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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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Dan Shure's profile photoEnrico Altavilla's profile photo
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+Dan Shure : unfortunately the description "Time spent downloading a page" is misleading, because that's the time spent to download a single resource (regardless of its kind).
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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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Chris Koszo

Technical Audits  - 
 
Let's share tips on review rating rich snippets optimization.. I have two clients (local biz) that have their reviews show up with the 5 stars in Google serps. However, my biggest client with the most content/links lost theirs (like most other businesses in the past months).

I can't figure out why two of my clients are bucking the trend but the most important one isn't..

If anyone wants to collaborate here or privately I'm game.. I will share the sites. I have a DUI attorney client that still has review ratings which is rare as hell, as well as a doctor.
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Dave Ashworth's profile photoChris Koszo's profile photo
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+Dave Ashworth
Sounds good, I agree. Another odd thing I just noticed which you reminded me of, is I have a site that I migrated to a new domain with 1-to-1 redirects, and if I do a site: command on the old site I see the reviews (which never had the schema in the first place, and the new updated reviews are pulled that I just modifed last week on the new domain), but if I do site command for the current site (that's been live for a year), I don't get anything..
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Will Hattman

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Hi all,

I'm having a hell of a time with a particular client's hreflang tags. I keep getting "no return tags" errors on versions of pages that absolutely, definitely DO contain return tags. It's only the default US English versions of the pages that show as not bearing return tags, and I can't figure out why.

The only thing I can imagine might be causing this is the fact that these default English versions don't contain the /en-us/ parameter in their URLs. Here's an example of a typical tag array:

<link href="http://www.domain.com/de-de/page-one" hreflang="de-de" rel="alternate" />

<link href="http://www.domain.com/page-one" hreflang="en-us" rel="alternate" />

Could it be possible that the latter URL would have to be http://www.domain.com/en-us/page-one in order for this to work properly?

Any insight will be richly appreciated. Thanks!
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Bob Gladstein's profile photoMark Hannant's profile photo
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Hi Bob,  it's an interesting point. 

+David Sottimano  answers it on this post https://moz.com/blog/hreflang-behaviour-insights ...
"You can 302 your homepage when you're using a country redirect strategy. Yes, I know it's crazy, yes, a little bird told me and I throughly tested this and didn't see a loss. There's 2 sites I know of using this, so check them out: The Guardian & Red Bull."

Also Christopher Semturs states:
"if you make it a 301, proxies around the world will cache that - so a user from Germany might see the redirect for a user in france then, probably not intended.
302 is the way to go."
https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/webmasters/LM-CJQNa7AI

... also an ancient Webmaster Tools post also states using a 302: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/creating-right-homepage-for-your.html  
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Keith Fraley

SEO Analytics & Measurement  - 
 
For those that work on international sites.

Is there a resource such as the one Moz publishes in the States that reports the dates that Google updates roll out in European or South American countries? My understanding is that it is common for updates to roll around the globe and that they can affect sites at different times, sometimes even a week or two different.

Specifically interested in finding a resource because I am seeing a few international sites that had significant search traffic changes hit on or around May 17th. The only Google update I can find anything on is related to Phantom/Quality that hit the States the end of April. 
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I would be interested in this too. My experience is that (if someone is wondering) most of the changes have little or no impact in Sweden. Really big algo changes, sure. But the rest? Nope nope nope.
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Joanna Laznicka

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Image location - Does it affect rankings, even a little.  For instance. A image before the content is this bad practices? Or an image that is on top but smaller and justified to the right or left - What are your thoughts on image location and rankings 
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andreas wpv's profile photoTrey Collier's profile photo
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Gary has got "Cutts Speak" perfected!  ;P
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Mary Iannotti

Semantic Search / Linked Data  - 
 
Wrong Image Displaying When Blog Post Shared on Google Plus

Google Plus isn't picking up the correct image when I share a post from my blog. After adding the image through the social tab of Yoast's SEO plugin the following markup appeared in the head section of the page. (This is the image I want to appear with the link.)

<meta itemprop="image" content="http://www.digitalmarketingdeva.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/properly-use-website-visuals-plus.jpg">

But when I post the link on Google Plus, the smaller featured image gets picked up.

Does anyone know why this is happening?

Thanks.
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Monika Thon-Soun's profile photoMary Iannotti's profile photo
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Okay. Thanks +Monika Thon-Soun
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Nikhil Raj

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Does anyone has any info on if the Index Status in Google Search Console counts image files and pdfs? I know that the Crawl stats graph in Search Console does count image files and pdfs. 
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Enrico Altavilla's profile photoTony “Tiggerito” McCreath's profile photo
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+Enrico Altavilla I had the same assumption. Maybe the rules have changed.
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Jeremy Rivera

General Tech Talk  - 
 
A site: search on Google is showing a result with Schema stars. The page itself doesn't have schema...but the iframed page DOES. 

What? So it will pick up Schema, but iFramed pages still don't count as followed links, right? They're an implied no-follow?
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Terry Van Horne's profile photoGerry White's profile photo
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Just a side note, they may have used data highlighter ... tho I've never seen it actually produce rich snippets 
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Andrea Moro

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Is there any project manager or software developer or any SEO that make use of project management tools (e.g. Asana, Basecamp, Trello) that can help me with an interview I need to do to complete a course of study?

30 minutes of your time and my gratitude as a takeaway :D

Thanks to all
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Jaimie Sirovich's profile photoAndrea Moro's profile photo
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+Jaimie Sirovich​​ I'd love to hear your opinion on this regard, and more in general about pm tools. Do you reckon I can interview yourself for about 30 minutes?
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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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Enrico Altavilla's profile photoKathy Alice Brown's profile photo
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+Enrico Altavilla Great question. I don't have the answer but will get it.  Thank you!
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Dave Ashworth

Technical Audits  - 
 
Starting over again on a new(ish) domain

Been trying to help a client recover from Panda/Penguin for some time - previously they had loads of thin, keyword rich content on their old site with loads of low quality links - as well as a load of client site wide footers - been working to clean all this up, which has been time consuming, and organic visibility doesn't improve - so I think the domain is basically burnt to a degree.

They still have visibility but def under perform - and new link building efforts look to be diluted by what's gone on previously and it's difficult to demonstrate the value of the new, good, high authority coverage they get.

So decided to start again on another domain they own, which may have had some low quality links in the past, but nothing like the main domain - this "new" domain currently 301s to the live one.

Have said we will review the link profiles of both and see if it's worth the switch, or perhaps even a totally clean domain - as well as id'ing what we want to keep from the current live one.

I've seen a process such as this for migrating to a new domain post Penguin:
http://www.linkresearchtools.com/case-studies/google-penguin-recovery-redirect-method/

but i don't want to 301 anything at all from the current domain, I want to start again as cleanly as possible.

has anyone ever done anything like this below and have any tips, or a guide on best practice etc?
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Chris Koszo's profile photoDonnie Strompf's profile photo
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Hahaha unfortunately, it's quicker to cheat again and rank.
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Will Hattman

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Hi +Ashley Berman Hale ; here's a screenshot of my hreflang problem, anonymized to the best of my ability. Let me know if anything about this looks off. I really appreciate your help!
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Nikhil Raj's profile photoWill Hattman's profile photo
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That is really interesting, insofar as this client also uses query parameters as part of its region-detection mechanism. You've got me scratching my head, for sure. But in a good way! So thanks!
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Image Canonicalisation
The previous question on image SEO got me thinking.

eCommerce websites often have multiple versions of the same image dotted around. E.g. different sizes of a product images used for lists, galleries, thumbnails, hero images etc.

Would it help to tell the search engines that they all represent the same image, and which is the best one to use?

I suspect this could be done via rel canonical in the http header for the images.
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Alistair Lattimore's profile photoTony “Tiggerito” McCreath's profile photo
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+Alistair Lattimore Damn. Not that I could have implemented it anyhow.
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Randy Milanovic

Semantic Search / Linked Data  - 
 
Hi +John Mueller et al. I've been searching for a definitive yes/no on whether or not we should secure every local business listing possible (citations), or simply have a GooglePlus Page that is fully completed?

My goal is not links, but NAP verification/consistency for local search.

Second, is a question where should my team and I seek out and add our business profile to 40 or 50 of these local business directories, if Google would look on it favourably/poorly or even care at all?

I know of several services such as WhiteSpark, MozLocal and others who offer citation services. Are these approved by Google?
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Bill Slawski's profile photoMary Stovall's profile photoJordan Floyd's profile photoPer Pettersson's profile photo
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Thank you +Ray Cassidy
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Joanna Laznicka

General Tech Talk  - 
 
What is the best practices for dealing with foreign sites that are copying your articles in full, translating them and putting them on their site in the same niche and linking back to you at the bottom of their page?  

I just want to handle the situation so it doesn't hurt my SEO rankings - Because once about 6 months ago I asked an American company in the same niche to remove several articles they published/duplicated on their site and linked back to me and noticed an immediate drop in my search traffic when they removed them. So now I am confused what is the right way of not loosing rankings in these types of situations. Yes it irritates me to see my content duplicated, but my rankings are more important and want to not rock the boat.
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Marviene Fulton's profile photoandreas wpv's profile photo
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Linking back does not justify a copyright violation - and that's what it sounds like. I'd go with +Chris Sheehy  , plus alert Google to them doing this, too. Or send them a bill for using your content with the note. 
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Nikhil Raj

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Guys, is anyone experiencing drop in Indexed Numbers for sitemaps in Search Console? I am seeing a drop of over a few millions for webpages!
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Nikhil Raj's profile photo
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+Rick Bucich We also have sitemaps targeted to different sections in the website, but all those have shown a drop because of the bug.
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Phillip Ohren

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Noticed that 'Not Provided' has fallen from 91% to 78% in 2 months... 
Https? Any ideas
See the steady rise of the Google Analytics keyword "(not provided)", and what it means for your site.
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It hasn't been updated in sometime, perhaps it is broken.

"Updates daily. Latest data: 28th May 2015 00:00 (GMT)"

I checked a few different accounts and they are 90%+ not provided.
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Rick Bucich
moderator

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Quick question about bot crawl allocation
If another domain(s) (not associated with my site) are pointed at our IP and getting crawled in volume (seen in log files). Does that count against crawl allocation on our domain? 

It seems to have no negative impact but I'd like to get the perspective of others. In other words, crawl allocation based on IP, domain or mix of both?
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Rick Bucich's profile photoGerry White's profile photo
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Great answer, matt Cutts I think has a post or video on it too. As his blog is on shared hosting. Most sites used to be on shared ip... bing allows you to google all the sites on one ip (well bing them)... 
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Gerry White

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Comment Spam ? 
Seeing quite a lot of comment spam aimed at a clients site  (oddly along with three or four others with the same anchor text) - has anyone seen this and has anyone had Google 'penalise' you as a result. I am hoping Google are aware of this as an issue as it isn't the first time I have seen it but this time it is a lot more 'viral'. 
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Patrick Coombe's profile photoGerry White's profile photo
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It's comment spam aimed at the site, looks automated so a bit concerned about it becoming a full time job...

And as mentioned it's also got links going to other sites same anchor which is odd...

I've created a disavow file, fortunately despite the volume, minority of it is followed 
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