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dons last won the day on January 26 2016

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    http to https

    I guess if the client pays enough you could sell PPC management as SEO, if they don't know the difference. But most clients I have had know enough to check rankings for their money phrases. I never even considered it. I was taught to be hones and have been my whole life, maybe that has been where I went wrong!
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    http to https

    Mike, If I am understanding this correctly(keep in mind I am scared of messing with the htaccess file), I can cut and paste this and it will 301 all http urls to https? So http:/&$^%&this.com/is-this-a-redirect becomes https:/&$^%&this.com/is-this-a-redirect for all posts/pages site wide?
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    http to https

    Is it possible to reverse the https? She did this on Friday, the https version of the site is up and indexed. I don't know if every URL is though. This is a fairly big site so 301's will be a bitch. She is already asking me how much I will charge her to fix it. There has to be 300 posts on this site. Any plugin that can do this properly? It is wordpress. Now on to more fun stuff. What a clusterf**k this is! It is comical. When I told her she is about to tank her whole fing site, she contacted her web designer, who then spoke to his companies SEO guy, who told her not to worry about it because everything will automatically be re-directed. I told her that they need to fire this f**ktard immediately, and give me his job.He has no business calling himself an SEO. I can't believe guys like this actually have good paying jobs at supposed reputable web firms. Thanks for all the info so far guys!
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    http to https

    Thanks Yukon, You said it all with more depth than I ever could. It just stands to reason that links pointing to a http are not pointing to a link with https, this is just logic. I asked her why the hell she did it, and her response was "cause google told me to". I could not believe it. I told her her ranking was dropping because she has lost links. To no avail. What a mess.
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    http to https

    Hi guys! I haven't posted for quite a while and I hope everyone is doing well. Right to the point. I have never tried to switch a site to https from http. I would assume that all ranking urls or all urls with links pointing to them should be 301 ed? A "friend" of mine just did this as a knee jerk reaction to a site that once ranked well, and is now receiving half of the traffic it used to. Which is still quite a bit, 60 k per month not sure if these are uniques. She wouldn't know a re-direct if it hit her over the head. Am I correct in thinking she is about to tank her rankings? Thanks in advance.
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    Google Local 3-Pack - Home Service ads

    I have done a lot of work for locksmiths and garage door companies. I'm not sure what the rules are going to be for this accredited listing in Canada as we do not have a Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. On interesting thing I did find is the new accredited 3 pack above the old 3 pack in San Diego for locksmiths. This will really shake things up when it hits more markets. I wonder if you will need different qualifying credentials in different countries?
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    The Keys to the Kingdom of Google Local

    I can say that most of the "three pack" results for pretty much any major city have the word locksmith in both their listing and in their URL. At the very least they have the word lock. Lockservice Locksmiths Lock and Security Etc....
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    The Keys to the Kingdom of Google Local

    Blaine - That was plain out F*&cking Awesome!
  9. Oh and I forgot to tell you this, I have a page of quotes that I did 4 years ago. I just went around and copied quotes from famous people on the subject from different sites. The quotes all appear on various sites, but no one has a page just like mine. It has ranked in the top ten ever since. As far as copying stuff verbatim, I have seen it work and I have seen it fail. It sure does make it easier to produce a page. But, if my site starts to drop and I know there is copied content on there, I start to question it. No copied content, one less question as to why something is not ranking where you want it to be.
  10. I have seen lots of service websites that have cut and pasted content from websites in other cities rank quite well. They just change the city names and bang! I also know of one website that was cut and pasted verbatim - the plagiarizing (guilty) website is ranking well and the site that had the content first tanked.
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    Anyone Use Linkody?

    I don't think anything does a better job than web master tools. Just download all those into a csv and then run them through seo spyglass, that will tell you if they are do or no follow.
  12. I can confirm some wonky numbers. I did a click to website campaign directly to a sign up. My affiliate link reported less hops then the clicks I paid for in the ad. I was still happy with the level of engagement I got for the price I paid though. I think with Facebook it is really about the offer. For example, restaurants offering a 10% off coupon vs offering a free appetizer. I think the perceived value is what is most important. If you offer something that everyone else is offering, then you have to have something really catchy to cut through all the add noise.
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    Anyone Use Linkody?

    This for a money or network site?
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    Anyone Use Linkody?

    I have not used it, but I honestly have not found anything that finds more links than ahrefs, except webmaster tools. What are you using it for?
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    How to do SEO in 2017

    Sal, I'm just being a smart ass! PN = Private Network, most people call them PBN's or private blog network. The point was that I have seen so many expired domains that had really powerful links pointing to them ruined by people linking unrelated keywords from either the same article, or the same url. If you do enough of that - you are going to get noticed by google, but not the way you would want to. Do enough of that and it would not take long for someone doing a manual check to penalize the site and then start looking into the link profile of the sites that particular URL is linking to So not only do you risk losing a URL with great links pointing to it - you also risk getting all your money/clients sites penalized as well. You know, I am seeing different results for two clients on mobile VS desktop. I started noticing this in the summer, which I believe is before G ever confirmed they were actually doing this. It could be that with penguin 4.0 being real time, and the mobile results being served first that I just have to wait for the desktop results to be refreshed. I have noticed a longer gap between crawls for static pages.
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