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SEO

SEO Mystery: How Another Niche Website Outranked Me?!

by Galyna on December 16, 2011

Today I discovered that one website that was below me in SERPs today is on #2 and it happened pretty fast because I checked rankings just recently and it was on a second page then.

So I started to dig how exactly this website is promoting itself and what exactly it did to outrank other websites.
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6 Free Tools to Check Your Website Rankings (SERPs)

by Galyna on November 17, 2011

Checking your website position (SERPs) manually is not only boring and time-consuming process but also can be deceiving.

When you check your position in Google there are few things that influence it:

– Where are you located? Google (and probably other SE too) look at your IP and based on it shows you results related to your location. What that’s mean is that even if your website is targeting United States visitors, if you are located in India or Russia, Google may still show you results related to your location.
– If you are signed it with G account, all kinds of things get on your way to determine correct rankings. Those are factors like Google Plus, your previous search experience etc
– SERPs will differ if you use Google.com comparing to let’s say Google.ru

Free tools that I use to check my websites’ rankings or SERPs (Search Engine Ranking Position)

1. Rank Checker Firefox Add-on from SEObook.com

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Google Page Rank Update November 7-8, 2011

by Galyna on November 8, 2011

Google just updated the Page Rank in chrome Toolbar.

One of my 1-month old sites got PR2 which is unbelievable because it is not even ranking yet.

Please share who got what? 🙂

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How to Check if Google Has Indexed a Webpage

by Galyna on October 29, 2011

This tip is useful for two important reasons.
It’s essential for SEO specialists to know if and when Google has indexed a webpage or website.
1. Sometimes we have created a website and wondering why my website is not ranking anywhere… The reason can be simple, – Googlebot has not come to a webpage yet and just don’t know about it.
2. You are building, and building, and building all those backlinks to your website… But does Google even know about them? Backlinks that has not been indexed is on of the main reasons why your backlinking efforts are wasted and website is not ranking as it suppose to.

How G can rank your website higher if it does not know about all those backlinks?

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October 13, 2011 Panda Update – Google Traffic Dropped 80%

by Galyna on October 17, 2011

Google has released another Panda Update they called “mini”. This Panda Update affected approximately 10% of all websites (that is over 18 million websites). Not so mini, ha?

Ok, I got a problem… 2 of my websites that had decent traffic got slapped by Google. It happened overnight on October 13.
I just found out that it was “mini” Panda update. It was confirmed by Matt Cutts on his Twitter.

Matt Cutts Tweet about Google Panda Update

Google has changed it’s algorithms and it affected me badly…

Does this Panda Update affected your websites?
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How to Make Redirect from Www to Non-www: 301 Redirect

by Galyna on October 15, 2011

To receive all link juice to one place it’s better to have only one version of your website address: either www.domain.com or just domain.com

Here is the simple instruction how to make 301 redirect from www to non-www (or vise verse).
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Google Panda Update 2.5: September 28, 2011

by Galyna on October 2, 2011

Google released another Panda Update

Google keeps tweaking it’s algorithm, and another Google Panda Update was released at the end of September 2011.

Panda Updates has the goal to give users better quality search results, by lowering the rank of so called Content Farms. Content Farms are website with lot of content, often user generated. Content Farms usually produce thousands of webpages each day. Which makes Google doubt the quality of these webpages.

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What Google Knows About You?

by Galyna on September 26, 2011

Have you ever thought, how much Google knows about you?

The main source of information for Google is your searches, of course. But Google – is not just a search engine.

Google also has many other services, such as

  • Gmail (including Contacts)
  • Google Calendar
  • Picasa
  • Google Plus
  • Google Buzz
  • Google Talk (chat)
  • Google Reader (RSS)
  • Google Docs
  • YouTube
  • AdSense
  • AdWords, DoubleClick Ad Planner
  • Blogger
  • Google Voice (Android)
  • Google Finance
  • Google Analytics
  • and many others. Just see for yourself

Here are the links that will show you what Google knows about you. [click to continue…]

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Removing Content from Google

by Galyna on September 23, 2011

Why would you need to remove content from Google?
If you have any type of content (texts, images, video, scripts) on your website you don’t want other people to see when they doing their searches on Google.
There are few ways to hide content from being indexed by Google:
1)      Remove / delete particular content from webpage
2)      Remove / delete the whole webpage
3)      Let Google know that this page should not be indexed by using robots.txt
4)      If you’ve removed a page from site, Google still keep cached version of it. To remove webpage from cache, use tag noarchive in section. Next time Googlebot scan a webpage it will honor added tag.
5) Request to remove URL in Google Webmasters Tools (See screenshot. Click on image to zoom.)
Remove URL from Index
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Website Has Been Hacked: How to Protect and Recover Google Ranking

by Galyna on September 15, 2011

If your website has been hacked and malicious software has been placed on it, there are few important steps you should take in order to protect your website reputation and ranking.

First, before it even happend, register on Google Webmaster tools so Google can notify you if there is a problem with your website.
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