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The Best Way to Handle 404 Pages for SEO and Users

The Best Way to Handle 404 Pages for SEO and Users | SEO for Web Developers | Scoop.it

There are a few common misconceptions related to 404 pages and SEO that I’ll attempt to clarify.

While it’s common (and technically correct) to call 404 pages “errors,” I am not a fan of that terminology. 404s are the expected result when a website is unable to return a given request, if there is no URL to deliver. If we wanted to be picky about it, we’d say 404 pages are not errors and can even be (blasphemy!) an acceptable user experience.

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Is there an SEO disadvantage to using responsive design instead of separate mobile URLs?

"Does a site leveraging responsive design "lose" any SEO benefit compared to a more traditional m. site? John E, New York"

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SEO-Friendly AJAX: use HTML5 pushState

SEO-Friendly AJAX: use HTML5 pushState | SEO for Web Developers | Scoop.it

"Bing has announced support for HTML5 pushState as a way to implement AJAX on a site in a way that enables Bing to crawl and index the URLs and content. As Google has supported this implementation since early 2012, site owners finally have an AJAX option that can be crawled and indexed by both major search engines."

Fred's insight:

glad to learn pushState is supported by both Google and Bing as it is the simplest way to implement SEO-friendly Ajax!

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Goodbye, Keyword Data: Google Moves Entirely to Secure Search

Goodbye, Keyword Data: Google Moves Entirely to Secure Search | SEO for Web Developers | Scoop.it
Nearly two years after making one of the biggest changes to secure search that resulted in a steady rise in "(not provided)" data, Google has made all searches encrypted using HTTPS. This means no more keyword data will be passed to site owners.
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Google Algorithm Change History

Google Algorithm Change History | SEO for Web Developers | Scoop.it
View the complete Google Algorithm Change History as compiled by the staff of Moz. Includes important updates like Google Panda, Penguin, and more.
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Content Curation Guide for SEO

Content Curation Guide for SEO | SEO for Web Developers | Scoop.it

Via Marc Rougier
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Bev Dantz's curator insight, October 8, 2013 8:56 AM

Great description of what content curation is and why/how it works!

Ali Anani's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:58 AM
Self-explanatory guide- a very relevant work
John Thomas's curator insight, February 10, 2014 6:53 AM

Content Curation Guide for SEO | 

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Content Curation & SEO: A Bad Match?

Content Curation & SEO: A Bad Match? | SEO for Web Developers | Scoop.it
Content curation could be an extremely risky practice if you don't put a lot of effort in, or it lacks editorial voice or a distinctive point of view. After all, Google already has a curated list of content.
Fred's insight:

Interesting discussion on Matt Cutt's video about curation. Good advices on how to make your editorial voice heard through your curation and thus improve your SEO potential.

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18 Meta Tags Every Webpage Should Have in 2013

18 Meta Tags Every Webpage Should Have in 2013 | SEO for Web Developers | Scoop.it
The definitive guide to Search and Social Meta Tags you should be using in 2013. No fluff, no wasted code, just what you need to use.
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Great summary of meta tags best practices! 

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Duplicate Content in a Post-Panda World

Duplicate Content in a Post-Panda World | SEO for Web Developers | Scoop.it

"While duplicate content as an SEO problem has been around for years, the way Google handles it has evolved dramatically and seems to only get more complicated with every update. Panda has upped the ante even more.

So, I thought it was a good time to cover the topic of duplicate content, as it stands in 2011, in depth. This is designed to be a comprehensive resource – a complete discussion of what duplicate content is, how it happens, how to diagnose it, and how to fix it. Maybe we’ll even round up a few rogue pandas along the way."

Fred's insight:

THE reference article on duplicate content, a must read.

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Google: A/B Testing? Don't Cloak, Use 302s & Use Rel Canonicals

Google: A/B Testing? Don't Cloak, Use 302s & Use Rel Canonicals | SEO for Web Developers | Scoop.it

When you do any A/B testing or Multivariate testing with your web pages or web site, it is important that you do not confuse GoogleBot. If Google thinks you are breaking their guidelines or they just think something is off, it can have serious repercussions on your search rankings.

Fred's insight:

good tips on how to avoid harming your SEO while running A/B tests!

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Is it necessary for every page to have a meta description?

"Is it necessary for each single page within my website to have a unique metatag description? Walter, Leiden, Netherlands"
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The Web Developer's SEO Cheat Sheet 2.0

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Very useful document! It summarizes most important SEO best practices. A must read.

 

From http://moz.com/blog/the-web-developers-seo-cheat-sheet-2013-edition

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Post-PRISM, Google Confirms Quietly Moving To Make All Searches Secure, Except For Ad Clicks

Post-PRISM, Google Confirms Quietly Moving To Make All Searches Secure, Except For Ad Clicks | SEO for Web Developers | Scoop.it

"In the past month, Google quietly made a change aimed at encrypting all search activity — except for clicks on ads. Google says this has been done to provide “extra protection” for searchers, and the company may be aiming to block NSA spying activity. Possibly, it’s a move to increase ad sales. Or both. Welcome to the confusing world of Google secure search."

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Google Authorship Troubleshooting: Article Attributed to Wrong Author

Google Authorship Troubleshooting: Article Attributed to Wrong Author | SEO for Web Developers | Scoop.it

One of the toughest Google Authorship troubleshooting requests we get at the Google Authorship and Author Rank community on Google+ concerns misattribution of Authorship in Google search results.

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2013 Search Engine Ranking Factors

2013 Search Engine Ranking Factors | SEO for Web Developers | Scoop.it
The results are in! Come check out Moz's 2013 Ranking Factors as Matt Peters presents a preview of the results from the survey and correlation study.
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How important is it to have keywords in a domain name?

How would you explain "The Power of Keyword Domains" to someone looking to take a decision what kind of domain to go for?" McDot, Berlin

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Cloaking

Matt Cutts talks about cloaking.

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50 Reasons Your Website Deserves to Be Penalized By Google

50 Reasons Your Website Deserves to Be Penalized By Google | SEO for Web Developers | Scoop.it

"Google’s on an uncompromising mission. It wants to give its users access to accurate information, unique content and the finest writers. It continually tweaks and improves its algorithms so that the best of the web gets the exposure it deserves.

Unfortunately, there’s a flipside: a penalty. That’s the consequence of Google taking issue with something on your site. Sometimes a penalty is well deserved, but even if you know you’re in the wrong, you probably want to do something about it."

Fred's insight:

Very helpful to understand how Google penalties work and how to handle them.

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The Perils Of Parallax Design For SEO

The Perils Of Parallax Design For SEO | SEO for Web Developers | Scoop.it

"First it was Flash, then AJAX, and now…. parallax design. As SEOs, we often find ourselves butting heads with Web designers over website design and usability. Certain design approaches and techniques, while helpful for usability, may not be ideal for SEO purposes. But that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice good design for solid SEO — we just have to be creative and find solutions that marry design with SEO."

Fred's insight:

Great analysis and advices if you're considering a parallax design.

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