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FWIW I think this latest Google update could be the Anti-Panda, and the adorable…

Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 under General

FWIW I think this latest Google update could be the Anti-Panda, and the adorable Panda that used to hang around is now gone to great big Panda Heaven up in the sky. Based on nothing other than the shape of the tea leaves in the bottom of my cup, but it would make a lot […]

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My Nexus 5 running 5.1 has been suffering from random reboots and app optimizati…

Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2015 under General

My Nexus 5 running 5.1 has been suffering from random reboots and app optimizations.  Judging by the sheer volume of Nexus 5 users reporting this it looks very much like a software update may be killing the hardware. I'll be mega pissed if this phone dies due to s/w updates from Google. Hoping no hardware […]

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Just when you thought GA referrer spam was bad

Posted on Thursday, May 7th, 2015 under General

Now we have GA Event Spam: Event Category: to use this feature visit: EVENT-TRACKING.COMEvent Action: to use this feature visit: Event-Tracking.comEvent Label: to use this feature visit: Event-Tracking.com What pricks. Google+: Reshared 3 times Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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I like drones, and this is great to see:

Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 under General

I like drones, and this is great to see: Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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A question on SiteLinks Search Box +John Mueller 

Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 under General

A question on SiteLinks Search Box +John Mueller  As per https://developers.google.com/structured-data/slsb-overview it states to use the canonical homepage for your domain.  Is there any way to set this up when you have multiple country sites beneath your main domain, e.g. www.example.com > US sitewww.example.com/uk/ > UK site On Example.com sitesearch segments results based on the […]

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So simple, and yet a great idea:

Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 under General

So simple, and yet a great idea: Embedded Link If It Were My Home Welcome to IfItWereMyHome.com. The lottery of birth is responsible for much of who we are. If you were not born in the country you were, what would your life be like? Would you be the same person? IfItWereMyHome.com is your gateway […]

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Worth a read, although folks that work at Google may not like it:

Posted on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 under General

Worth a read, although folks that work at Google may not like it: Embedded Link Why I left Google – JW on Tech – Site Home – MSDN Blogs This blog is the original work of James Whittaker and contains his rants and insights about the web, engineering practices, software testing and other predictions about […]

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If you paste "something (at) somwhere.com" into Gmail's To: field it…

Posted on Friday, April 24th, 2015 under General

If you paste "something (at) somwhere.com" into Gmail's To: field it will automagically convert it to the correct email address "something@somewhere.com". Nice feature! Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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Looking at multiple websites in various niches, 4webmasters.org seems to have mounted…

Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 under General

Looking at multiple websites in various niches, 4webmasters.org seems to have mounted a fairly massive referral spam attack yesterday. From what I can tell these are phantom referrals in Google Analytics, and not actual visits. That means you cant block them at the server level, and need to rely on GA filters to take them […]

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Hasn't this been done before?

Posted on Friday, April 17th, 2015 under General

Hasn't this been done before? Embedded Link Posting Rules | Foxy Blogger.com Member Rules The following rules must be adhered to by all times by our members. Failure to adhere to these rules will result in your account being Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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Dear +John Mueller et +Pierre Far 

Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2015 under General

Dear +John Mueller et +Pierre Far  I have a question regarding Google's HREFLANG guidelines, in particular: https://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/faq-internationalisation#q20 "We recommend not using rel=canonical across different language or country versions. Using it within the same language/country version is fine and one of the recommended ways of handling canonicalization." The problem here is that I have made receommendations to […]

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One of the reasons I've invested exclusively in .com domains over the past 12…

Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2015 under General

One of the reasons I've invested exclusively in .com domains over the past 12 months: Embedded Link Verisign: .Com Domains Have More Click Appeal In Search Results Consumers prefer to click on search results with a .com domain rather than a new domain, according to Verisign-funded research. Google+: View post on Google+ This post was […]

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Can only speak for myself, but filtering search results by Country: Ireland on Google.ie…

Posted on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 under General

Can only speak for myself, but filtering search results by Country: Ireland on Google.ie is not doing any filtering at all.  Seeing results from US and UK. [Edit] Also seeing .de .com.au and .ca results in "Results from Ireland" Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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A new referrer-spam prick to add to the other 444 wankers semalt.com and buttons…

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2015 under General

A new referrer-spam prick to add to the other 444 wankers semalt.com and buttons-for-website.com:  simple-share-buttons.com Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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Interesting, and only time will tell:

Posted on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 under General

Interesting, and only time will tell: Embedded Link Guardian, FT, CNN and Reuters in ad deal to take on Facebook and Google Pangaea Alliance initiative will give brands access to more than 110 million online readers using programmatic advertising system Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ […]

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+John Mueller quick question on HREFLANG

Posted on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 under General

+John Mueller quick question on HREFLANG. Can a global homepage include a hreflang value of both "en-us" and "x-default"? Usage case is that US homepage is to target both US visitors and act as the default in cases where another locale isn't available for visitors. Docs not clear, and only give example of single HREFLANG usage. […]

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Google's latest Recaptcha uses your IP to determine language with no way to change…

Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 under General

Google's latest Recaptcha uses your IP to determine language with no way to change #EpicFail   Google’s latest Recaptcha uses your IP to determine language with no way to change #EpicFail   Google+: Reshared 3 times Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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Holy Cow

Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 under General

Blast from the past. I just ended up here and some memories flooded back. To think this was back in 2007! Halfdeck kindly shared the tool he built with me back then and I remember thinking it was the bees-knees. How time flies. How much things change. Embedded Link Third Level Push (modified Siloing) For […]

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To anyone still wondering if new gTLDs will have an SEO advantage due to keywords…

Posted on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 under General

To anyone still wondering if new gTLDs will have an SEO advantage due to keywords in the TLD. As someone well versed in SEO who has fairly recently stepped into domains space I'm surpried at how poor the SEO knowledge/advice is coming from domainers. Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on […]

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"Our research found that at best, 88 percent of the ad-clicks were made by bots…

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 under General

"Our research found that at best, 88 percent of the ad-clicks were made by bots on the LinkedIn ad platform, while at worst, 98 percent were from bots on the Google ad platform. Grim reading. Embedded Link oxford-biochron.com/downloads/OxfordBioChron_Quantifying-Online-Advertising-Fraud_Report.pdf Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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Reading now:

Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 under General

I'll save you 5 mins you wont get back. Basically they got hit by Penguin, and because someone had created a lot of spammy links just prior to that it must have been NSEO. Nothing mentioned about what their link profile looked like prior to this… Methinks unlikely that spammy links could hurt so quickly. […]

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If you're working with HREFLANG on sites that have dupe content (e.g

Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 under General

multiple EN versions) then this is by far the best resource I've come across on combining HREFLANG and rel=Canonical. The test site can be found at href-lang.com. Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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You have to be crazy to host your site off the sub of a domain hack presenting itself…

Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 under General

You have to be crazy to host your site off the sub of a domain hack presenting itself as a legitimate TLD. Reshared post from +Ruud Hein gb.com Domains Are Now Toxic "Similarly there have been issues with TLDs like .info and .cc which have been used by spammers and black hat SEOs to game […]

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Super explanation if you're new to this.

Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2015 under General

Super explanation if you're new to this. Reshared post from +Patrick Sexton Faster webpages and the critical rendering pathThe most important thing to understand about page speed is the critical render path. Making your pages faster than your competitors starts with understanding this. Embedded Link Critical render path and pagespeed: An in-depth look Google+: View […]

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Car wont start in the morning? No problem – just remove the huge monitor lizard from…

Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2015 under General

Car wont start in the morning? No problem – just remove the huge monitor lizard from the engine compartment and you're all set. Car wont start in the morning? No problem – just remove the huge monitor lizard from the engine compartment and you’re all set. Google+: Reshared 2 times Google+: View post on Google+ […]

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I'm interested in domains, but not for SEO purposes

Posted on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 under General

Something tells me that domains may become a new SEO battleground, especially if more services like this pop up: Embedded Link High powered SEO domains with clean profiles and high trust flow | SEMimpact     Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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On the topic of tools, I'm really warming to +Botify

Posted on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 under General

On the topic of tools, I'm really warming to +Botify. I'm using it together with +Screaming Frog SEO Spider and +DeepCrawl, and while they all have their advantages and quirks, having the data displayed as you surf a target site via the Botify Chrome Plugin is a simple but genius way to help web producers identify […]

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Preparing an audit for a large authority site

Posted on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 under General

Being able to see both the phrases the site ranks for, and the URLs ranking is really useful, especially when you need to understand the site's architecture and the internal flow of authority. I can really recommend +SEMrush for these type of analyses. Definitely worth having in your toolbox if you conduct frequent site analyses in competitive niches. […]

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It's great to see that Google is supporting more JSON-LD markup, particularly…

Posted on Saturday, February 21st, 2015 under General

It's great to see that Google is supporting more JSON-LD markup, particularly articles and videos used in the new mobile slider carousel. Embedded Link Articles Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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Dear +John Mueller 

Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 under General

Dear +John Mueller  I've been digging around a little into the effects of internal links pointing to 404s. I found your rather useful post from 2013 about 404s (https://plus.google.com/+JohnMueller/posts/RMjFPCSs5fm) but suspect the reference for that was crawl errors derived from malformed URIs etc.  I also found an old product forum post from +Gary Illyes where he […]

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Nice aerial video of Bangkok.

Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 under General

Nice aerial video of Bangkok. Google+: Reshared 1 times Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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Holy mother of [insert deity name here]

Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 under General

I was thinking the other day how I wouldn't know what to write about if I started blogging again. Here's the type of content that blows you out of the water. 2 years old now, but still useful: Embedded Link Screaming Frog Guide to Doing Almost Anything Learn how to use Screaming Frog for technical […]

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The +Botify Chrome plugin is surprisingly useful

Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 under General

The +Botify Chrome plugin is surprisingly useful. Very nice feature. Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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It's very troubling that any domain registrar would send you your password in…

Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 under General

It's very troubling that any domain registrar would send you your password in plain text when you sign up. Simply put, it means they are storing it somewhere in plain text. I'm looking at you fabulous.com. Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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[ #SEO ] If you want to waste 2-3 minutes you wont get back, but have a laugh finding…

Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2015 under General

[ #SEO ] If you want to waste 2-3 minutes you wont get back, but have a laugh finding out what everyone's-favourite-SEO is trying to do: Embedded Link CLICK HERE to support Don’t Be Evil, the Documentary Still early! Help us finish this documentary! Contribute! Get involved | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support […]

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My abstract comment of the day:

Posted on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 under General

Robots.txt is a very blunt tool, and you should never use it to control indexation. This is especially the case when you're blocking URLs that are linked to either internally or external. #JuiceBlackhole   #RobotsTxt   Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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Quite interesting read, but very difficult to draw conclusions:

Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2015 under General

Quite interesting read, but very difficult to draw conclusions: Embedded Link Traffic Boosts Organic Rankings? New Research Reveals Some Interesting Facts The immediate effect that we saw on closer analysis was the impressive (if you look at the chart below) spike in traffic around the day it was picked up by Reddit (January 5th). Within […]

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Absolutely terrible advice given by +Google Webmasters in a comment on this post…

Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2015 under General

Absolutely terrible advice given by +Google Webmasters in a comment on this post (comment is in reply to +John Britsios). Who ever posted that needs some better guidance IMO. Embedded Link #WebmasterNews — We updated our Help Center article on reconsideration requests… #WebmasterNews — We updated our Help Center article on reconsideration requests Now, you can […]

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This "You might like" pollution of the stream is really off putting

Posted on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 under General

Please give us a way to turn it off +Google+  Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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How do I turn off this "You might like" shite?

Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 under General

How do I turn off this "You might like" shite? Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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