Content theft: My iphone 3g display post stolen…

Have you ever experienced seeing a ranking for one of your posts that has been copied and is being hosted on a different website? That’s what has happened with the iphone display post I wrote on the 18th October, 2008. I discovered the problem when randomly checking for rankings in Google for SEOgadget. I keyed in “iphone 3g display problem” and got these serps: iphoneadmirer.com has taken the original content of the post, and is now out ranking my site for the terms I targeted! What to do when you’re…

How to Use Wildcards in Robots.txt

There’s been quite a large reaction to Google’s announcement that you don’t have to rewrite your URLs to appear as simple “static looking” and keyword rich as once advised. I’m not going to change a thing about the SEO on my sites, but what if you already have a site that uses dynamic query parameters, and it’s index at Google is a bit of a mess? Let’s use this website as an example. I still truly believe the best way to handle a dynamic site is to rewrite and avoid…

Google Does Not Crawl Links Hidden in Onclick Events

Google does not crawl links hidden in Javascript Onclick Events. A few months back I wrote about detecting duplicate content using Google. When I wrote the post I inadvertantly set up an experiment with code that looks like this: Which, creates a working link that looks like this: >>>  Seogadget home page <<< In the past there’s been some discussion over whether Google is executing Javascript. I can’t answer that question; I’ve seen search engines like Searchme’s crawler Charlotte executing Java all over the place – with hilarious consequences on…

Does Matt Cutts Have a URL Canonicalisation Problem?

This morning I’ve been conduction some research on class attributes that control search engine indexing, such as Yahoo’s no-content attribute. Along the way I though I’d check Matt’s blog to see if Google have recently commented on the use of robots-nocontent so I performed this query to see if he had much content on the subject. The results were pretty cool, but not in the way I had expected! Matt Cutts himself has duplicate search results with a non canonical form URL: When you test the urls, for some reason…

Fixing Duplicate Content (and no, I’m not going to talk about pagination)

There’s been a lot of attention on one of my favourite SEO issues recently, particularly duplicate content. “dupe content” is just one of those subjects that never go away. Why? It seems that for every fix we apply to sort the problem out, an entirely new kind of duplicate content can occur. The other problem is that it takes a while for an inexperienced SEO to learn enough about the problem, how to diagnose it, and how to solve it on their site once and for all. A lot of…

Using Google for Duplicate Content Detection

A month or so ago I was looking at a camping equipment website called outdoorpros.com. I love this site and would recomend it to anyone. Being an SEO, however, I couldn’t help but notice that they were using some suspicious looking paginated links on their categories pages, so after getting all excited about my new camping stove I decided to take a quick look in their Google site index to see how search engines might be indexing the site. This post covers some basic tips on “site diagnostics”, specifically; duplicate…