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  1. I can't verify for sure that the two are connected, as there was a big Google core update earlier this month that has caused a lot of changes. However, I can provide some guidance on how to resolve #1 and then you can see if that has any benefits for you. So this is a common issue with Squarespace and they should provide a way in the admin to keep the built-in domain from being indexed. until then, follow the steps I've outlined here in this blog post and that will tell Google to remove your built-in domain from their index. https://modsquare.io/blog/remove-squarespace-domain-google-search-results It may take a few weeks for this to take effect but it's worth a try.
  2. I have no special insight into what Google is doing on their Chrome home page. The only thing I could think of why your name is truncated is that maybe they didn't like the hyphen in your name. I wish I had a more insightful answer, lol.
  3. This question intrigued me and I did a bit of research. Here's a quote from Google Search Console support site: Obviously Google's algorithm hasn't done a good job in your case, but I'd be wary of hiding pages from Google that you really don't want hidden. The last thing you want to happen is have them de-index anything important. I would just take a long-term approach and work on your internal linking, pointing more internal links to your higher-profile pages. Google will see what pages are more important to you and should follow along. If it helps, those sitelinks only display when Google is 100% sure that the query is looking for your website. So for most searches, where someone isn't aware of you yet, these odd sitelinks would not appear to them.
  4. I scanned your site with another SEO tool that I use. It emulates Googlebot as much as possible and it didn't return any 401 errors. It did get 404 errors on the blog and podcast links in the footer. I've seen so many tools trigger false positives on different things. I've not seen Squarespace servers blocking scans before but it's possible they were for a particular reason. Are you still seeing the same issue?
  5. Yes, IgorAvidon is correct that your site is being indexed. I don't see you currently ranking anywhere in the first 10 pages for "Maurice Samuels" so you definitely aren't on the map yet. I did a quick audit to see if there was anything glaring and here would be my suggestions: Just as suggested above, work on getting some inbound links to the website. I f this is an authorized site for the author, I have to believe he'd have some good connections that could be leveraged for links. At first glance, the site seems over optimized for the author name. Almost every page title mention his full name twice. Not that this is a ranking factor, but I would shorten and write custom meta descriptions for each page. You have a number of duplicates and most are too long to all be displayed. Without digging further, I suspect it is a combination of new site "sandboxing" by Google and the lack of inbound links. Hope that helps!
  6. What kind of activity data do you want to see? And what criteria do you use to define your "groups"? I'm guessing that you want to see basic analytics data like sessions, pages views, time on page, etc. If you don't want to collect personally identifiable information, then the only data you could know about people would be what Google Analytics or another platform would be able to provide. They do provide a lot of demographics info, but it won't be 100% accurate. The only other idea I came up with would be to use UTM parameters in your links to try to funnel different groups of users into your site. For example, if you're advertising to specific groups, you could track them that way.
  7. Hello! How long ago did you go live with the site? And what steps did you take to display the site in Google? The bad news is that it is 100% up to Google which websites to include in their index and where to put them. The good news is that if you have an excellent website, they are happy to include you. Your site looks like a good start content-wise so my guess is that you will just need to wait a bit. Typically it can take a few weeks for you to start showing up somewhere in search results. And unfortunately it can take 6 months or more for new sites to get out of the "sandbox" and into the top listings. I scanned your site quickly to make sure there weren't any obvious things wrong and I didn't see anything that would keep Google from indexing. So my suggestion would be to create a Google Search Console account, grab your Squarespace sitemap, and add your sitemap. Once you've done that then you've successfully let Google know you're here and where all of your pages are. Now your job is to make this the best site on the internet for your topic. The more content you publish, the more links you'll get and the more content Google has to understand your site and rank you. SEO is a marathon and not a sprint (unfortunately). Hope that helps!
  8. So what you're seeing here are search results that are showing some structured data, or schema, associated with the page. Schema structures information in a way that Google understands and doesn't have to make guesses as to what something is. There are almost 1,000 different schemas, although Google only uses a select few in their search results. https://schema.org/docs/schemas.html In the case of the screenshot above, it does link to a blog post but they are using the recipe schema. Here's a link to a page that describes how they did that: https://www.sitesell.com/blog/recipe-schema/ Squarespace does automatically generate a few types of schema for you, like blog post and products. But there are tool out there like this one ( https://technicalseo.com/tools/schema-markup-generator/ ) where you fill in the blanks, copy the output code, and paste the results into your individual webpage's code injection. Even if you add this to your page, it's at Google's discretion if they display it or not in the search results. Its debatable if adding schema to a page helps directly with SEO. However, it can definitely make your search result more enticing to people to click on it — and higher click through rates do help with SEO.
  9. Hi Seth, Are you still having issues? I went to your sitemap link ( https://www.coleplumbing.co/sitemap.xml ) and it appears to be working correctly now. Could have been an issue if you had tried very soon after going live. I have no idea how Squarespace maintains these but its quite likely they refresh them on a regular schedule and you were viewing it before it was refreshed with live data. Either way...hope you're seeing the same thing now too. Best wishes!
  10. Actually, schema mark-up isn't visible HTML on the website. The script is meant to tell Google structured information about you, in this case about your business. It's great that you are adding this to the site, however, I would suggest adding this code to the page's header code injection which can be found on the page settings > advanced. Then, simply add your business contact information as a text block in your footer as well and you should be good.
  11. Google "should" follow your guidelines on whether to index a page or not, but sometimes they have other ideas. Or if they index a page and then you change the setting to noindex, it can take awhile for that page to drop off their radar. However, if you have a Google Search Console account you can request that they remove a page from their index and usually they will honor that request. A few years ago Google indexed my Squarespace built-in domain and I went through a process to remove that from their index and it worked well. I did a write-up here on how to set-up your Google Search Console account and then remove the URLs you don't want in their index. https://modsquare.io/blog/remove-squarespace-domain-google-search-results Just scroll about 1/3rd of the way down the page and you'll see a subhead called " Resolution: Use A Google Search Console Account to Remove These URLs" and follow the instructions. Just use your primary domain and not the SQSP built-in domain. This is probably going to be the fastest way to get rid of those. It might take up to a few weeks but I'll bet that this clears it up for you.
  12. Yeah, if you think about it Amazon has 100,000+ different categories of stuff and they can rank well for them all. You shouldn't have any issues with having a section of your site be centered around photography and another section centered around design & print. The only thing that will be harder is that you will likely need to develop more content than someone who focuses on one thing. But SQSP will let you customize & SEO each page according to its subject and Google can understand both and direct searchers to the right part of your site! Let me know if you have any questions!
  13. Hello! I ran your site through my site auditing software and it came up clean, without any 404 errors. So perhaps you fixed it already or maybe that software is triggering a false positive. Either way your site came up really clean from a technical perspective — good job!
  14. I haven't tried that method...I'll have to look into that a bit more. I use Google Tag Manager to log all sorts of events in Google Analytics. I typically use it to track page views, form completions, page scrolling, individual link clicks, etc. Its a bit of work to set-up but once you do, the possibilities are endless. This YouTube channel has a lot of good helpful info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmNPJw-YLuQ If you do use GTM to track your regular page views in GA, be sure to remove the GA code you entered into the SQSP admin or else it will fire twice and double-up your data. Hope that helps!
  15. The old meta keywords field is sometimes missing in most modern CMS systems because it's no longer used by Google as a ranking factor. I think Wordpress still has the field, although the Yoast plugin will kinda yell at you if you use it. Because of this, most people stopped using meta keywords since all it did was tell your competitors what terms you were targeting.
  16. I don't know of a way inside of Squarespace's analytics, unfortunately, but it is possible if you do it with Google Tag Manager (GTM) and Google Analytics (GA). You can set-up triggers in GTM to track link clicks as events in GA. It does take some time to set-up but it's pretty slick when you get it going. Here's an article that discusses how to set up GTM and GA to track links: https://www.zoomowl.com/link-click-tracking-using-googleanalytics/ Hope that helps!
  17. Switching CMS systems will impact your SEO a bit. The reason is that Google sees the changes to your site and works to reindex and re-understand the website. It's like a shock to the system. The number that floats around is to expect a 15% drop in traffic on your site for 4 to 6 weeks. I've seen a lot less than that over my time, more in the realm of 5%. However, the more things you can keep exactly the same from the old site to the new one, the better. Keep the exact same URLs, same content, same page titles, meta descriptions, image ALT etc and you will minimize the drop. Bear in mind that a site redesign is a good time to also correct any SEO architecture issues you might have which will be better over the long term. So I'd recommend doing it the right way, work through the short drop period and then you'll be in better shape long-term. Hope it goes well!
  18. Hello! Try adding the Facebook Pixel Helper Chrome extension into your Chrome browser and see if that provides any helpful info. When I went to your site it did register a FB pixel but said it wasn't activated for tracking page views yet. It does appear to be firing on all pages so it wasn't just injected onto a specific page. Was your previous website also on Squarespace? Are you using Google Tag Manager to fire the FB Pixel? Maybe some more info on why you removed the Pixel ID originally would help too but something somewhere is still causing it to fire.
  19. Yes, there is a simple solution! The easiest way is to redirect the form to a special page after it is submitted. I typically call the page "Contact Us Form Confirmation" with a slug of /contact-form-confirmation or something like that. Next we need to tell the form to use this new confirmation page. In the edit form dialog box, go to the "Advanced" tab and there is a space to select a post-submit redirect page. Enter the page URL here for your new confirmation page. Last, in Google Analytics, simply specify a goal with this specific URL being the end result. Hope that helps!
  20. If you don't want the page to be indexed by search engines, then you can just use the new toggle on Page Settings > SEO to hide the page from search results. This effectively changes a setting on the page to "no-index" which tells the search engines you don't want the page to be indexed.
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