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Below are articles from the High Rankings Advisor Newsletter which discussed dynamically generated website issues, problems and solutions.
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How Your Site Architecture and Website Navigation Affect SEO

September 11, 2013
As discussed in my last article about technical SEO issues, it's crucial to be sure that you have no server errors on your site. But there are other technical issues that relate to your website navigation and how you set up your overall site architecture. Read More >>

Technical SEO Issues

August 28, 2013
While uncovering and fixing technical issues has always been an important part of SEO, in the wake of Panda and Penguin, technical SEO has moved closer to the forefront. You may have thought that the better Google gets, the less effect technical problems would have on SEO -- I know I did. But in fact, it has been the opposite. Read More >>

Google Penalties For Sites That Aren't Optimized For Mobile

August 14, 2013
Will Google rank a site poorly if it is not optimized for mobile devices?   Read More >>

Low Quality Pages: Redirects or 404s?

August 14, 2013
Should we 301-redirect 10,000 of low-quality pages to a single page or delete them entirely? Read More >>

Best Web Design Programs

August 14, 2013
What are the top two or three web design programs you would recommend? Read More >>

How to Fix a Wrong URL in Google and Bing

April 10, 2013
What do you do when you accidentally provide the search engines with a bad URL? Read More >>

Are Numbers in URLs Okay for SEO?

April 10, 2013
I am wondering if numbers in URLs negatively affect SEO. Read More >>

SEO and Duplicate Content Issues That Hurt Google Traffic

December 5, 2012
As part of my SEO for 2013 and beyond series, I promised to provide more in-depth information about the "SEO killers" I mentioned last time. Today I'm delving into duplicate content as it relates to SEO.

18 SEO Killers You Must Clean Up and Avoid for 2013 and Beyond

November 14, 2012
There's a lot of talk lately of Google having finally killed SEO through their Panda and Penguin algorithms, which continue to ensnare more and more websites with every new update. So is SEO really (finally) dead? Read More >>

Moving an HTML Site to WordPress After Loss of Website Traffic

September 19, 2012
Does moving from an HTML site to a WordPress site have any big SEO issues? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

August 22, 2012
Shopping Cart Redirects

What Are Low-Quality Pages and How Do You Fix Them?

August 8, 2012
In some of my recent reviews of websites that have recently lost Google traffic, I've found a common thread: lots of low-quality content pages. But the interesting thing is that this wasn't the sort of low-quality content created by some scammy SEO in an attempt to boost search engine rankings. Read More >>

Getting Ahead in Google: Dare to Be Different

June 13, 2012
I recently did a site audit for a client who was wondering why they were having a hard time showing up in Google. When I read through the information they sent me and took a quick look at their website, it was obvious to me what the problem was: They simply didn't deserve to be there. Let me explain... Read More >>

Is pageid= in the URL Harmful to Website SEO?

September 21, 2011
Recently I had a conversation with an SEO expert who claimed that the most important thing we need to do for SEO on our website is URL rewriting. Our old CMS system still uses parameters in the URL ("?pageid="). Read More >>

High Rankings Question of the Week

September 21, 2011
Do you change URLs for SEO purposes if they're not currently using keywords but are being indexed fine? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

July 13, 2011
Wildcard Subdomains & SEO

URLs With Hashtags

June 1, 2011
Do you think the hashtag in a URL affects the site's SEO or link building in any way? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

May 4, 2011
Parameters vs. Anchors

The Truth About Search Engines and Flash

March 23, 2011
If your company wants people to actually understand what you do when they come to your website, how does playing with the spinning balls further this goal? Read More >>

Some Farm Aid for the Afflicted: Google Farmer Update

March 2, 2011
By now you've surely heard of the recent Google algorithm changes dubbed the "Farmer Update." This article highlights some of the interesting things I noticed that made me go hmmm...with the small set of sites I've looked at so far. Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

January 19, 2011
Non-nefarious Cloaking

SEO Consultants Are Not the Enemy!

December 15, 2010
When a client hires an outside SEO consultant during the design and development of a new website, it's often not looked upon kindly by the development team. Chances are the team has had bad experiences with an SEO who forced them to design for search engines and not for people. Read More >>

CMS Keeps Two Sets of URLs

November 3, 2010
We are moving our site to a new CMS and have a few questions regarding URLs and our sitemap. Read More >>

Adding a Content Widget

November 3, 2010
If I add to a page of my website a widget that enables my blog to show on that page, do search engines recognize the blog content delivered via this widget? Read More >>

Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

July 14, 2010
ASP to WordPress

There Is No Duplicate Content Penalty

March 24, 2010
Duplicate content has been and always will be a natural part of the Web. It's nothing to be afraid of. Read More >>

SEOing a Live Site

January 20, 2010
When you begin optimizing a website, does it have to go down while creating meta tags – title, description, keyword? OR do we need to back up the website first? Read More >>

XML Site Maps

January 20, 2010
Is an XML sitemap mandatory if you have a CMS? Read More >>

A Decade of 21st Century SEO

January 6, 2010
I've been SEO'ing websites long before the 21st century began. Sometimes I feel I've been touting the same SEO processes and procedures for the past 10 years. Read More >>

10-plus SEO Questions - Google Rules

November 11, 2009
This morning I woke up to someone having submitted a pile of SEO questions using our newsletter question form. At first I thought, "Yikes, that's kind of pushy to think I have time to answer all those questions!" But then I remembered that this was a newsletter week and I still had no idea what I was going to write about. Read More >>

Dynamically Generated Pages and Dynamic Titles

March 4, 2009
I run an apartment search website. The sites search results pages are dynamic and pulled from the database. If these dynamic pages also have dynamic page titles, will they be search engine relevant? Read More >>

Fixing Duplicate Content

March 4, 2009
We have a travel website where people can enquire about beautiful small hotels we offer. Even though each hotel has a unique URL with unique content, the categories pages have a duplication problem. Read More >>

Canonical and Base Tags

February 18, 2009
Forum moderator Jonathan Hochman posted about Google's new method for specifying canonical URLs, which the other major search engines have also agreed to use. Read More >>

Same Content, Different URLs

February 4, 2009
I have a new website selling children's eco friendly toys. The site was designed to enable customers to search for toys by age, by type of toy, by brand, and by country of manufacture. A given toy description would be in each of these categories as well as in multiple age categories and multiple toy types (i.e., in puzzles and wooden puzzles). Read More >>

302 Redirects Appear As 200 Status

May 14, 2008
If you're a true techie geek, you will like this High Rankings forum thread where member "doughayman" notices some weirdness in his server logs. With some probing, forum moderator and all-around server wizard "Randy" helps diagnose the problem, and all is well again. Read More >>

Advanced SEO High Rankings Forum Thread of the Week

April 23, 2008
Forum member "Christopher" is looking for help to improve his checkout conversions. Read More >>

Data Feeds and Duplicate Content

January 2, 2008
A lot of my clients pull data/products from semi-public databases to populate their websites, similar to how real estate agents show listings of homes on their sites. I've been ensuring that each client has unique valuable and professionally edited content whenever possible on the rest of the site, but I’m afraid that if I make the portions of the site that use the semi-public data accessible to the search engines, they will find duplicate information on other sites and my client site(s) would not be indexed. Read More >>

Static-seeming Sites

November 14, 2007
My company is considering building some new sites where content is loaded from a database. We plan on using static URLs no matter what, but we are wondering if it matters whether the content comes from static, unique HTML files, or if the HTML page is served from a database. Read More >>

Submitting to Google or a Sitemap?

September 25, 2007
I submitted our website sitemap to Google a while back, but I was reading a forum this morning where somebody was saying you have to submit every page to Google. What is the real procedure and are sitemaps important? Read More >>

HTML vs. Joomla

May 9, 2007
What if you have 2 identical websites with the same Meta tags and same content, but one is “100% HTML web design (clean code, CSS design)” and the other is “100% Joomla, fully loaded with SEO options”? Read More >>

Anyone Know of a Good PHP Calendar?

February 21, 2007
"Johking" is looking for a PHP calendar he can add to his website. Read More >>

New CMS Changing File Extensions

January 3, 2007
Our web site has been around for many years and we are switching over to a content management system coded in JSP, but with extensions ending in .do as opposed to what we currently have, .asp. Read More >>

Search Engines Indexing Dynamic Sites

January 3, 2007
I don’t understand how search engines list dynamic sites. For example, this site has a whole bunch of products. Every single product page calls up the same url: Read More >>

Cold Fusion Pages

December 13, 2006
I have a client whose web site has been created in Cold Fusion. I am not all that familiar with these types of pages but right now most of their page text and metas are being pulled from another document and are not actually part of the “live site code.” Read More >>