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I have a question. I'm getting strange advice from my SEO person. Basically he says that if I have a bunch of followers on G+ and they are from all over the world (rather than just local followers in my area) that my g+ local maps ranking is going to suffer because geo- relevancy gets diluted. I have over 1,000 followers. He's going as far as saying I should now delete my G+ page and start over. Huh? I've noticed no movement in my local maps ranking in relation to followers. I'm in the same place I was before I had any followers. I think he's paranoid and this is nothing to worry about. Any thoughts? 
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Sounds very very unlikely to me. Although I'm kinda looking forward to ranking well for SEO specialist Australia rather than Wycombe uk, might use it as an excuse to move.
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Diego Santos Sicardo

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Hi folks,

I work for an educational website that produces study resources that can be embedded in external sites (it works in a similar way to SlideShare, ie, you can grab a resource and embed it in your site). At the moment, we are including a link to the profile of the creator in the embed code (again, like SlideShare).

However, we have now considered linking to a landing page instead. Do you think, from an SEO standpoint, there would be anything wrong with this? Should we include the user's name in the anchor text rather than the landing page title so it has some variety?

Thank you
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Carlo Barbosa

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Hello Everyone!

I really just want to ask if rel=publisher is still relevant with the introduction of "Google My business" or do I still need to add the markup in order have the logo and other relevant info shown at the right hand side of the serp. 

Sorry if this sound dumb. lol >.<

Thank you! 
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+Tony McCreath Oh you're right! I forgot about that feature. Thank you for reminding me! lol >.<
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Neeraj Kumar

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Why publisher is showing in Structure Data Testing Tool when author is not verified?
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+Neeraj Kumar authorship is established that's why it is showing your name in preview.
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Anuj Kumar Singh

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Hey Everyone,
Is any free tool available to check competitors face book advertising insight like face book ads & ad post etc. Thanks..
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Thanks +Edwin Jonk 
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Gareth Marshall

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Hi guys. Not been on for a few weeks, hope you're all well.

Is it ever a good idea to use PR Web? I know they were penalised recently and have a bit of stigma attached to them.

But I've got a PR that's newsworthy, well written, not stuffed with keywords and contains just one (unanchored) link. Can I tell the boss that paying to use this site may actually have some value, and not just spammy links from all kinds of rubbish sites?

Thanks :-)
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Tim Capper
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Hi Everyone, I could do with your Help.

This is not SEO, well it is in a way, Its search related.

I am looking for the Oldest References to "cooking with Port"

I need to prove that this is an Entrenched, credible, tried and tested for many many years, not just something that started over the last 10, 20 yrs.

Can you find any references to cooking with Port that are 50, 70, 100 yrs old

1. Cooking Port.
2. Cooking with Port.
3. Why cook with port.
4. History of cooking with port
5. Who cooks with port

I really appreciate the Help, Thanks
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Have added your URL's to the list, thanks
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David Jones

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I have a site that was hit very hard by Panda 4.0. The bounce rate is very high (about 80%) so Ive been looking at the data for when people are on the site and the engagement etc and Im puzzled about the data Im seeing for avg. session duration, avg. time on page and dession durations. The avg. session duration is 01:03 (1 min 3 seconds) and over 50% of the pageviews apprently had session durations of 0 - 10 seconds yet the avg. time on page is 03:09 ( 3mins 9 seconds) I went through the top 250 viewed pages (which was by far the vast proportion of the sites traffic) and not a single one of them was below 1:20 so why are the numbers for the session durations so low?
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Thanks guys, John Britsios that technical efficiency filter was very helpful as it turns out that the avg page load times is 24 seconds so I guess that is the problem here?
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Artur Palvanov

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Good day colleagues!

Does Google check domain's Whois details as part of search rankings? 

For example - if 2 websites hold top rankings in the same category in a local market. Website A ranks #1. Website B ranks #2. 

Company A buys Company B. Now Website A and Website B are owned by the same person / company (and both domains' Whois information becomes the same)

What will Google do if 2 top ranking website in the same market are owned by the same person or company?

Is it safer to have a 'Private' domain registration?

Do privately registered domains affect SEO rankings?
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From the expert panel in this weeks SEO Questions hangout on air on 01:44:13 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/does_google_check_domains_whois_details +Artur Palvanov

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Thomas Meriaux

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Hi,

I am quite new to SEO,
Is there any tool to map all the back links within a website or a set of websites to see what is linked to what. If it could be done and as far as I understand (if I am not please correct me! ) this would allow the webmaster to plan his back linking in order to do a better SEO with the use of a more systematic approach, am I correct? I would love some input on this. Thanks!
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From the expert panel in this weeks SEO Questions hangout on air on 00:44:35 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/tools_to_map_backlinks +Thomas Meriaux

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Marilyn Lesniak

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#google authorship #google structured data

When I check my site in the Google structured data tool I am getting two errors. Can someone tell me how to fix these please?
1.) **Error: Missing required field "updated". (This is listed after every entry) The first error refers to HATOM:entry

2.) Email verification has not established authorship for this webpage.
Email address on the marilynstreats.com domain has been verified on this profile: No
Public contributor-to link from Google+ profile to marilynstreats.com: No
Automatically detected author name on webpage: Not Found.
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+Marilyn Lesniak You are welcome. Lemme know if you face any other issue. :-)
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SEO: Dumb SEO Questions 92. on Thursday, 10 July 2014

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00:04:04 Sites ranked without keyword in result.
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/sites_ranked_without_keyword_in_result
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00:06:35 Should we help other webmasters?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/should_we_help_other_webmasters
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00:16:58 Can I redirect without passing on any penalties?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/can_i_redirect_without_passing_on_any_penalties
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00:30:23 Is it a good idea to use PR Web?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/is_it_a_good_idea_to_use_pr_web
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00:36:12 Does sidebar information in footer have negative SEO implications?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/does_sidebar_information_in_footer_have_negative_seo_implications
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00:43:22 What`s the value in shortening the permalink of a post title?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/whats_the_value_in_shortening_the_permalink_of_a_post_title
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00:44:35 Tools to map backlinks.
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/tools_to_map_backlinks
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00:47:46 Is it a good idea to index tag pages and categories?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/is_it_a_good_idea_to_index_tag_pages_and_categories
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00:51:03 Does using the menu information on each page have negative SEO implications?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/does_using_the_menu_information_on_each_page_have_negative_seo_implications
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00:55:44 Should you have 2 blogs attached to one website?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/should_you_have_2_blogs_attached_to_one_website
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00:56:38 Do URL Shortners pass Link juice?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/do_url_shortners_pass_link_juice
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01:04:19 Why are sites copying my content outranking me?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/why_are_sites_copying_my_content_outranking_me
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01:12:14 How can I earn dofollow backlinks for a hotel booking site?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/how_can_i_earn_dofollow_backlinks_for_a_hotel_booking_site
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01:19:02 SEO tools to check the total site content.
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/seo_tools_to_check_the_total_site_content
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01:21:02 Will activity on Google+ help my Google rankings?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/will_activity_on_google_help_my_google_rankings
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01:25:25 Does it benefit SEO to add more location keywords into the URL?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/does_it_benefit_seo_to_add_more_location_keywords_into_the_url
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01:28:20 Is a site still crawlable if there is email capture?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/is_a_site_still_crawlable_if_there_is_email_capture
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01:32:10 How does the Google Algorithm work?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/how_does_the_google_algorithm_work
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01:38:48 Anchor Text Links.
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/anchor_text_links
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01:42:09 Do RSS directories work?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/do_rss_directories_work
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01:44:13 Does Google check domain`s Whois details?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/does_google_check_domains_whois_details
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01:48:03 Do a domain and a sub-domain have to be the same topic.
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/do_a_domain_and_a_subdomain_have_to_be_the_same_topic
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02:00:41 Have your rankings dropped for a few keywords?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/have_your_rankings_dropped_for_a_few_keywords
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02:05:55 Does Google index iFrames now?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/does_google_index_iframes_now
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02:13:26 Is a free tool available to check competitors face book advertising?
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/is_a_free_tool_available_to_check_competitors_face_book_advertising
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02:14:36 Panda 4.0 solutions wanted.
http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/panda_40_solutions_wanted
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Thanks to the expert panel +Alistair Lattimore +Masatake Wasa +John Britsios +Rob Maas +Girish Kapoor +Micah Fisher-Kirshner 

And a special thanks to the host +Jim Munro 

#SEO #HOA #seoquestions #dumbseoquestions
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Paul Stott

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I have a website that I feel has been hit by a panda or other google update. In the past I used a company to market me on the internet but all they did was create spammy links.  I have given up trying to rank well with this site and don't want to use the disavow tool.  I have set up another site and want to start again.  Ideally I want to do a redirect so referral customers can  find me but I don't want to pass on any penalties.   What do you suggest?  Paul
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From the expert panel in this weeks SEO Questions hangout on air on 00:16:58 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/can_i_redirect_without_passing_on_any_penalties +Paul Stott

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John Halet

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I was wondering if a site is still crawlable if there is email capture keeping the viewer/user from being able to view/access the content?
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From the expert panel in this weeks SEO Questions hangout on air on 01:28:20 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/is_a_site_still_crawlable_if_there_is_email_capture +John Halet

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From the expert panel in this weeks SEO Questions hangout on air on 02:05:55 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/does_google_index_iframes_now +Łukasz Rogala

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Adam Downey

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Has anyone else's rankings just plummeted for a few keywords? One of my main phrases improve significantly at the end of June from page 4 to 2 but in the last week has just plummeted to page 6 :-( ???
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From the expert panel in this weeks SEO Questions hangout on air on 02:00:41 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/have_your_rankings_dropped_for_a_few_keywords +Adam Downey

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Liem Nguyen

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 Topic: Do a domain and a sub-domain website have to be about the same topic/niche?

Good day guys! Thanks for taking the time to read my question. I have actually asked this question on other forums a several days ago but I haven't really got any satisfied answer. I'm fortunate enough to find this community with many SEO experts which gives me some hope.

So here's my question:

"I have a new website, let's call it mainsite.com about travel. On this website I will be writing articles about travel and holidays topic. 

My question is, If I create a subdomain such as "blog. mainsite" and on this subdomain, I share all sort of different topics, especially sharing viral stories and videos on YouTube, Will this have any negative side effect (in terms of SEO, Google ranking, Reputation, etc..) on my main travel website?

The reason I asked this is because I have seen many online stores selling a particular product niche, and their subdomain blog (blog.storename) is about viral stories/videos on all different sort of topics to drive traffic to their main website store from that blog. And they seem to be doing pretty well on this. I checked the stats of one of them and I saw they went from very low number of visitors/month (let says a few tens of thousands visitors/month, not sure how much exactly because of the scale of the chart is hard to read)  to 21 millions visitors per month within 6 months by applying this viral strategy which is embedding viral videos on the subdomain blog. 

Since more than 90% of the traffic to the subdomain blog is from social media, and the subdomain blog's topic has nothing to do with the main website's niche, I'm very concerned if this will affect the main site and if the main site will be punished by Google. 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Again, Thanks a lot for taking your time reading this. I'm looking forward to your advice. Cheers!


  
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From the expert panel in this weeks SEO Questions hangout on air on 01:48:03 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/do_a_domain_and_a_subdomain_have_to_be_the_same_topic +Liem Nguyen

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Harry Dance

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I have a question, it's pretty basic so please try and stay with me with this one. Are there any RSS directories out their which actually work. By work, I don't mean in SEO terms, i.e giving a site authority (that would be nice though). I mean actually produce relevant visitors to the website/blog.

I have come across Alltop(dot)com but I was hoping there would be a few more. Like I said, I just want to be to generate relevant visitors.

Thank you for your help, as per it is much appreciated 
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From the expert panel in this weeks SEO Questions hangout on air on 01:42:09 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/do_rss_directories_work +Harry Dance

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Mike Cooke

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I have a question, the scenario is as follows, you have a site with a few links placed over the past year for a site. The sites are not bad where the links are coming from but you know the way the person has placed the links has triggered spam filters as the anchor text is way too specific and there are no noise links around it.

Also the terms used in the anchor text are having a negative effect on the search term used (not the site , just the term) 

You have removed the links and anchor text from the linking sites but you do not have WM control over these sites. My question is what is the best way to get google to re look / re-evaluate the linking sites to see the links have been removed and return the main site being SEO'd back to a good state. From what I have read it could take a long time and the rest of the site is doing very well just a handful of terms are being affected so this just needs ironing out.
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