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Thank you.

I'm not going to attempt to name you all because there are hundreds of you but I must express our sincere thanks to our forum heroes who answer questions on this community during the week. For most of you, I know that business commitments prevent you from joining our regular Thursday night Hangout On Air Panel but I want you to know that your contribution is treasured. Thank you. +Dave Elliott , +Suraj Gadage , +Tony McCreath, +Federico Sasso, and you. Thank you all.  
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OK, but be sure to raise a new question next time you want something clarified.
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Nick Thorley

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Hopefully a quick question for you all. The keywords meta tag is no longer used by search engines but many still add keywords to it for site management purposes (so the editors of the site know what keywords each page is trying to target so they are aware when editing / writing content). My question is - do the search engines penalise you for this as its widely known that the tag is no longer used ie they see you as a spammer or do they simply ignore the tag and its contents so it has no effect - positive or negative.
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+Nick Thorley  Yes. We should ensure we don't overdo it though.
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Devin Peterson

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I am maintaining a blog on a website where I have very little access to the source code. Also, there is no blog-style cms so I created my own cms externally and I insert the blog articles on a designated page using js. (please see haldemansubaru. com/blog.htm) for the example.

My problem is that each article does not originally have a <title> when the new page/url is created so I have to dynamically insert a title, but it only gets inserted into the <head> after the <head> has already been rendered.

The browser displays the correct title (after a second or 2) but the source code does not, so I feared that Google was not indexing the page with the correct title. To confirm this, I checked webmaster tools and sure enough, Google doesn't seem to be associating the page with the title that is inserted (via js) after the head renders.

I have zero access to the <head> source code prior to rendering.

What can I possibly do???? :( :( :(
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Chase Reiner

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Question regarding Schema news markup.

When should you implement news markup of blog markup? IE: When you publish articles every day?
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+Chase Reiner I would suggest only when you are publishing news type of content on a regular frequency.
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Amit Kumar

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Hi,

I have a website A and have 100+ backlink, if I block my website from robots.txt and want to redirect it on Website B, then site B will get the benefit of site's A backlink ?
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+Amit Kumar and you might want to use site move tool option if you want to let search engines know that site A have moved to new location B.
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Chase Reiner

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Hey guys I have a schema question. Can a home page have organization markup and a sub page on the same site have local business markup? (Home page is representing a brand and a sub page is representing a local business)
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Yuuup
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Padmanabh Daga

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Hi,
I am new here and to SEO.

I have an important question.
Lets say my main keyword is 'Build' which I want to rank for.

I create a landing page. When searchers type 'build' they reach here.
My main content will be about 100 to 1000 'how to build ____' pages.

Like 'how to build a toy' or 'how to build a boat'.

Technically my landing page for 'build' query will be only introductory and navigational and people will more often search the direct 'how to build __' query and be directed to the particular page.

So how do I increase my traffic for 'build' as that is what I need to rank for. The specific 'how to build __' will be too tough to rank.

So now that I have told you the context. How do I get traffic to 'build' without SEO cannibalism?

Lets say when users type 'build' instead of being shown my main landing (introductory and navigational page) of 'build' they get shown my most searched deeper pages - 'how to build a boat' and 'how to build a toy' and 'how to build a card house' as they have high traffic and include the word 'build'?
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OK Sir.

Thank you.
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Jim Munro

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Alex Whalley

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Hi guys, dumb SEO Question for you..... :p

Regarding indexing of links - referencing Ahrefs but any web-spider-link-indexing service will provide the same data (assuming everyone is using the same Majestic SEO data) .... but I digress...

Question is this:

Whenever I am doing competitor profiling and analysing their backlinks I always find dynamically created URLs from sites like ASK.com and a heap of really dodgy looking Google powered web browsers (something about a bear from memory LOL)

I dont have an exact URL example at present but if needed I can add more detailed information like the competitor in queestion, the links I am referring to and anything else that might help but I was hoping someone here has experienced the same thing and managed to figure out WTF is going on?!

Not only are these dynamic URLs being indexed by Google, picked up by Majestic and then presented to me through Ahrefs, they are also being assigned a fairly high Page and Domain authority - making me question whether they are in fact contributing to the overall link profile.

Everything I know about SEO (which Ive been doing for 10 years now) tells me this should not be happening and yet I see it ALL THE TIME

Have you seen dynamically generated search parameters within a URL get indexed and added to the link profile?

Sidenote - have I just found the blackest hat SEO ever?! LMAO
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From the expert panel in this week's SEO Questions hangout on air on 00:27:39 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/profiling_and_analysing_competitors_backlinks +Alex Whalley

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Mallikarjuna S

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Hi Every One,
While submitting my website into the social bookmarking sites error showing " Invaild url or block url show in social bookmarking " My domain extension is .education . I tried to submit in many sites but same problem it's not taking even internal links also it's not taking.
But i did one more test, submitted same domain with extension .com in this time it will taking

So what can i do for this,  my domain is .education can you please suggest me what can i do for this issue and how can i improve my ranking on SERP.

What is the problem in .education url and what is the solution for this.

Thanks in advance.
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From the expert panel in this week's SEO Questions hangout on air on 00:17:17 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/problem_with_education_domain_name +Mallikarjuna S

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Yasser Mohamed

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Google Webmaster is suddenly showing I have duplicate title tags and meta descriptions when I have never had any in the past.  The duplicates seem to mostly involve images on my site.  The only recent major change to my site that I can think of is adding AMP plug ins - would this be causing duplicates?
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From the expert panel in this week's SEO Questions hangout on air on 00:14:40 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/duplicate_title_tags_and_meta_descriptions +Yasser Mohamed

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Marty Eigner

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I have noticed in Google Search Console there is a new tab "Rich Cards". What are they and how do you add them to your website?
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I find it quite interesting that the new rich cards look a lot like the amp carousel results. Im wondering if this will be the start of getting rid of standard vertical results almost completely. At least on mobile.
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Chris bullag

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May be a silly question but I'm setting a friend up with site and Google account for her business. She's a yoga teacher and personal trainer. Her current Google business page describes her as a 'yoga studio'. Now looking at Google business categories am I going to have a problem here? Ie would it make sense to setup 2 sites as the content differs? One for yoga, another for PT? Would having duplicate contact details cause issues?

She'd prefer to only have one site. Would having a site with content for 2 different services mess up the strength of SEO on each? Ie would she not rank as well against other yoga sites?

Note I appreciate G+ is different to SEO, it just sent alarm bells ringing.

Any advice would be great!
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Sean Thurbide

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Hi everyone,
I am very new to this forum and am by no means an SEO expert. It is very daunting and confusing to business owners like me and that is why I hired an outside source to look after our online marketing and SEO requirements in an effort to increase business.
After 6 months of working with this source, I made arrangements to review the work they had done and see how their work had helped our rankings on Google. I was pleasantly surprised to see that we were ranked in the top 3 organically in 6 of 8 major search terms we had targeted. his report showed this and I was also a witness to it as I pulled up the searches on my own computer and Ipad.
However, two weeks later, I went to show some of my colleagues our improvement and was stunned to see that we had dropped dramatically in almost every category and no longer ranked in the top 10 of any of the search terms. I am a little suspicious about how fast the rankings could change and wonder if the report I was given was "pumped up" in order to make the marketing look better than it was. Overall I am pretty happy with the work done, but I need to know if I am being overly suspicious or if things can indeed change that fast. Can someone temporarily influence Google organic rankings in an area to get a good showing for their customer? I would appreciate your comments - as I said, I am simply trying to learn how this all works and how I can benefit from your knowledge. Thanks.....

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Separately from your Agency, you can register your site in Google Search console and then check the manual actions section for a notice from Google. I would do this if you have not done it already.
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Ronni Hansen

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Hey guys.

I have questions about multi langual site.

I have a Danish site .dk in Denmark. Now i am opening a shop in Germany also.
I have a really good domain so would like to use the company name/ domain on the German .de market.

So danish customers would go to www.domain.dk and German also go to the same adress and then get geo transfered to www.domain.dk/de or go direct to /de

I would make it as 2 seperate sites and seperate databases but it would look like one site thats just multi langual.
My webshop can not handle multible currencies and its gonna be a Danish and a German company.

I will mark up both site with lang tags "da" and "de".

1. What more should i be aware of seo wise?

2. How can i in Webmaster tool assign the /de site to the German market when the domain is set for the Danish market?

3. Other tips is very welcome :-)
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Mind if I answer in reverse order, Ronni?

2) A translated version is not considered "duplicate content", and this is especially true for completely different languages (for language variations like en-US vs en-GB you would need to help Google sorting them out with alternate/hreflang links), so no duplicate content issues here.
Regarding copyright infringement, if I understood correctly there is none. Both the Danish and German versions are your contents and you own the copyright for them. Keep also in mind that search engines are not the "copyright police", that's not what their algorithms are geared for. They only take action against copyright infringement when solicited with a DMCA request by an offended party, and that would involve a manual check.

1) "punished" is not the correct word in my humble opinion, but I would be careful not to confuse search engines here. According to Google, an URL which (302) redirects incoming request based on their IP or accept-language HTTP header should be tagged with hreflang="default-x", but the behaviour should be consistent. I wouldn't do it of an IP range only.
On the top of that, the usability of geo-location redirects is debated (how annoying you realize they are when you travel abroad and try to access your usual news sites!).
What I would do: put some more SEO effort to rank the .de site for German language as well, link the two sites (a language/country switcher link would be my preferred choice).
A complementary option is, if you want, to suggest to German (or German speaking) users via an overlay dialog to go to the German .de site; not my favourite option, especially since that could be seen as interstitial, but for example that's what softonic does. I added this last option just to give you a broader spectrum of possibilities.
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Ankit patel

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Hi guys, dumb SEO Question for you.


For my website I have write down relevant Meta title & description for all the pages and product pages.

But Google search result page takes Meta title from h4 tag of webpage and index them.

So what are the steps I need to follow to index my written Meta title and description in Google?
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From the expert panel in this week's SEO Questions hangout on air on 00:39:50 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/relevant_meta_title_description +Ankit patel

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rohan verma

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hi, everyone
my question is someone asked me that "You have to submit the main keywords of these offers on related blogs. try to find out those blogs which are relevant."
what i am supposed to do. please help me.
actually it's for there website which have some offers.
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Each week we conduct a public Hangout on Air in which every question asked on this community during the previous week is responded to, each question has a page created for it and a cuetime is added to the question posted on this community.

These are usually added on Thursday night but on checking the community this morning, I noticed that I had missed this one.

Not wanting to miss an opportunity for self-promotion, I clicked the button and rectified my omission. :)
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John Pitcher

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For a website that includes 3 inner service-location pages (Service Town-A, Service Town-B and Service Town-C) and also has an About Our Company page, should the title tag of the home page be:

1 Service Town-A Town-B Town-C (to back up the SEO of the inner pages)
or
2 Service County Company Name
or
3 Company Name Service County

The Service-Town keywords are the most important for the website.

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Many thanks +Suraj Gadage All pages are internally linked via the menu structure.
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Christian Stelmach

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Hello. Is there any way how to make part of a word invisible for the viewer but still let it get read by google without the SEO black-hat-penalty? For example: Moonboots --> Moon(visible)boots(invisible) => Moon
This isn't because I want to trick Search Engines, but because of a certain Affiliate Company's change in their T.o.S., which suddenly doesn't even allow the trademark-according use of their names. (like in news articles and stuff)
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From the expert panel in this week's SEO Questions hangout on air on 00:23:53 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/how_search_engines_treat_invisible_words +Christian Stelmach

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Pulkit Khurana

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Please be so kind to advice me what I can do to have a rich Google snippet like Booking.com. My site is also using breadcrumb, rating & reviews, but I'm unable to show them in search results. So would it be possible for me to have that sorted URL, rating stars and reviews on my site too?

Looking forward to receive your expert advice.

Thanks in advance!
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From the expert panel in this week's SEO Questions hangout on air on 00:02:31 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/what_i_can_do_to_have_a_rich_google_snippet +Pulkit Khurana

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