Google's John Mueller confirmed on Twitter that Google may stop fetching your XML Sitemap files if the URLs within them are invalid. He said it is fine to have URLs that redirect but they should load content. If not, Google may simply start ignoring your Sitemaps. … [Read more...] about Google May Ignore Your XML Sitemap If The URLs Are Invalid
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I lost count of how many websites I audited that had a pure spam link profile. It was shocking that so many law firms, who did million of dollars in revenue, were paying for SEO that rivaled about a half-dozen Fiverr gigs. I’m sorry, but you aren’t going to get quality SEO for a few hundred dollars a month. There are some that will argue with this (like the ones selling crappy services), but you are better off starting slowly and creating great content and attempt to earn some high quality links if you can’t afford a high quality service that is going to keep your website out of Google’s penalty radar. There are plenty of things you can do on your own until you budget allows for quality SEO. … [Read more...] about SEO 101: 18 Search Rankings Factors You Can’t Ignore
What robots.txt does not do is to keep files out of the search engine indexes. The only thing it does is instruct search engine spiders not to crawl pages. Keep in mind that discovery and crawling are separate. Discovery occurs as search engines find links in documents. When search engines discover pages, they may or may not add them to their indexes. … [Read more...] about Have You Considered Privacy Issues When Using Robots.txt & The Robots Meta Tag?
Google ignores the priority attribute in XML sitemaps but does pay attention to lastmod, according to John Mueller. Google determines the priority of your pages itself, probably by popularity and authority. Lastmod, however, is a tag that indicates when the URL has changed the last time, which is really interesting to Google. … [Read more...] about The Best XML Sitemap Tools, Tips, and Tricks
Search Engine Roundtable Stories: Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Chatter January 15th Over the past 24-48 hours, I've been seeing some chatter amongst the SEO communities, a bit more in the black hat space, but still chatter. Chatter of a Google search algorithm update touching down the past couple of days. Google May Ignore Your XML Sitemap If The URLs Are Invalid Google's John Mueller confirmed on Twitter that Google may stop fetching your XML Sitemap files if the URLs within them are invalid. He said it is fine to have URLs that redirect but they should load content. If not, Google may simply start ignoring your Sitemaps. Google Tests Ghost Town Like Search Results For The EU The EU is a fun place, they have lots of rules and regulations and want Google to do lots of things that may not benefit the end user. I am not a lawyer, I don't live in the EU but when I saw what Greg Sterling posted on Search Engine Land - I had to share it here. Google URL Inspection Tool Adds … [Read more...] about Daily Search Forum Recap: January 16, 2019