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I like drones, and this is great to see:

I like drones, and this is great to see:

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A question on SiteLinks Search Box +John Mueller 

A question on SiteLinks Search Box John Mueller 

As per https://developers.google.com/structured-data/slsb-overview it states to use the canonical homepage for your domain.  Is there any way to set this up when you have multiple country sites beneath your main domain, e.g.

www.example.com > US site
www.example.com/uk/ > UK site

On Example.com sitesearch segments results based on the country site within which the user is searching. I realise this may not be possible since Google doesn't seem to show the sitesearch box for sub-sites under same domain?

Enable Sitelinks Search Box

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So simple, and yet a great idea:

So simple, and yet a great idea:

If It Were My Home
Welcome to IfItWereMyHome.com. The lottery of birth is responsible for much of who we are. If you were not born in the country you were, what would your life be like? Would you be the same person? IfItWereMyHome.com is your gateway to understanding life outside your home.

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Worth a read, although folks that work at Google may not like it:

Worth a read, although folks that work at Google may not like it:


Why I left Google – JW on Tech – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

This blog is the original work of James Whittaker and contains his rants and insights about the web, engineering practices, software testing and other predictions about the future of technology.

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If you paste “something (at) somwhere.com” into Gmail’s To: field it…

If you paste "something (at) somwhere.com" into Gmail's To: field it will automagically convert it to the correct email address "something@somewhere.com".

Nice feature!

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Looking at multiple websites in various niches, 4webmasters.org seems to have mounted…

Looking at multiple websites in various niches, 4webmasters.org seems to have mounted a fairly massive referral spam attack yesterday. From what I can tell these are phantom referrals in Google Analytics, and not actual visits. That means you cant block them at the server level, and need to rely on GA filters to take them out.

Would be great if GA would start to do some of this for us…

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Hasn’t this been done before?

Hasn't this been done before?

Posting Rules | Foxy Blogger.com
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Dear +John Mueller et +Pierre Far 

Dear John Mueller et Pierre Far 

I have a question regarding Google's HREFLANG guidelines, in particular:

https://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/faq-internationalisation#q20

"We recommend not using rel=canonical across different language or country versions. Using it within the same language/country version is fine and one of the recommended ways of handling canonicalization."

The problem here is that I have made receommendations to clients about caonicalising different country versions in the same language that contain identical/near-identical content, and then letting Google display the correct LANG version using the values defined in HREFLANG values.

The set up looks like:

www.example.com/en/
 – HREFLANG="en"
 – canonical="www.example.com/en/"
www.example.com/en-uk/ 
 – HREFLANG="en-uk"
 – canonical="www.example.com/en/"
www.example.com/en-ie/ 
 – HREFLANG="en-ie"
 – canonical="www.example.com/en/"

The above goes against the guidelines, but I've seen this set-up working very well.  I understand the recommendation is just that, but is there any technical reason why my implementation should be avoided?

The test site I always reference is http://href-lang.com/, and the associated notes for the test site can be found at http://www.stateofdigital.com/hreflang-canonical-test/

Any help is, as always, much appreciated!

FAQ: Internationalisation – Google Webmaster Help
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One of the reasons I’ve invested exclusively in .com domains over the past 12…

One of the reasons I've invested exclusively in .com domains over the past 12 months:

Verisign: .Com Domains Have More Click Appeal In Search Results
Consumers prefer to click on search results with a .com domain rather than a new domain, according to Verisign-funded research.

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Can only speak for myself, but filtering search results by Country: Ireland on Google.ie…

Can only speak for myself, but filtering search results by Country: Ireland on Google.ie is not doing any filtering at all.  Seeing results from US and UK.

[Edit] Also seeing .de .com.au and .ca results in "Results from Ireland"