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Neeraj Pandey

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Hi,
I saw today some not expected behavior- I blocked all the bots with robots.txt file and selected html meta, pasted that in head section and clicked for verification. Google verified so does it mean google will crawl the page despite blocking by robots.txt? I was expecting the message like notification that my website is blocked by robots and that it should be allowed
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Ashish Dhanai

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I have created many backlinks for my website. Google webmaster showing 384 links while semrush tools is showing only 15 backlinks why is it so any idea?
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+Ashish Dhanai​ it usually happens with most of the websites, even if you take other tools like ose or majestic they will be showing you different number of backlinks. The reason is that they use different API and their own script to find backlinks but Google is showing u the links that it has acknowledged 
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John Pitcher

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A potential UK web design customer has a 3-4 year-old website with an exact-match domain name: http://county1-keyword.com (the .co.uk domain was taken)

A friend has told him that he should change it to: http://county1-county2-keyword.com as he would like to target both counties.

Should he :

1 Keep the exact match county1-keyword .com domain name
2 Create a partial match domain name (eg http://village-keyword.co.uk or surname-keyword.co.uk) to make him smore easily findable and redirect
3 Create a http://county1-county2-keyword.com and redirect

His site is currently doing very badly in Google, largely due to the terrible finish of the previous web designers - duplicate content within pages and between pages, thin content that doesn't state what services they offer, plugins left with with lorum ipsum text, no title tags, no h1s, no alt text, not mentioning the local town etc etc. (The only have 8 directory backlinks with http://domainname.com as anchor text so spammy backlinks do not appear the issue.)

We've asked him to write some proper content that explains what he does and will clean up the plugins, title tags etc but I am not sure how to advise him about the domain name.

As always, any help is much appreciated!!
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+Edwin Jonk - many thanks and excellent point; according to Moz (just checked), they have 8 backlinks from local newspaper directories/trade directories all with domainname.com as anchor text
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Ehtesham Shaikh

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Hi All,

Want to know what could be the reason for sudden increase in crawl rate?

Attachment for reference.

Thanks In Advance
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sunil kumar

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How should I get my website on 1st of Google?
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+sunil kumar

Your question is too vague?(Optimization is not the same thing as ranking)

1st for what query?

Also, even if you could push your web pages to 1st place for some queries, there is no trick for pushing your entire website to first place.

So think more about optimization page by page.

And at the end of the day, realize that it is Google that determines what pages rank in 1st place for each search query, the experts on +Dumb SEO Questions can only help you with ideas on how to prepare your horse to the best of its own ability.



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John Ho

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I have a site that has a secondary wordpress menu , is this automatically a site wide link across all pages as it shows up almost everywhere. If yes, what should I do to just have it link to certain pages!
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If you are able to code yourself, then create a template for the group of pages that you want to have "specific-submenu" on, create a new menu "specific-submenu", create a new header file for this template and reference this 'specific-submenu' in the header file called by that template.
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Scheduled for Jan 5, 2016

We put dumb seo questions to some of the world's leading SEO practitioners. As well as answering our regular questions, this week we'll be covering SEO Trends for 2017 in depth.
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grace jolliffe

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Hi I received a dire warning from Hostgator last night warning me that my site may be restricted.
I am not a technical person and do everything myself on a micro budget.
I have no idea what they are talking about.
However I can see that they are threatening me. I have small sites and can't see how they are using inordinate amount of hostgator resources.
This is my biggest site: www.practicalcreativewriting.com.
I have copied their warning and my subsequent chat with support below - in the hope that you may shed some light.
What can I do? Should I change hosting provider?
WARNING & SUPPORT CHAT TEXT
What happened?
Over the last few hours, our monitoring systems have identified your account as requiring an inordinate amount of server resources. In order to ensure the continuing operation of both your server and your website, we have temporarily enabled an emergency caching solution to lessen the impact of your website's resource usage.

What does this mean and how will it affect me?
Our caching system allows your site to remain available on the Internet without interruption by creating a static version of your content to present to all visitors. The static version will be updated every three hours. While the site is being cached, you may notice delays in the appearance of new content. Additionally, If you're utilizing a CMS, (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal) you may also experience difficulty accessing the backend/dashboard/administrator panel of your website. This is expected behavior for a site that is utilizing emergency caching.

How long will this last?
Our caching system will automatically remove itself after 24 hours of normal server resource usage. However, if your website's resource usage continues to be an issue it may be permanently blocked

How can I prevent this?
We strongly urge you to investigate methods of reducing your resource usage to prevent a permanent disconnection of service. We have knowledge base articles that will guide you step by step in the optimization of the most common CMS systems, please refer to our knowledge base: Optimize CPU Resource Usage

What if it still happens?
If you have already taken all of the steps outlined in our knowledge base or you are using a less common CMS, you still have options:
Due to the overwhelming popularity of WordPress, HostGator has introduced a new service just for WordPress websites. The Optimized WordPress service is, as the name implies, optimized for WordPress and is configured from the ground up to handle the demands of a professional WordPress website. This includes uniquely configured servers that will squeeze every bit of performance possible out of a WordPress website.

Get Optimized WordPress

If you are not using WordPress, you may wish to consider upgrading to a Dedicated Server which would afford you dedicated hardware without any resource restrictions. You would also have complete control over the configuration and management of the server.

Order A Dedicated Server

Alternatively, you may wish to contact a third-party developer to make improvements to the design of your website's code base to improve it's resource usage.

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LIVE CHAT
Chat ID: 36202144 Initial Question: Shared - Tech Support - Website Issues
12:19:12 PM System Jobina L has joined the chat!
12:19:27 PM Grace Jolliffe HI
12:19:57 PM Grace Jolliffe I received an alarming warning from Hostgator last night when I logged into cPanel.
12:20:30 PM Jobina L Welcome to Live Chat. My name is Jobina. I'll be happy to assist you with your inquiry.
12:20:35 PM Grace Jolliffe This is it
12:20:40 PM Grace Jolliffe What happened? Over the last few hours, our monitoring systems have identified your account as requiring an inordinate amount of server resources. In order to ensure the continuing operation of both your server and your website, we have temporarily enabled an emergency caching solution to lessen the impact of your website's resource usage. What does this mean and how will it affect me? Our caching system allows your site to remain available on the Internet without interruption by creating a static version of your content to present to all visitors. The static version will be updated every three hours. While the site is being cached, you may notice delays in the appearance of new content. Additionally, If you're utilizing a CMS, (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal) you may also experience difficulty accessing the backend/dashboard/administrator panel of your website. This is expected behavior for a site that is utilizing emergency caching. How long will this last? Our caching system will automatically remove itself after 24 hours of normal server resource usage. However, if your website's resource usage continues to be an issue it may be permanently blocked How can I prevent this? We strongly urge you to investigate methods of reducing your resource usage to prevent a permanent disconnection of service. We have knowledge base articles that will guide you step by step in the optimization of the most common CMS systems, please refer to our knowledge base: Optimize CPU Resource Usage What if it still happens? If you have already taken all of the steps outlined in our knowledge base or you are using a less common CMS, you still have options: Due to the overwhelming popularity of WordPress, HostGator has introduced a new service just for WordPress websites. The Optimized WordPress service is, as the name implies, optimized for WordPress and is configured from the ground up to handle the demands of a professional WordPress website. This includes uniquely configured servers that will squeeze every bit of performance possible out of a WordPress website. Get Optimized WordPress If you are not using WordPress, you may wish to consider upgrading to a Dedicated Server which would afford you dedicated hardware without any resource restrictions. You would also have complete control over the configuration and management of the server. Order A Dedicated Server Alternatively, you may wish to contact a third-party developer to make improvements to the design of your website's code base to improve it's resource usage.
12:21:41 PM Grace Jolliffe I have no idea what this is meant to be. I am tempted to change my hosting to another company as I am angry that such an alarming notice would be sent with hardly any explanation.
12:22:01 PM Grace Jolliffe I have no idea what the notice means but it appeared quite threatening to me.
12:23:03 PM Grace Jolliffe Anybody there?
12:24:02 PM Jobina L Thanks for your patience.
12:24:10 PM Jobina L Yes, I was reading your alert.
12:24:58 PM Grace Jolliffe My biggest site is relatively site I had no prior warning that it was such a strain on Hostgator's resources...
12:24:59 PM Jobina L Please know this is a warning advising you that your site(s) must be optimized as your CPU resources are high.
12:25:11 PM Grace Jolliffe I should have said relatively small.
12:26:13 PM Grace Jolliffe Please explain in less technical terms as to how my site is using 'HIGH CPU RESOURCES' and what this means.
12:29:18 PM Jobina L Grace, I am unsure which of your sites are causing the CPU resources usage to be increased.
12:29:34 PM Jobina L Please know this detail is not available as the warning is via cPanel.
12:29:53 PM Jobina L It is recommended that you visit each of your domains and optimize them accordingly.
12:30:12 PM Jobina L In most cases, adding a cache plugin will assist in resolving this.
12:30:13 PM Grace Jolliffe Exactly my problem - if Hostgator don't know what is causing the problem how should I know.
12:30:28 PM Grace Jolliffe What do you mean by visit each domain and optimze them accordingly?
12:35:16 PM Jobina L How many domains do you have?
12:35:39 PM Grace Jolliffe www.gracejolliffe.com
12:35:46 PM Grace Jolliffe www.practicalcreativewriting.com
12:35:51 PM Grace Jolliffe www.ballyyahoo.com
12:35:56 PM Grace Jolliffe www.gracelikestogarden.com
12:36:08 PM Grace Jolliffe www.wildatlanticstories.com
12:39:19 PM Jobina L Thank you. There is a resource usage link provided in the warning that you can access to verify how to resolve this. Please know that your usage alert is triggered by the server which prompts the warning.
12:40:02 PM Jobina L To identify which of your sites is impacting this, while the temporary warning is active, you must verify this and resolved.
12:40:04 PM Jobina L resolve.
12:40:28 PM Grace Jolliffe But my sites are small!!!
12:40:36 PM Jobina L Please know it is not until your account is suspended due to that an Administrator will provide a detail report regarding.
12:41:00 PM Grace Jolliffe So my account is threatened with suspension?
12:42:20 PM Grace Jolliffe I have no idea what to do and why this problem has suddenly occurred. I also was never told there was some kind of limit or what that limit was. I guess I will have to look for a more helpful hosting provider.
12:47:46 PM Jobina L I understand Grace. Please know that the CPU detail is located in your Customer Agreement upon purchasing your hosting account. For more information regarding, please see: http://support.hostgator.com/articles/pre-sales-policies/rules-terms-of-service/cpu-resource-usage
12:48:50 PM Jobina L I encourage you to seek assistance from a certified developer regarding optimizing your sites if you are unsure how to proceed. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and frustration this has caused you.
12:49:22 PM Grace Jolliffe Well thanks anyway.



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+Jim Munro
 Thanks so much Jim, I will do that on the other sites as well. Is there an article I could read that would explain all this to me. I don't understand what live traffic is and how it produced this severe warning from Hostgator. I suppose my worry is that I won't know if the cure worked or not unless I get another dire warning.
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Ehtesham Shaikh

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Website indexing problem - Cache: Text-only Version

Hi All,

I checked cache:mywebsite.com it displays the page the way it displays to users. When i saw in text only version and view source version all the links in the navigation menus are just the text there is no links linked to it.

What could be the problem? and how to resolve this?

Thanks in Advance,
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+Ehtesham Shaikh can you message me the site name????
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Steven “abraxi-taxi” Ciccantelli

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New website is done but where can hire an SEO expert to make sure everything is in the proper place?
This is a small website and some of the free tools love it others not so much.Site ranks well just would like it to be fully optimized.
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+Steven Ciccantelli I can help you with this. Please PM me.
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Mustapha Chérif El Massaoudi

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anyone explain me what is the SEO and how it work in websites....
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Priya Gupta

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Which is the best SEO paid tool?

Can any one suggest one best seo tool, In that tool we can get to know everything from keyword ranking to On page analysis, back links, content etc..

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From the expert panel in this week's SEO Questions hangout on air on 00:07:43 into the YouTube video: http://dumbseoquestions.com/q/which_is_the_best_seo_paid_tool +Priya Gupta

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Tushar Sisodiya

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Guys, I own a blog and this post has been made live by me few weeks ago.

I want to know if I can be able to add the meta description in this post just like the title, so I can better optimize it? When I search this post in Google, the meta description is very poor and I wanna change it for better presentation. Can you guys help?

The blog has been created in Blogger....
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Mehak Gupta

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How to rank videos ? 
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Tushar Sisodiya

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Hi there, hope everyone is enjoying out this festive season but a little more help would be appreciated. I want to know if I have created a blog just to get link juice and its basically depends on it entirely. Is it possible to get the same keywords hyperlinked more than one time through various posts in the same blog. If yes, will it be possible that the link juice will be separate for every link or is it just for one time as same keyword is hyperlinked too many times? 
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Laurie Turnbull (SEO Guy)

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Hi there.

I currently migrating a site to a new domain.

As per Google guidelines:

- I have set up all the various GSC properties and verified them.
- I have also set up all the 301 redirects
- Completed the change of address request in GSC
- I have created two sitemaps: URLs from the old site and the URLs on the new site and uploaded them both to the root of the new site

However, when I try to submit the sitemaps to GSC, only the old sitemap is accepted. I am receiving a warning that all URLs in the new sitemap are blocked in the robots.txt file. I have checked them in Screaming Frog and in the Robot.txt tester in GSC and they are definitely not being blocked to Google.

Sitemaps:

https://www.moatrek.com/sitemap.xml - does not work
https://www.moatrek.com/legacysitemap.xml - does work

I have also created two other sitemaps:

https://www.moatrek.com/imagesitemap.xml - straightforward image sitemap (does not work either)
https://www.moatrek.com/migrationsitemap.xml - a manual XML file that I created in SFrog which is a copy of the Drupal generated sitemap.xml (does not work)

Any ideas? I wouldn't usually be quite so bothered but this is a domain change so I want to tick all the boxes.

Thanks in advance.

Laurie
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Ronit Verma

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Is their any tool for checking current site ranking without any login or paid sites not alexa or analytic
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Kimberly Evans

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I recently created and deleted a post, and a few days later i went from page 2 to page 5. i changed the site map and robots text file and still nothing.
I was thinking its some kind of google update that could have caused this, however all of my other pages still have there previous ranks. but im slowly moving backwards for my main kw. I havent made any changes to the page for my main kw. I noticed i have some amp errors in console, could that be it?
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John Pitcher

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A web design customer runs a property maintenance company from his home. He has a local Google My Business page.

His wife is now having a website developed for a floristry business, again run from their home. Same address, same phone number.

Will this cause a problem if she also gets a local Google My Business page with the same address and phone number?

Are there any best practices for this scenario?
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Many thanks +Edwin Jonk; that would be great.
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ATV Tires Canada

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Does my website's server location affect SEO ranking?
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+ATV Tires Canada based on my experience No.
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