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  1. Is a website designed with a CSS-based layout more SEO friendly than a table-based layout? Actually, one need not to be worried about it. Google can handle both table-based and CSS-based layout. Google scores them, regardless of what type of layout mechanism one uses. It is recommended to use what is the best for them. Nowadays, people tend to like CSS because it's easy to change the site, change the layout and it is modular as well. Whereas tables, have this Web 1.0 kind of connotation to them. But, what matters is, one must have the best site, then Google will try to find it and rank it without considering whether it's table-based or CSS-based layout.
  2. 'Query deserves freshness.' Fact or fiction? Definitely, it's not a fiction, but its a fact. In the New York Times, Amit Singhal has talked about it. In that, he says that he believed there are some queries which deserve freshness. So, Query Deserve Freshness (QDF) is really a fact, not fiction.
  3. 'Query deserves freshness.' Fact or fiction? Definitely, it's not a fiction, but its a fact. In the New York Times, Amit Singhal has talked about it. In that, he says that he believed there are some queries which deserve freshness. So, Query Deserve Freshness (QDF) is really a fact, not fiction.
  4. Will Google find text in images someday? Actually, it is easy to say in words, but it is a big undertaking in real. But, it will be fun at the same time. Actually, it will be great, if Google crawled the web, found all the images and ran OCR (optical character recognition) on all the images on the web. But, to be honest, it is too high to dream, as it involves loads of work. The notable fact is, one should expect this from Google in any short term now.
  5. Do you have any specific tips for news sites, which have unique concerns compared with commercial sites? For an instance, let's say, if it's a developing news story, it is recommended to have one page, where all the page rank can gather. For an another instance, you might come across, who do many stories over several days. They do not link those stories together. They will keep it on the track, so that less likely to lose a few people through the cracks that way. And then, you can take Wikipedia, where they have one page, which gets richer and more developed. If a news story is over, and you can think of moving to a new page. But given a certain story, it is better to add updates or add more information on the same URL. Or you can think about other stuff. Take a look at Google News documentation. There is some meta tags and other tags that they have available which are not available to other people or that Google News treats specially. You can give a thought to Authorship, which helps in understanding who exactly wrote a particular story or particular page. If it's a news site, you can dig a little research on those lines.
  6. Will therefore be any issues, if the h1 tag appears below the h2 tag in the code. Does the spider still know what's going on? Actually, one need not to be worried about it, as Google handles h1s and h2s so well. So, just do not make a whole page h1 or h2. People put up lots of stuff on the web. As per some study many years before, forty percentage of the web pages had syntax errors. So, it is not a big deal of having one h1 below an h2. So many people do broken web pages, ugly web pages and pages that are not really HTML. Still, Google tries to process it, as those pages may have some good details in it. So, don't worry about having, some out of order h1s or h2.
  7. On what conditions, Google will display "Did you mean" search results above normal results? Actually, "Did you mean" search results began to be displayed since November 2008. Google will show it, when they were more confident that there was something really helpful. Mostly, not all the users will click on the "Did you mean" results, as they are not savvy or they might have not looked at it. They get blindness and so they do not click on that result, which will be really useful to them. Google wishes to show the new interface, when they think there is higher probability that this is going to help users, not just a normal search result, but really useful, like they misspelled it badly or some great things wait for them in that results, but only if only they will do corrected search. Maybe it will not be 100% perfect every time. One can always use the plus sign or put a phrase or a keyword in double quotes, to do the exact search one wish to have for, if Google returns bad results. They are trying to learn and enhance on the individual algorithms. Google has seen a real quality enhancement for the majority of users.
  8. What impact do site load times have on Google rankings? ctually, it can be answered in two ways, like in a short and long manner. The short answer is, at present, it does not have any impact. If a site takes long time to load that Google can't even bring it, Googlebot can't even get a copy of it, then it will have impact on your rankings, as it is essentially timing out. If your site takes like, 20 or 30 seconds to respond to requests, then it's really a big deal. But if a site takes one second versus two seconds, which will have no impact on Google's rankings. A little long answer is, according to Larry Page, the web should be really faster just as a magazine, where one can turn the page, when they are ready for the next one. Chrome was built with the motive to make the web really fast with a good experience and performance. So, for now, site load times have no impact on Google rankings, but who knows what the future might bring. If I make a guess about it, Google would want the web to be much faster and they would be thinking about encouraging people to make their sites faster. If your site is faster, visitors will be happy about it and they will visit or use your site frequently. So, it is interesting that Google wants the web to be fast and wants sites to load quickly.
  9. Underscores or dashes in URLs, Are there differences between my-page and mi_pagina? Yes, they are different. If one can opt between underscores and hyphens, I would go for hyphens (-) personally. But, if you have underscores (_) and everything works so good, one need not to worry about it and there is no need to change their architecture. A team inside Google, works on using underscores as separators, which is little bit different and which might have bigger impact. But there may be alterations in that, as far as there is no confirmation about it. But, as for now, hyphens (-) are treated as separators and underscores (_) are not. This might change in future, but not now.
  10. In some queries, Google uses the date of the post in the description snippet at Google search. Is there any reason for it? Is there any way one can say not to mention it? Google's snippets team always try their best ways to show really helpful descriptions or snippets in the search results. When you are on a forum, maybe there has been four replies. When you are on a blog, maybe there has been 40 comments on that blog post. So, snippets team trying to think about some new wats to have useful snippets. Highlighting the date of the blog post appeared is one of those ways of helpful snippets. They do this because, if something is recent, it will be helpful to you in one way or other. Google has the right to show the snippet which they think the best for users. Google has the right to show the part of the page or mention the date of the post when it went live. They do these things because they want the best for their users. And at present, there is no such way to say Google not to mention the date of the post in snippets.
  11. If one externalize all CSS style definitions, Java scripts and disallow all user agents from accessing these external files (via robots.txt), would this cause problems for Googlebot? Does Googlebot need access to these files? It is recommend not to block, because for an instance, the White House recently released a new robot.txt and they blocked the images, directory or CSS or JavaScript or whatever. It is better not to block it, as it will be very helpful when something spammy is going on with JavaScript. So, it is really good to allow Googlebot go ahead and crawl it. And the notable fact is, these files are not huge, so it does not drain a lot of bandwidth. So, you just allow Googlebot have access to all such stuff. Mostly, Google will not obtain it, but in rare cases, when they do a quality check on behalf of someone or when they get a spam report, they will fetch that and ensure that the site is clean and not having any sorts of problems.