Hi everyone, I'm Reid from the Search Quality team.
Today I'd like to answer some of the unanswered questions from our latest round of popular picks.
Searchmaster had a question about duplicate content.
Understandably, this is a popular concern from webmasters. You should check out the Google Webmaster Central Blog
where my collegue Susan Moskwa recently posted "Demystifying the 'duplicate content penalty'"
which answers many questions and concerns about duplicate content.
Jay is the Boss wanted to know if e-commerce websites suffer if they have two or more different themes.
For example, you could have a site that sells auto parts, but also sightseeing guides.
In general, I'd encourage webmasters to create a website that they feel is relevant for users.
If it makes sense to sell auto parts and sightseeing guides, then go for it.
Those are the sites that perform well, because users want to visit those sites, and they'll link to them as well.
emma2 wanted to know if Google will follow links on a page using the "noindex" attribute in the "robots" meta tag.
To answer this question, Googlebot will follow links on a page which uses the meta "noindex" tag,
but that page will not appear in our search results.
As a reminder, if you would like to prevent Googlebot from crawling any links on a page,
use the "nofollow" attribute in the "robots" meta tag.
Aaron Pratt wanted to know about some ways a webmaster can rank well for local searches.
A quick recommendation is to add your business to the Local Business Center. There, you can add
contact information as well as well as store operating hours and coupons as well. Another example, or a tip,
is to take advantage and purchase a country-specific top-level domain, or use the geotargeting feature
in Webmaster Tools.
jdeb901 said it would be helpful if we could let webmasters know if we are having problems with Webmaster Tools.
This is an excellent point, and we're always thinking about better ways to communicate with webmasters.
If you're having problems with Webmaster Tools, chances are someone else is as well, and they've posted to the
Google Webmaster Help Group about this.
In the past, if we've experienced problems with Webmaster Tools, we've also created a "sticky" post
to let users know that we know about these issues with Webmaster Tools, and we're working to find a solution.
Well, that about wraps it up with our Popular Picks. Thanks again for all of your questions, and I look forward
to seeing you around the group.