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    Did the June 2019 update bury quack medical sites?

    Still, there's no doubt that Google along with Facebook and other social media sites are under increased pressure to devalue anti-science and quackery websites. Personally, I would like to see this happen. That said, if you read the comments from Mercola and others in the article, it's pretty...
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    Did the June 2019 update bury quack medical sites?

    Has Google finally adjusted its algorithm to deprioritize quack content? Dr. Mercola thinks so. by Orac, June 26, 2019 Read more...
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    Interesting BBB stats

    Of course, it just might be coincidental/correlational rather than causative. For example, it may well be that companies that are willing to pay BBB for a listing are also doing a whole lot of other things that Google actually does use in rankings. In that case, the fact that they also pay BBB...
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    Issues With Getting a Review From Ex Employee Removed on Google

    Sorry for any confusion. I spent all day yesterday (Thursday) thinking it was Friday. Joys of working from home without fixed hours. :oops:
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    Issues With Getting a Review From Ex Employee Removed on Google

    It's not a matter of getting the review removed. Rather it's about mitigating any damage done by the review.
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    Issues With Getting a Review From Ex Employee Removed on Google

    We're beginning a long weekend for many here in Canada with Canada Day on July 1 so I'm not sure how many will be logging in in the next few days. However, getting a review removed is never easy. Have you thought about replying to the review instead, pointing out that this was left by a...
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    Suspension - First one in a long time

    Sounds like Ontario in July and August. :oops:
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    GMB without physical address

    Does he realize that his address doesn't have to be publicized anywhere if his business provides services to a local service area and not at the home address?
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    Best Times to Post on Social Media in 2019

    New Report Looks at Best Times to Post on the Major Social Platforms in 2019 by Andrew Hutchinson, Social Media Today June 25, 2019 Read more...
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    Duplicate content penalty for using the same GMB posts?

    Duplicate content has never been penalized, ever, in Google search in any of its forms. It's just ignored so it may not help.
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    Google claims progress on fake business listings on Maps

    Google Responds to Claims That Maps Has Millions of Fake Business Listings by Matt Southern, Search Engine Journal June 23, 2019 Read more...
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    Firefox Users: Update Now to Patch Remote Execution Flaw

    Firefox Users: Update Now to Patch Remote Execution Flaw June 20, 2019 Read more...
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    What's your favorite mobile emulator for desktop?

    I test sites directly in Safari, Firefox, and Chrome on an iPhone and an iPad. Emulators are handy but not always accurate: nothing beats actually seeing it live. :)
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    Speed Plugin for WordPress sites

    If the site is super slow: Test it at WebPageTest - Website Performance and Optimization Test and/or Pingdom Tools and/or PageSpeed Insights to find out what's slowing it down. Disable questionable or unnecessary plugins to see if that makes a difference. In most cases, the biggest problem is...
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    Preferred Domain in Google Search Console deprecated

    If you are on an Apache server, you can use an .htaccess file to redirect all non-www versions and all non-https versions to Exactly how to do this depends somewhat on the server configuration but might look something like this: Options +FollowSymLinks RewriteEngine...
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    Preferred Domain in Google Search Console deprecated

    Bye Bye Preferred Domain setting Google Webmaster Central Blog Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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    Join Smart Guy? Anybody heard of this site?

    I don't know anything about that business but their web page just screams scam to me.
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    Share your favorite free Local SEO tools

    I think that would be okay for this thread.
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    Security Warning for Gmail and Calendar Users

    New Security Warning Issued For Google's 1.5 Billion Gmail And Calendar Users by Davey Winder, June 11, 2019 Read more...
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    Anyone notice these factors on Google Local Search since the update?

    An interesting article on the June update today at
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    Suggestions please re my 2 competing websites!

    There is no 310 status code. The Wikipedia link posted by @Mike Vannington refers to 301 redirection.
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    Is anyone else noticing Google displaying more consecutive same-site results?

    Google search update aims to show more diverse results from different domain names by Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land June 6, 2019 Read more...
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    June 2019 Core Update - What Are You Seeing?

    Barry Schwartz has a nice post over at Search Engine Land on the winners and losers of this latest Google update in early analyses, and the results appear to be significant:
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    2019 MNSearch Summit

    Should that say 2019? Yes. Edited the anchor text for the link. :)
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    Should I Create a New Email Address For Citation Work?

    First, I did say That said, I agree the business owner should have access for a number of reasons but I think you're talking about extreme circumstances. I don't think most designers or SEO guys have any interest in holding their clients hostage and if they do they're not likely to reamin in...
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    Should I Create a New Email Address For Citation Work?

    That shouldn't be the case, unless it was the designer who set everything up including the hosting and did not give you access. As long as you, the client, has access to the server (host) and the registrar, no contractor can hold you hostage because you can change passwords and access at any time.
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    Car dealer with two dealership almost next to each other

    Over the last decade where I live, that situation has become commonplace, as various dealerships have been bought out and consolidated. Now, the Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealership (owned by Dilawri) also owns the Kia dealership and they are side by side on the same street. The same company owns the...