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Geographical Relevance for Webpages and SEO

Geographical Relevance for Webpages and SEO

Below are my current thoughts, as of 2017, as to how Google interprets what I call “geographical relevance”. If you are looking for a highly technical whitepaper citing Google documents, this isn’t it. Move along, ’cause you will be disappointed. But, Google has no word on this,

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Are City Pages Considered Doorway Pages?

Are City Pages Considered Doorway Pages?

Adding city pages for your business’s products or services can bring in more search traffic and paying customers, but if they are “doorway pages” or not depends on a variety of factors. Are city pages doorway pages? In the past, doorway pages were easy to spot. Let’s

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March 2017 Google Algorithm Updates: Fred, Link Quality, and Content Quality

March 2017 Google Algorithm Updates: Fred, Link Quality, and Content Quality

A few people have asked me if there was a Google update in March of 2017. The answer is yes. Currently, there are 800-1200 updates to the Google algorithm annually, as far as I know. Some people are calling it an “unconfirmed” algorithm or something as well,

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Google Indexing HTTPS Versions of Websites in Search Results Instead of HTTP

Google Indexing HTTPS Versions of Websites in Search Results Instead of HTTP

I have been seeing more and more websites showing up in Google search results recently with HTTPS prefix. This would normally be a good thing, however, in many cases the website itself hasn’t been migrated to HTTPS! Many business owners and other website owners are shocked to

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Google Fake News Algorithm – Coming in 2017 or 2018?

Google Fake News Algorithm - Coming in 2017 or 2018?

As of 2017 there is a lot of questionable news out there. You never know what will surface in search results. While Google’s results are fairly accurate there have been many infamous examples of search results which serve up incorrect information which goes against scientific consensus and

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2017 Google Quality Rater Guidelines

2017 Google Quality Rater Guidelines

The 2017 Google Quality Rater Guidelines are here. Each year the Google Quality Rater Guidelines are updated around spring, giving interested SEO people and webmasters a glimpse into the future of Google algorithm updates and what Google sees in their eyes as a quality website which will

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Spammy Structured Data Error Messages Being Sent March 2017

Spammy Structured Data Error Messages Being Sent March 2017

Lawyers all over the planet have review stars displaying in Google search results. They accomplish this by adding structured data to their site. Over the last two weeks I have been noticing the review stars missing in Google search. Shortly after writing about the review stars missing

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Review Stars Missing in Google Search March 2017

Review Stars Missing in Google Search March 2017

Over the first 2 weeks of March 2017 I have been noticing more and more sites losing their review stars in Google search. The stars have legitimate uses but are typically used by attorneys and law firms to gain attention in search results. I wrote about how

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Why Does Google Analytics Show Avg. Session Duration of 00:00:00?

Why Does Google Analytics Show Avg. Session Duration of 00:00:00?

Google Analytics shows average session duration of 0 when visitors do not visit a second page on your site. This is because they can’t measure how long someone was on a page unless they visit an additional page. Average Session Duration of 00:00:00. What gives? If you

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Mike Adams Discusses the Real Reason Natural News was Blacklisted by Google, launches #SaveNaturalNews

Mike Adams Discusses the Real Reason Natural News was Blacklisted by Google, launches #SaveNaturalNews

Below you will find out why Google has blacklisted (aka penalized or de-indexed) NaturalNews.com, along with input we have received directly from Mike Adams himself. You will only get this information here, despite Gizmodo, DailyKos and other organizations trying to steal the headlines without the full story.

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Was Natural News Banned from Google for Fake News?

Was Natural News Banned from Google for Fake News?

Over the last few days I have been asked if Google bans sites over controversial content. That prompted me to put together and article about a potential Google Fake News Penalty. In the article I explain that, historically, no, Google does not ban or blacklist (or de-index)

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Google Fake News Penalty – Will Google Ban Fake News Content from Organic Search Results?

Google Fake News Penalty - Will Google Ban Fake News Content from Organic Search Results?

Today I wondered if and when Google would begin to try and remove websites from Google Search Results which promote what they identify as “fake news”. A Google Fake News Penalty makes sense It makes sense that Google will one day create a “Fake News Penalty”. With

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Why Did Google Penalize NaturalNews.com in February 2017?

Why Did Google Penalize NaturalNews.com in February 2017?

On February 21, 2017, someone asked me why they could not find a website in Google search. The website is “Natural News” (http://naturalnews.com/). Indeed, the site has been penalized by Google. This means, for whatever reason, the site does not show up in Google organic search. I

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Google Offers Advice on How To Hire a Good SEO Consultant

Google Offers Advice on How To Hire a Good SEO Consultant

Today Google released a video called “How to Hire an SEO”. I personally would have called it “How to hire a good SEO consultant”, but other than a couple of minor critiques, overall the video is pretty good and I agree with most of it. Google does

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What Should My Website Traffic Look Like After an HTTPS Migration?

What Should My Website Traffic Look Like After an HTTPS Migration?

I have been doing a lot of HTTPS migrations this year and clients have been asking me some common questions which include: Should I expect a loss in traffic? Will I get more traffic? Will my rankings change? What will happen in Google Analytics? There are a

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How To Buy Expiring Domains in 2017

How To Buy Expiring Domains in 2017

In late 2016 an expired domain came up that I wanted. So, I began my journey to purchasing my first expiring domain. I had bought many domains over the years that had previously expired months or years ago, but this is one that others could potentially have

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February 2017 Google Algorithm Update?

February 2017 Google Algorithm Update?

There is some buzz in the SEO industry that there has been an algorithm update to Google in February 2017. Indeed, SERP tracking tools such as Mozcast and RankRanger do show some fluctuations in results. If your site dropped in the rankings this month, I would be

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Do Websites in the United States need Yandex Webmaster Tools?

Do Websites in the United States need Yandex Webmaster Tools?

The “Yandex.Webmaster” section of Yandex’s site is ironically webmaster.yandex.com. Why didn’t they just call it Webmaster.Yandex? Anyways, do you need it? Fiddling with Yandex Today I logged in and poked around a bit. I decided to register my site and upload a sitemap to it. I poked

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How To Upgrade WordPress to HTTPS and Not Break your SEO in 2017

How To Upgrade WordPress to HTTPS and Not Break your SEO in 2017

There are lots of ways to convert WordPress from HTTP to HTTPS, and the ways it is accomplished have changed significantly over the years. I have now upgraded a few dozen WordPress websites to HTTPS and I will outline the basics below. Will Moving WordPress to HTTPS

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How To Get your Website Name Instead of URL in Google Mobile Search Results

How To Get your Website Name Instead of URL in Google Mobile Search Results

If you search Google on your cell phone you have seen Google mobile search results. And if you have seen Google mobile search results you may have noticed that some websites get their brand name or website title instead of a URL. Google implemented this change in

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