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Alicia Kolesnikova

Semantic Search / Linked Data  - 
 
I've read that Google discourages from using microdata and microformats markup side by side on a page. Does mixed markup affect SERP ranking? If it does, to what extent?  Thank you for your help.
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Alicia Kolesnikova's profile photoAmel Mehenaoui's profile photo
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+Alicia Kolesnikova, I do second +Kathy Alice Brown and +Geoff Jackson on this.

I've been using these different markups on some pages without any issue. I did not read on Google support pages anything that may give the idea that it's not recommended.

You could check on Google new free course at: Google Webmaster Academy (just google it!). They explain how to build and optimize a user/Search Engine friendly website!
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Alicia Kolesnikova

Membership & Administration  - 
 
Thank you for accepting me into the community and for the valuable information. 
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Alicia Kolesnikova's profile photoAmel Mehenaoui's profile photo
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Thank you for the flamboyant welcome and the extensive list of experts, +Amel Mehenaoui. 
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Denver Prophit Jr.

Semantic Search / Linked Data  - 
 
Has anyone ever tried marking up the description of a #wordpress  tag or category page with this schema markup and use sameAs to point to a freebase or wikipedia entry to guide search into the type of entity relationship that will be found in the enumerated list of posts?
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Dan Manahan

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Wow, site hacked!  Anyone ever run into these guys?
During a G-SERP assessment the #2 result for the query  san diego personal injury lawyer yielded the attached pic. Must be recent,  how else could it slip the #2 spot? 

Has me wondering where an SEO's responsibility starts/stops concerning a hacked site. If this was your client would you pass the buck to the webmaster or host or whomever? Would you get involved? As an SEO are you culpable for security breaches?
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Dan Manahan's profile photoDean Cruddace's profile photo
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Thanks guys, appreciate the feedback. Granted it's a hypothetical as I've never had the misfortune of a client site being hacked, but then I haven't been playing the game very long. Bound to happen sooner or later, hence my interest. 
I'm also curious how G's algo is presently unable to catch the aforementioned result. I can't imagine that's a result G wants to give users. 
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Erica Weatherstone

General Tech Talk  - 
 
If we do a landing page for a PPC campaign and put a different tracking number on it, will Google crawl and index that number and will that affect the Knowledge Graph/Google Local results if Google identifies a different number on your website?  Client is unfamiliar and uncomfortable with the effectiveness of a no index, no follow for the landing page.
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Eric Wu's profile photoKrystian Szastok's profile photo
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Educate the client to be comfortable with noindex on page level. Or suffer risks.
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Jinnat Ul Hasan

Technical Audits  - 
 
Big brand like +Homebase made so many childish errors and messed up their #SEO  performance.
 
Loser of the week - Homebase
According to +SearchmetricsDE, +Homebase has lost 20% SEO Visibility this week.

Lets explain the situation. +Homebase has re-launched their simplified website with less clutter. But forgot the basics of #SEO . Probably their SEO guys are holiday; so they didn't have time to put meta tags in the site. "Title" is spelt "Titel". Schoolboy error.

Incorrect Redirects
A large number of "unavailable" product pages are redirected to homepage. Suppose "petrol strimmer" page is redirected to homepage, but then I checked in the website, items are still available under Grass Trimmer category.

Incorrect www & non-www Redirects
Also there is an  #Error302  infinite loop.

#seotips   #seomarketing   #searchengineoptimization   #searchmarketing   #websitereview  
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Nicolas Ockier's profile photoAshley Elton's profile photoJinnat Ul Hasan's profile photoCory Howell's profile photo
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Thank you +Tony McCreath, +Trey Collier, +Charles Meaden, +Cory Howell.

I agree with everyone of you. It's not an easy life for SEO. I will be following Homebase and observe it's SEO initiatives to regain its glory days :)
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Saijo George

Google & Bing Tools  - 
 
will Google crawl pages if we block it by URL parameters in WMT .. ( I know they wont show it in SERP but .. will they crawl the page ? )
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Hortense Soulier's profile photoSaijo George's profile photo
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+Hortense Soulier thanks :)
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Ashley Berman Hale
moderator

General Tech Talk  - 
 
I don't have a URL that I have permission to share at this point, but wanted to see if anyone had any experience removing a massive of amount of thin pages. 

Site has approx 8m pages, but I'd say 6-7m of these pages are akin to "search" pages in their depth/value (many different types). At first blush, I'd say to noindex and let them drop naturally so Google (and users and SERPs) can focus on the rich pages which are really fabulous. 

But - that's a HUGE slice of a pie. I'd consider a phased approach too, so noindex 1m pages of X type first, let it settle for 4 weeks, then move on to next phase. 

Thoughts? 
URL Removal/Robots.txt blocking is risky at best - well linked and not divided into clean subdomains or even consistent directories. 
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Reuben Yau's profile photoAshley Berman Hale's profile photo
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I thought there may be some instability, but actually, since these were low value pages with little PageRank, we didn't notice any impact on the rest of the site.
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Ben Wood

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Google now seem to be testing product images in organic results.  First spotted by +Krystian Szastok earlier this afternoon.
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Mark Taylor

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Does anyone have any experience or proof that Google is now favouring https sites over http?
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Jennifer M's profile photoMark Taylor's profile photo
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I think there is a difference between encouraging SSL over SSL being a ranking factor. I think it's dumb to require some random mom and pop to have SSL on their home page.
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Andrea Moro

General Tech Talk  - 
 
In the process of re-organizing the taxonomy and "indexationability" of some page where the geo structure is a key, I wonder what's your opinion on the following:

Let's assume a big country like France, but it can be UK or US.

I have the following levels:
Area (Or departments)
City
District (available only in specific circumstances)

So in Geo terms this means 
/13/Marseilles/01
or
/Hertfordshire/Cambridge/CB1

The problem a structure like this may face is that for each level the proposed dataset is a limited one of the hierarchy above, so in the end there is lots of duplicate data on the site.

I thought it could be appropriate to add the noindex tag for the innermost level, thus allowing only the Area and the City level to be proposed.
In such a way, even though Area and the city definitely contains the same information, the proposed order is not conflicting and generating too many URLs.

What's your take on this?
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Andrea Moro's profile photoAndy Beard's profile photo
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Hey +Andy Beard thanks for your input.
Though I appreciate what you say, the origins page of my business entity lives in a structure that is not connected to geo data. Not at least in the URL.
This will prevent issues like the one you described.

I was just concerned on the huge mass of listing items across the whole structure thus my concerns in getting the district level not indexable.
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Anyone have any experience with content syndication services on e- commerce sites? Multiple Product manufacturers have made contracts with a third party to create rich media content for their products. This data is then distributed by scripts or by some other form of automation to the retailers product page. Data is approved by the product manufacturer and the customers seem to like what they see, at least the conversions point to that conclusion.

- Clearly one problem is unique content, but almost all sites seem to have implemented this as supplementary, not as primary source of data.

- he other part I'm worried of, is the amount of data the syndication company is requesting in return to "better provide data based on our products" What are they really using this for? (insert paranoid behavior here)

- The data is not available as pure data. It is always pre-formatted.

This might be old news in other parts of the world but our small country with really small audience (language) is only now seeing the beginning of this

Examples:
http://www.fnac.com/Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX50V-Argent-WiFi-GPS/a5920770/w-4

And 

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/tv-dvd-blu-ray/televisions/large-screen-tvs-32-and-over/lg-47la660v-smart-3d-47-led-tv-21262828-pdt.html

Thank you for your help and thoughts.
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Krinal Mehta's profile photoandreas wpv's profile photo
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Some of the biggest e-commerce sites in our country has dealt with this problem with a similar strategy that +andreas wpv mentioned. For top selling products, they have close to 10k reviews, just imagine the amount of unique content that generates. http://bit.ly/1eUo2Sp
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Rob Morgan

General Tech Talk  - 
 
Hi - A backlink from a discussion page on Wikipedia, but the linking page has a domain authority of just 1/100 (as opposed to wikipedia being 100/100) - worth anything?
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Amel Mehenaoui's profile photoRob Morgan's profile photo
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+Rob Morgan I do second +Ashley Berman Hale on this. If your link adds value to the wikipedia page than it's worth having a backlink from there.

We have to remind ourself that we are not just inquiring backlinks for the link authority only but to also drive traffic to a site. So if your backlink is a good resource...well, wikipedia's audience may find it interesting and may click to learn more!

It's a win/win/win/win situation where the Search Engines, Wikipedia, your target audience and you...win!
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Tony McCreath

General Tech Talk  - 
 
I get a lot of spam SEO email from gmail accounts trying to sell SEO. I generally ignore them. 

But I rarely get emails offering payment for links. I have just been offered $85 "to post a guest article" that "will contain a link" to a "casino website".

And it's from a real domain that represents an SEO company.

What's peoples policy on dealing with this sort of thing? Ignore or report? And how would you report it?
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Amel Mehenaoui's profile photoKrystian Szastok's profile photo
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+Tony McCreath congrats for reporting it. I do agree with +Eric Wu our industry is getting a lot of bad reputation because of the unethical behavior of some SEO companies.

I even had a confession from one of my connection telling me (after I have showed them in $ the benefits of SEO), that he always thought that SEO was like a "black box"! I was kind of sad to hear him say that but I took it as a challenge to always show how SEO is a valuable asset to a company bottom line!

I'm always determined to apply "Smart & Ethical SEO" as a basis to all my web strategies.
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Dan Rippon

Developer Tools  - 
 
Question about Sitemap Tools

Came across SlickMap CSS recently, which looks pretty damn useful for visualising a sitemap - only problem is that it's a manual build from an HTML file.

Now call me lazy, but does anyone know of a tool that would do something similar if you fed it an XML sitemap?
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Dan Rippon's profile photoAndy Beard's profile photo
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Ahh, of course - you're building the relationships yourself with the HTML aren't you? Ding! :)

Thanks +Andy Beard, much appreciated, I'll check that one out.
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Mary Iannotti

SEO Tools & SAAS Providers  - 
 
SEOPressor or Yoast's SEO Plugin?

Has anyone used SEOPressor to optimize pages and posts on WordPress? Is it better than Yoast's plugin? It has mostly positive reviews online but I don't think the developers keep it updated as well as Yoast keeps his updated.

Thanks for providing feedback.
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Ethan Hays's profile photoMary Iannotti's profile photo
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Yep, Yoast is the best in the business for keeping the plugin current, and continuing to refine and add functionality
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Tony McCreath

General Tech Talk  - 
 
I have a client who has an SSL certificate that only works for the main domain. So if you use https://www. Chrome throws up the security warning.

I tried setting up a 301 redirect but Chrome still throws up the warning before doing the redirect (would that be a Chrome bug or feature?).

This problem is made real by the fact Google is currently sending people to the https://www. based URLs. Thus all visitors from Google get the warning.

Has anyone come across this issue and resolved it?

I've currently set up 301 redirects and have asked the client to claim all the https domains in GWT. Hopefully a Fetch+Submit will get Google to stop it using those URLs.
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Tony McCreath's profile photo
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Google has already dropped using the https in the search results so it looks like the redirect has helped there. It's still worth cleaning up the certificate problem.
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Marv Ahlstrom

SEO Tools & SAAS Providers  - 
 
Has anyone heard of or used YourAmigo. They say they create a massive amout long tail SEO product pages. Bueno or No Bueno?
 
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Grant Simmons's profile photoGeoff Jackson's profile photo
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Bloomreach have a better solution, BUT use in extreme moderation.
Leverage their internal linking modules too.
All these "shortcuts" are bandaids needed due to 'imperfect' architecture / internal linking, better to do it right if you have the option, not everyone has the luxury, patience, resources or risk understanding, which is why folks like YourAmigo are still in business.

Cheers
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Geoff Jackson

Membership & Administration  - 
 
There appears to be a lot of new posts that I wouldn't really deem as 'Technical SEO' . Am I alone in this presumption and has moderation been relaxed?

I don't expect this to be a place to broadcast changes from organisations or links to blog posts unless they are accompanied with a related question that entices a discussion that falls within the remit of 'Technical SEO'.

Or maybe that's just me...?
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Amel Mehenaoui's profile photoGeoff Jackson's profile photo
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+Jinnat Ul Hasan I do agree with +Geoff Jackson because I had the same feeling when I saw the post...I was expecting a question related to the article but didn't see one, so I was kind of disappointed because It wasn't obvious what you want us to talk about that was related to a technical SEO topic for that article. 
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Glynn Davies

General Tech Talk  - 
 
I'm looking for a proxy recommendations! I'm in the UK, and need to crawl a large commercial site via non-UK IP(s).

Country not too important, though access to more than one would be a bonus.

Hide My Ass looking good so far, so if you've any experience crawling sites through their proxies, I'd love to hear it.

Thanks!
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Stephen Rhoads's profile photoGlynn Davies's profile photo
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MyPrivateProxy.net is great. They offer Private & Shared proxies. Inexpensive and fast customer service.
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