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Responsive Web Design for Mobile Websites

Recently, Helen Vozna wrote an article entitled Mobile Website Optimization: Where to Start. She wrote about optimizing the way search engines crawl your website by providing and submitting a mobile sitemap. However, there is a modern technology that allows you to optimize your website for mobile users, while retaining the original user experience that you have invested so much time in. This technology is called responsive web design.

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SEO in Brief: 301 vs. 404

We are often asked what a webmaster should do after unwanted pages are deleted; whether the URLs should be 404 or 301-redirected.

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First of all let’s understand what 404 and 301 redirects are.

A 404 Not Found means that the client was able to communicate with the server, but the server could not find anything matching the request. The web site hosting server will typically generate a “404 Not Found” web page when a user attempts to follow a broken or dead link. A 404 error implies that the requested URL may be available again in the future, but not necessarily with the same content.
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How to Win With the New Google Shopping

Google Shopping has replaced the free Product Search in October’12 in the US. In Europe, the migration from free to paid will be complete by June 11th, 2013.  What you want to know is how you can make (more) money by advertising your products on Google Shopping. Here it is:

1. How other people make money with Google Shopping

Product Listing Ads (PLAs) are those picture-ads that you see on Google’s Search Engine Result Page (SERP):

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Save Your Rankings from Aggressive Penguin Updates

Matt Cutts confirmed that Penguin 2.0 is on the way, and that it will be a big one. He specifically said it would be “significant” and one of the most talked about Google algorithm updates this year. Follow these steps to secure your rankings.

The new Penguin update is expected to be even more aggressive in dealing with spammy links. Even if your backlink profile seems good for Google now, it’s better to perform a thorough audit to save your rankings.

Analyze and clean your backlink profile.

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How to Use Sitemaps Wisely

Sitemaps have no standardized name or file location, so search engines do not read them by default. Instead you should notify the search engines about your sitemap. You can place a link to your Sitemap file in your robots.txt file, submit your Sitemap via the Webmaster Tools of Google and Bing or just submit your Sitemap with the Web CEO Sitemap Generator.

You may give your Sitemap file any name you choose and store it anywhere on your site (although the site root is a reasonable place to put it). The Sitemap file must be a UTF-8 encoded text file, that means that URLs with some special characters must use entity escaping for search engines to parse them correctly.

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