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Dave Ashworth

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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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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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Joanna Laznicka

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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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Phillip Ohren

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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
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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

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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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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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Nikhil Raj

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How does Google crawler and the indexer treat a rel=nofollowed webpage which is already blocked using robots.txt?
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I will post if I notice any observable changes in rankings.
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Joanna Laznicka

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Hi in Google Webmaster Tools under Crawl Errors > Site Errors I am seeing pages that where Last crawled: 6/8/15 First detected: 6/8/15 (couple days ago) and they are Linked from two pages from my own site - The problem is the pages crawled and linked from haven't existed since 2008/2011 I deleted them long ago. - I keep on running into this - what am I doing wrong? They are not listed in a sitemap / there are no old sitmaps floating around on my server, there isn't a link to them from any external site, or in my site. and the page and linking pages haven't existed for over 4 years. For reference when answering the question my website is built on self hosted WordPress Platform 
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Joanna Laznicka's profile photoRick Bucich's profile photo
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A dose of perspective, every busy site crawl errors. The key is identifying the inconsequential ones from the significant. Watch for spikes in errors and pages with external links. Releases which often happen in the middle of the night when traffic is low often introduce short lived errors as well. Don't sweat the small stuff.
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Bill Scully

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I am trying to set hreflang tags on my multi site multi language website (site.com) home pages ONLY.  I have no default (global) site, each site collection is managed by a country.  I have one page all sites link to  - the country selector - but I do not want to have search visitors enter via the country selection page, or default to the us page.  I will create alternate tags to map all the other important countries we do business in to an existing country home a page (For this example I will use Ireland). 

Example of my Pages: 
www.site.com/en_us/default.aspx
www.site.com/en_gb/default.aspx
www.site.com/en_ca/default.aspx
www.site.com/fr_ca/default.aspx
www.site.com/fr_fr/default.aspx
www.site.com/country-selector.aspx

All I want to do is first add hreflang tags to these pages by telling my developer to cut and paste what I provide to them.

I’ve seen all kinds of instructions with and without using <url> <loc> and xhtml:link.  I will only get one shot at having IT implement this for me.  Can someone confirm I'm doing this properly and these the proper instructions?

Dear IT please copy and paste the code in the header, or body (but be constant) to each of the default.aspx pages listed above.

< link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-us" href="http://www.site.com/en_us/" />
< link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-gb" href="http://www.site.com/en_gb/" />
< link rel="alternate" hreflang="en_ca" href="http://www.site.com/en_ca/" />
< link rel="alternate" hreflang="fr-ca" href="http://www.site.com/fr_ca/" />
< link rel="alternate" hreflang="fr-fr " http://www.site.com/fr_fr/" />
< link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-ir " http://www.site.com/en_gb/" />

Would be great +John Mueller if you could just post yes. :)
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Ashley Berman Hale's profile photoChris Koszo's profile photo
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G'day Bill, if you're unsure of the technical implementations of a project, I'd suggest finding a good developer to help you.

I consider myself proficient in a few languages but I still go on Odesk and hire the occasional developer, sysadmin or software engineer on a per-hour consultation basis when there's something that I'm uncomfortable with. There's some great people on there at competitive rates, but just make sure they're 90%+ rated and have many hours of work under their belt.
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Mark Taylor

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Is anyone seeing Reviews increase in importance as a ranking factor in recent weeks?
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Mark Taylor's profile photoEnrico Altavilla's profile photo
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+Mark Taylor : it's highly improbable that reviews are, per se, a ranking signal. As a rule of thumb, any signal that can be easily and directly influenced by the website owner is probably considered something to not rely on.

Also, it's quite difficult to determine the multiple causes of a ranking boost. The emphasis is on the "multiple", because rankings are based on many internal signals, not just on the things that we can observe from an external point of view.
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Will Hattman

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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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Will Hattman

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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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Joanna Laznicka

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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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Nikhil Raj

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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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+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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Nikhil Raj

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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

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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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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

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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​​ 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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Dave Ashworth

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So is anyone seeing any mad fluctuations  as reported on Moz and SEJ?

https://moz.com/blog/the-colossus-update-waking-the-giant
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-search-update-rolling-out-confirmed-to-not-be-panda-related/134812/

The only thing I'm seeing is as well as being on https, wiki has a new URL structure for some pages - not sure if deliberate or not:
e.g. if you search for "lowestoft" as I randomly did earlier:
https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Lowestoft

but on other queries, e.g. "Bolton", you get https and the old style structure:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolton

and that's about it - all main rankings I check are pretty much as they were
June 16, 2015 marked one of the hottest days on MozCast. Was this a change in Google's HTTPS algorithm, or the aftershock of waking the Wikipedia giant?
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Gerry White's profile photoDave Ashworth's profile photo
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for me, I'm going with wiki changing to https, nothing to do with an update

http://img.pandawhale.com/post-33707-nothing-to-see-here-gif-please-BeZM.gif
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Cache link showing different URL on different domain

I have some vague memory of reading about this, and now I'm seeing it.

In a SERP result I click on the cache link for a URL on my clients domain. The resulting cache page is from a different URL on a different domain.

The SERP result was for a page the client did not have and was showing the title/description from this other page.

If you actually visit the SERP URL it 404s. However there has been some hack cleanup on this website so the problem may have been fixed. I was not involved in that.

I have removed the results via the GWT remove URL but would still like to know how a cache link could be for a different URL. 302 redirect? Canonical trick?
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Enrico Altavilla's profile photoTony “Tiggerito” McCreath's profile photo
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I've just seen another example.

Its also a website on the same server being shown in the cache in place of their own home page.

https://productforums.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/webmasters/XLIjGTaUBlY;context-place=mydiscussions

Neither have any obvious canonicalness with each other.

It has fixed itself now so all evidence is probably lost. The website stealing the cache does use canonical tags so if it accidentally appeared on their domain it would cause this sort of confusion. So maybe a server configuration error.
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Dave Ashworth

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I came across these articles titled:
"The (Technical) Future of #SEO "

http://www.searchenginejournal.com/technical-future-seo/123408/
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/technical-future-seo-part-2/132481/

At first I thought it was an interesting approach, but as I read on, it seems overkill to me, or more subjective than it is scientific - but it may have also gone over my head.

Has anyone else adopted such an approach to determine how to go about your on site / tech seo?
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Dave Ashworth's profile photoHortense Soulier's profile photo
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It's definitely overkill and pretty presumptuous to say you are able to predict exactly when your rankings will shift and you competitors. There are a lot more factors at stake than they are looking at.
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