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Does Google index PDF files and content?

John Mueller, Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google, confirmed that they index PDF files and content in the Google Search just like they would any other webpage.

By Jonathan Griffin |
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SEO Title Tag: Definitive guide including title tag length and other best practices

The title tag is one of the most important on-page SEO elements. We look at the best practices such as title length, keyword usage, separators, and more.

By Jonathan Griffin |
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AMP vs Responsive Design. Is AMP a valid replacement?

Former Googler, Pedro Dias said on Twitter that AMP should not be used as a replacement for a mobile-friendly website. John Muller and others disagreed.

By Jonathan Griffin |
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Google: Don't build too many links too fast or we may ignore them.

Google said that if you build backlinks too fast their algorithms might just ignore them. You might also receive a manual spam penalty if reviewed by their webspam team.

By Jonathan Griffin |
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Google: When Buying Links Use rel=nofollow or rel=sponsored

Buying backlinks is against the Google Webmaster Guidelines. As such, you should use rel=nofollow or rel=sponsored SEO Signals, such as PageRank from being passed.

By Jonathan Griffin |
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Google: Sitemap showing for search queries indicates Site Quality Issues

If you are Googling something specific on your site and one of the results is your XML sitemap, then it is likely that you have site quality issues.

By Jonathan Griffin |
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Google: Don't use Crawlers to build Sitemaps. Automate them.

Google's John Mueller replied to a Reddit Thread with some advice on how best to build an XML sitemap, including warning against crawler-based

By Jonathan Griffin |
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Cameos on Google App Shows Q&A Knowledge Graph for Universities

Originally designed for celebrities and public figures to share answers to popular questions directly on Google, it has now been spotted being used by UC Davis University.

By Jonathan Griffin |
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PageRank Sculpting with Nofollow Links a Waste of Time, says Google's John Mueller.

Using internal Nofollow links for PageRank Sculpting is a waste of time and does not work.

By Jonathan Griffin |
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Use Multiple Sitemaps to Monitor Different Parts of Your Site, says Google's John Mueller.

Google recommends using multiple sitemaps so you can filter issues in the Search Console to parts of your site.

By Jonathan Griffin |
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If your rankings drop after submitting Disavow file, remove less shady links

If your rankings drop after submitting a disavow file then, according to Google, you may wish to remove some of the less shady links from your disavow file.

By Jonathan Griffin |
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Google: Crawl Rate and Crawl Demand affects the Crawl Budget

Google has recently clarified what the term "Googlebot" means, and how it may affect SEO. We take a detailed look at what they had to say.

By Jonathan Griffin |
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Rich Cards extended to recipes, movies, restaurants, and online courses

Rich Cards, the new mobile search result format for Recipes and Movies, has now been extended to cover Local Restaurants and Online courses.

By Jonathan Griffin |
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Bing will not implement Mobile-first indexing, despite Google doing so.

Bing has confirmed that it will not be following in the footsteps of Google, with their new Mobile-first Index.

By Jonathan Griffin |
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Google: When redirecting URLs upload and keep old sitemap for 6 months

Google confirmed that when redirecting content to new URLs you should upload a copy of the old Sitemap so that Google can pick up on the redirects faster.

By Jonathan Griffin |
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Google - No Need to Update External Backlinks When Changing website URL

Google's Gary Illyes has said that there is no need to update external backlinks when migrating to HTTPS. The link juice loss is minimal.

By Jonathan Griffin |