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SEO Question: Can external DoFollow links hurt a websites SEO?

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Here is a great question that was recently submitted:

“Many blogs allow DoFollow links with comments. Can these links ever hurt the Blog’s SEO? And if so, under what circumstances?”

Personally, I think the short answer to this is yes. If you have a trusted blog that is linking out to off-topic and low trusted websites with DoFollow, Google may start to query the external linking strategy and trustworthiness of the blog – thus affecting rankings as trust is one of the major factors, see this previous post.

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SEO Q&A with Kalena Jordan of Search Engine College and Ask Kalena…

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This weeks SEO blog post is a bit of a special one. I got the opportunity to do an SEO questions and answers with the search industry’s first agony aunt Kalena Jordan.

In the Q&A Kalena gives her views about link building, SEO tactics, SEO companies, Search Engine College and more…

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SERM Help: What should I do about bad online reviews about my company?

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Here is a great search engine reputation management (SERM) question that was recently submitted:

“Due to the current client, unfortunately, my company had to close. Since then I have launched a new company under a new name offering similar services and some of my old clients have got wind of this.

This has lead to them leaving bad reviews online about my new company and when you search for my new business name on Google, these bad reviews are appearing on the first page under my website. So my question is, what can I do?”

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SEO Question: Is hidden text bad for SEO?

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A recent question that has been submitted via my questions page is  ”hidden text – is this good or bad for SEO?”

Great question and this really splits into two parts:

1. Black hat SEO:

The first part is using black hat SEO techniques to hide text, these could include:

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Footer Links: Do they still help with SEO?

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This weeks question is “Do footer links still help with SEO?”

What are footer links?

Footer links are typically a collection of internal or external links at the end of a web page.

These can consist of general information about the company, products, categories, sitemaps, legal information and more.

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Nofollow Links: Good or Bad for SEO?

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This weeks question is “are nofollow links any good for SEO?” Another great question which has been a hot topic in the search industry.

So what is nofollow…

Wikipedia gives this great explanation:

“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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Whats the difference between the bounce rate and exit rate in Google Analytics?

A question I have been asked many times is – whats the difference between bounce and exit rates in Google Analytics?

Bounce rate:

The bounce rate is the percentage of users that visit your site and leave from the entrance page.

Typically a high bounce rate suggests that your web visitors are only viewing a single page and leaving. A high bounce rate is not a great thing because you want your website users to view more than one page.

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SEO Question: What is Googles organic click-through ratio?

GoogleA great question has been posted “What is Googles organic click-through ratio?”

Another fantastic Google related question and something which is well debated in the within the search industry.

So what we are talking about here is, if I rank 10th on Google how many clicks will I get? Or, if I rank 1st on Google how many clicks will I get, and so on.

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