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(Entry was posted by chris burgos on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Monday, August 19, 2013).

Question about keyword distribution on a single page, maybe related to how the bot crawls the page

i have a website with a lot of keywords in the sidebar area, is google associating my homepage with the sidebar or should i put everything in the side bar area into main content.

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  • Tim Capper: when you say a side bar - what is the side bar associated with - tags, categories ? Could these be associated as spammy ? If they play a distinct purpose - you click on one and it takes you to a specific page. Then this should be OK. However if this is the case i would probably try and incorporate them into your main header menu. As long as Google can see the relevance they play in the sites navigation - then all should be ok. On the other hand - would google look at these as intentional manipulation, then i would remove i never saw the url Chris, sorry Just had a look - your site is fine, there are no massive keywords in the side bar. However - the parent site locksmith-pa might not be so lucky with all those area pages. Matt cutts specificall calls them out in the new manual actions - thin duplicated content
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  • Jim Munro: Chris' site is ;www.locksmithconshohocken com
  • Tim Capper: when you say a side bar - what is the side bar associated with - tags, categories ?

    Could these be associated as spammy ?

    If they play a distinct purpose - you click on one and it takes you to a specific page. Then this should be OK.

    However if this is the case i would probably try and incorporate them into your main header menu.

    As long as Google can see the relevance they play in the sites navigation - then all should be ok.

    On the other hand - would google look at these as intentional manipulation, then i would remove
  • Michael Chapman: I had a quick look and I'm not massively sure what you mean, the content in your sidebar seems fine to me, nothing that raises any red-flags anyway.

    Google will read your sidebar and treat it as content too, so there's no need to move it to the main content.
  • Tim Capper: Hi

    i never saw the url Chris, sorry

    Just had a look - your site is fine, there are no massive keywords in the side bar.

    However - the parent site locksmith-pa  ;might not be so lucky with all those area pages.

    Matt cutts specificall calls them out in the new manual actions - thin duplicated content

    
  • chris burgos: is my home page getting credit for the content thats in the sidebar area?
  • Michael Chapman: + ; pretty much yes.
  • Tim Capper: + ;the side bar has a G+ link, email address, FB and coupon.

    Are we looking at the correct site ? - no keywords in there ? No large amount of keywords you described above :)
  • chris burgos: thank you michael.....
  • chris burgos: tim what if all the service areas has unique content would that be still be considered spammy ?

    and how is locksmith-pa a parent site to locksmithconshohocken there 2 different domains
  • Michael Chapman: + If it has unique content the the pages would really help you with local results, especially if you set up Google Places.
  • chris burgos: im setting up google plus and facebook pages ; for every town..
  • Michael Chapman: + I just had a discussion about Google Places listings over in another group. But basically Google wants them all under one account as opposed to one for each town (unless it's actually a different brand/business) to prevent multiple results in the SERPs.

    Facebook is fine though, and yes you can create the multiple Google+ pages too but from a branding/social/expansion point of view I'd argue it would be better to just have the one account.
  • chris burgos: thanks for your feedback Tim, Michael
  • Tim Capper: Hi chris

    When i said parent site, it was the site i found before i saw jim's post with this url.

    If the services pages where totally unique, you will be fine.
  • chris burgos: ok thank you tim...

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