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How can I return a 503 status in apache without invoking external scripts

I need to return a 503 status code from one of my sites while it's down for maintenance, in the time-honoured SE_firendly fashion. I can't seem to work out how to do this without invoking external ...
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Subdomains vs multiple domain names

I have the domain name for www.foo.co.uk. I am looking to use it as a landing page that will allow people to go to 1 of 2 sections of my site (both having separate blogs). So I have the idea I could ...
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IIS 301 Redirect from “/index.html” to “/” for SEO Canonicalization

I used the technique explained here for IIS (http://www.webconfs.com/how-to-redirect-a-webpage.php), but this appears to result in an infinite loop when applied to "/index.htm" and redirected to "/". ...
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SEO Consultant Wants System Credentials

An SEO consultant has asked (demanded) credentials to the web environment so he can do ... Whatever it is that they do. I'm new to the company but an experienced Systems Engineer. I've just now been ...
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Do CNAME DNS entries affect SEO?

I am setting up a website for a client that I will be hosting and maintaining, and I am trying to determine what will be the most pain free setup. My thought is to do the following: Set up the ...
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Domain name change with minimum seo impact

I am owner of an existing (3 yr. old) domain http://www.22shrutiharmonium.com and my website appears at the top of the search results in case of some search phrases like "22 shruti" , "22 shruti ...
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Is there a way to tell robots not to look at a directory?

I have a directory full of images, that I do not want viewed by robots, is there a way to make this directory private? Thanks!
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Does hosting multiple sites on one server hurt your SEO?

I have a handful of (content unrelated) sites with decent PRs and I'm considering hosting them all on the same server. I've heard that if you do this, internal linking between two seperate domains on ...
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Should a “temporary” redirect page use a 301 redirect?

Let's say that foo.com is where I eventually want to host a website, when it's ready, and blog.foo.com is where I'm currently hosting a website. Until foo.com is ready, is it okay to do a permanent ...
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Amazon S3 - Options for routing naked URL

Problem I am using a custom domain to host a static index.html on amazon S3. That all works fine on my domain: site.com. However, when I visit www.site.com I get an error. From what I understand I ...
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IIS 6 - Setting up 301 redirect for non-www to www for SEO

Someone in the marketing department ran an SEO tool against our public website and found that about half of the links to our website go to www.mycompany.com, and half go to mycompany.com. Both of ...
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SEO - Multiple URL Paths

I have a web application that provides information related to the weather. I am trying to make this information as discoverable as possible. My question is, is it a good idea to post the same content, ...
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Is there an advantage to redirecting vs rewriting when “hiding” the 'www' domain prefix?

Using virtual hosts I have gotten into the habit of using this: <VirtualHost: *:80> ServerName www.example.com Redirect permanent / http://example.com/ </VirtualHost> Yet I ...
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URL Dash Disadvantage

Anyone know any hard facts about the disadvantage of having a dash in your URL? Heard some disparaging words about having dashes in your URL and it just so happens that our company has a dashes in ...
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What SEO software do you use to analyze your websites? [closed]

I'm looking for a tool that would help you manage the SEO work like improving and tracking things like keywords, description, pages links, analyze concurrent websites. I'm not looking for black SEO ...
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Forward domain for flavors.me yet retain own_domain.com/blog

I wish to have my flavors.me use my own domain, yet still wish to retain access to own_domain.com/blog The way flavors.me works now is that I must have the DNS A record point at their IP. Which ...
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Another website in a IIS subfolder

A friend of mine has an ASP.NET site hosted on windows server with IIS7 web server. He wants to install a wordpress blog without using subdomains for SEO reasons. In practice, he would like to have a ...
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Putting language selectors in the domain name or as part of the URL path

I mean what is better to have www.my-domain.de/start.html www.my-domain.com/start.html or www.my-domain.com/de/start.html www.my-domain.com/en/start.html I'm mostly concerned with SEO here (i ...
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How can I 301 redirect all traffic from one URL pattern to another?

I’ve been grappling with a basic rewrite rule as we’ve changed a template name from template-a to template-b and need to 301 all links to the new template-b URLs. Example: ...
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What happens if a website does not have a robots.txt file?

If the robots.txt file is missing in the root directory of a website, how are things treated as: the site is not indexed at all the site is indexed without any restrictions It should logically be ...
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Is it possible to remove the .php extension WITHOUT using mod_rewrite?

I'm managing an e-commerce site for a customer that was built using JShop on Apache. For SEO reasons links are like: http://www.domain.com/shop/section/3151/1/flowers ...
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Can I protect my sitemap.xml so that only searchengines can download it?

I'm planning of adding a bunch of aggregated lists of pages in my sitemaps that I don't want make it too easy for outsiders to screnscrape. Can I protect my sitemap.xml so that only searchengines can ...
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How to deal with downtime of web server without losing SEO ranking?

I am having a website which I'm planning to keep in maintenance mode for about 2 days without losing SEO ranking. According to Google blog post, we can do this by having a 503 Service Temporarily ...
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odd query strings in Googlebot requests

Google's indexing bot (edit: yes, it's Google, IP resolves) seems to be adding arbitrary query strings to our home page. xx.xxx.xx.xxx - - [30/Jun/2009:10:14:37 -0400] "GET /?key=61680 HTTP/1.1" 200 ...
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Sticky Load Balancing with AWS

I have just setup a load balancer with AWS for a few instances as search engine crawlers were bringing down the site (it has millions of pages). Parts of the site allow you to login so I selected: ...
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Apache2 - rewrite a bunch of specified pathname URLs to one URL

I need to rewrite a bunch of urls (about 100 or so) for SEO purposes, and there may be more being added in the future (probably another 50-100 later on). I need a flexible way of doing this and so ...
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Google index troubles

I have set up this simple blog, which is about travel from a girl's point of view. The site is based on a Wordpress template and the content is pretty straighforward. When the site was launched on ...
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HTTP: 204 No Content Header

I just registered a new domain and at the moment it sends a 403. Is the HTTP-Header "204 No Content" a good header for a domain with no content at the moment, because I'm working on the site and the ...
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Is there a way to disallow robots crawling through IIS Management Console for entire site

Can I do the same as robots.txt through IIS settings? Telling User-agent: * Disallow: / in host header or through web.config?
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Domain Masking / Cloaking?

I don't know whats the correct term for it, but what I'd like is to forward users visiting domain1.com to domain2.com without changing the url in their address bar at all, ie. show contents from ...
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Get google to stop crawling old pages

Ok, so I have a bit of an odd problem. Our site is crawled by google a LOT. There are a few reasons for this, that aren't really easy to change. One of which being you can access localized versions of ...
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how to land www.example.com/subfolder on /index.asp not /index.html

In attempt to answer my question I did: read Miscrosoft "using virtual directories" read over a dozen + posts on stackoverflow / codingforum / dmxzone without a clear answer for my ...
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IIS 6 permanent redirect to deal with a google indexing issue

My company changed domain names about an year ago. When searching for the company name, Google still displays the old url (for the purpose of this post, oldsite.com) I have used IIS 6 to set up a ...
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htaccess, errordocument and joomla rewrite

I need to setup a 404 error handling in my .htaccess, besides handling some 301 redirects for the links of an old website. The new site is made with Joomla, the old site was written in asp. Sef urls ...
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set all apache sites offline with temporary static cached original pages

I would like to set all virtualhosts on my server down for maintenance for some time. The temporary page should contain something like sorry, the page www.xxx.com is down for maintenance. you ...
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Trying to test Domain Collapsing / Consoldiation validity for SEO purposes

At work, we're trying to determine the effectiveness of domain collapsing for SEO purposes. Our current structure is to have multiple web apps served from different servers, such as PUBLIC URLS - ...
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Emailing hundreds of thousands of users for a newletter, company server or service? [closed]

My company has a website with a lot of visitors per day. We are planning to email hundreds of thousands of users. I read somewhere that your email reputation is build on your domain, we have very good ...
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DNS wildcard entry from *.domain.com to www.domain.com

If a user enters ww2.domain.com he should be redirected to www.domain.com. This should be possible for all sort of subdomains (e.g. xxx.domain.com, ww.domain.com, ...). How should I set up the DNS ...
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Prevent users to access to website using port 8080 (apache) when using Varnish (on port 80)

My configuration is very simple : To avoid duplicate content, I want to prevent user to go on my website by hitting directly apache (which is running on port 8080). I have setup a Varnish server ...
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Search-engine friendly DNS redirection

Is it possible to redirect one domain to another using DNS protocol (and not HTTP prococol), and that redirection being friendly to search engines?? i.e. such that search engines know that the two ...
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seems to block /my-beautiful-sef-url-123

I have robots.txt that looks like this: User-agent: * Disallow: /system/ Disallow: /admin/ Disallow: /index.php The obvious goal has been to prevent all the ugly URLs from being indexed, as they ...
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How to forward to Amazon S3 when in maintenance mode with nginx using 503?

During website maintenance, it is sometimes necessary to shutdown our website. Our current method is to touch a file which will trigger the web server (nginx) to redirect traffic to a maintenance ...
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Ip-failover and geolocalization

I have a server (from OVH) located in France with French ip. However most of the people coming to my website are from Poland. From what I read having a Polish ip address could lead to better search ...
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A record for www [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the point in having “www” in a URL? My present DNS configuration for my website's A record is as below Name Value --------------------------- ...
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Is 301 redirects enough for RSS feeds, or will some readers fail?

I am in the process of moving an entire site from ID based pages to user friendly / descriptive urls, and I would like to move the blogs as well. My problem is then, that I am uncertain if 301 ...
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htaccess and ending slash

Trying to add ending slash to all urls. Here is the code: RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !-f RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !/$ ...
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The proper way to redirect from http:// to /www in IIS7

I've noticed recently that Google and a number of other SEO tools are a little confused about where my site is located. They seem to be unsure about whether it's www. or non www. SEO Moze's Site ...
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Serving images from another hostname vs Apache overload for the rewrites

We are trying to improve further the speed of some sites with older HTML in order as well to obtain better SEO results. We have now applied some minify measures, combined html, css etc. We use a small ...
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301 redirect or disallow on robots.txt?

I recently asked for 301 redirection on ServerFault and I didn't get a proper solution to my problem, but now I have a new idea: use the robots.txt to disallow certain URLs from my site to be ...
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Is this a valid robots.txt file?

I have this robots.txt file: User-agent: * Sitemap: Path_to_sitemap.xml My Q is, should I have something else in there as well? Like allow All or something? Thanks