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Dear +John Mueller et +Pierre Far 

Posted in: General by Richard Hearne on March 30, 2015

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 in: General by Richard Hearne on March 27, 2015

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 in: General by Richard Hearne on March 21, 2015

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 in: General by Richard Hearne on March 20, 2015

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 in: General by Richard Hearne on March 19, 2015

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

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+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 in: General by Richard Hearne on March 10, 2015

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 in: General by Richard Hearne on March 3, 2015

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 in: General by Richard Hearne on February 28, 2015

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 in: General by Richard Hearne on February 25, 2015

"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 in: General by Richard Hearne on February 24, 2015

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

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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…

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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 in: General by Richard Hearne on February 23, 2015

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…

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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 in: General by Richard Hearne on February 22, 2015

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

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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 in: General by Richard Hearne on

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 in: General by Richard Hearne on February 21, 2015

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 in: General by Richard Hearne on February 19, 2015

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.

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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 in: General by Richard Hearne on February 18, 2015

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 in: General by Richard Hearne on February 17, 2015

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…

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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 in: General by Richard Hearne on February 13, 2015

[ #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 in: General by Richard Hearne on February 12, 2015

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 in: General by Richard Hearne on February 6, 2015

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…

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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 in: General by Richard Hearne on February 5, 2015

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 in: General by Richard Hearne on February 4, 2015

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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Today's contest – what does the following mean:

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"URLS WITH INTERNAL NOFOLLOW OUTLINKS" Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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Slightly sad reflection on where SEO has ended up

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 I wish this wasn't a reality, and still see many fascinating developments in SEO, but at the lower levels of the industry this is a growing issue: Embedded Link Negative SEO a Shocking but Inevitable Epidemic? However, in the last 6 months, we have started seeing a different cause for these type of spammy links. […]

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After more digging I found this:

Posted in: General by Richard Hearne on February 3, 2015

Googlebot executes JavaScript if either: A script is loaded via a <script> tag and executed right after being loaded (e.g. via an IIFE),A function is bound to and executed on the 'DOMContentLoaded' event, orA function is bound to and executed on the window.onload event. The Googlebot does NOT execute JavaScript if either: The code is […]

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Dear +Pierre Far 

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Dear +Pierre Far  I hope you don't mind me asking a question related to Googlebot rendering, as you discussed in this blog post: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2014/10/updating-our-technical-webmaster.html My question is: if a blog renders comments via JS, and the rendered HTML includes followed links, should we be concerned about these links. Historically JS could be used to shield […]

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For me this is what makes SEO interesting

Posted in: General by Richard Hearne on February 1, 2015

I only wish there was more of this, and easier ways to implement it. But absolute kudos to those guys. Reshared post from +Micah Fisher-Kirshner To the doubters that you cannot test in SEO, here's a big middle finger to you all back by the Engineers over at +Pinterest. Nice to see another company talk […]

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This is quite big for international SEO:

Posted in: General by Richard Hearne on January 28, 2015

"Today Googlebot gets two new capabilities:" "1. Geo-distributed crawling, where you may start seeing real (verifiable!) Googlebot user-agents crawling from IP addresses that appear to be coming from outside the USA." "2. Language-dependent crawling, where Googlebot may set different Accept-Language headers in the HTTP request." Embedded Link Locale-aware crawling by Googlebot Today we’re taking our […]

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Enjoyed this, and good to see +AJ Kohn is staying busy providing us with some gret…

Posted in: General by Richard Hearne on January 16, 2015

Enjoyed this, and good to see +AJ Kohn is staying busy providing us with some gret insight. FWIW you absolutely need to be thinking about semantic web concepts if you want to stay on top of SEO going forward. Embedded Link Google Autocomplete Query Personalization Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on […]

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If you don't know what JSON-LD is it's probably going to become much more…

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If you don't know what JSON-LD is it's probably going to become much more prevalent shortly. Good news from Google: Embedded Link Specify your social profiles to Google Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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Here we go…

Posted in: General by Richard Hearne on January 9, 2015

Here we go… Embedded Link Google to start selling auto insurance in the U.S., analyst says Google+: Reshared 1 times Google+: View post on Google+ This post was first made on the Richard Hearne Google+ profile.

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There are some good takeaways in this article, and cleaning things up like this is…

Posted in: General by Richard Hearne on January 7, 2015

There are some good takeaways in this article, and cleaning things up like this is always worthwhile for site owners regardless of whether you have a penalty or not: Embedded Link Case Study: One Site’s Recovery from an Ugly SEO Mess A comprehensive case study on how I helped a site recover from a massive […]

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