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Dave Ashworth

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On a scale of 1-10, how important do you think it is when migrating a site to a new domain to get existing links on 3rd party sites amended.

In some cases, there may be 000s - you probably won't hear back from most webmasters, some are from blogs/articles that are 2/3/4+ years old etc.

How much of your authority are you risking by 301 redirecting and leaving all links obtained previously as it?

Would be good to get input from +John Mueller on this.

Got a site with 000s of links - will take an age to attempt to get most amended, with no guarantee it will be a success.
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Dave Ashworth's profile photoDebra Mastaler's profile photo
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This isn't a technical fix but it has helped when I've done it, if any of those traffic sending sites are blogs, I drop a comment on the old post to your new URL. You're right, most bloggers won't go back in archives and tweak URL's but they like the idea someone is reading their old posts and commenting so they tend to leave the comment links alone. I will also tweet a link to the old blog post just to show the site owner I'm serious and legit.

I just moved a site as well and spent HOURS contacting webmasters, many of them people I know! Still didn't get all of them to change things, comes with the territory I guess! :(
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Mark Marino

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Hey all - I want to throw this blanketed scenario out there for thoughts, ideas and theories as to why a specific page and keyword went from being average, to jumping to the moon almost overnight.

Keyword:
* + 250K monthly search volume
* Was ranked in the 90s
* Now ranked in the 20s (was as high as #12)

Page graph included is impressions over time. The spike for page impressions and keyword rankings happened the week of 11/27. The first data callout was when I began "Round 1" of the page/category audit. I can explain the steady increase over time, but not the sudden spike where impressions virtually doubled.

Other notes:
* Worked on basic ongoing SEO audits from title tags to internal linking beginning week of September 5.

* The domain had a 302 redirect (non-www. to www.) that was flipped to a 301 the week of November 20.


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Mark Marino's profile photoAmel Mehenaoui's profile photo
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+Mark Marino the meta tag optimization you did and the redirect can indeed explain the positive changes. Desktop got higher impressions after the changes which could confirm that your on-page SEO optimization is working. Keep up the great work and enjoy the win :)
You should duplicate what you did to get similar results for other keywords.
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Chris Koszo

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For a little tuesday laugh
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Mark Taylor's profile photoSteve Gerencser's profile photo
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The syntax is all wrong. An SEO expert walks into a [bar|bars|pub]

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Mark Taylor

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I have a site that is about to be upgraded to PHP7. As part of the process, the site will be down for 2 hrs. Which option should I follow?

A - Setup a 503 and 302 all pages to it
B - Setup a 503 on every page
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Trey Collier

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GSC reports a URL that returns a 404 error code and it should since the URL doesn't exist. GSC doesn't show any pages that link to that URL.

1) Do you mark it "Fixed" and do nothing else?
2) Do you Ignore it in hopes that GSC data shows some pages that link to the bad URL in the future?
3) Do you 301 redirect that bad URL to the most relevant matching URL that returns a 200?
4) Other? (please explain)
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Trey Collier's profile photoGerry White's profile photo
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Yep. There are some odd ghosts that occur, often as Google tries to follow non existent links in JavaScript, you can sometimes tell the source from the link... But not always
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Mark Taylor

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As I thought I understood it, Rich Cards are a way for Google to present info in the search results rather than a new type of Schema markup. Is that correct?

I'm starting to see people refer to 'rich card markup'. Is this a poor way to write about Rich Cards or am I completely wrong?
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Bob Gladstein's profile photoGerry White's profile photo
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There is some more markup for particular cards ... but generally mark I think you are correct 
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Hyderali Shaikh

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Google is reporting duplicate title tags for a website that is built for 9 languages.

The URL structure is like below:

example.com/tr/play-game-1212
example.com/fr/abc-game-1322

Earlier title tags were all in ENGLISH LANGUAGE for every page & for every language.

Last month only our developer gave me the whole bunch of pages & I changed the title tag from english to their respective language via Google Translate. It just translated what was in english to the regional language.

Under search console - > HTML Improvements -> Duplicate Title tags is 3000 earlier. But today also, the number is same. Google last updated it yesterday.

Why would this be considered a duplicate when they clearly are not the same. Or are they same?

How can I tell google this?
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Do you implement rel=alternate/hreflang?

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John Vantine

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Our old sitemaps were full of 404s. We were submitting 32.6 million URLs (!!!), and 4 million of them were indexed (12%).

We rebuilt the sitemap generator and removed the vast majority of the 404s (now less than 1% 404 rate). We’re now submitting 6.9 million URLs, and we have 2.3 million indexed (33%)

Why do we now have less pages indexed if we’re submitting a higher quality batch of URLs to Google? A higher percentage of the pages are indexed now, but the overall index count is still lower.

The new sitemaps have been live for about 2 weeks now, and the number of pages indexed is not increasing. Is this to be expected - does Google only index a certain percentage of total URLs submitted on larger sites like this? Or is something else at play here?
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Bill Bean's profile photoMark Marino's profile photo
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Are these links also available to crawl within an HTML Sitemap? You may need some other directive signals like internal/external links to influence deeper crawling and indexing.

You mentioned that you were once submitting many error page - for how long? That's obviously a poor signal to Google, so I wouldn't expect them to be so quick to be hip to the new Sitemaps all of a sudden. But on the bright side, you've increased you actual index percentage a ton. I'd be patient. Expecting millions of new pages to be crawled and indexed within a two-week span is a tall task to ask of any bot. Good luck - keep us posted. This is interesting. 
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Mark Taylor

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From a SEO perspective, is there anything I should be mindful when moving our company eCommerce website to PHP7?
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Manuel Lemos's profile photoDenver Prophit Jr.'s profile photo
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Well the urgency doesn't exist for a while to migrate to 7. I work voluntarily on PrestaShop shopping cart open source. We're just now adding unit tests for php 7.
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Shaad Hamid

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For some reason, when your browser language setting is set to Russian or Arabic, and when you search for 'ag5 yzer' (which is a brand term) Google displays the Korean version in the SERPs. Screenshot below. I've checked the hreflang tags and they all look fine. Is there something I am missing by any chance?

This is the URL: https://yzerproperty.com/ko/dubai/apartment-for-sale/business-bay/ag-tower/1-bedroom/431593
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Łukasz Rogala

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Hey guys! I'm looking for some inspiration related to doing SEO training for developers.

I'm thinking about doing a general overview of SEO things with a discussion panel later but I'm not sure if I should point out anything special.

From your experience - what are typical things developers like to learn when it comes to SEO training?
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Amel Mehenaoui's profile photoKathy Alice Brown's profile photo
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You didn’t say how you will promote this, but I would consider doing training focused on a platform (ie Magento) or a type of site like "publishers". Then you could focus on common problems for that niche instead of trying to "boil" the ocean.
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Jamie Bates

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Canonicalization Question

I've been going back and forth on this for a while. We are looking at doing a site redesign for a large franchise site.

The design for all of the service pages will include boiler plate content common to all similar service pages across the group. It will also include content unique to each page.

I would say the break down is 30-40% boiler plate and 60-70% unique content.

What would you do in this situation. Is a canonical tag necessary, or is there enough unique content that the tag is unnecessary?

Note - as far as I can tell there's no way to canonical just one section of a page... is that correct?
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Bob Gladstein's profile photoJamie Bates's profile photo
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+William Harvey+Bob Gladstein Thanks for the info guys. I really appreciate it!

I've been operating under the assumption that google sees it all the time (i do too) but it really helps to have a second opinion on these things.

Thanks!
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Mark Taylor

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Does anyone have any examples of AMP being used on eCommerce pages?
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John Vantine's profile photoMark Taylor's profile photo
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So perhaps crafted landing pages should be AMP pages but not the product pages.
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Jan Koenigstaetter

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Do you know an example where the sitelinks searchbox work for subdomains like xy.example.com if the main domain example.com is also in use?

Is it possiblie? +John Mueller 

I guess it is hard for google to find out what kind of brand searches should trigger the search box.

Example Domain. This domain is established to be used for illustrative examples in documents. You may use this domain in examples without prior coordination or asking for permission. More information...
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Łukasz Rogala

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Hello guys! I'm looking for some SEO Technical Trainings related to on-site optimization - starting from basics and later going deep through some heavy on-site technical cases (with examples on real websites how does this worked).

Does anybody here know this kind of trainings? Can be online too.
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this should cover the majority of what you are looking for.

https://moz.com/learn/seo

Additionally I recommend attending one of the

http://marketinglandevents.com/smx/

Events.


moz.com - Learn SEO and Search Marketing - Moz
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Robert C. Padgett Cooper

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Has anybody lost rankings due to incorrect AMP implementation? We implemented AMP last Friday on our whole site and our AMP homepage was not showing content correctly.
We lost our rankings for the homepage during the weekend and we removed the AMP version on Monday. We have not recovered our rankings yet even though our ranking tool is not showing the AMP version anymore in the SERP. Anyone has recommendations to get the rankings back?

As a side note, we did see an increase in traffic over the weekend for the rest of the site that had AMP implemented correctly.

Thanks!
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Robert C. Padgett Cooper's profile photoKrinal Mehta's profile photo
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Hi Robert, thanks for describing the problem further. We launched a WordPress plugin for AMP and have come across several issues with websites using their own ways of displaying content. One that relates with your site could be the case where all the content you see in the desktop version may not be coming from the main content area. It could be coming through a page builder type of module which is not supported by default AMP plugins. Glad that you were able to address the issue and recover rankings. AMP on desktop was more of a bug http://searchengineland.com/google-amp-breaks-desktop-search-results-259840
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Daniel Laidler

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Hi All,

I have a question/s about Sitemaps on large scale websites (1+ million indexed pages), that I was hoping someone could help me out with.

Basically I am in the process of auditing a site 4 months post launch, where I believe the sitemaps implementation potentially affected it's ability to rank (at least in the short term).

Q: For a large scale site, when is the best time frame to release the new dynamic sitemaps? On launch, 1/2/3 months post launch?

If you would recommend post-launch, can you suggest why it's more beneficial than at site launch?

+John Mueller +Saijo George +Jim Stewart

Thanks in advance!
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Daniel Laidler's profile photoCristina Wood's profile photo
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+Daniel Laidler , yes, that was my point, it is complicated. Best of luck with the site :)

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Denver Prophit Jr.

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Membership Rules
Can I get a clarification on rules? I private replied to a member when they posted an off-topic message about server selection for hosting. They of course felt I was spammy for not commenting on their post on here. I felt the post was off-topic and did not post publically. It was in Tech Talk sub-cat. Am I right? Hosting selection is NOT a technical SEO topic?
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Denver Prophit Jr.'s profile photo
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+Joanna Laznicka that was NOT my intentions at all. I'm sorry you took it that way. VPS / Server setups are NOT SEO. That is IT Infrastructure. Has nothing to do with how one ranks for various query types.
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Joanna Laznicka

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Sorry for my ignorance but I really want to analyze things before I move forward and looking for your advice - I have been hosting with the same company for 18 years - however I feel something is up with the company, my amazing technical support guy is gone due to cutting back and notice many other things starting to lack so worried the writing is on the wall they might be closing or their servers are getting out of date due to lack of funds to be competitive. Thus I am starting to look into other hosting.

Since I have been with them 18 years I don't know much of what are the good and bad and industry must haves of all the new services - What specs should I be looking regards to SEO and hosting. Currently I run 63 WordPress Sites on a VPS -

Each one has it’s own Cpanel - and familiar with WHM as well

Server Load - .0.231445 (2 CPUs)
Memory Used - 27.73% (1,163,072 of 4,194,304)
Swap Used - 2.61% (27,328 of 1,048,504)

/usr/tmpDSK /tmp 3% (35,456 of 1,370,724)
/tmp /var/tmp 3% (35,456 of 1,370,724)
/dev/xvdb1 /big 0% (132,136 of 75,164,232)
/dev/xvda1 / 64% (31,288,876 of 50,784,892)


Standard hwVPS
Intel Xeon X5450 CPU Cores (total): 2x3000MHz
RAM (total): 4096MiB
Network Speed (20Mbit/sec included): 0 x Additional Mbit/sec $10.00 USD
Fast Storage (total): 50GiB
Big Storage (total): 74GiB
Choose Your Operating System: (1 day setup, M-F) CentOS x64 with CPanel control panel
Managed VPS: Yes
PCI Compliance: No
High-Availability Clustered VPS: No
Data Backups: No
IP Addresses: 0 x Additional IP Addresses $1.50 USD






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Jennifer M's profile photoJoanna Laznicka's profile photo
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Jennifer M - this this is what I am considering with Amazon, Google or with SiteGround - just looking and learning about my option because it has been 18 years since I have shopped for hosting for my own stuff.

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Mark Taylor

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How does everyone feel about the Penguin 4.0 announcement?
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Paula Allen's profile photoChris Koszo's profile photo
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The latest info from Gary is that in the next few days any "penalties" from Penguin will removed to allow Penguin to work the way it's supposed to :D mobile.twitter.com - Gary Illyes on Twitter: "@atmoore81 it's happening as we speak. or tweet. it will take a few more days to finish that part"
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