title and description in the SERPs.

I clicked on it and my blog post opened up. But only for a second. Then another website with a spammy capture page opened up on top of it.

To me, it looks like they’ve stolen my rel=canoncial tag (I can see it when I “view source" on their page) and they’re also using some sort of iFrame or something.

Have you guys ever heard of this happening?

I’ve got a complaint in with Google, and I’ve contacted hostgator (their host) but everyone seems to be taking their sweet time.

I’ve also tried making changes to the page content, and I’ve even unpublished it now. Nothing changes though.

What can I do?

(I can post links if it helps)

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Here what does it mean stolen my canonical tag? This is a signal for Google not directive so it means Google takes a judgement call seeing both pages and if not OK then doesn't follow it. For duplicate content again I will say that if your post was driving traffic and he copied it Google knows who stealing whose content 
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Jim Munro
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Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing.

What are some of the things we can do to guide and assist our clients to leverage social media and content marketing?
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Jim Munro
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Does anyone know where Penguin is buried?

Did Penguin address the problem it set out to solve?
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From the expert panel in this week's SEO Questions hangout on air on 00:51:24 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/does_anyone_know_where_penguin_is_buried +Jim Munro

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Jim Munro
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Bing posts 43% growth.

+Alistair Lattimore asked this question at our 100th episode (AUG 2014), "
I've been really impressed with the progress that Microsoft have made with Bing in the last 12-24 months, feels as though there is a concerted effort happening and features are being added to search to improve it (inc. some examples from the Bing webmaster blog).

Can you speak about some of the work your currently attacking at all?

Where do you see the future of search heading in general, is the Star Trek computer pinned up on the Bing office walls like it might be in Amit Singhal's?

Do you think search is going to be the centre of information retrieval in a more general sense long term?

With the staggering growth in mobile we've been seeing over the last few years, is conversational search a critical piece of the puzzle for success?"
 
Awesome growth from Microsoft Bing!
Microsoft announced earnings last night and i focused in a bit on their search specific numbers.There weren't many blurps about it in the specific release besides for
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Chase Reiner

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If a competitor gets their local business listed in Google's knowledge graph for a query like (keyword: "city" + "state") is there anything you can do to out rank them or are they stuck there forever?
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From the expert panel in this week's SEO Questions hangout on air on 01:34:03 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/can_you_dislodge_a_competitors_knowledge_graph_listing +Chase Reiner

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Louis Schoeman

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Guys I have recently rebuilt our SEO website ( http://seopros.co.za/ ) - What is the website wordpress plug in for cahcing? 
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From the expert panel in this week's SEO Questions hangout on air on 01:32:53 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/what_is_the_website_wordpress_plug_in_for_caching +Louis Schoeman

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First Click

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Should you put your brand name at the end of every title tag? I see some websites do this and I'm not sure if it's beneficial or not.
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It's an issue that surfaced 3 weeks ago after seven straight months without an error report, +Dave Elliott . We've seen so many reports since that I think hundreds or thousands have been affected. Google puzzles me, why do they try to fix things which are not broken?
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Ehtesham Shaikh

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Again a Dumb Question

Is fan page url matters in SEO?

Started a new website and want to create social pages/profiles so what should I keep the url for my FB page and Twitter handle?

Simply go ahead with the
website name
website name + .com
website name + keyword

Thanks,
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From the expert panel in this week's SEO Questions hangout on air on 00:12:20 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/is_fan_page_url_matters_in_seo +Ehtesham Shaikh

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Mike Cooke

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Open question of what is the best keyword ranking tracker program and getting value for money.

Im getting a bit sick of the company I use keep putting the prices up.
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