Google Webmaster Hangouts 10-20-2017

High Quality Backlinks VS Low Quality Backlinks

John wasn’t willing to spend time on this topic.  It’s been covered on many different hangouts and webmaster central blogposts.  So in the spirit of saving you some time, here is a quote from a webmaster central blog post on discerning low quality links:

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Google Webmaster Hangouts 10-17-2017

Google Bot Typically Only Uses “Get Requests”

For those unaware what these technical terms mean – head requests are when Google bot simply looks at the header of the page code and get requests are when it pulls the whole page.  This is how they handle normal crawling and indexing.  This doesn’t mean that you won’t pick up head requests in your server logs though.  You’ll find this happens when there are special javascript requests on your page.

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Local SEO Services: An Overview

This article serves as the first installment of what will be an ongoing series on local SEO (search engine optimization) marketing. My objective with this series will be to shine a light on the most important aspects of SEO marketing for local businesses. While this series will be aimed primarily at marketing agencies who provide SEO services to local businesses, my hope is that business owners will also find this series both informative and actionable.

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Google Webmaster Hangouts 10-6-2017

Top Stories Ranking Is Algorithmic

Have you seen a drop in your top stories search engine traffic?  The first step is to confirm that there are no technical issues holding you back.  However, it may just be the case that Google’s quality algorithm has begun to see your site differently.  Issues like number of ads above the fold can impact this.  John Mueller warns that just because your site has ranked well for a long time doesn’t mean that it always will.

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Google Webmaster Hangouts 10-3-2017

This hangout has a very dominant line of questions.  Mobile.  It seems that’s all that SEOs want to know about these days (with good reason).  Below you’ll find questions that came in rapid succession.  These were chosen because they contained great answers but also had underlying truths behind them.

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Google Webmaster Hangouts 9-22-2017

3 Things To Consider to Get Your Review Markup in the SERPs

First things first.  Your review markup has to be technically correct for Google to read it.  You can check this with their testing tools.  Second, you’ll need to be sure you’re in compliance with Google’s policies.  This means that your review content correctly reflects the primary content of the page.  Lastly, the quality of the page needs to be high.  Google wants to know that they can “trust” the page this markup is found on (and the site as a whole).

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Google Webmaster Hangouts 9-19-17 Recap

Free SSL Certificates and Expensive Certificates Are Viewed The Same By Google

There’s no need to purchase pricey SSL certificates to get a ranking boost.  As long as your certificate is valid and not “self signed” your site is good to go.

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