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  1. Nope ... Squarespace doesn't offer a way to view form submissions. You have to rely on one of the built in storage options – pushing submissions to a Google Sheet is the easiest option.

    if you're looking for help with more advanced form implementations on Squarespace let me know 🙂 

    Ed

     

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  2. I'd recommend trying to think about this from a website visitor/user perspective. What's the value provided to the user on those pages that don't have internal links but are ranking in search? If they are valuable pages for users, that might be a good argument for incorporating them into the site structure explicitly, with internal links.

    Also worth checking the backlink profile for those URLs. If there is incoming traffic to those non-linked pages, that would be another argument for keeping them (or at least gracefully redirecting them if you chose to move that valuable content onto other pages as you redesign the site).

    Hope that helps!

    Ed

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  3. Hi @RebeccaD - it looks like the share links you selected are displaying – in the Bedford theme they display in a modal window when a user clicks on the "Share" icon. See this screenshot image.png.f4775a790081eedfdcdcf141cd92f1f3.png

    Some other Squarespace 7.0 template families offer "advanced share buttons" that aren't hidden behind the share link, but not Bedford unfortunately. There are more details on those differences here: https://support.squarespace.com/hc/en-us/articles/206543857-Share-buttons 

    There are third-party tools that would improve your social sharing buttons – some free but privacy-invasive (e.g. ShareThis), and others paid (e.g. ElfSight) – but these require using code injection and take a bit of additional setup outside your Squarespace account.

    Hope that helps!

    - Ed

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  4. Hi @gloryj - from the screenshot you shared it looks like maybe you tried to connect a custom domain? Squarespace customer support may be able to provide some assistance there if that's the main problem you're facing.

    If you'd like some more direct assistance getting the site launched and getting that initial visibility for your business on Google I'd be happy to see if I can help. I offer potential clients a quick free consult on Zoom so we have a chance to see if working together would be a good fit - I'll ask a few questions to better understand your goals and niche, and then I can share a quote based on what you're looking to achieve. If you'd like a to book a free call you can use this scheduling link to find a time. 🙂

    Ed

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  5. Hi Tom - I'd recommend using the Facebook URL Debugger tool to figure this out: https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/

    You can plug in your website URL and use the tool to see what image URL will be populated in the link preview image.

    If you change the social sharing image for your site on Squarespace, you can also use this tool to get Facebook to clear a previous incorrect image stored in its cache.

    Hope that helps!

    - Ed

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  6. Hi @makeithumme - I'm guessing the valid pages are the homepage, resources, features and subscribe right? And the three blog posts are not indexed yet?

    If so, first thing to check is the last crawl date (top right of the screenshot you shared, but outside the frame).

    Also for a new site, it's not uncommon for new posts to be slow to get indexed. There are a few tricks you can use to try and speed this up.

    • Use the Search Console "Request Indexing" feature to request that a specific URL get indexed. No guarantees on timeframe here, but it doesn't hurt to do this when you publish new content.
    • Start generating some inbound traffic to the non-indexed URLs from other sources – share the link on social sites, share it in a forum post or two (Reddit, etc...) — while these don't count as official backlinks, sometimes this activity is enough to nudge Google's crawlers to pay attention to the new URLs.
    • If you have a Google property (like a Google My Business profile) create a post that links to your non-indexed URL there. I've had success doing this a few times to get a new post to index when it seems to have been missed by the crawlers.
    • Generate some actual backlinks from other websites – if you can get others in your niche to link to you that will help too.

    Let us know if you see a change!

    - Ed

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  7. Hi @MDEZZ - the site is looking good! Hope you're happy with it. I work on SEO for Squarespace sites and would be happy to chat with you and see how I can support. I offer potential clients a quick free consult on Zoom so we have a chance to see if working together would be a good fit - I'll ask a few questions to better understand your goals and niche, and then I can share a quote based on what you're looking to achieve. If you'd like a to book a free call you can use this scheduling link to find a time.

    We do also have some DIY guides available, like this one for Squarespace SEO. However I'm guessing the issues you may be facing are specific to establishing search visibility for a brand new site — that's all about getting Google (and other search engines) to understand your new site as the authoritative source of information about your business. That's always a fun challenge, and I'd be happy to help out 🙂

    - Ed

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  8. Thanks for the additional screenshots. It's frustrating when Google just seems to get stuck like this. The "Request Indexing" feature does not guarantee anything happening on any kind of immediate timeline.

    One thing that I've found works sometimes to give Google a nudge is setting up some other Googleservice that references the URL that isn't getting indexed — in this case I'd suggest signing up for a Google My Business profile. Fill out the basic business info, make sure to include the website URL, and go through the steps to verify that you're the business owner. My guess is doing this will help nudge Google to accurately index the site and start showing the results in search.

    https://www.google.com/business/

  9. 23 hours ago, edharris said:

    I'll reach out to SS support and see if they plan to resurface that tag noindex setting somewhere else – will update here if I get a helpful response!

    Sounds like product tag and categories don't result in system-created archives, so you don't need to worry about setting those to noindex.

    9 hours ago, Flutes_Flutists said:

    By navigation, you mean I should actually have them somewhere in my Menu bar? I am planning on linking the brands using the logos at the bottom of my store page: https://flutesandflutists.com/store/

    Either way works. Adding links to the brand-organized collection pages in the navigation would offer a clear path to those pages for users from every page on the site — that also serves a clear signal to search engine crawlers that these are an important collection of pages on the site. That signal would be a little weaker if they're those pages are only accessible from linked logos on the store page. 

  10. Unfortunately you're unlikely to be able to see this information without some custom setup ahead of time.

    I assume you have canadiankendamas.com set as the primary domain in Squarespace, and have three other domains forwarding to the same site?

    If you wanted to track the traffic contribution of the three other domains, you would need to add some tracking code to the forwarding URL that you could then pick up in a more advanced analytics package like Google Analytics. I also don't believe a Squarespace-managed domain allows you to do this, so the three domains you want to forward would need to be need to be registered with a different registrar. 

    For example, this guide from registrar Namecheap has some more details: https://www.namecheap.com/blog/how-to-track-forwarded-domain-traffic/

    Hope that helps.

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    https://www.namecheap.com/blog/how-to-track-forwarded-domain-traffic/

  11. Hi Melissa – the coverage report in your screenshot looks like it's filtered to just show URLs in the sitemap, and the "last updated" date on the right is cut off. Can you switch the report to the "All known pages" option (click the arrow next to the words /sitemap.xml in your screenshot)?

    It does look like Google is indexing your site successfully (pages show up in the search results for your business name).

     

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  12. Glad this was helpful.

    On the question about setting the default tag archive pages to noindex, it actually seems like Squarespace has removed that setting in 7.1, which is a shame. However I don't think it changes the approach overall — the built in tag links aren't surfaced visually for users anywhere so Google is much more likely to select your custom-built "brand" pages as the authoritative page, especially if they're linked in your navigation and from other pages on your site.

    I'll reach out to SS support and see if they plan to resurface that tag noindex setting somewhere else – will update here if I get a helpful response!

  13. Since you're focusing on trying to increase SEO and search visibility for flute brand queries, I'd suggest the following:

    Create a page for each brand you want to rank for, and optimize all the usual places for SEO - make sure the SEO title, description, page title, etc all include "[BRAND NAME] Flutes".

    Then at the top of the page, include a short chunk of keyword-optimized text introducing what makes that brand unique, what kind of flutes they offer, what kind of player they might be best suited for ... (I'm not a flute expert!)

    Then below that introductory brand-specific copy, add a Summary block, pulling from the product collection, and filtered using the brand tag just only display that brand.

    Then make sure that the default system tag archive pages are set to SEO noindex in the settings.

    These custom pages with some introductory text are much more likely to rank than the system-built tag archive.

    Hope this helps!

    Ed

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  14. Sorry - I was assuming you had Google Analytics installed on the website since your post was tagged with “AdWords”. 
     

    If you’re working on setting up conversion tracking so you can measure conversions on a CPC campaign I’d recommend installing Google Analytics. Then you can create a conversion goal (destination type) using the form submission confirmation page.

  15. This may not be the answer you are looking for, but a more simple solution might be to set the form to redirect to a specific confirmation page after submission.

    In Squarespace you can easily create a simple confirmation page, leave it in the “not linked” section of the navigation, and set it to not be indexed by search engines.

    Then you can track form conversions using page views on the confirmation page.

    If that doesn’t work for you , the next best option is probably using Google Tag Manager and tying some code to that button click.

    Hope that helps.

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  16. This is the sitemap URL to add in the Google Search Console settings: https://www.easy-eiv.de/sitemap.xml - that should work without an error, since the sitemap is populated and publicly visible.

    Also looks like Google has already indexed three URLs on the site (see screenshot below).

    Hope that helps!

    image.png.c7f169f3c8f38611deaadb20fdbf144f.png

     

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  17. Hey Nick — on Google, I think you're all set. The single URL on the site is indexed by Google (as indicated in your screenshot). The message you're seeing about the page not being included in the sitemap is just a quirk of how Squarespace handles the redirect from the .../home URL to the root domain. The screenshot you posted shows that Google's crawler was able to understand what's happening there despite that URL not being formally listed in a sitemap.

    As evidence, it looks like you're currently ranking in the second page of the SERPs for the query "dark secret game" on Google.

    On Bing, the screenshot you posted shows Bing last indexed the site in March and got a 4xx error. I'm not sure what the status of the site was in March, but you should click over into the "Live URL" tab, check to make sure Bing can access the live URL today, and if so, click that "Request Indexing" button. That should prompt Bing to reindex the site and replace that error it found back in March.

     

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  18. Hi @colnick - that's correct, Squarespace Analytics doesn't offer that level of customization. Google Analytics is certainly the most popular way to achieve specific click tracking, in addition to setting up events and conversion goals. There are other analytics packages out there that you could look at too – like Fathom Analytics if you want a platform that is more privacy focused.

    Msg me if you need help getting GA set up with event/click tracking. I'd be happy do a quick free consultation and get you a quote.

     

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  19. Try adding Twitter's "Summary Card with Large Image" meta tags to the page, using code injection. For some reason Squarespace doesn't do this by default.

    For your homepage, the code would look something like this (replace the parts in caps)

    <meta name="twitter:card" content="summary_large_image">
    <meta name="twitter:site" content="@YOUR-TWITTER-HANDLE">
    <meta name="twitter:title" content="PAGE-TITLE">
    <meta name="twitter:description" content="META-DESCRIPTION">
    <meta name="twitter:image" content="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/5e22fb8d8524a16d5bd5683c/1629916794384-47XCJWB3ASMFS3SGE17Q/OpinionX+Open-Graph+Image+2021.png?format=1500w&content-type=image%2Fpng">

    Not 100% but I'm guessing that will get you the desired result. This is based on Slack's API documentation which seems to prefer to use Twitter image markup for full size images in link previews.

     

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  20. My simple advice here is to do what is best for users if your website — what is most likely to improve user experience and lead to higher quality content.

    If someone reaches out with a genuine, good faith request to add a link because they recognize with will be beneficial for your website visitors, consider it! If it makes your webpage a more valuable resource, you may see an SEO gain.

    Otherwise, I’d proceed more cautiously.

     

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  21. Hi @Leaf - the site looks great! Love the design work and overall aesthetic.

    I'm no design expert, but as it looks like a new(ish) business (or at least a new web presence), it might be worth thinking about SEO and incorporating some more of the keywords folks in your target audience might be searching for.

    Claiming a Google My Business profile might help increase your chances of ranking when someone searches your business name (unfortunately there are lots of competing jewelry-related results for "leaf silver"). You could also build our the Marketing > SEO title and description further so that the preview in Google Search is a better description of your services.

    Good luck! I'm also based in Vermont – LMK if you're open to collaborating on projects – I like to keep a list of local design-talented folks that I can refer that kind of project too when it's outside my skillset 🙂

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  22. We get questions about Google Tag Manager installation on Squarespace a lot so we updated our how-to guide for setting up and installing a GTM container. We're also adding to our section on limitations with GTM and Squarespace (e.g. if you want to use Google Analytics and ecommerce conversion tracking via GTM you're out of luck). Suggested additions to that limitations section welcome!

    https://www.bluehillsdigital.com/articles/google-tag-manager-squarespace/

  23. FYI This forum is for Squarespace users and the website you shared is built on Wordpress – different platforms!

    Either way, if you're experiencing a traffic drop dig into your analytics reports to see if you can determine which channel is responsible for the drop. And then I'd suggest a website audit – there's a wide range of issues that can cause a drop in traffic. We have a DIY website audit guide published here if you want to follow the steps.

  24. The "Page Title" is what will show up in the browser tab when the page is active – generally it makes sense for this to be the same as the Navigation Title, so that users don't get confused about what page they have open.

    The optional SEO Title is what will appear in search engine results, if/when that URL ranks in response to a particular search query. It's totally fine to just allow the page title to be the SEO title, but you might be missing an opportunity to improve search rankings and click-through rates if you don't customize the SEO title. 

    Short answer: it's not automatically better for SEO if they're different, but fine-tuning the SEO title is a good idea since it plays a significant role in whether search engine users click through to your website from a search result or not.

    Hope that helps 🙂

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