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SEO Question: Why does my site keep appearing and disappearing on Google?

Google SearchSo a question which has come in this week is “Why does my site keep appearing and disappearing from Google?”

This is a great question with a few different answers and things that can be done:

1. The first thing that springs to mind is, if it’s a new website (less than a year old), fluctuation in search results can happen – my advice would be to make sure your SEO activities look natural – gain a few links a day and upload content as recommended in my previous post.

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SEO Question: How do I improve or increase the crawl rate of my website?

So a new question which has come is “How do I improve or increase the crawl rate of my website?”

This is a great question and there are some really easy steps to follow.

1. Sitemaps – Something I always recommend is when you make a change on your website, even if it’s just a single character - update your sitemaps and submit them to Google Webmaster Tools. By having a Webmaster Tools account you can easily notify Google of any website changes.

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Are H1, H2 and H3 tags important for SEO?

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One of my blog readers recently submitted the following question:

When writing website content, is it important to have H1, H2 and H3 tags within the copy and do they help with SEO?

The simple answer is yes to both parts of the question.

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What is cloaking and why should it be avoided…

CloakingIn a nutshell, cloaking is when a user will see different information on a webpage compared to the search engines when they come and crawl the website. This is also known as a blackhat technique which is something the search engines DON’T advise.

So why do webmasters use clocking…

Webmasters usually use cloaking to achieve better rankings in the search engines by stuffing the page with keywords with poorly written content which is not aimed at the user.

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What does ‘content noodp’ mean…

DmozI was asked the question, what does the following mean? <meta name=”robots” content=”noodp”>

Well in some instances, if you have been fortunate enough to have been included into http://www.dmoz.org/, Google will use the title and description from this website instead of your own details on the ranking pages.

By adding the above tag into the “head” section, it will force Google to use your Meta information. Once you have added the tag, it usually will take affect on the next crawl/cache.

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SEO Question: Does the ‘strong’ tag impact SEO?

SEO Strong TagSEO Question: Does the ‘strong’ tag impact search engine optimisation?

Great question, but the short answer is “no”. Back in 1996 it may have been a small contributing factor but not today.

But…

The strong tag (aka the bold tag) does have another propose.

So lets say we have an article that’s quite wordy. We all know the average web user isn’t going to read it all so this is where the strong tag can be of used.

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SEO Question: Why isn’t my website indexed in Google?

SEO Question: Why isn’t my website indexed in Google?

There are numerous reasons why a website might not be indexed in Google including:

  1. Not enough quality links pointing to the website.
  2. The design of the website might make crawling and indexing difficult, typically flash and framed based websites may do this.

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SEO Question: Can you rank my website number 1 on Google?

Google HelpCan you rank my website number 1 on Google?

Great question and something I am asked on a regular basis, and although it’s a simple question to answer, backing this up with further information aimed at reassuring the client and business owners is the add-on to answering the above well.

Matt Cutts (part of the search quality team at Google) has created a great video for webmasters and people looking for further information.

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