Question markAs it’s 2009 (a New Year and all that) we’ve decided to introduce a new feature to the blog.

We’re going to run a regular Q&A piece, offering advice about building websites, running a business, choosing domain names … all the usual stuff we cover on here.

But this time we’re inviting you to send us your questions. Each time round we’ll pick some of the most interesting and post the answers up right here.

Between us we have an awful lot of experience of building and running websites, so it’s your chance to get your questions answered by some experts.

It could be something that’s been bugging you for months, a practical problem you encountered that day or just something you’ve been idly wondering about.

We can’t promise to answer all the questions we receive, but we’ll certainly pick a few of the most interesting and publish the best answers we can, right here. It’s sort of like ‘Dear Deirdre’ but for internet stuff.

For the first go, please send us your queries on search engine optimisation (SEO). Maybe you want to know how to decide which keywords to target, or how to measure your site’s current performance.

Whatever it is, you can pose your question right now. Just leave a comment on this post. Remember, it can be anything at all to do with SEO.

Once we’ve received a few queries, we’ll publish answers to the most interesting ones. So hit the comment link now.

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  • Claire

    How can I use SEO effecively, when the site requires registration and purchase of credits before you can view the material? For instance, there maybe interesting content on the Titanic that customers can’t get to until they’ve regisetered and purchased

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    January 25, 2009 at 5:52 pm
  • Roger

    If I register two domains, say a .co.uk and a .com, for the same website, does Google still penalise the second for duplicate content?

    For SEO is it better to use unframed forwarding for the second domain to the main one, or to park them both on the hosting so that bot hdomains appear to work independently?

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    January 26, 2009 at 8:19 pm
  • paul mcconnell

    I AM A SMALL BUSSINESS HOW CAN I SEPERATE THE SO-CALLED FREE SITES LIKE VIVA STREET WHRE THEY ADVERTISE ON YOUR ADVERT AND NOT HAPPY ABOUT,UNLIKE GUM TREE WHICH I AM HAPPY WITH.I AM A HANDYMAN ,CAN YOU HELP ME DIFFERENTIATE AND POSSIBLY LIST ALTERNATIVE SITES THAT ARE TRULY FREE AND NOT ADVERTISED ON MY ADVERT PLEASE ,RELATIVELY NEW TO COMPUTING,PLEASE HELP?

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    January 26, 2009 at 8:46 pm
  • myB777 Web design and Photography

    How much does the domain name matter when it comes to SEO?

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    January 27, 2009 at 12:48 am
  • myB777 Web design and Photography

    What is more SEO friendly in a domain name, wordsalltogether.com or words-hyphened-together.com?

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    January 27, 2009 at 12:49 am
  • myB777 Web design and Photography

    How about a definition of key terms like anchor text and link baiting?

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    January 27, 2009 at 12:55 am
  • Ian Ripper

    Something I don’t understand about Google Page Rank. Am I ranked in relation to my keywords? Obviously my site is of some relevance (and hence ranking) relating to what I do (self catering holidays) but it if no relevance for widget making. Is my PR of 3 related to keywords I optimise for?
    Thanks
    Ian

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    January 27, 2009 at 11:21 pm
  • Rosana

    I am a regular 123-reg client. I would like to understand the basics concepts about SEO and its utility. SEO and its relations with Google.
    Thanks
    Rosana

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    January 31, 2009 at 5:05 pm
  • Brian

    SEO comes from combining lots of different techniques to achieve a high position in search engine results.

    But is there one single technique that is by far the most important aspect to pay attention to, it seems to me that getting a decent number of high ranking links to your website seems to get the best results in terms of search engine position, would you agree that this is correct.

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    February 8, 2009 at 12:13 pm
  • Wilson

    Indeed. The entire foundation of the Google algo is based on inbound links as a proxy for popularity. So, yes, this is a major critical central factor…

    That being said. It is a complex equation. And many other factors are at work also. Don’t assume it’s simple. But yes, high PR links from related sites are critical no matter how you slice it.

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    March 9, 2009 at 3:22 am
  • Marie

    How do I get my newly launched site verified by Google when I can not add meta tags via my 123-reg site?

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    April 3, 2009 at 10:32 am
  • Michael

    Google sees two home pages for my site: / and /home and is telling me (in my Webmasters Tools account) that I have duplicate title and descriptions, even though these are in fact the same page. My PR recently went from 3 down to 2 for no apparent reson, but this occurred coincident with this recent “find” by Google.

    I cannot find a link anywhere on my site to the /home URL, so I added a line to my robots.txt file to Dissallow: /home

    Am I doing something I shouldn’t be, or is this a sound solution to the duplicate content penalty I may be receiving from Google?

    Please, you help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.

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    April 11, 2009 at 5:24 pm
  • Slider

    Hi – I have a question!

    I regularly set up WordPress sites for people who want to blog.

    In the last couple of weeks, I have set up five dfferent sites under five different names.

    On four of them, I can change the privacy settings such that their brand new sites appear and disappear from Google searches (on a name with company)almost instantly. However, on the fifth site, nothing I do seems to make it come up. Even searching the Google’s top 100 responses reveals nothing – it is as if we have clicked the privacy selection to stop the search engines fnding it (but we haven’t).

    I have looked online and discovered others that have had similar experiences. Has anybody got any idea what might be happening?

    On the site in question, we did originally have a full, proper, domain name noted as the main header (i.e. not the WordPress URL) but we have changed it to the WordPress URL now to see if that works (but it has ben a week now and still no sign).

    I know all the stuff about links etc but when I am using search terms that include their name and the company that they work for the search term is virtually unique to the one site – but Google isn’t seeing it.

    I found something on the net about WordPress verification with Google and a work around (on Friday) but further searching indicated that this workaround no longer works (but it used to).

    Help!

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    October 12, 2009 at 2:37 pm
  • paul edwards

    How important is my choice of domain with relation to my main keywords for example if me main keywords was going to be buy benzo fury, would domain name be best as http://www.buybenzofury.com or http://www.buy-benzo-fury.com please help asap as i need to buy domain now

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    May 15, 2010 at 4:45 am
  • Phlebotomy Training

    Is the google ‘sandbox’ a real thing and if so, what exactly does it do, ie- who gets thrown into it?, how do you get out?, how long does it last?, etc..

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    August 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm