Jan 7, 2019

Re: Possible algorithm update (January 2019)

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Possible algorithm update (January 2019)

It is 7:30 am and I have already received 7 hits from Google which means it has already been an above average day. It is strange.

Possible algorithm update (January 2019)

Martin Senko upvoted Possible algorithm update (January 2019)

I saw a significant change of behavior for my current project. I started the website mid November and have been slowly gaining traction. However, today I've jumped from 5-10 uniques to 75 and counting. This type of jump should not occur so quickly.

Anyone else seeing any traffic fluctuations?

Possible algorithm update (January 2019)

Martin Senko replied to thread Possible algorithm update (January 2019)

I have noticed small spike in traffic for my health related product review website since January 2nd, however, nothing on such a scale ^

Does the traffic flow continue today? Will be interesting to see the keywords that perform so well in your Search Console in a day or two...

Jan 4, 2019

Which Backlinks I do first for SEO?

Martin Senko upvoted Which Backlinks I do first for SEO?
  1. Forum
  2. social bookmarking
  3. profile backlinks
  4. Q&A
  5. PDF
  6. Video submission
  7. outreach
  8. commenting.

Which Backlinks I do first for SEO?

Martin Senko replied to thread Which Backlinks I do first for SEO?

First links you acquire for a new site are likely to be from submissions, comments, profiles pages and social networks, as I do not expect new site having great content from the start.

The better links should be acquired along the way, as you publish better content. It's a long, and more importantly never ending journey. Your best bet is to do your own research to discover opportunities within your niche.

Appraise my domain name

Martin Senko upvoted Appraise my domain name

Hello, can you please appraise my domain name Soviet .me

Dec 20, 2018

Appraise my domain name

Martin Senko replied to thread Appraise my domain name

I can see some search results for "civex" on Google, nothing fancy though.

According to Namebio, civex.com has been sold for $3,850 in 2010 on Sedo, and than again in January 2018 for $125 (which is probably what you have paid for it). Seems solid, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it going for around $5k if right person knocks on your door. Who knows. The thing about appraising domain names is, that it's just a speculation. Real value will be negotiated between buyer and seller.

Dec 19, 2018

Appraise my domain name

Martin Senko replied to thread Appraise my domain name

Not ideal extension for resale. Anyway, if there was someone looking to get this particular domain, I believe anything from reg. fee to $500 would be possible. But honestly, there are so many options to go after, that your odds of selling this name are slim to none.

Dec 1, 2018

Suggestion: Basic SEO vocabulary with brief explanation of terms

Martin Senko replied to thread Suggestion: Basic SEO vocabulary with brief explanation of terms

I appreciate your content-driven idea, it does make sense, the only problem is - we need to write it down.

Let's use this thread to get together basic SEO terms that should be included on that page.

Introducing new post type: Blog

Martin Senko published thread Introducing new post type: Blog

First of all, I have to admit that this part took me way more time than I expected. Not that I was working on it, just couldn't get back to work on seoforum lately. Anyway, the blog (beta) is now deployed and this is first post of blog post type.

How is blog/blog post different from a regular thread?

The main difference is, clearly how much more content-oriented blog post is. There is no sidebar, centered single column layout, larger serif font with increased line-height...

Why?

We are doing a lot of digging around Google and have some data, not only search related. I though it would be a good idea to post larger articles from time to time, but thread is just a thread if you know what I mean. Blog post should work better for sharing and get more impressions from the world, as it will present original content

Nov 28, 2018

How to deal with fake negative reviews on Google Business

Martin Senko replied to thread How to deal with fake negative reviews on Google Business

As you probably already know, it's not easy at all to get Google remove some reviews for you. What you are describing is probably the worst case scenario, because there is nothing wrong about reviews with no text. You can't complain about not being your customer, as this is very hard to prove, and Google knows that.

In my opinion, the best thing you can do is responding to them, being nice (even though that might be really challenging at times) and make others who may read your reviews in the future feel ok about it - they understand it's clear fake, it wasn't your fault, customer posted no details so you can't help...

You can still report it, I am just 99% sure it will stay there in case it's one at a time with no text posted.

Spam at Seoforum - New Antispam Policy Rule

Martin Senko published thread Spam at Seoforum - New Antispam Policy Rule

I am posting this to find out if my idea sounds reasonable to you, or if it's too much in your eyes.

So, what I am proposing > Each new post, from a user with no posts would be (automatically) scanned for links, and if contained link(s), the post would be auto-deleted and author auto-banned.

Does that sound fair?

Nov 23, 2018

Instagram's ranking factors

Martin Senko replied to thread Instagram's ranking factors

The good thing about Instagram is, they have publicly uncovered their algorithm.

Key ranking factors on Instagram are

  • Interest
  • Recency/Timeliness
  • Relationship
  • Frequency
  • Following
  • Usage

First three being the most important.

So if you post content in tags that others follow and check often /interest, post frequently enough /frequency + recency while having good base of followers /relationship, you should be seen. The relationship most likely doesn't have to be direct (your followers), but also level of connection or if you want, distance between your and target account matters. It's more likely to show up on closer feeds (target user A is following B who is following you) than on profile that would have no connection at all, or it is 10-15 hops away from you.

Sure, that's just not enough. It's only the starting point. Your content have to be good enough to get you likes, shares and new followers. Cycle through that, get better at knowing what videos and images work for your account and you should grow. But there is no shortcut.

One more thing to note - make sure you don't use automation tools. At least not aggressively. Shadow bans are easy to get now.

Broken SERP after the Medic update on August 1st 2018

Martin Senko upvoted Broken SERP after the Medic update on August 1st 2018

We still experience broken SERP after the Medic update. Positions go up and down, sometimes even more than one page away. I hear even worse stories from local seos. Is it same for your health related sites or you're doing good on your stable position as before? It's all weird, seems like Google doesn't know if they did the right thing so they are trying to pull emergency break.

Lost 35-50% traffic anyway...

Can I rank without backlinks?

Martin Senko upvoted Can I rank without backlinks?

I have read so many articles about ranking and how to rank sites and the most common advice is to build links. At the same time, I should not buy links and do comment spam. Let's say I can't build links. Can I rank my website on the first page for more competitive keywords?

Can I rank without backlinks?

Martin Senko replied to thread Can I rank without backlinks?

Yes you can. But it would take more work and in some point you will have to start building links to keep up with competition.

If you don't want to use links, social signals may help a lot. However, from my experience, links have better effect. If your content gets shared a lot, you can rank well, but with links, you'd rank even better.

It's not one or another. Should be links + social signals + everything else that could possibly help.

With links or without, make sure you have your on-site SEO done right first.

Nov 22, 2018

Re: What exactly Pogo Sticking is? Does it affect SERP?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: What exactly Pogo Sticking is? Does it affect SERP?

Thanks. The way I read it, bounce rate isn't necessarily a bad thing. For example, if you have one page website, your visitors can't visit more than one page per visit, but they might spent a lot of time on your site anyway. Is that correct?

Google Business reviews impact on ranking positions

Martin Senko upvoted Google Business reviews impact on ranking positions

We are running e-commerce store. Signed up for Google Business account, so people can find us locally, check if we are open, call us or visit our website. It works fine, getting some views, customers checking our photos and so on. We ask our customers to leave a review. Not to leave a positive review, just a review, whatever their experience was. And we get 5 star reviews all the time.

However, this month, we received 3 negative reviews already. It's pretty obvious those are not from our customers as they use newly created accounts, leave no comment or feedback, just 0 stars review. We are 99% sure it's our competition, know exactly who that is, but there is nothing we can do about it. Google seems ignoring complaints and our review score is going down due to defamatory reviews.

The question. Are negative reviews in Google Business affecting our rankings? I can't say from our stats yet, they looks normal, but it's short time period and the overall score is not so bad yet. It's like 4.8 now.

But what if they went further and reviews were down to 3 or 2.5? Is it going to affect our rankings?

Re: Google Business reviews impact on ranking positions

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Google Business reviews impact on ranking positions

It might. I would imagine it depends on the niche. If you run a company that makes custom ski masks in a city that has a ton of other custom ski mask companies, then reviews/ratings will likely have a larger impact. Logically there are only a handful of meaningful ways to rank businesses online and quality of service is one of them.

2018 major seoforum rewrite

Martin Senko replied to thread 2018 major seoforum rewrite

@shane do you mean job listings? Or other way around - SEO's available for hire? I definitely plan that for the future, just need to build community first .

Re: 2018 major seoforum rewrite

Martin Senko upvoted Re: 2018 major seoforum rewrite

10k lol. what a joker.

redesign was a success!

Re: 2018 major seoforum rewrite

Martin Senko upvoted Re: 2018 major seoforum rewrite

I like the changes. Good to see blogposts coming. Also password reset is a must. Keep up the good work.

Re: 2018 major seoforum rewrite

Martin Senko upvoted Re: 2018 major seoforum rewrite

Looking good. A "for hire" section might be good in the future. Keep it up.

SEO Forum Feature Requests

Martin Senko replied to thread SEO Forum Feature Requests

@nmiller I agree. We need latest replies for sure.

Site Issues and Errors

Martin Senko replied to thread Site Issues and Errors

@nmiller good catch. Default reply order should be indeed oldest first.

Nov 21, 2018

What exactly Pogo Sticking is? Does it affect SERP?

Martin Senko replied to thread What exactly Pogo Sticking is? Does it affect SERP?

@martinkhan yes that seems right. Pogo sticking is in a way subset of what is considered bounce. So when user bounces, it means he visited one page and left - nothing about time on site, while pogo sticking is kind of a quick bounce, back to the search engine, visiting another page. That's telling G that the site you pogo bounced from wasn't good enough to answer your question, or give you information you were searching for, so you have to open another.

However, what I found interesting is, that the pogo bounce rate isn't variable in G's ranking formula. Well, at least according to what John Mueller said in this video.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/asmUDAzWKdI&quot; frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Re: What exactly Pogo Sticking is? Does it affect SERP?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: What exactly Pogo Sticking is? Does it affect SERP?

AFAIK

> pogo sticking != bounce rate

Bounce rate is one page visit basically. Doesn't take in account the time spent on the site. Pogo sticking is going back and forth between search results, spending no time on the pages.

I think it's obvious why pogo sticking is bad.

Nov 20, 2018

2018 major seoforum rewrite

Martin Senko upvoted 2018 major seoforum rewrite

Hello SEO bots.

You've probably already noticed that seoforum looks different now. Yeah, I spent quiet some time updating and rewriting this project during last few months. What you can see here now is yet incomplete version of the update, but at least, most of my to-do's have been checked.

I still need to fix a lot of things and finish some features that are almost ready to deploy (blogs being the most important one). The thing is, this whole process is taking more time than expected and from time to time I feel like losing motivation and momentum, so I decided to deploy what I currently have so I can see the site live and maybe get some feedback...

I'll share some points from my seoforum to-do list, as of August 2018

  • redesign
  • laravel 5.5 -> laravel 5.6<sup>1</sup>
  • bootstrap 3 to bootstrap 4
  • League CommonMark -> Parsedown
  • post reporting/flagging
  • bookmarking
  • advanced banning
  • blogposts
  • instant search
  • call to action for guests
  • on-site sign up
  • invisible recaptcha
  • password reset
  • custom generic avatars
  • Q&A
  • advanced antispam policy
  • improve tests coverage<sup>2</sup>
  • too many minor things...

<p><sup>1</sup> Laravel has been upgraded from 5.5 to 5.6, but during the development, Laravel 5.7 has been released, so I will have to upgrade again.<br/> <sup>2</sup> Test suite now contains more than 120 tests, which is almost double compared to what I had in August. I see another 50-80 test coming, just to cover current functionality.</p>

I am open to any feedback and suggestions, so feel free to tell me how you like new design, and what does or doesn't work for you.

One more thing I want to share is, I contacted owner of @seoforum Twitter handle, who tweeted that he would like to sell the handle. The bad thing is, he was looking for $10,000 for it, and few months later $4,000 which is far from fair price for a third party handle, that you actually can't sell as per Twitter rules. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Would like sell this handler anyone here for offer !!</p>— chirag shah (@seoforum) <a href="https://twitter.com/seoforum/status/1034828258011795456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&gt;August 29, 2018</a></blockquote> So yeah, I am not gonna have this handle ever, as it's worth up to $100 for me.

That's all I had on my mind today, so have a good one and enjoy.

Thank you for being part of seoforum community.

2018 major seoforum rewrite

Martin Senko published thread 2018 major seoforum rewrite

Hello SEO bots.

You've probably already noticed that seoforum looks different now. Yeah, I spent quiet some time updating and rewriting this project during last few months. What you can see here now is yet incomplete version of the update, but at least, most of my to-do's have been checked.

I still need to fix a lot of things and finish some features that are almost ready to deploy (blogs being the most important one). The thing is, this whole process is taking more time than expected and from time to time I feel like losing motivation and momentum, so I decided to deploy what I currently have so I can see the site live and maybe get some feedback...

I'll share some points from my seoforum to-do list, as of August 2018

  • redesign
  • laravel 5.5 -> laravel 5.6<sup>1</sup>
  • bootstrap 3 to bootstrap 4
  • League CommonMark -> Parsedown
  • post reporting/flagging
  • bookmarking
  • advanced banning
  • blogposts
  • instant search
  • call to action for guests
  • on-site sign up
  • invisible recaptcha
  • password reset
  • custom generic avatars
  • Q&A
  • advanced antispam policy
  • improve tests coverage<sup>2</sup>
  • too many minor things...

<p><sup>1</sup> Laravel has been upgraded from 5.5 to 5.6, but during the development, Laravel 5.7 has been released, so I will have to upgrade again.<br/> <sup>2</sup> Test suite now contains more than 120 tests, which is almost double compared to what I had in August. I see another 50-80 test coming, just to cover current functionality.</p>

I am open to any feedback and suggestions, so feel free to tell me how you like new design, and what does or doesn't work for you.

One more thing I want to share is, I contacted owner of @seoforum Twitter handle, who tweeted that he would like to sell the handle. The bad thing is, he was looking for $10,000 for it, and few months later $4,000 which is far from fair price for a third party handle, that you actually can't sell as per Twitter rules. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Would like sell this handler anyone here for offer !!</p>— chirag shah (@seoforum) <a href="https://twitter.com/seoforum/status/1034828258011795456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&gt;August 29, 2018</a></blockquote> So yeah, I am not gonna have this handle ever, as it's worth up to $100 for me.

That's all I had on my mind today, so have a good one and enjoy.

Thank you for being part of seoforum community.

Oct 25, 2018

Regarding reviews and ratings!

Martin Senko upvoted Regarding reviews and ratings!

Hi,

I am trying to use SCHEMA at my HTML site to display ratings in google search results and my schema is working but ratings disappears from search results after few days. Can anyone help me out? www(.)sa-airlines(.)co(.)za/Mango-Airlines(.)html

Regards, Swadesh

Re: Regarding reviews and ratings!

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Regarding reviews and ratings!

Hi Swadesh, welcome to seoforum.

I just checked your page and everything looks good - Google's Structured data testing tool says so. I see handful of rich snippets from your website appearing in google site:sa-airlines.co.za, however, the one you posted isn't there.

I am experiencing same thing with my websites - it appears an disappears randomly, sometimes have even two versions of same page - with and without the snippet.

One thing to note is, that Google doesn't have to display your rating snippets at all, it's just an option. Would be interesting to find out why it disappears. Is it because they don't trust the data website provides? Is it just part of ranking process that it appears and disappears, just like results from new sites are jumping up and down in SERPs before they stabilize? Who knows. Maybe someone with more experience with rich snippets in organic results?

Sep 1, 2018

Re: Website not ranking in google...

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Website not ranking in google...
  1. Sitemap submitted
  2. Sitemap status? Not sure on that one. No errors by the looks of it
  3. 18 pages indexed
  4. No blocked resources or errors
  5. The website has been active for 5 weeks
  6. No SEO plugins.

All pages have page titles and meta descriptions.

My theory might be that the images are too large. The detail in my photos is quite heavy so quite a few of the images reach 800kbs, I am, however using a lazy-loader to improve page-speed. I also have media queries in place to use smaller images on mobile.

Aug 22, 2018

Re: Website not ranking in google...

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Website not ranking in google...
  1. Did you submit your sitemap to Google's Webmaster Tools?
    1. What is the status of the sitemap in GWT?
    2. How may pages are indexed in GWT?
    3. Are there any errors/blocked resources in GWT?
  2. How long has the website been active?
  3. Are you using any SEO plugins?
Aug 21, 2018

Website not ranking in google...

Martin Senko upvoted Website not ranking in google...

I've recently developed a website, it's ranking fine in other search engines such as Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo. But in Google it can't be found. I'm no SEO expert but there's no obvious warnings in Google Analytics or Google Search Console.

The website is www.ambulo.me. Can someone have a look and see what I'm doing wrong?

Website not ranking in google...

Martin Senko replied to thread Website not ranking in google...

Can you give us some keywords, for which you would expect ranking your website on the first page in Google? I see there are 9 indexed pages in google, which sounds about right to me.

Or would you expect more indexed pages?

Thanks for the details and nice site by the way!

Aug 13, 2018

Domains and SEO - with Rand Fishkin

Martin Senko upvoted Domains and SEO - with Rand Fishkin

If you work with domain and I am sure you do, you should check this interview at DomainSherpa out. It's good to know opinion on domains from someone who is focused mainly on SEO.

https://www.domainsherpa.com/domains-and-seo/

Don't forget to comment what you think about this topic.

Aug 12, 2018

August 1st Google Algo Update

Martin Senko published thread August 1st Google Algo Update

Google has released a broad core algorithm update on 1st of August.

> This week we released a broad core algorithm update, as we do several times per year. Our guidance about such updates remains the same as in March, as we covered here: https://t.co/uPlEdSLHoX

https://twitter.com/searchliaison/status/1024691872025833472

I guess you guys have already read this article, but I found it really valuable and well written, so don't forget to check it out, if you haven't already.

https://www.mariehaynes.com/the-august-1-2018-google-update-strongly-affected-ymyl-sites

Aug 6, 2018

Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

Martin Senko upvoted Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

Is Let's Encrypt certificate equally good for SEO as any other certificate money could buy? I am about to launch my new website, but I am still not decided whether should I use Let's encrypt or buy something from certification authorities like Comodo?

May 15, 2018

SEO Basics in 2018

Martin Senko upvoted SEO Basics in 2018

I think this is good question even for those who are more experienced. We all know what worked in 2010, 2015, etc. But what are your most recent recommendations?

From what I see, backlinks still do their work. PR, social media mentions, google for business. It all works - at least for us. If we add good navigation structure, HTTPS, mobile friendly design, that's good enough to bring pages up for most keywords in general. However, when it comes to more competitive keywords, you need something more to get on the first page.

Share what works for you.

SEO Basics in 2018

Martin Senko replied to thread SEO Basics in 2018

There is a LOT going on in SEO these days. It's more content driven then ever but if you know right paths, you can boost your existing content as well.

  1. AI / RankBrain - taking in account not just how many searchers click on your page, but also how they behave. Ie. how long they stay on your page, bounce rate... Search results change accordingly.
  2. Mobile - everything should be mobile in 2018. Most of searchers use their mobile devices (mobile phones/tables) so it's natural for Google to prioritize results with mobile users in mind (actually mobile first, as they became majority).
  3. Site speed - with mobile users, your site has to be quick. They use mobile data, could be lower of lower signal quality... Your site has to be quick and efficient. So save them some bandwith and load sites as fast as possible. Use lazy loading instead of loading all the bandwith consuming content at once.
  4. Linkless mentions - It's not a 2018 invention, but we should keep that in mind more than ever, that search engine keep track of linkless mentions as well, so it's not all about traditional links. Bing has confirmed it, and Google does that very likely too.
  5. Voice search - Adoption of voice search is on the rise.
  6. Video and visual content - Don't miss the visual boat. Shot videos, include visual content in your articles. It does make it easier for people to understand the topic, therefore Google likes it.
  7. AI everywhere - SERP manipulation techniques will take a huge hit. Guest posting, backlink schemas, keyword stuffing - you name it. No, Google won't filter it all, because they can't, but they will become better and better in filtering.

There is lot more coming, but this is what came to mind when I saw the question. Good luck in 2018 - we will need it :)

Apr 20, 2018

Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Martin Senko replied to thread Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

No problem, glad to help @akhtar. You can accept answer if it answered your question.

Re: Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Your robots.txt file looks good to me, even though Allow isn't defined in the standard. However, major crawlers should know this directive.

See (from http://tools.seochat.com/tools/robots-txt-validator): > The official standard does not include Allow directive even though major crawlers (Google and Bing) support it. If both Disallow and Allow clauses apply to a URL, the most specific rule - the longest rule - applies. To be on the safe side, in order to be compatible to all robots, if one wants to allow single files inside an otherwise disallowed directory, it is necessary to place the Allow directive(s) first, followed by the Disallow. It is still nonstandard.

I guess empty robots.txt would work just fine for, just like having no robots.txt at all.

Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Martin Senko upvoted Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Google Search Console is indicating that my has been blocked by robots.txt file. While testing it, through the robots.text testing tool it says ALLOWED.

Wondering why Google mentioned the sitemap contains URLs which are blocked by robots.txt. How to resolve this issue?

Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Martin Senko replied to thread Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Your robots.txt file looks good to me, even though Allow isn't defined in the standard. However, major crawlers should know this directive.

See (from http://tools.seochat.com/tools/robots-txt-validator): > The official standard does not include Allow directive even though major crawlers (Google and Bing) support it. If both Disallow and Allow clauses apply to a URL, the most specific rule - the longest rule - applies. To be on the safe side, in order to be compatible to all robots, if one wants to allow single files inside an otherwise disallowed directory, it is necessary to place the Allow directive(s) first, followed by the Disallow. It is still nonstandard.

I guess empty robots.txt would work just fine for, just like having no robots.txt at all.

blog traffic and adsense issue

Martin Senko upvoted blog traffic and adsense issue

I am running a blog http://www.aspmantra.com from last 4 years. But not getting good traffic. I want to earn money. Also adsense is approved for this domain. From last 3 or 4 months not getting 100 % earing. I am only getting 2 % of it, other all are deducted as invalid traffic.

blog traffic and adsense issue

Martin Senko replied to thread blog traffic and adsense issue

Are you using any traffic generation services? If your traffic is auto generated by bots (high bounce rate, low time spent on site, zero interactions, etc.) there is not a good signal and you should take some steps to make sure your Adsense account is not going to be banned.

Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Martin Senko replied to thread Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Post your robots.txt and exact URLs you're getting errors for in your Search Console. Can't really tell without knowing your robots file.

Jan 14, 2018

Re: Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

Simply use Google's Let's Encrypt and never look back :P I use it for my affiliate websites, and they are doing pretty well in Google. There is no point overpaying fancy certificates to make Google love you. Think users first. As far as your users can transport their requests over to your server and vice-versa securely, that's all you should care about. I think that's also what Google cares about. To make their users secure in first place. Whole point of Google forcing you to use SSL certificate for your website is not about making it harder for you to rank. It's all about users and their security. That's why I think it's fair and we should accept that.

Dec 28, 2017

Google increased length of snippets

Martin Senko published thread Google increased length of snippets

So, what do you think about longer snippets in search results? I think it's pretty good and this change could improve CTR. Not dramatically, but definitely in a positive way - for good content and useful sites in general.

Do you see any CTR growth lately?

Dec 17, 2017

Duplicate keyword in URL

Martin Senko replied to thread Duplicate keyword in URL

There is no point to implement such a redundant URL structure. It's over-optimization, and it could be bad for your site, even though this isn't ordinary keyword stuffing.

I'd suggest using simple URLs. Make em easy to read, short and descriptive. Do not overuse keywords just for sake of optimization. Think visitors-first, just like Google does, and you'll be good.

It's honestly bad looking URL structure, and I'd avoid it if possible.

Dec 10, 2017

How do facebook conversion pixels work?

Martin Senko upvoted How do facebook conversion pixels work?

It's been long time since I discovered Facebook pixel, however, I haven't had time or courage to find more about how it works and learn how to use it and make use of the data it does provide.

Can you please explain scenarios in which you use Facebook pixel, how do you implement it, and what data do you check when using it. How does it help your business?

If you have some good references to learn from, I'd appreciate if you could post links. Free materials preferably.

Thank you

How different is using subdomain vs. new domain in terms of SEO?

Martin Senko replied to thread How different is using subdomain vs. new domain in terms of SEO?

@priyaverma so what's the point of your post? Do you prefer subdomain or a brand new domain?

Dec 7, 2017

SEO Forum Feature Requests

Martin Senko replied to thread SEO Forum Feature Requests

@martinkhan Sounds good to me. Having upvoted content one click away from homepage could be good for quick navigation through your favourite content without digging deep in your profile or so. Right now, you can only get upvoted threads or replies searching them through your activity feed, which is definitely time consuming and not very practical.

So, thank you for smart and useful suggestion. Putting it on my to-do list.

Re: SEO Forum Feature Requests

Martin Senko upvoted Re: SEO Forum Feature Requests

How about having list of upvoted threads and replies? I don't see favourite or like feature, so I could revisit my favourited threads and replies. But I think list of upvoted stuff could do that. Just an idea.

Duplicate keyword in URL

Martin Senko upvoted Duplicate keyword in URL

Can duplicate keywords in URLs boost page importance on that keyword? Or is it potentially subject to penalisation?

Think of some-product.com/some-product/some-product-{specific} where product specific would be either color, size, model, version or so.

To me, it looks quiet spammy, but saw that on a site. They do well in G's SERP. I would rather not post their actual website for now, but you know get what i mean.

Re: Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

If you are asking, because you are considering https over http, then the answer is https, regardless the certificate. Read more details about https vs. http.

If you're comparing any paid vs. Let's encrypt the more important question here is, what is the acceptance of the Certificaton Authority (CA), that issued your certificate.

Talking about Google an their Let's Encrypt, these days you're good to go with it. And yes, it does equally good job securing your website as virtually any other certificate, assuming same parameters.

If you are a bank or other financial (security critical) organization, there are better options though. However, I don't think that's the case.

Re: Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

SEO Forum uses Let's encrypt as well. It's just pretty common solutions these days, and it works for 99% of websites.

I don't think there is anything wrong about LE certificate, even if you are bigger website. It's all about the security first, not the name of CA, and in LE case, it uses same encryption, same algo, ... so why pay for it? LE is well spread out certificate, so unless you need EV, which you likely do not, use LE and enjoy.

Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

Martin Senko replied to thread Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

SEO Forum uses Let's encrypt as well. It's just pretty common solutions these days, and it works for 99% of websites.

I don't think there is anything wrong about LE certificate, even if you are bigger website. It's all about the security first, not the name of CA, and in LE case, it uses same encryption, same algo, ... so why pay for it? LE is well spread out certificate, so unless you need EV, which you likely do not, use LE and enjoy.

Does Google index hash URL segment?

Martin Senko upvoted Does Google index hash URL segment?

Hash in URL means anchor on that page. But if I use links like something.com/page.html#section does Google index this link as a separate page, so index would now contain both something.com/page.html and something.com/page.html#section? Obviously, where I see problem with that is duplicate content, which could be big issue for some sites (including my sites).

I just don't believe Google would be so stupid and index it that way. Or at least, there must be a way to fix it (something like rel=canonical).

I have no evidence that I was penalized for using #section, but it got me thinking lately...

SEO and analytics tools you use

Martin Senko upvoted SEO and analytics tools you use

This is probably secret stuff that most people won't share, but if you don't mind sharing: What apps do you use for monitor and analyze your SEO, ranking positions, backlinks, social signals and traffic in general? No need to state the obvious - I know most or maybe generally all webmasters use Google Analytics. I am more interesting to learn about new, maybe bit specific stuff like Mixpanel, if you know what I mean.

SEO and analytics tools you use

Martin Senko replied to thread SEO and analytics tools you use

I try to keep it simple. Too much of analytics tools makes me overloaded with data that I can't really use, and it takes so much time to actually analyze all the data to make good use it.

This is my list of tools I use, sorted by priority:

  1. Google Analytics
  2. Google Tag Manager (for any website having more than one tag, that one tag would be Analytics. If I need only Analytics, I don't use Tag Manager)
  3. Facebook Pixel (for remarketing)
  4. Other remarketing Pixels
  5. Custom Analytics tools for tracking conversions on third party websites

Have no experience with Mixpanel, but from what I heard, it seems to be really comprehensive tool for nearly anything one could think of.

@martinkhan do you use Mixpanel? Do you recommend it? If so, why? What's best about it?

Dec 4, 2017

Hreflang on multiple domains

Martin Senko upvoted Hreflang on multiple domains

I need some help and guidance regarding Hreflang tag.

We are working on a website, say example.com. We are planning to launch the same website in the german language with different domain - example.de. The content should remain the same on the .de website.

We don't want to get into the Google penalty for duplicate content. How can I use hreflang tag on both of the websites?

I am confused using the hreflang tag on both websites. Should I need to add both tags on two domains?

I'd appreciate your thoughts. Thanks guys

What does soft 404 error mean?

Martin Senko upvoted What does soft 404 error mean?

I see this quiet often in SEO discussions, blog posts, etc.

> Soft 404 error

But what does that really mean? Is there an hard 404 too? How are these different?

What does soft 404 error mean?

Martin Senko replied to thread What does soft 404 error mean?

Hi Lisa.

Guys at Search Engine Journal published nice article about 404 errors / error pages. I highly recommend it to read it, so you better understand what are they and when you should use 404 or eventually, how to fix 404 errors.

Check the full article here: 404 vs. soft 404 errors

However, to answer your question; 404 error means the page is missing, but the server responded with 200 (even it probably should be returning 404 or other 4xx HTTP response code). Google, with all the data, knows what are common patterns of 404 pages, so even after getting 200, they may flag the page in their index as missing (404).

What you should do is: return 404 code AND show 404 page, when the page is missing. Otherwise, you're telling user/search engine, that the requested page exists.

Dec 3, 2017

Search console website variations for redirects

Martin Senko upvoted Search console website variations for redirects

Do I need to add http://www.example.com, https://www.example.com, http://example.com and https://example.com? I have all of these defined in nginx server and redirecting them to https://example.com, not sure how to handle that in search console though.

It would be great if we could monitor the website in one place without adding all the alternatives. Is it possible?

Dec 2, 2017

How different is using subdomain vs. new domain in terms of SEO?

Martin Senko upvoted How different is using subdomain vs. new domain in terms of SEO?

I read many opinions that search engines doesn't pass nearly any of main domain authority to a subdomain, because it's basically different domain. Some people say that subdomain receives some of its main domain authority.

I have no real experience with this, but I think that it makes sense that subdomain is much closer to the main domain and therefore should take at least some advantage over newly registered domain.

What do you think?

Site Issues and Errors

Martin Senko published thread Site Issues and Errors

SEO Forum has been developed by a bot human being. Bots People make mistakes. Therefore, seoforum surely has some bugs and eventually may throw an unexpected error or behave the way it should not.

The best thing you can do in such a scenario:

  1. Navigate to this thread (Site Issues and Errors)
  2. Post issue you experienced here.

OR (if you want it to be more of a discussion than a plain issue report)

  1. Create new thread
  2. Tag it Meta & Site Issues and Errors
  3. Post issue in separate thread.

I will do my best to fix it ASAP.

Thank you for reporting!

SEO Forum Feature Requests

Martin Senko published thread SEO Forum Feature Requests

Once again, welcome to SEO Forum!

It's a pleasure for me to welcome you here, in our own tiny piece of the internet where we meet to brainstorm and exchange our experience with nearly anything, but mostly connected with internet marketing, search engine optimization and related topics.

To make sure you enjoy your stay, this is thread for you - guys with ideas. Feel free to suggest new features, changes and edits to the site, so we can grow together and make this even better and nicer place to be.

I will personally try to go through all of your requests, and prioritize them according to how you upvote.

Don worry to post anything. Really.

ms

Martin Senko

@ms
Prague, Czech Republic

PHP (Laravel) backend programmer and data-oriented SEO explorer. Seoforum is my hobby project where I test stuff and do everything myself. Feel free to post in feature request or report bugs in bugtracking thread.

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