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Howdy, SEO Chatters! How's the new year treating you? You've certainly been treating the forum well – we've got another group of exciting threads and articles to share with you this month. Our New User Q&A section is just as busy and bustling as ever, and we've got a few higher level discussion threads to share as well. We might be experimenting with a "Newbie Article of the Week/Month" kind of thing – a simple thread that addresses a question commonly asked by the newbies of SEO Chat. If you're interested in writing a post, send a PM to markroberts on the forums! In the meantime, here's what's new.

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SEO Chat Articles

5 Great SEO Webinars to Attend in 2017

Probably the best thing about a webinar is that you can attend it in the comfort of your own home, even in your pajamas, and still learn a ton about cutting edge SEO techniques and trends! We've collected some of the hottest sounding SEO webinars coming up in 2017 so that you can add them to your calendar.

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AMP Pages VS Responsive Design

On the forums, a newbie member is trying to work with AMP pages. A lot of folks out there are doing the same, since AMP seems like it will be Google's next "big thing." The question is how to optimize AMP URLs. One of our very helpful new members, KnowOneSpecial, suggests that even though AMP pages seem hot right now, a responsively designed site might still be the best option.

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Disavowing Under Penguin 4.0

Penguin 4.0's real-time nature, where it nullifies incoming "bad links" to a site, has given webmasters all kinds of ideas about their disavow files. Really, it's a big question for a lot of people about whether disavows even matter anymore! This newbie member wonders if Penguin 4.0 gives us some freedom with our disavow files – can we add sites slowly, over time, and monitor the impact? Dr. Marie and Test-ok have great responses that'll get you thinking.

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@5 Easy-to-Digest Resources to Finally Understand Site Speed Better

Making your site faster has been a hot topic for many years now. It started with Google announcing site speed a ranking factor and it's got hotter with the mobile search traffic getting more and more discussed. Sadly, it's also one of the most complicated topics to discuss. You are unlikely to handle speeding up your site yourself: You'll need good developers to rely on. However you also want to...

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SEOChat Forum Discussions

Google Search Console Reliability: Webmaster Tools on Trial
Here's a neat article from Moz that our members are discussing! The premise is that Google's official tools aren't 100% trustworthy – and not necessarily because big bad Google is trying to pull the wool over your eyes. The data in this study shows that Google's data is often out of date, and you shouldn't always trust it to be completely accurate, among other things. Give it a read and share your thoughts!
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The Difference Between Being Indexed and Ranking
It's a common misconception among newbie SEOs – they come to SEO Chat and say "My site isn't indexed!" when in fact they mean "My site isn't ranking!" You can be crawled and entered into Google's index, but you might not rank for anything (even your brand name) if you lack the links and quality content to beat your competitors. Learn the difference here!
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SEO Quick Tips - Tracking Newly Generated URLs in Google Analytics
Here's a couple of quick tips from jandesigner01 and ThomasHarvey! If you've generated a new page or URL and are wondering how to track its progress with a custom report in Google Analytics, we've got two different methods you can try here.
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