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    There is no such directive "allow". ...

    There is no such directive "allow".

    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /

    is wrong because it tells all bots not to index any of the site.

    Don't even bother with trying to use to keep scrappers out. ...
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    One of my sites which has been very stable in the...

    One of my sites which has been very stable in the #3 spot for 5 months has slipped slightly for most keywords. I haven't done much to it other than tweak a few pages. Wikipedia moved from just...
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    Looks to me like the quality of BLs is slightly...

    Looks to me like the quality of BLs is slightly less important than it is in normal SERPs. Said another way, IMHO it looks like a tweek toward quantity of BLs versus quality.

    /*tom*/
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    In order for the original scheme to work, yes the...

    In order for the original scheme to work, yes the domains would all need to be on different IPs, preferably spread throughout different countries. They'd all need to be registered to different...
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    About 8 or 9 months ago one of my sites started...

    About 8 or 9 months ago one of my sites started sinking for its main KW. At the time, I was adding it to 5 or 6 new directories a week. (This is a small market site.) Among other things, I backed...
  6. As of today (Dec 27, 2008) the subject site is #1...

    As of today (Dec 27, 2008) the subject site is #1 in all three. So perhaps this test emphasizes the speed at which a site can reach the top at G, which may be the result of G's monstrous processing...
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    Slight shift upward for me. I can't really put my...

    Slight shift upward for me. I can't really put my finger on why. It does however seem like wikipedia is slightly lower for the phrases I follow, which could support the Christmas shopping theories....
  8. I have 2 sites, same industry so same KWs. The...

    I have 2 sites, same industry so same KWs. The one that is 4 years old is up slightly from a typical 5-6 position to 4-5. The one that is 2 years old has slipped slightly, from a 6-7 position to...
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    Instinct tells me that while the most important...

    Instinct tells me that while the most important factors outlined in the article such as title and headings are still important, things are much different today.

    The article mentions only on-page...
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    This may be true, but IMHO G has had various...

    This may be true, but IMHO G has had various teams scour the web for .edu and .gov forums and blogs and manually adjust what might otherwise have been a higher trust rating.

    I believe that SEO...
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    I'm not sure that you can conclude that having...

    I'm not sure that you can conclude that having sitelinks means G has rated a site an authority. I believe that sitelinks are no more than what G says they are: "additional links Google sometimes...
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    Yes, I think it is a factor. My sites generally...

    Yes, I think it is a factor. My sites generally do quite well. They all load a lot of crap really fast. :-)

    /*tom*/
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    If you plan to do SEO for a living, then I think...

    If you plan to do SEO for a living, then I think that you will find that technical people in the client organization usually have more respect for a technically mined SEO, which can be the...
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    In 2004 getting recips was standard practice. ...

    In 2004 getting recips was standard practice. For the past year, maybe two, G has devalued reciprocals and three-ways. I haven't seen any evidence that they hurt, especially if they are relevant. ...
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    I don't think it would come to that. G stock has...

    I don't think it would come to that. G stock has been punished, but the business model is as strong as ever. In the 4th quarter, G posted $4.83 billion in revenue, which was up 51% from last year's...
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    I sure wish I had bought YHOO yesterday at $20. ...

    I sure wish I had bought YHOO yesterday at $20. M$ just mad a take over bid and YHOO is up to $30 in pre-market.
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    Except if you're lost, and the wife is in the...

    Except if you're lost, and the wife is in the car. :-)
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    Not as long as Y!, Live, and Ask still exist. ...

    Not as long as Y!, Live, and Ask still exist.

    /*tom*/
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    You can include me in that crowd. Ten years ago,...

    You can include me in that crowd. Ten years ago, it was a good product. But then it became popular and their code lost quality, IMHO.

    A couple of years ago I helped a friend out whose PC was ...
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    I have a total of 4 listings for two different...

    I have a total of 4 listings for two different companies of mine in BOTW. Generally, I stay away from directories that want a payment annually, but I also subscribe to Y! dir and business.com. ...
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    Although no account is required, the default page...

    Although no account is required, the default page downplays the credit card option. People have to notice that it says "Don't have a PayPal account? Click here to continue."

    I think that if you...
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    I got whacked about 5 or 6 months ago with what I...

    I got whacked about 5 or 6 months ago with what I felt was probably some sort of over-optimization penalty. As of yesterday, I'm back in the #2 spot with one site, and #4 with another site.

    Like...
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    Great point. I think that most of us assumed...

    Great point. I think that most of us assumed that MV's test applied to internal links as well, although that is not necessarily true. It's good to know that in fact, it does seem to apply to...
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    For one of my very important key phrases, one of ...

    For one of my very important key phrases, one of my sites jumped from #23 or so, to #3 a couple of days ago.

    Oddly, the site had been in the top 5 consistently. Then about 6 months ago, it...
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    It's not the first time I've been told I have no...

    It's not the first time I've been told I have no sense of humor. :-)
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