SEO Tutorials

Google Pagerank Update in November 2011

This post servers to confirm the Google Pagerank update which happened today, November 8 2011. This update comes exactly 3 months after the last Pagerank update which happened in early August, and definitely ties in to what Matt Cutts says about Pagerank being updated 3 or 4 times a year.

These Pagerank updates are always on the minds of webmasters and enthusiasts who are involved in search engine optimisation. It is certainly encouraging to see your site improve in rank sometimes after months of hard work.

Count search engine referrals using web server logs and shell commands

Suppose you want to know how much of your website traffic comes from Google or another search engine. It's very easy if you use Awstats or Google analytics, but what if you haven't configured these tools? Using only the web server log files and some shell commands will enable us to quickly parse log files and give a count of how many referrals we had from a search engine.

For the purposes of this tutorial, we will be assuming an Apache web server, and that the search engine that we are counting the referrals from is Google.

Errors fetching resources using Instant Previews in Google webmaster tools

Google recently launched an instant previews feature in Google webmaster tools. This is a very impressive feature which is undoubtedly useful to webmasters. Instant previews allows webmasters to easily determine if Google is having difficulty in crawling their pages. The reasoning behind it is that if what users see is different from what Googlebot sees, then it might indicate an issue with crawling the website.

Adding rel="nofollow" to Comments in Drupal 6

By default in Drupal 6, only the Homepage link of a commenter has a rel="nofollow" attribute attached to it. The commenter has free reign on all the other anchor tags inside the body of the actual comment. In many cases this is unsuitable especially for SEO purposes.

Spammers like to leave links in comments to transfer Pagerank from your page to theirs. By adding a rel="nofollow" attribute, no Pagerank will be passed to the external page and it will also serve as a deterrent to adding external links in the first place.

How soon after crawling do pages appear in Google's index?

Enthusiastic web publishers always want their new content to be found from a Google search as soon as possible. The short answer to the question of how soon can content appear in search results after being published is less than 24 hours.

Depending on how often Google (or other search engines) crawl your site, if you put new content on your site now, you can expect it to be in Google's index within 24 hours. It gets better.

Add to Bookmarks Javascript for All Browsers

First of all, the title of this post is a bit misleading. No JavaScript code or any code for that matter can claim to add a bookmark in all browsers.

What we can say though, is that the code we present has been tested to work in all major browsers except Google Chrome.

Bookmarks come in handy when it comes to building visitor loyalty and getting visitors to come back to your site. The JavaScript code snippet we show in this article creates a simple hyperlink which, when clicked, requests that the browser add the current page to its list of bookmarks.

Ignore IP Address Awstats

In this tutorial, we will learn how to ignore or exclude specific IP addresses from our Awstats data. When set up, Awstats parses our server log files and generates detailed reports of user locations, IP addresses, referrers, and so on. Awstats can be used to give an excellent idea of where your visitors are coming from, how they got to your site, and what they are looking on once on your site.

Using this information will allow a webmaster to fine-tune aspects of his or her site for maximum user satisfaction.

How many pages should my website have?

Time and again we hear that "content is king" and that statement is very true. With that in mind, the question of how many pages a website should have often pops up.

If content really is king then ideally a website should have infinite pages.

That is for the perfect world, but in the real world you can get away with much less.

Htaccess 301 Redirect

Redirecting a web page from one URL to another is best achieved using a HTTP redirect. You may want to perform a redirect after changing the URL of a page and you want existing links to the old URL to remain valid. In this tutorial, we look at how to do an htaccess 301 redirect.

How often is Pagerank updated?

Pagerank, as we should come to know by now, is a measure of how authoritative a search engine determines a web page to be. Pagerank is usually on a scale of 0 to 10 with 10 being the highest.

Google provides a way for regular users to see the Pagerank of a page when using the Google toolbar. As we can imagine, the Pagerank (or any other statistical data from Google) shown will be somewhat out of date due to the sheer volume of traffic and processing that needs to be done on the data.