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    Thanks. Will create new thread.

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    Another thread which can be given lots of references.

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    I like the google webmaster tips. Didnt really learn anything shocking, but I was surprised that they list "create a site map" in the second bullet point. ( not google sitemaps - but a browsable one )

    Just a friendly reminder -how- important that page can be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MCsolas
    I like the google webmaster tips. Didnt really learn anything shocking, but I was surprised that they list "create a site map" in the second bullet point. ( not google sitemaps - but a browsable one )

    Just a friendly reminder realize -how- important that page can be.
    I never had the google sitemaps but have the sitemap on my website.

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    dear sir,
    now i develop site kodaikanal.org i like improve my site on search engine friendly i like to use the keyword is kodaikanal, kodai its tourist base site please help me and give some sugession its my mail id gkarthikeyan2k@yahoo.com

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    Another reason why redirect any "www." pages using a 301 to "example.com" is "www" is a sub domain of "example.com" and google will see any "www.example.com/page.html" vs "example.com/page.html" as duplicate content and could hurt your rankings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allstar
    Another reason why redirect any "www." pages using a 301 to "example.com" is "www" is a sub domain of "example.com" and google will see any "www.example.com/page.html" vs "example.com/page.html" as duplicate content and could hurt your rankings.
    Its this type of redirect that makes shared hosting on a windows server seem somewhat feeble in comparison to the options allowed by having your site on apache. I only wish I could do this, I have seen that google has me a little confused there. Maybe there is some way to detect this with coldfusion, but its not a 301 redirect
    Quote Originally Posted by shabbirbhimani
    I never had the google sitemaps but have the sitemap on my website.
    Hehe .. Im the other way around, already pubslishing several google sitemaps.

    Going to create a (browsable) sitemap for my site today.

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    Nice FAQ! I just have a question about optimising your h1,h2,h3,h4 tags. Some of our pages use many h1 tags. Typically, h1 for a heading and then p for the content, then this is repeated. Is this bad for SEO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mntoner
    Nice FAQ! I just have a question about optimising your h1,h2,h3,h4 tags. Some of our pages use many h1 tags. Typically, h1 for a heading and then p for the content, then this is repeated. Is this bad for SEO?
    Each page should have only one H1 tag as that is used to describe the topic of the page's content. Subsequent headers shoud be H2 tags as they are more specific points of the page's topic.

    Last edited by ses5909; Apr 3, 2007 at 05:42.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peach
    Nice faq stymiee, alltough not very indepth about actual SEO.
    That's the thread I'm waitin for.
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    These are really nice FAQs and helpful too.

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    this is truely a nice article. Thank you.

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    Thanks stymiee! Something new I found out about 301 to redirect to www.
    Now, how effective is the code you mentioned?
    Code:
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^(.*)\.example\.com$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.com/$1 [R=301,L]
    I tried using it on my http://www.sadikhov.com web site, but thanks God I noticed immediately that it negatively affected my other http://www.sadikhov.net web site, so that when I typed the domain name, with .net, it redirected to .com/net

    Can this be slightly tweaked not to affect other sites on the same server?

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    Great information! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stymiee
    One thing you could do is use a robots.txt file to prevent search engines from crawling pages with outbound links. Then no PR is lost because the search engines aren't even crawling those pages. But keep in mind that any internal links on those pages won't be counted either. This is common to do with a directory.
    I may be crazy, but it seems to me that doing this won't accomplish anything.

    No PR is ever "lost", it is just distributed from page to page (across all the sites on the Internet). If you ban the crawlers from a particular page, all you're doing is stopping that page being indexed AND from passing out PR. So even it contains thousands of links to other sites and only one internal link, you are effectively lowering the "overall PR" of your site by eliminating that one internal link. The outbound links don't "lower" your PR, they just lower the amount that the outbound linking page is able to pass on.

    Consider this...

    If index.php links to test.php and test.php contains thousands of outbound links, does that effect the PR of index.php?

    Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm very interested in this

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    If I cant find the other sites links page in the serps, I dont swap links with them.

    So if you use that robots.txt trick stymiee is talking about, I wont exchange links with you. Why would I?

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    The thing is...by almost all explanations of how PR works, that robots.txt trick is useless for preserving PR. In fact, it will do the exact opposite.

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    WOW, this is great information, and I think everyone could learn or take way with a great reinforcing comments to take away! Thanks again!

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    Definitely some excellent information. I didnt have a chance to comment right away, but I read it on the first day it came out, and I really enjoyed it. Thank you. Now I need to head into doing more research to perfect these techniques
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    Quote Originally Posted by momos
    yet an other question though: Is it possible to make google clear that you had a page-makeover (lots of links stay the same, but some will not work anymore)
    Well - I would strongly advise against any links that "don't work", but if you mean that the structure of your site has changed and you'd like google to update its records, then yes, Larry, Sergei and co. have provided you with a tool for precisely that task:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadikhov
    Thanks stymiee! Something new I found out about 301 to redirect to www.
    Now, how effective is the code you mentioned?
    Code:
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^(.*)\.example\.com$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.com/$1 [R=301,L]
    I tried using it on my http://www.sadikhov.com web site, but thanks God I noticed immediately that it negatively affected my other http://www.sadikhov.net web site, so that when I typed the domain name, with .net, it redirected to .com/net

    Can this be slightly tweaked not to affect other sites on the same server?

    Apache Rewrite engine only processes strings after the domain name (i.e. after the first slash). So, you cannot use it to rewrite from one domain name to another.

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    Thank you Stymie. Very nice post. The rel="nofollow" tag really helps.

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    我把它翻译成中文了,有需要的请看

    http://www.maxgo.cn/2006/09/04/85
    Last edited by MaxGO; Sep 7, 2006 at 09:01.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stymiee
    If you have a generic Google question or SEO question it would get a better response in its own thread. If you have a question about the FAQ itself, here would be appropriate.
    Fantastic.

    Also, Google also only displays the number of backlinks to one specific page. This is usually the homepage since that is what most webmasters check for. Yahoo, and other search engines, report the number of incomming links per domain.
    Are you sure about that? For a site of mine, I just typed this is yahoo, for the main page:

    link:http://www.site.com (showed 25k results)

    Then I typed this in

    link:http://www.site.com/page/ (showed 114k results)


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