Publishing Site and SEO

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With the new website builder we have the option to publish and then at another point in time we can change the current domain to point to that site. So ... if published, but not really ready to go 'live' so-to-speak aren't we giving the search engines duplicate content, something we all know can be really bad for SEO.
The solution seems to be to use the Hide from Search Engines option. And then when we're ready to go live we would need to go through and remove that option. Yipes! if someone has a bazillion pages.
Or maybe I'm misunderstanding about the publishing aspect.
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If you publish without a domain, the site will be published under the xxxxxxxx.homesteadcloud.com address. If you use copy/paste and use the exact same content, then it is possible that Google could find it and mark it duplicate, but it should only affect the newer site. Once you switch the domain, then Google should catch up. There will always be a dip when making a radical change to a site, but based on the features in the new builder, it should recover quickly.
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Yes. Go to the live page and right click. Select View page source. Look to the bottom of the page and you will see the code. You can do a ctrl-f and search for seogears. You will not see the code in the editor on individual pages as it is entered in the site footer, not on the pages individually
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Ok gotcha...I am just not seeing it in the editor.  Is that normal?
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Thanks to both of you for looking....I was only looking at the editor....it seems it should be there as well?
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The code boxes on each page only show what is specific to that page. The spot you placed the code is the site footer html. This code is automatically on all pages
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In other words David, all is well. You can relax for now.  :)
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Hi Drew...Once I am ready to publish our new responsive site does the software automatically rename the working domain/page names to our current sites domain name?  I am assuming all the internal links between pages that I've build will change as well...Is that correct?
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Drew...thanks for looking again.  Is it possible that I was working on site at the same time you entered the code and overwrote your saved data? 
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Susan...thanks for taking a look as well.  It is probably best I wait until Monday to launch the new site.  

Also, is there a way to speak with you privately?
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Certainly. I'll send my email on your site contact form.
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Sent
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I'm not sure if I am posting this in the correct place but since it's a related question to this string I'll leave it to the Homestead guys to repost it if needed. Hopefully, asking the questions will provoke a discussion that will be helpful to the community.

The primary question is what value does an SEO service provider offer after a site has been populated with tracking tags?  Is this an ongoing process...i.e. do tracking tags need to be updated from time to time?

From what I've been reading the other service an SEO company performs is link building.  So the next question is are the quality of the links beneficial to the site?

With that said I ran across the following article that points to the fact that understanding what the quality of those links is, is more important than the actual link building.

Any thoughts or comments from the community?

https://justaddcontent.com/search-engine-optimization-seo-small-business-websites/ 
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If the SEO provider links with dozens of sites and they are either not relevant to your site's content, i.e. your site is about flowers and the links are going to pet food sites and/or they are 'low quality sources' then yes, the links can hurt you.
Outbound links do two things. They drain your page rank and you run the risk of the visitor leaving your site. A link or two to authority sites can be beneficial, but be sure those open in a new window.
Relevant inbound links should be done slowly over a period of time. If hundreds of links are done all at once and they all use the same anchor text you could be penalized. It is also helpful if those links don't all point to the Home page.
I have never felt comfortable with SEO providers since there are hundreds of them out there and lots of rip-offs. If you do decide to use one be sure that:

They provide you with a list of the links and the URL to those - not just a number
They provide you with a list and URL of any articles they have submitted - not just a number

Then check the sites with the link and the articles to be sure they are relevant to your site's content and the SEO provider hasn't just sent them out en masse to anyone and everyone.

Pay attention to Google and what they are up to and what we can expect in the coming months and be sure your site and any SEO provider are up to snuff.
 
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Susan....Thank you.  You've confirmed some things I need to understand better from our current provider.  Particularly with reference to more details around what links are built and what link building articles are written...not just the numbers.  We currently use SEO Gears.  Several years ago they were recommended by Homestead, so I trust they are reputable...however as you stated in your comments...they only report that an activity was performed, not the details.
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Another thing with their report is that they say 100%, meaning I guess that they did it. Ok, fine, but how many and where

Given that EIG owns both Homestead and SEO Gears the $$ eventually ends up in the same pocket I reckon. Makes sense that Homestead upsells their services.

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