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  2. I'm trying to wrap my head around this. I'm going to point my domain (301) `grantbarker dot com' to `gratefulgrant dot com'. (Both domains are with the same web host.) Basically, all of the content and pages will be the same, apart from url name changes, etc. in the source code. Do I have to use a different folder? For example: Should the updated pages be put in a new folder? Or should I point the old site to a different folder via my web host software, and keep the new pages in the same original folder? I'm looking to do a Redirect 301 / http://gratefulgrant/ but wonder if this would create a loop or something. I'm trying to change as little as possible locally and on the server. Also, do you recommend doing a site 301 redirect, or individual page 301 redirects? Thanks
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  4. I agree. I never said anyone should create a mobile site. I just don't believe Google should dictate to everyone on the internet what is acceptable and not acceptable. Who made them God?
  5. Bing's policy on content is pretty much the same as google. The words you see on a phone should be the same on a tablet or desktop. The simplest way to do this is to build a responsive website. Having a 'mobile' site makes no sense.
  6. Overall, I'm just not a Google fan, however that's a topic for another thread, I guess. I wish there was a valid alternative in terms of search engines. I don't like the monopoly they've become, with the power to dictate what websites appear in searches - based perhaps on political views and whether they comply with Google's social agenda. I use Bing mostly for my own searches, but for client SEO, analytics, etc. I'm forced to work with Google.
  7. I agree. by co tent I’m really talking about the words on the page. Google expects you to deliver the same article to everyone no matter what device is being used. You may use smaller images or link to a video rather than embed but what you read shouldn’t change.
  8. This isn't strictly true. It's common for example to reduce, more complex SVG icons down to more simple ones on smaller screens. Example: https://tympanus.net/codrops/2014/08/19/making-svgs-responsive-with-css/ Ultimately you want the user to have a great experience on any device and be able to complete whatever tasks they want to do. Usually this means the same content but to say it should always remain the same is a little dogmatic there are many cases where you don't want to do this. We are generalising and not taking context into account - Every project is different and there are very few universal rules to web design and development
  9. The web is all about being inclusive so anybody can visit a website - so those that neglect accessibility whether it's from screen-readers and navigation via the keyboard or are not mobile friendly, colours that meet accessibility guidelines etc. Any that don't should (righty) be penalised. In the UK we are legally obliged to make our sites accessible - although it's difficult to enforce. I should add that having a responsive site is not the end of the story, Google is smart and text has to be legible, buttons touch friendly - a 10px high text link is not suffice for example.
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  11. I agree. But it is visible on mobile. I was just basing that on what he claims in the article. I design all my sites responsively. I do still see many sites that look like they were made in 1990 though. But perhaps that will mean an increase in business for all of us.
  12. Mobile SEO

    All I can say is be very wary of anyone touting "SEO", or "marketing", that world is so full of BS!
  13. I need a responsive dropdown menu

    Thanks. I eventually found the problem with mine. I was using the checkbox solution and needed ~ in my CSS where I was using +
  14. You should not have a mobile version of site. This is totally against what Google whats. You need a responsive site and you need to ensure the content delivered to a small screen is the same as that delivered to a desktop. The layout may change and you can do clever things with menus but the words and the images should be the same no matter what device is being used. Google has been telling webmasters this for a long time.
  15. Looking for constructive criticism/feedback

    Though these are all valid arguments for using a CMS it is not certain its the best solution for OP. Static HTML/PHP files loads faster than CMS pages because there are no database queries. With a little PHP knowledge you can include a header, menu, footer etc. on a 'static' page as well instead of copy/paste. Wordpress and most other CM systems performs database queries based on parameters in the url. This makes the site much more vonurable to attacks than a static site. The query parameters can also give a beginner problems with duplicate content/multiple urls. The same goes for different post types. All in all a CMS is very powerfull but it takes a lot of experience to set it up the right way. For someone with HTML skills, but no knowledge of backend development, static are often a better solution.
  16. Mobile SEO

    The rest of the article is generally a good combination of best practises; something Google has been actively promoting with their free tools, all of which get a mention, the article isn't wrong. The one sticking point is maybe just the phrase "Mobile-First Index", smacks of a new buzzword for what's actually already going on. His point about responsive sites have nothing to worry about is correct if the content remains the same. My point about ensuring the markup is tight is for things like open and closed menu; if a collapsed menu is incorrect then the search engines will assume it's not actually there, same for read more expansions, all the content is non existent to mobile and so cannot be accounted for when ranking the mobile version, which was why they ran separate desktop and mobile results, makes sense. So if for theories sake all websites are responsive and all correctly marked up with content identical on both versions then we could just as easily say "Desktop First Index"? To me it's sort of chicken and egg.
  17. That's not what the guy on the backlinko site claims, but I guess time will tell. According to him, Google will derive search results only from mobile-friendly sites (which would include responsive sites of course). My concern was that sites that aren't responsive and don't have a mobile version, will totally drop out of the results.
  18. Which is better, please?

    Thanks fisicx. I appreciate the honest critique. I'll have more time here tonight, but I wanted to say thanks before getting ready for work. It is only me, but for a long time I had asked and hoped that other people might want to write something too. I still do, so long as it's helpful and original content. I'll have a think about the various styles and try to blend things a little more. Making some of the sentences a link is my attempt to get people to click on the pages. (Unfortunately, I deleted all Social Media accounts a while ago, so I don't worry so much about SEO. I lost 3 - 400 post share counts on my old ROM pages which will always be a regret for the ego.) In the older days, I only cared about my name for SEO, so that people could find me. But, yes, I would like to improve things so that people find the pages and related content. Thanks for the food for thought. I look forward to getting back to it this weekend. Thanks to everyone else, too. I will get back to this thread tonight, and this weekend. Cheers
  19. So I took a $21 punt on a Fiverr logo designer from Canada ... 24hrs eh, we'll see :)

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    2. BrowserBugs


      Hahaha I want it spelt correctly ;)

    3. rbrtsmith


      How do people charging these kind of prices ever earn a living?  $21 won't buy you much in Canada

    4. BrowserBugs


      No idea, figured it'd be fun to find out ;)

  20. Which is better, please?

    I think its a combination of search engine trust and visitor expectation; be it visual or at code level. I've split the Moz example down to show why search engines get a clear signal from the 'listed' article to the actual article page. You'll see in the example I've highlighted the parts which are then reused on the article page to confirm the expected content from the listing.
  21. Which is better, please?

    Just like @BrowserBugs, I've tested this and 'Read More' and variants thereof work just fine. Google even warns against using highly optimised anchor text (Penguin update). And yes, there are other search engines but optimising for bing at the expense of your Google ranking maybe isn't the best strategy. Note: inbound links from external domains need a different methodology
  22. Which is better, please?

    I disagree, 'read more' is terrible link text. Google is not the only search engine either.
  23. Which is better, please?

    Google has got a lot smarter in the last few years and will link the extract title to the 'read more' to the article title. Even better if the extract summarizes the whole article or is the opening paragraph of the article.
  24. Which is better, please?

    I've done some testing in this area. Although headline is a good way to link through additional links should be simple like "Read Article" or something, it's also a better user experience as some people assume to click on the headline, others look for a call to action, covering both bases is the best approach - oh and click image doesn't hurt either as again some people assume it'll lead through. A good example of this would be the Moz blog; https://moz.com/blog. Here they use image click, headline click and a clear "Read Post" button.
  25. Which is better, please?

    Very little SEO benefit doing it like this. The anchor text needs to closely align with the target page and it needs to be inline, if it doesn't then google will ignore. A link like: "Why is my computer slow? How can I make it feel like new?" when the target page title is "Computer Maintenance" is all sorts of wrong.
  26. Hahaha my wife would disagree I'd make a style mate something like; .nav { list-style-type:none;margin:0; } .nav li { padding:10px;border-bottom:1px solid #000; } then ... <nav> <h2>SMI Services</h2> <ul class="nav"> <li><a href="#">Page Name</a></li> <li><a href="#">Page Name</a></li> </ul> </nav> or to take it to the next level with Schema ... <nav> <h2>SMI Services</h2> <ul class="nav"> <li itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/SiteNavigationElement"><a href="#" itemprop="url"><span itemprop="name">Page Name</span></a></li> <li itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/SiteNavigationElement"><a href="#" itemprop="url"><span itemprop="name">Page Name</span></a></li> </ul> </nav>
  27. Then again i did it and... well... nothing. .sidebarServicesMenu { list-style-type:none; } or .sidebarServicesMenu ul li { list-style-type:none; } http://gmdev.us/smi/our-services/network-connectivity
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