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Forum: SEO Forum 04-22-2018, 11:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 883
Posted By Sandgroper
It gives you two pretty so-so backlinks, so it...

It gives you two pretty so-so backlinks, so it could be a tiny bit helpful, if you are just starting out and have little else.
Forum: SEO Forum 07-17-2017, 01:56 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,645
Posted By Sandgroper
"Possible"? Sure, just make up some...

"Possible"?

Sure, just make up some nonsense keyword. like XXZYZZX. Now register WWW.XXZYZZX.COM, put some content there, with a bunch of text including regular mentions of XXZYZZX. Throw a...
Forum: Google Forum 07-16-2017, 09:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,628
Posted By Sandgroper
Nope. What I am looking at here is the...

Nope.

What I am looking at here is the postion our site is returned in for 10 keywords, covering a diverse range of relevent search terms. Not traffic. On Friday, we were averaging twentieth...
Forum: Google Forum 07-16-2017, 06:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,628
Posted By Sandgroper
Big algorythm updates over the weekend?

Anyone else notice a lot of SERP changes over this weekend? (Fri 14-7-2017 - Mon 17-7-2017).

For the site I am monitoring closely, Monday mornings are usually a bad time. Since our site is...
Forum: SEO Forum 06-14-2017, 11:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,796
Posted By Sandgroper
OK, been using Cloudflare for a while now. I...

OK, been using Cloudflare for a while now. I usually benchmark SEO efforts by doing a search on 10 keywords that are representative of our business, and chart in Excel. Usually I do this on a desktop...
Forum: SEO Forum 06-14-2017, 11:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,195
Posted By Sandgroper
SEO is also a weird world in that NOONE really...

SEO is also a weird world in that NOONE really knows what they are doing. We all have some sort of insight into how Google's algorithms work, however no one knows for sure what will and will not...
Forum: SEO Forum 04-10-2017, 05:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 666
Posted By Sandgroper
OK, I logged this on the Google forums, seems to...

OK, I logged this on the Google forums, seems to be a "known issue", affecting a heap of people. A fix is being worked on. Google reps say it does not affect ranking, but I take that with a grain of...
Forum: SEO Forum 04-09-2017, 06:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 666
Posted By Sandgroper
Google Search Console anomalies.

Had a bit of a bad weekend SERP wise, nothing dramatic, just moved downward for several keywords. Also last week I hunted down some backlinks, so I was wondering if they have been picked up yet.
...
Forum: SEO Forum 04-09-2017, 06:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 783
Posted By Sandgroper
Since there exists more than one 5 star hotel,...

Since there exists more than one 5 star hotel, and there is only one first position, the logically obvious answer is "Yes".
Forum: SEO Forum 04-06-2017, 09:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 768
Posted By Sandgroper
There are TWO types of "penalty". 1. A "Manual...

There are TWO types of "penalty".
1. A "Manual penalty", which can be seen in the Search Console, under "Manual Actions". This will give you some more information as to why Google staff have chosen...
Forum: SEO Forum 04-06-2017, 12:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,822
Posted By Sandgroper
I have one site that provides me with over 10000...

I have one site that provides me with over 10000 links, so do most of competitors. That is how yellowpages.com.au works. Being the "official" phone book, nearly everyone is in it.
Forum: SEO Forum 03-19-2017, 05:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,796
Posted By Sandgroper
We don't really care. Our website is a "sales...

We don't really care. Our website is a "sales brochure". We have backups, and there is no information there not already public domain. The worst a hacker could do is deface it, which would be...
Forum: SEO Forum 03-08-2017, 08:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 410
Posted By Sandgroper
Interesting experiment.

I am handling SEO for a business I work for. It has all been pretty new to me, but I am learning as I go.

I observed a while back that just googling and following SERPs could make a noticeable...
Forum: SEO Forum 03-06-2017, 09:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,796
Posted By Sandgroper
Well, I went ahead and implemented Cloudflare....

Well, I went ahead and implemented Cloudflare. Seems to have made a little improvement to speed, but no obvious SEO changes, as far a I can tell.

Security is not really an issue for us, our site...
Forum: SEO Forum 03-02-2017, 12:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 547
Posted By Sandgroper
You can't. Google's algorithms are complex,...

You can't.

Google's algorithms are complex, secret, and constantly changing. While a lot of stuff is know via inference and observation, heaps of other techniques are rumoured to make a change,...
Forum: SEO Forum 03-02-2017, 12:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,104
Posted By Sandgroper
Personally, the only tool I see as worth using is...

Personally, the only tool I see as worth using is the Google Webmaster tools. This will show the actual links that have been discovered and are being used as ranking signals. Other sources are kinda...
Forum: SEO Forum 02-22-2017, 01:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,796
Posted By Sandgroper
Cloudflare, anyone tried and seen SEO implications?

I am toying with the idea of dropping $20 per month on a metaphorical table and using Cloudflare as a reverse proxy and CDN. Since our web server is on the opposite side of the planet, a CDN should...
Forum: SEO Forum 02-15-2017, 09:23 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,841
Posted By Sandgroper
Not quite. Nofollow is just a suggestion to 'bots...

Not quite. Nofollow is just a suggestion to 'bots that these links might be best ignored. Bots can do whatever they like.

No one knows how exactly Google's algorithms work, however it seems that...
Forum: Tech Talk 01-30-2017, 11:59 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,597
Posted By Sandgroper
First off, why a laptop? Sure, the convenience is...

First off, why a laptop? Sure, the convenience is great, but it costs, and the device will end up rather heavy and throw off a heap of heat.

Probably worth looking at two machines, a conventional...
Forum: SEO Forum 11-21-2016, 10:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,715
Posted By Sandgroper
And even then, Google may make changes one day...

And even then, Google may make changes one day that invalidate all of your previous, carefully observed experiments.
Forum: SEO Forum 11-06-2016, 10:05 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,416
Posted By Sandgroper
IMHO, optimising for a single keyword is a...

IMHO, optimising for a single keyword is a mistake. I tend to pick a batch of 10 or 20 keywords I would like to rank for. In most cases, site need to cover a bit more ground than just a single...
Forum: SEO Forum 11-06-2016, 09:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,042
Posted By Sandgroper
Dunno. Rather than checking a single...

Dunno.

Rather than checking a single keyword, I have been checking 10, for a site I am trying to get ranking. Often some will rise while others fall, some keywords make massive jumps for no...
Forum: Tech Talk 08-30-2016, 10:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,275
Posted By Sandgroper
No, however this is certainly possible in many...

No, however this is certainly possible in many cases. External keyboards exist and are common. I also share an office, and a my webcam has a clear view of a workmate's keyboard.



I also don't...
Forum: Google Forum 08-30-2016, 09:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,038
Posted By Sandgroper
You can of course examine logs on your web server...

You can of course examine logs on your web server or firewall to get IP addresses.
Forum: Tech Talk 08-30-2016, 07:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,275
Posted By Sandgroper
So, you would be fine with a bunch of hackers...

So, you would be fine with a bunch of hackers observing as you log into your Gmail account, then type your password into your bank's site to get some bills paid?
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