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Adding ‘nofollow’ on internal links – good or bad?

I was recently asked – is it a good idea to add rel=”nofollow” on internal links? You would think this would be OK but there are a few things to consider first.

So what is rel=”nofollow”

Wikipedia defines nofollow as the following:

nofollow is a value that can be assigned to the rel attribute of an HTML a element to instruct some search engines that a hyperlink should not influence the link target’s ranking in the search engine’s index. It is intended to reduce the effectiveness of certain types of search engine spam, thereby improving the quality of search engine results and preventing spamdexing from occurring.

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SEO Question: What SEO tools do you use and recommend?

SEO ToolsGreat question this week:

“What SEO software do you recommend for auditing websites, link checker, keyword?”

Check out my recommendations below:

Keyword Research Tools

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5 reasons why you need to write your META

Since SEO began, META tags have always played an important part. More recently, Google has dropped the META Keywords tag as an SEO signal which Bing/Yahoo still slightly favours.

Two of the elements which are still used today are the META Title and META Description tags, and in my opinion, counts towards around 20% of your on-page SEO.

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5 SEO tips for eCommerce product pages

eCommerce SEO

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Many eCommerce websites, especially the product pages, have flaws when it comes to SEO best practices. This then makes it tricky to compete for exceptional search engine rankings.

Below are some simple product page tips which can really make a difference, these aren’t by any means special techniques, just best practices to follow, especially with all the recent Google updates, notably, Panda and Penguin.

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5 quick SEO tips for your LinkedIn profile

As we’ve established in my previous link building posts and guides, using all of your social sites effectively is a must.

One site you may be on is LinkedIn which can be used on many levels. I must stress that by doing these techniques, you won’t all of a sudden appear number one in Google, but these tips can add that little something extra to your overall SEO strategy and backlink profile.

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FREE & Simple SEO Friendly Website Template – Version 2…

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Following on from my free and very popular SEO friendly website template I created last year (which can be found here). I’ve decided to revisit this again and do an updated version.

Like version 1, version 2 consists of the following with newer features:

  • Homepage
  • About page
  • Services page
  • Testimonials page
  • Portfolio page
  • News page
  • Contact page
  • Images folder
  • External cascading style sheet
  • Social icons for easy integration
  • New colour scheme
  • Drop shadow integration

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META Keywords: Are they still important for SEO?

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META keywords, SEO, does Google still use it, how many keywords should I include… so many questions around this tag; so let’s solve it once and for all.

So what is it?

Wikipedia defines the tag as follows:

The keywords attribute was popularized by search engines such as Infoseek and AltaVista in 1995, and its popularity quickly grew until it became one of the most commonly used meta elements. You can read more here.

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Hyphens in URLs: Good or bad for SEO?

URL SEO

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A long standing debate is whether or not hypens in domains are a good thing or a bad thing.

Below is an example of two alternatives:

http://www.yourcompanyname.co.uk or http://www.your-company-name.co.uk.

So what do the experts say?

Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz recently answered this question:

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