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@CaptainHustle, based on the information you've given, I think I'd go for option #3.

I would de-optimize the original article for the keyword that you want the newer post to rank for. I'd also be careful about making sure the new article is not optimized for the terms in the first article.

If they're truly different intents and the keywords reflect that, then I wouldn't start doing 301's and merging. That's what I'd do if they were similar though. You can search the SERPs themselves to determine that.
 
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@CaptainHustle, based on the information you've given, I think I'd go for option #3.

I would de-optimize the original article for the keyword that you want the newer post to rank for. I'd also be careful about making sure the new article is not optimized for the terms in the first article.

If they're truly different intents and the keywords reflect that, then I wouldn't start doing 301's and merging. That's what I'd do if they were similar though. You can search the SERPs themselves to determine that.
The content is similar, but it pursues a different angle but provides the same solution because it applies to both. So I guess there is some logic in both articles ranking for it. In that case, would you suggest I merge or 301?
 
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I am fond of short brandable domains

So, in terms branding perspective, would a prefer a slightly odd sounding four letter .net or .org vs a 5 letter com

I m using the first 2 letters as an abbreviation of my target keyword. It is also a popular keyword anyway, bit the abbreviation and the keyword.

So I have something jkvg dot net jkbn.org vs jkhub.com

I don't know why i love short domains. even looking at some dot to etc with 3 letters haha

I am planning to flip the site in a couple years
 
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Nice to know there's a place for newbie to ask questions, or for others to help those newbies. While I know there ARE stupid questions, no one should be afraid to ask. It's how you learn.
 
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WHat is the deal with Asian SPAM sites? Is it that it is easier to rank on Asian SERPs with spam, or they operate at a different scale. Every expired domain with some authority links that are available are spammed by Asians. Tow of my old sites that I sold was left to expire by the new owners after they can't survive a few google updates (one ran the site for 3 years and made their money and much more, another also made thier money and site was still ranking I guess they forgot to renew the domain) and it is sad to see that both the sites totally unrelated Asian site now..
 

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Any good call forwarding service? Other than Avoxi...
 
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On expireddomain dot net there is LE, BL and DP as the first three column after the star. DP is the domain pop referring domains, but I can't figure out how to use it as a filter. The is a Majestic Domain Pop option on filter but it is not the same as the DP in the default result. It would then be pretty easy to filter out the spam domains.
 

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@bopeep, if you sign up (free) you get a lot more filters. There's four tabs of filters. One of them is Adwords & SEO, and it includes SEOkicks Domain Pop:


This is what the basic DP metric is using.
 
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Stock Images question. I always wondered, how do companies enforce stock images. This is just a question. If I am using stock images on my websites, how do the stockimage company know if they are paid for stolen? Do they randomly send webmasters and ask to see memberships?

I am not planning to stiff photgrphers, I have more credits on many stock images than I can use. But I am not able to understand. I saw someone asking for group buy for stock images and how does it work? I mean, are there digital signatures on stock images, in the meta data, that tell the stock image company that it is paid for?
 
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Is the GDPR cookie consent disclaimer important or necessary if 98% of your visitors are from the US? I am on shared hosting and I would rather use as few plugins as I possibly can. Not to mention, the disclaimer itself is a huge pain for the UX.
 

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Is the GDPR cookie consent disclaimer important or necessary if 98% of your visitors are from the US?
You do not have to show it to USA users. In fact you do not have to show it at all if you are not setting tracking cookies. People showing that popup are using the laziest way of consent.

Most people didn’t bother reading the document and just read summaries from bloggers who took the lazy route. Just like the SEO industry does, listen to gurus without double checking.
 
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I added Cloudfare CDN on my blog with the hopes that my site speed would improve but turns out it doesn't. I removed it, entered the old nameservers on namecheap and saved it. For some reason, google page speed insights can no longer fetch my site.

Lighthouse returned error: FAILED_DOCUMENT_REQUEST. Lighthouse was unable to reliably load the page you requested. Make sure you are testing the correct URL and that the server is properly responding to all requests. (Details: net::ERR_CONNECTION_FAILED)

Any idea what could be wrong?
 
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I added Cloudfare CDN on my blog with the hopes that my site speed would improve but turns out it doesn't. I removed it, entered the old nameservers on namecheap and saved it. For some reason, google page speed insights can no longer fetch my site.
If you can reach the site on your own, then Page Speed Insights probably cached the information related to reaching your domain. It's the same reason you can run Pingdom twice and get a much faster result on the second fetch. They're caching.

I'd try a different inner page URL and see if it forces it to refresh. If not, I'd wait 24 hours or longer and see if the problem resolves itself. If your visitors can reach your site then everything is fine.
 

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Any idea what could be wrong?
When you update nameservers they can take upto 7 days to propagate throughout the world because of the TTL, time to live, settings - which tell computers, servers, nodes, to cache the settings for a certain period of time.

It’s why a week before you do a major website move you are suppose to set your TTL to 5 mins, letting servers know a move is imminent and you won’t have this 24 hour, 48 hour, or whatever delay.

Basically Google’s lightspeed servers are working off the old cached setting to cloudflare and you need to wait- probably upto a week.
 
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This is more of a tax question, but I've look all over and haven't really found an answer to this question.

I've been using my business credit card to pay for advertising costs for clients of mine, and getting reimbursed via invoice. Did I fuck myself over here? Should I have had their card on file? Now it looks like I'm on the line to pay additional taxes for this.
 

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Stock Images question. I always wondered, how do companies enforce stock images. This is just a question. If I am using stock images on my websites, how do the stockimage company know if they are paid for stolen? Do they randomly send webmasters and ask to see memberships?

I am not planning to stiff photgrphers, I have more credits on many stock images than I can use. But I am not able to understand. I saw someone asking for group buy for stock images and how does it work? I mean, are there digital signatures on stock images, in the meta data, that tell the stock image company that it is paid for?
Interesting question. I assume each image has some kind of unique generated EXIF data in it when downloaded or maybe even in the image code. The actual enforcement is done by bots using reverse image search to find all instances of a picture. I assume the software checks the image EXIF against a database.
 
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Interesting question. I assume each image has some kind of unique generated EXIF data in it when downloaded or maybe even in the image code. The actual enforcement is done by bots using reverse image search to find all instances of a picture. I assume the software checks the image EXIF against a database.
Yeah but when you download, you don't specify where it will be used right? So how will the bot know if it was being used by a paid member?
 

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This is more of a tax question, but I've look all over and haven't really found an answer to this question.

I've been using my business credit card to pay for advertising costs for clients of mine, and getting reimbursed via invoice. Did I fuck myself over here? Should I have had their card on file? Now it looks like I'm on the line to pay additional taxes for this.
Surely the costs being spent on the credit card and the money coming in through the invoices will cancel each other out, therefore no tax will have to be paid?
 
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Surely the costs being spent on the credit card and the money coming in through the invoices will cancel each other out, therefore no tax will have to be paid?
Depends if s/he is liable for sales tax/VAT on services?
 
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I m extremely curious. I have a website which had about 62 pages, I didnt uploaded any new article for maybe half a year. (age of domain: 2 years). In last two months I decided to put a new batch of articles (exactly the same topic as previous 62) to the site. I added almost 30 new articles for stupidly low competition keywords. Maybe 2 articles from 30 rank for them (on page 1), all others are N/A (all of them are indexed, mobile friendly etc). All previous, already posted articles (62) in half a year ago are still ranking in TOP 5.

Articles quality: We rewrote the #1 spot but also added something new, article is 100% unique and written by native writer.

One thing I noted is coverage in webmaster tools:
Desktop coverage from 62 -> 95 valid pages, 0 errors,
Mobile usability from 60 ->62, 0 errors

Why all previous posted articles are ranking somewhere but these new are not? Any suggestions?

Thank you
 
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I m extremely curious. I have a website which had about 62 pages, I didnt uploaded any new article for maybe half a year. (age of domain: 2 years). In last two months I decided to put a new batch of articles (exactly the same topic as previous 62) to the site. I added almost 30 new articles for stupidly low competition keywords. Maybe 2 articles from 30 rank for them (on page 1), all others are N/A (all of them are indexed, mobile friendly etc). All previous, already posted articles (62) in half a year ago are still ranking in TOP 5.

Articles quality: We rewrote the #1 spot but also added something new, article is 100% unique and written by native writer.

One thing I noted is coverage in webmaster tools:
Desktop coverage from 62 -> 95 valid pages, 0 errors,
Mobile usability from 60 ->62, 0 errors

Why all previous posted articles are ranking somewhere but these new are not? Any suggestions?

Thank you
Could be a few things:

1) you misjudged the competition
2) your domain is weak
3) Google could require posts in your niche to age longer before it rewards them, even low competition ones
4) they aren't SEO optimized

Give it time. Unless your domain is strong or your topics are truly super low comp, it takes a few months to rank organically.
 
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Surely the costs being spent on the credit card and the money coming in through the invoices will cancel each other out, therefore no tax will have to be paid?
Man I'm so dumb. Well this is the thread for this kind of stuff I guess. Definitely will get a CPA next year but you're right, it does cancel out.

Depends if s/he is liable for sales tax/VAT on services?
Thankfully no, but it's enough of a hassle for me that I'm definitely going to change my methods going forward.
 

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Anyone have any tips for beating Disqus' spam filter? There are so many high-traffic sites with Disqus comments enabled . . .