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Should I use ccTLDs for sites not targeted to those countries?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Blog | 4 comments

Should I use ccTLDs for sites not targeted to those countries?

Using ccTLDs Are you using ccTLDs (Country Code Top Level Domains) for your website? Considering the high cost of .com domains, a lot of webmasters often end up using such domains with no intention of geotargeting their website to any particular country throughout the course of their SEO campaigns. What does Google think about such a behavior? Check out the video above for the search engine webmaster’s response on the matter… Use ccTLDs only when appropriate As explained by Google webmaster Matt Cutts in the video, webmasters are advised...

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How does Google treat hidden content which becomes visible when clicking a button?

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Blog | 26 comments

How does Google treat hidden content which becomes visible when clicking a button?

Is it okay to use hidden content that only shows when users click on them? Are you wondering about how Google perceives the use of hidden content on webpages which only becomes visible after users click on them? Does it in any way violate Google’s policies and can if adversely affect SEO? After all the last thing webmasters want is to invoke the ire of the most dominant search engine on the Internet and getting penalized for any violation that sends their websites to the bottom of search results. Well let’s hear it from Matt Cutts himself...

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How does required duplicate content (terms and conditions, etc.) affect search?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Blog | 69 comments

How does required duplicate content (terms and conditions, etc.) affect search?

Are legal webpages such as terms and conditions and privacy policy considered duplicate content and can it affect search rankings? Considering the search engine’s campaign against plagiarized or duplicate content, webmasters can’t often help but wonder if legal webpages such as terms and conditions, privacy policy, disclaimers, etc. fit right into this category. Such webpages are often not at all unique and are there simply for compliance. Can these webpages possibly endanger one’s search rankings? Can webmasters get penalized for...

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If I have 20 domains, should I link them all together?

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Blog | 4 comments

If I have 20 domains, should I link them all together?

Linking multiple domain names Do you have a lot of domain names and thinking about linking them all together? How does Google perceive such a practice and does the search engine even allow it as an SEO strategy? If you do own multiple domain names then you’ve likely thought about doing it at some point. After all, if Google perceives links as a vote of confidence when rewarding page rank and you have a lot of domain names under your control, why the heck not? Check out the webmaster video above and listen to what Matt Cutts – Google’s...

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How can I get examples of bad links to my site?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Blog | 118 comments

How can I get examples of bad links to my site?

Received notifications from Google warning you of “bad links” detected on your website? Have you ever experience d receiving a notification from Google warning you of unnatural links being detected on your website? Such notifications can be quite alarming and has long caused a lot of webmasters a great deal of frustration particularly due to the lack of clear cut examples. Webmasters can end up removing over 90 percent of the links of their website adversely affecting current SEO page rank and still be uncertain about rectifying the issue...

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If my site goes down for a day, does that affect my rankings?

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

If my site goes down for a day, does that affect my rankings?

  Site outage and its effects on rankings   Somehow had your website downed recently and worried about how it may actually affect current search engine rankings? Search engine optimisation is a complex and tedious process – few  other things make webmasters worry more than receiving a message from Google bot stating that it was not able to crawl your website at a specific time due to suspected web outage especially when the page rank one has worked so hard to achieve is on the line. So what about it? Is there good reason for...

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How has query syntax changed since voice search has become more popular?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Blog | 16 comments

How has query syntax changed since voice search has become more popular?

Wondering all about Google’s query syntax and how it has changed over the years? Are you wondering all about how Google’s query syntax has changed over the years as well as the impact that it is poised to make on SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)? Check out the webmaster help video above as Matt Cutts tackles the question head-on. Recent developments in Google query syntax As the dominant search engine on the Internet, Google has been hard at work trying to improve search queries in line with the goal of providing the best “search...

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If I write about another article, where should I link to the original source?

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Blog | 8 comments

If I write about another article, where should I link to the original source?

Placing links on your content Let’s say that you have a website/blog where you publish original content and you would like to link out to another website. What is the right way to go about it? Should you set anchor text somewhere in the first few paragraphs or should you set aside a space for it somewhere in the bottom? It’s an interesting question especially for new bloggers and those who are fairly new to the idea of “linking”. Check out the webmaster help video featured above to learn the answer from Matt Cutts himself –...

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Will the Webmaster Tools API be updated to add additional data?

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Blog | 3 comments

Will the Webmaster Tools API be updated to add additional data?

Webmaster tools API update   Are you among the thousands of webmasters who are eagerly waiting for an API (Application Programming Interface) update for the Webmaster tools? Many feel that an update is long overdue particularly for the ones that allow users to retrieve data on backlinks and search queries which will surely prove invaluable in SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). If so then, you’d be glad to know that Google finally has answer on the matter as shown in the video featured above. API update for the webmaster tools –...

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Does using stock photos on your pages have a negative effect on rankings?

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Does using stock photos on your pages have a negative effect on rankings?

Using stock photos on webpages Wondering if the use of stock photos presents any adverse effect on search engine rankings? It’s a fair question considering Google’s emphasis on high quality content and images on your web pages is certainly a significant part of that.  Check out what Google Webmaster Matt Cutts have to say about the matter in the video featured above. Stock photos – no bearing on search engine rankings Now as explained in the video above, it doesn’t matter if you are using original or stock photos on your web page...

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