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Ben Donahower

Technical Audits  - 
 
I'm looking for a tool that I can export a list of lost backlinks from 30 months ago. The tools I normally use only go back 6 months. Any ideas?
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Gerry White's profile photoandreas wpv's profile photo
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Bing Webmaster tools goes 6 month back AND when I compared several tools with Google data, they had the highest overlap - meaning showing the same backlinks as google. 
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Dave Ashworth

General Tech Talk  - 
 
In GWT duplicate meta description and title tags, have started to see URLs reported as in the screenshot, with "http:///" and no domain name - anyone else seeing this / know why this is?

Assume it's an error on Google's part, but if there's anything I can do about this, or if this is an issue, I want to fix it
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John Mueller's profile photoDave Ashworth's profile photo
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I regularly check this in gwt and it's only the last week or so I've spotted it
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Randy Milanovic

Technical Audits  - 
 
Question for the community: reassessing older blog posts. Lots can be updated to be current again. If I edit the title to match my edits/updates, will doing so negatively affect my site? My intent is to bring the content up to date, not to mess with the freshness algo. 
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Joel Glenn Wright's profile photoRandy Milanovic's profile photo
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I wasn't at all +Joel Glenn Wright. Just the opposite. 
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Hi all, having a bit of a nightmare at the moment trying to remove a sitelink that we do not want displaying when people do a search for a brand name.

We do not want the page to be non-indexable, but we do want the sitelink association removed from the homepage. I have submitted a request to remove the URL and all it's variations from being associated with the homepage but it still appears. Anyone got any thoughts on an alternative way to do this?

Cheers!
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Dave Elliott's profile photoMichael James Field (Mikuss)'s profile photo
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Thanks Dave, I came to the same conclusion really. How annoying!
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Hyderali Shaikh

SEO Analytics & Measurement  - 
 
Is it essential to verify your both www & non-www website in google search console? If yes, why?

I knew that if you have http:// & https:// then you've to verify both. Source from google - https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/34592?hl=en

Also, if I redirect my non-www to www via 301 then I don't think we've to verify, and it won't be possible only. 

Please clear my confusion :(
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Ashley Berman Hale's profile photoTony “Tiggerito” McCreath's profile photo
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I try to verify all, but just to be complete, I don't think it's essential. Simplest way is via Universal Analytics and it tends to work with all site variants even when redirects are in place.
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Nikhil Raj

General Tech Talk  - 
 
How does crawl budget work? I believe the only factor impacting crawl budget is PageRank. Also how does Google allocate it for a website? Say, Googlebot will crawl x no. of pages, or x no. of pages but also page size and response time impacts it, or let me crawl as many pages for x no. of hours. How does it work?
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Enrico Altavilla's profile photoNikhil Raj's profile photo
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+Enrico Altavilla Thanks! So a faster website will make a difference in Crawl rate.
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Dave Ashworth

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Old, redirected site still in index:

Taken on a new client who had an old brand which had a lot of low quality links etc.  Then they re-branded offline, 301'd the site, etc (seemingly took the penalty with them but that's another story) - this was in November 2013.

Even now, pages on the old site are still indexed - though when you click on them, they redirect.

I am inclined to want rid of these pages from the index indefinitely, just to keep things tidy if nothing else.  It looks like Google is well aware of the full migration as in GWT on the old domain (with full access) when I click on the cog there is no option "change of address".   The old site does still have a sitemap.xml though which can be accessed, and not all pages are 301d..

At moment am thinking remove the site from the index using "remove URLs", though would that present an issue as the site redirects?  
I ask as recently came across an instance of a GWT removal where the https site was requested to be removed, and whilst it's a different GWT property to http, the http site was also removed.

So, am hesitant to remove, but want rid of the old domain from the index indefinitely.

Any tips or am I worrying about nothing/something trivial?
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Bob Gladstein's profile photoEarl Grey's profile photo
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if you are finding the old pages doing a site: command this is looking at it wrong apparenty. google said that it will be like that for years and years in one of the hangouts. i think if you remove the pages you lose the link weight as well.
Is it affecting their business and traffic or is it just an annoyance:?
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Dave Elliott

General Tech Talk  - 
 
I have been moving to far away from my technical routes and become too much of a generalist. I need to get back on my game.

Are there any great resources/guides that can help me remember what i'm on about?

I know most of the decent blogs(seo by the sea, blind 5 year old and anything dr pete writes are personal favourites) but kinda needs something all in one place. At least before i get very intrigued and start jumping down the rabbit holes!

Thanks.
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Gerry White's profile photo
 
Builtvisible guides are pretty awesome 
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Nikhil Raj

General Tech Talk  - 
 
I am trying to fix the hentry errrors in Search Console and have a question about the author pages. Is it necessary to add the author hcard for each post in the page /author/nikhil? Also "updated" is a required entry, but I have only the published date visible on the page. So how can I add updated data in the hentry?
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Dan Shure

Site Speed & Performance  - 
 
Does anyone know what exactly "time spent downloading a page" in "Crawl Stats" is measuring? Had a client lately who's analytics page speed got much slower but TSDAP (time spent downloading a page) was flat or improved. I'm going to suspect a hazy guess GA is reporting how long all the elements take to load in the browser and TSDAP is reporting something closer to server response time?
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Yiannis Gedeon's profile photo
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Your users might interact with your content and the page keep loading some annoying plug in the background that doesn't affect user experience however increasing your pageoad speed in GA 
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Dave Ashworth

General Tech Talk  - 
 
New “Googlebot cannot access CSS and JS files” in Google Search Console

http://www.thesempost.com/new-google-search-console-warning-for-googlebot-cannot-access-css-and-js-files/

being sent out today

just had a client panic

thing is, they're not even blocking anything, other than:

Disallow: /wp-admin/
Disallow: /wp-includes/

Can see a lot of people panicking today
Google Search Console has begun sending out a brand new warning to webmasters who are blocking CSS and JavaScript on their websites. The new warning, also referred to as [WNC-658001] is send by both email and as an alert in Google Search Console for affected websites. Googlebot cannot access CSS and JS files on _____ …
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Chris Koszo's profile photoDave Ashworth's profile photoHortense Soulier's profile photo
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+Chris Koszo cheers, good advice that 
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Joanna Laznicka

General Tech Talk  - 
 
How important are trackbacks for SEO - I am getting brute-force-attacks to my WP xmlrpc.php file that are taking down my servers/sites and for a quick fix decided to to just deny access to the file via htaccess. However this will also kill trackback feature / future engagement . How much will it hurt my SEO if I kill trackbacks, or should I fight and find a solution to keep trackbacks and still lower the risk of brute-force-attacks to the xmlrpc.php file.
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Joanna Laznicka's profile photoRick Bucich's profile photo
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Trackbacks are a honeypot for spammers and it will be 100:1 spam to legit at least from my experience. It's depressing to see how many folks still use Xrumer. It's like email spam, send out billions and home for a few links to be created.
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Jam Hassan

SEO Analytics & Measurement  - 
 
I am using Filters to stop Reporting Russian Referrals in GA . but every time they appear again . mostly with new url , websites even GA shows websites that i blocked using Filters .
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Krinal Mehta's profile photoDave Elliott's profile photo
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it is a constant battle to get accurate data!
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Eren Mckay

SEO Tools & SAAS Providers  - 
 
What's yall's favorite sitemap plugin for Wordpress?
I have tried Yoast and Google's XML sitemnap... too buggy for me please other suggestions. #sitemap   #wordpressplugins  
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Eren Mckay's profile photoDan Manahan's profile photo
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Been using http://betterwp.net/wordpress-plugins/google-xml-sitemaps/ for a few weeks. Really pleased. 
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John Vantine

Semantic Search / Linked Data  - 
 
Regarding user reviews and schema ratings...

We have lots of user reviews for our products. These reviews are always on a separate "reviews" page, and don't appear on the same page as the product itself.

When marking up the product page with AggregateRating schema, do the actual reviews that generated the rating need to appear on the page? Is this a prerequisite for the star ratings to appear in the SERPs? Or can we only get the star rating to appear on the page where the actual reviews live?

Any clarity here would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Cody Baird's profile photoTony “Tiggerito” McCreath's profile photo
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I'd at least make sure the two pages are semantically linked. e.g. the reviews have an itemReviewed that contains the url of the product page. Both page items could maybe use sameAs.
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Mike Valentine

SEO Analytics & Measurement  - 
 
I'm in Google Analytics for an enterprise client and I'm seeing two Yahoo sources under Organic Search Referrals. 0ne uppercase and one lower case Y. Does this show up for anyone else? First time I've seen this. Usually Yahoo and Bing show similar numbers -  here I'm seeing the two Yahoo sources within a few percentage points of each other - total is double Bing numbers. 
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Dan Morris's profile photoMike Valentine's profile photo
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Thanks Dan - client didn't know when we talked. Remains a mystery for now
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Nikhil Raj

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Hello Guys,

Can anyone please tell me is there any way to identify if an imagefile is present in the index or not, the cache: operator seems to not support images. As part of our operations, we need to delete around 4k images from the website and as an extra step we need to delete these from Google image search as fast as possible. It used to be under 10 files, but this is a big number. So how to identify and automate?
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Nikhil Raj's profile photoGerry White's profile photo
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have you got URLProller ? - its a cheap tool for a job like this - http://urlprofiler.com/blog/google-index-checker/ 
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Gavin Sutherland

Semantic Search / Linked Data  - 
 
Hi all,

A schema question.  I'm writing top-level Organization schema which  in JSON-LD format for a hotel company.

The organization is a sub-organization of another hotel organization, but with distinct branding and identity.

I've got my own ideas on this, but which property do you think would be most appropriate to specify the overarching parent organization.

branchOf? 
parentOrganization?
 memberOf ?- kind of leaning towards one of this as the schema.org definition states that an organization can be a member of an organization.

The top two properties refer to a local businesses relationship to a parent organization hence this seems more apt.

Any thoughts appreciated!
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Gavin Sutherland's profile photoJoel Glenn Wright's profile photo
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+Gavin Sutherland - you might try schema.org/Brand to help differential as well. IT really depends of the set of contexts that you are trying to provide to the search engine.

Is it an organization that owns a Website this is a particular webpage of or is it a webpage from a website from an Organization.
 That makes the biggest difference in how to markup it up.
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Hyderali Shaikh

SEO Analytics & Measurement  - 
 
Will my website rank if the domain consist of some numerical figures like 1 or 2 or 4?


Lets say, I wanted to book this domain bikeforexchange but it has already been taken & is already ranking for this term - bike for exchange.

So, I went for some other name - bike4exchange.

-Does the above domain will rank for "bike for exchange"?
-Will it appear before or after the competitor websites?
-How G treat domains with numbers in it? Any official source?

Thanks.
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Chris Bolton's profile photoChris Koszo's profile photo
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Good question. personally, I've had good experiences with numbers in domains, but they all had great original content. The client was a DUI attorney and a keyword like "4th dui" vs "fourth dui" etc. was no different in ranking ability. They had all of the variations on lock and had a number type deal in their various domains. Good luck
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Kathy Alice Brown

Technical Audits  - 
 
Canonical and Rel Prev/Next

I have a client that has an Ecommerce site that uses many facets. They are canonicalizing so about 2/3s of the facets do not show up in the canonical URLs. Let's call these facets - non-canonical facets.  The question is about when they use these non canonical facets in their rel prev/next code. 

The client's stance is that it is all canonicalized anyway. Mine is, googlebot is pretty darn smart, but I prefer not to rely on that. Love to hear some thoughts on whether there is a real problem here. Here's an example.

URL:  foo<dot>com/a-page.aspx?somefilter=A
Canonical: foo<dot>com/a-page.aspx
rel next:  foo<dot>com/a-page.aspx?somefilter=A&pg=2

Page 2:  foo<dot>com/a-page.aspx?somefilter=A&pg=2
Canonical: foo<dot>com/a-page.aspx
rel next:  foo<dot>com/a-page.aspx?somefilter=A&pg=2
rel prev:  foo<dot>com/a-page.aspx?somefilter=A

I think that the rel prev/next should not have the somefilter=A in it. And I also think that the canonical for page 2 should be to foo<dot>com/a-page.aspx?pg=2 not to the base page.

What would be your advice to this client? Do you agree with me that it should be fixed, or is this correct usage? What about just removing the rel prev/next code if they can't fix it? 
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Kathy Alice Brown's profile photoMark Marino's profile photo
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Having worked at a big Fortune 100 ecommerce site, and now 3 smaller retail sites...

*?p=3 URI --> Caninical itself
*next="?p=4"
*prev="?p=2"
*index, follow

*Filtered URI (ie: sortBy)--> Strip filter and Canonical Base URL
*Filtered ?p=3 URI = Canonical ?p=3 URI
*next="?p=4" (no filter)
*prev="?p=2" (no filter) 
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