Position of a web site or a web page in Google results.

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What are the best ways to increase a site's position in Google?

What are the best ways to increase a site's position in Google?
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Does the order of keywords matter in a page title?

Stack Overflow has made a change to their page titles such that the most popular tag for a question appears at the start of the title. The change is being deployed across the network, so check out ...
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Does a site's bounce rate influence Google rankings?

Does Google consider bounce rate or something similar in ranking sites? Background: here at Stack Exchange we noticed that the latest Google algorithm changes resulted in about a 20% dip in traffic ...
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Knowing your online Competition how to reveal 301’s directing domains

I truly believe that any webmaster entering any niche should investigate their online competition beforehand to know what they're up against and to see if their goals are realistic and affordable in ...
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Does Google use Google Analytics information in its search algorithms?

Does anyone know whether Google makes use of the information it obtains via Google analytics in ranking of search results? Does it, for instance, make use of the bounce rate for a page given a ...
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How to avoid getting negative points from Google AdSense

I have a news based website in which the primary contents includes news, image albums and videos. Out of these I have copyrights for the images and the videos are embedded from YouTube. My site is ...
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Does it help with page SEO if I have a google map on the page?

I know having images or video sometimes helps boost a page's SEO. But what about a google map of some relevant things?
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When should a webmaster call it a day POST Penguin & Panda?

A friend of mine, an ex-client whose site I designed, has a problem with his ranking and I want your personal spin on his situation. It'll help if I recall some of his site history. Basically for 10 ...
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What determines the order of results for Google Places?

I have a website that when you search for the key terms in Google, comes up first in the list. However, just above it in the Google Places section, it comes in second in the list. Does Google Places ...
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How Do Search Engines Rank Combined Keywords?

Suppose: A site that ranks very well (1st result) for something like 'best blue widget'. It also ranks very well (1st page) for 'blue widget'. It ranks not so well (2nd page) for 'widget'. ...
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Does Google use .com as a ranking factor compared to other generic top level domains?

Given the exact same page with some real data for example a page for Bangkok Dog Cafe, would search engines prefer one of the following because of the top level domain? singapore-dog-cafe.com ...
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Will the content of a PDF on our website affect SEO?

I know that Google crawls websites including PDFs, but does the content contained within PDFs affect SEO rankings? We want to put some PDFs on our website but don't want to see our results take a ...
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Site restyling effecting Google ranking

I have to restyle a website in Drupal, and the client has a clear request: the site cannot drop its position on Google. If I build a new Drupal site, with the same URLs, the same meta and title tags, ...
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Are “m dot” sites a valid solution to Google's new “mobile-friendly” ranking algorithm?

Given a site which is not optimized for mobile (and not responsive), Google's new ranking algorithm, which is set to go into effect April 21, 2015, will result in a lower ranking. If the site does ...
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Image data URI and SEO

Do you think the use of image data URI is SEO friendly? On the one hand saves you a HTTP request. On the other hand it really messes up your code. Especially for image files larger than 20KB or ...
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How does moving a site to a host in an other country affect my google ranking?

If I move my website, which is hosted in Europe, to a host based in Asia, could it hurt my ranking in Google search? I will keep my domain registrar in Europe, so my guess is that the ranking will ...
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Are temporarily hidden elements bad for search-engine rankings?

I've been reading a lot of information saying that hidden elements are bad and that search engines penalize pages for using them. I started to get really worried about it when I realized that MOST of ...
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Does multilingual content on a single page hurt SEO?

Well, I have a strange question. It is about my wordpress based site. It is in English and it ranked very well till I put a link to another site and the anchor text was in Cyrillic. 2 weeks later I ...
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falling down Google ranking with canoncial tags and Google site verification

Recently I released this site live, which is a small brochure site for a local catering company. I took the time to add a canonical <link> tag and also verify the site with Google, so the ...
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Will registering multiple websites in a single Google Webmaster Tools account hurt rankings?

One of the SEO managers here said that using multiple websites on a single webmaster tool would hurt the rankings. I denied this, telling them that it isn't going to effect the ranking at all. I ...
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Multiple 301 redirect and massive loss of ranking

I just remade from scratch a website for a client, the client ask me to preserve their ranking by making 301 redirect from the original URL to the new URL. For example the following URL: ...
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SEO optimization when using same content across different TLDs

If I have two sites with almost the same content at example.com and example.co.uk but each is designed to take orders from the appropriate respective geographic location (i.e. .com from the USA and ...
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Does Google compute keyword combinations for ranking?

Assuming the following keywords in a h1 header (for example): Red Leash For Dog Does google compute all keyword combinations such as: Red Dog For Leash, Dog Leash For Red, ... Or does it ...
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Unnatural flip of Google local results

For many years I have been helping companies gain a better presence though legit methods though on page optimization to fating up the pages to give Google more indicators and the visitors a more rich ...
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Is link building still a factor for getting rank in Google?

Is link building still a major factor for good ranking in SERP’s of Google?
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Why would Google's ranking algorithm move a search result due to quotes?

Yesterday at 10AM, the Google search: "Submitting values of "jQuery Editable Invoice" into a MySQL DB using PHP" came up with stackoverflow.com as the 8th result on the page. The first was a ...
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Why do different tools report different rankings for the same page?

I am in a new job following an internship and I have been given the position of SEO Analyst. I have zero experience with SEO before this, I have some development experience which hopefully will stand ...
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How can CTR (Click-through rate) affect SEO & web site rank

I heard lot of "CTR affects SEO and makes site's rank better". But i can't understand how! If some one click links of my pages from my other pages or another site but the Search engine itself; How the ...
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What is the SEO impact of moving my domain to another IP address and what is the right way of doing this?

I am planning to move several websites to a new hosting provider - keeping the same URL but will resolve to different IP addresses. For example, some sites are Canadian content-only sites, hosted on ...
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Launch of new website deleted google rank?

I think i might have slipped up here and would love some advice on this before i start making changes We have the domains www.mysite.com and www.mysite.co.uk Currently we have the main site on ...
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Search engine impact of irrelevant inbound links?

On several of my websites, I noticed a significant number of inbound links coming from irrelevant websites. For example, one of my site is about travel and one of site that links to it is about ...
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Why is Google not ranking my page?

After I re-designed my website, Google stoped ranking my page. I have no idea why. I'm not banned from Google, because my website is position #1 on the search. And my META tags for robots look like ...
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Should I put a landing page on my secondary websites or redirect to my main page

(Object Name changed below to keep things simple) Let's say my company sells badges and buttons. Our main website is badges-and-buttons.co.uk. We also have a lot of other sites that we have ...
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Does changing the URL of your website helps getting out of Google sandbox?

I believe one of my websites went into Google's sandbox, because it was under construction. I know there is a debate about whether the sandbox exists, but when I read about it, it really seems like it ...
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New blog post shows immediately in google search results where as other HTML content takes time, why?

I have a blog which has been active for 3 years. Recently I posted an article and it immediately appeared in google search. Maybe 5 to 10 minutes. A point to note is I was logged into my google ...
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What effect does a website defacing have on ranking?

A new client is asking me to improve his website's ranking. he says his former SEO expert is claiming that because his site was defaced a few times for long periods its almost impossible for him to ...
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Image rankings on Google Image Search (images hosted on external sites)

I saw that when I stopped uploading images to my own server my content on Google Images disappeared. I stopped uploading images to my server for two main reasons: traffic and storage space on the VPS. ...
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Are the following assumptions about indexing and ranking correct?

Are the following statements true or false: If a page is crawled by Google, it automatically gets into the index (unless explicitly blocked by robots.txt) An indexed page always gets a ranking (high ...
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What is the reason for this site's sudden drop in traffic?

My one site's traffic has dropped in single day from around 4000 to 800 visitors. My other sites are getting normal visitor count. I'm not using any blackhat techniques nor trading links or having a ...
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How come keyword ranking checkers are never accurate

I am currently using a keyword ranking checker called authority lab. When I was using its test version, the rankings seemed accurate. Now I am paying for the professional version, only to find out the ...
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To what extent do page's ranks influence each other?

Regarding optimization, does Google look at all the pages on a site and calculate a site rank? Or does it only rank pages? Or a bit of both, in which case, to what extent? As an example, in a website ...
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Is it possible for a script tag to be perceived as an inbound link for SEO?

My company has <script> tags on a lot of sites, some of these sites have very high page ranks. Right now the <script> tags have a src of Microsoft's blob data. We want to move away from ...
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Does having a site devoted to entirely different topics effect SEO ranking?

I have my website divided into several sub-folders i.e www.mysite.com/dogs www.mysite.com/cats www.mysite.com/submarines www.mysite.com/art . . . Each with different layout and high quality ...
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Is this considered to be “Internal Near-Duplicates”?

Some people generate the same pages with a slight variation in keywords, title, country name, region name, etc... This is typically considered to be "Internal Near-Duplicates." I have seen a website ...
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Facebook Edgerank, talking about, and Likes - what is better for my site?

I am trying to increase traffic to my site, which so far has done decently with organic SEO. I have a website where I have added the FB like button to the results pages. I also created a FB page ...
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Which penalties are possible when switching from HTTP to HTTPS [closed]

When switching our website from HTTP to HTTPS, things went catastrophic: Page impressions went down from average 60 (peak 110) to below 10 (per day). Traffic from search engines dropped to zero. In ...
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Does Google sometime prevent new white hat sites from ranking at all in some verticals?

Assuming someone wants to implement a new viagra or akai berry e-commerce website. There is a lot of competition and this site does not really bring something new, other than a new online counter to ...
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Does Google search for keywords in meta descriptions?

We know that Google does not use meta keywords for ranking, but does it search for potential keywords in meta descriptions?
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How do I get a page on my site to appear in the “video results” section

Direct Lyrics appears at the top of these search results as a "video result" (next to an inviting thumbnail). But the page in question is just a page of lyrics with an embedded YouTube video. My ...
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Should you focus on keywords with the highest volume or keywords you already rank first page for?

Should focus on keywords with 22,200 searches per month, but for which I only rank 44th, or should I focus on keywords with 480 searches per month, but for which I already rank 7th?