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How can the noticeable decrease of backlink numbers in the SISTRIX Toolbox for many domains on September 19, 2012 be explained?
If you analyze any domain in the SISTRIX Toolbox and look at the course of time of the links (menu entry “Development”),...
How can I quickly get a new page into Google’s index?
Google is already pretty quick when it comes to finding and indexing new pages (URLs). This process may be a little quicker...
How do I optimise my website for Google News?
We will use this Ask SISTRIX article to take a holistic view at both the questions of how to optimise a website and the content...
How important is a sitemap for the indexing of my site?
A sitemap is a list of all the pages (URLs) on a website. This file is used by search engines as an overview of all available...
How regularly do I have to update my sitemap and can I automate it?
As both XML- and HTML-sitemaps are used by search engines to find, and hopefully index, new content faster, you should update...
How can I submit a sitemap to Google?
You can manually submit your sitemap to Google through two different routes and it is recommended that you add a reference...
How do I create a sitemap for my website?
It is extremely easy to create a sitemap, which will help with the indexing of your website. You will find more on this topic...
How should I handle my online-shop’s multilingual content?
Many online shops today are available in multiple languages. Most of the time, the different pieces of content (for example...
How do I correctly use the new x-default hreflang link-attribute for international targets?
If you have different language versions for your website or online shop, then you should use the rel=”alternate” hreflang=”x”...
How far would .tel domain’s have a positive or negative effect on the SEO-results of my website?
Using a .tel domain does not have a positive influence on being able to find a website, when compared to a normal gTLD or...
How to identify and use a SEO KPI?
When it comes to search engine optimisation, not every indicator is suitable to be a SEO KPI. Please also remember that every...
How do I safely move my website to a new domain name?
Changing the domain name does not have to be the cause for any (long lasting) negative SEO effects. As long as you plan the...
How to correctly return the HTTP status code 404 for an error page
A 404 error page, also called an ErrorDocument 404, is, first and foremost, a page that informs the user that the requested...
How many 301 redirects in a row can I use?
If possible: none at all. Why? 301-redirects take time and users are often impatient. Depending on the server load and the...
HTTP Status Code
A HTTP status code, more commonly referred to simply as status code, is a three number code which is send from the webserver...
How can I check my website’s PageSpeed?
There are a number of ways and options available for you to check the PageSpeed of your website. Google PageSpeed Insights...
How do I return the correct HTTP status code for my 404 error page?
A 404 error page is basically a HTML document which you can design any way you like. With a self-designed error page, you...
How do I create a 301 redirect?
With a 301 Redirection, a webserver returns the HTTP Status Code 301 to the requesting client, which could be Google-Bot,...
How can I check the quality of a potential backlink-website?
You can use the link module of the SISTRIX Toolbox (https://uk.sistrix.com/links) to analyse the backlink profile of any...
How do I recognise an Algorithmic Penalty?
An algorithmic penalty is the sanctioning of a website by one of Google’s algorithms. With this kind of penalty there...
How long does a Google Penalty last?
As there are different types of Google Penalties there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Though we can generally...
How can I remove a URL on my website from the Google Index?
To remove a specific URL (for example, the page http://www.example.com/page4.html) of your own website from Google’s...
How can I keep the Google-Bot from crawling my website?
Whatever your reasons may be for blocking Google from crawling all or parts of your domain, you can do so within the so-called...
How can I find out how many pages of my domain are indexed by Google?
Google provides two simple options to determine the number of indexed pages of your domain. The total number of indexed pages...
HTTPS Ranking Factor Update
In August 2014, Google started considering HTTPS to be a ranking factor. If a website exclusively uses the HTTPS-protocol...
How can I recognize a valid SSL certificate?
Every modern web browser shows the use of encrypted HTTPS connections in the address bar and indicates if the website’s...
How often does Google carry out Algorithm Updates?
Google constantly tries to maintain and increase the quality of their search index. In order to accomplish this goal, Google...
How can Above the Fold advertisement have a negative effect on the user experience?
This depends on the display resolution and the resulting relationship between immediately visible content and advertisements....
How does Google consider freshness and what does it mean for the rankings?
When we look at how Google determines the “freshness” of content, they look at the following types: Topicality...
How can I check my website for inferior links?
You can use the SISTRIX Toolbox Link module extensively to shine a light on inferior links and other criteria. We have a...
How can I check if my website has an unnatural link-profile?
We have written an entire tutorial on the question of how you can get a rough idea of how natural or unnatural the link-profile...