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301 redirected an entire website 4.5 months ago; still showing up in Google search results?

Consolidated two websites on December 9, 2013; a site wide page-to-page 301 redirect was implemented which redirects site A to site B Website A (the one being redirected) is: Still showing up in ...
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Will the rest of my clients be affected if google blocks a site on the same server?

I am about to take on a client who is a mutual friend of someone I know. He has a legit business, but one of his competitors somehow complained to google and got his whole site blocked. He's ...
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Using SEO to hide a website in a specific location?

A friend of mine wants to build a website, but doesn't want people in the West Midlands area of the UK to be able to see it, but wants areas outside of the West Midlands to be able to see it. Is this ...
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Website localization when using the same domain

I'm thinking of a website which is basically the following: users can push some pins on a map with some text and additional information regarding the location they are pinning other users can see ...
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Multiple site URLs now showing up in SERPs

Recently when you search for me on Google several URLs from my blog have started showing up, instead of just the main URL. 1) https://scotthelme.co.uk/ 2) ...
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How to recommend that Google indexes some keywords?

I've read many articles about SEO. I've tried to implement my knowledge on a site but I haven't gotten good results in 6 months. e.g.: I've used Google Webmaster Tools, sitemaps, title tags, keywords ...
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Google alert on native search page: The site may be compromised

While searching for our company name, we get (in the native results page) a message that claims: Webmaster tools does not tell me much about this, and so does the server log. I don't get that ...
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How to remove Google plus author profile picture from blog search results

I created a company blog and linked it to my Google plus account for the SEO weight, my problem is now the blog has gained popularity and my profile photo is appearing in the search results for the ...
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Different Title/Description for Google in different regions

I have multilanguage website targeting by subdomain: http://en.site.com/ - Displays only contents in English http://de.site.com/ - Displays only contents in German ... http://site.com/ - Displays ...
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SEO - Move around content with Javascript

Short version Can I move around content (text and links) with Javascript without affecting my rank in Google? Long version Menu with links push down my content I have a menu (with tabs) run with ...
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How to make dynamic search result page to index?

Suppose i have an internal search engine that works on this parameters foo.bar/search/?where=Rome&what=restaurant&categories=healthy that i can dinamically alias to ...
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Meta description tags appearing in Google search results even though they had been removed

I recently removed all the meta description tags from my website and uploaded the files to my host company's FTP server. However, Google search results still show the old meta tags even though the ...
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What is the potential harm of using Google's Disavow Links tool?

Google gives a warning on its disavow links tool, that says: This is an advanced feature and should only be used with caution. If used incorrectly, this feature can potentially harm your site's ...
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Will the already indexed URLs be removed if I use a robots.txt for my site?

Many URLs from my site have been added to Google's index, but a lot of them are outdated and they will never result in a 404 error and take the user to my site's homepage. I have submitted a new ...
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No description for any page on the website is available in Google despite robots.txt allowing crawling

I seem to have the weirdest issue with Search Engine Optimization, and I asked the IT folks at my university, I asked people on Joomla forums and I am trying to sort this issue out using Google ...
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Schema.org & Open Graph

We currently use Schema.org for our rich snippets in Google. I want to add Open Graph along with that, so other social signals will recognize our site better. If I add OG to our existing schema, will ...
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How to remove a cache of a page with an offline photo within a website using Google Content Removal tool?

By using Google's Content Removal page, I could put in a request for removal, for example if a page is no longer online, changed or now gone, and submit it by entering a word that no longer appears in ...
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Robots.txt to block a parameter instead of a directory

It's my understanding that URLs are of the format example.com/something/somethingelse. It's my understanding that parameters follow the URL with a question mark example.com?l=fr_FR My CMS website ...
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Website not showing up when searching with a space

My domain name has a hyphen in it (i.e. http://word1-word2.com). When google searching "word1word2", the site shows up as the 5th overall search result. When searching "word1 word2", the site ...
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Are keywords listed in Google Webmaster Tools tied to ranking, and what does a blank keyword mean?

I have two questions regarding the terms listed under Content Keywords in Google Webmaster Tools: We've recently lost a lot of ranking in Google search after we changed our e-commerce platform and ...
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Where does Google get the description text from when it's not in the page body?

The tutorial I am reading claims that the description of a web page (the little blurb google does about your site when you see it as a result in a search) is stored in a metadata tag as so: ...
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Adwords traffic showing up in Analytics as organic traffic, not paid?

I've got Adsense ads running driving PPC traffic to my site. When I go into Google Analytics under the tab Traffic Sources > Search > Organic, I get all the search terms people have come through for. ...
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What does Google do with indexed pages returning 403?

I guess that Google removes already indexed pages that are now returning the HTTP error 403. Unfortunately I can't find any definitive statement on that matter. Do you know the answer?
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Google indexes some of pages, but most are ignored from a website, even though a massive sitemap is submitted

We have developed a website, which works somewhat like a wiki - but not entirely. User of the website can submit and update information about their villages to the website and categorize it under ...
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When will non-existent content be removed from Google Search results?

About 3 weeks ago I launched a complete redesign of our website, and most, if not all, URLs were changed. Now if you search for my website (http://goo.gl/XDjly) you will see the non-existent pages ...
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What effect(s) does Google's Panda 2.5 update have on new websites in the SERP?

I recently launched 3 websites (within the past 7-10 months) that had been steadily increasing in the rankings on Google search up until this past weekend, when I noticed a huge drop across most of my ...
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How to present videos for Google Bot

i have a website which streams Flash Videos. For Google i have a special page due to using AJAX for normal Users (see articles on "_escaped_fragment_" for this). What i want to know is how i should ...
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Why are my posts omitted from Google search results when my site is listed in it?

My domain is not new at all, in fact I have waited for quite a long time now for Google to show some love. If I do a search for my domain name, it shows the website is listed, but if I try to search ...
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Structuring URLs of an online shop for SEO

I have an online store with categories that have a tree structure (meaning they can be nested inside other categories) and products inside these categories. What is the best way to structure the URLs ...
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Static Sidebar on All Pages - Harm SEO

I have a static sidebar on all pages of my website which I made completely myself (it's not a widget or WordPress feature) so I don't see how Google would distinguish it from any other part of the ...
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site:domain.com search doesn't show index page as 1st, how to fix that?

If I enter site:domain.com in Google search I see the index page of a site but it doesn't go as #1 result in SERP, but rather 3 or 5th... What does that mean, why other pages outrank the index page ...
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What affect does having two URLs pointing to the same path have on SEO?

I have two URLs: http://ent.example.com and http://www.example.com/ent/. Both of them are mapped to my server path /www/ent. I am very confused, how would this affect my SEO as far as Google is ...
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How to remove “Did You Mean:” from Google Search?

I don't know much more about SEO, but it's interesting to learn about it. When I tried to search my website with an associated keyword or you can say with the exact name of the domain, I got some ...
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How can I objectively check my search engine ranking?

When I search on Google my companies website its rank gets distorted on my computer through previous searches, my location etc. I use private mode in my browser, but I think this is still not an ...
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Is it bad for SEO to forward multiple top level domains to just one domain? [duplicate]

For example, I registered myName.com and I also registered the .net, .info, and .org extensions for myName. I'm wondering if it will hurt my SEO to forward these other TLDs to myName.com?
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How to find out what # you are for google keyword

I'm trying to find out if there's a way to form a Google query to quickly find out what position you are for a search term. I know that Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics has something ...
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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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SERP update frequency

Recently I changed my site improving the title and description metatags of many pages. Looking at Webmaster Tools I saw that Googlebot already crawled the new contents (and also found duplicate titles ...
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Is there a penalty for opposite of cloaking?

Let's assume I have 100 different web pages with original and good content. But I want to publish on these pages same advert content (text video flash pictures) If I decided to use ajax and jquery ...
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How do we get our sites' sections displayed under the description in a Google search? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the most important things I need to do to encourage Google Sitelinks? For Example, if I Google "Stack Overflow" the site comes up but also links to the main ...
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Image Hot-links & Google's Instant Previews

I'm trying to adjust my site: 1. stop Image Hot-links 2. block Googlebot-Image (because I do not want my images to be searchable) 3. allow Google's Instant Previews I've tried this but the Instant ...
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Pointing to Google that a specific website is for mobiles

I have 2 websites: let's call them A and B. A is a Desktop optimized website. B is a mobile version of A, but it's not on the same domain. It also has a smaller amount of content/pages than A How ...
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How does google understand the legitimacy of a website by user activity?

How does google understand the legitimacy of a website by user activity? Apart from: total time spend on a particular webpage by users total clicks on the website by users total unique visitors
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Why my webpages body content is not taken into account to display in google SERP?

It's confusing for me that I have content on my webpages, however, when I search with the site: operator it is not taken into account. There is something like "Thank you for contacting us...." ...
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Where is the best place for page's ID in a user friendly URL?

I searched within the site but none where addressing exactly my question, So I ask it here: Which one of these structures for a user-friendly url is the best with regards to search engines and user ...
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Google+ brand display in SERPs

Until very recent past, when someone searched for our brand name on Google, our G+ page preview with latest post showed up on the sidebar of SERPs. However, it has just disappeared and we have ...
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Title in Google does not match <title> of document [duplicate]

One of my project's title tag doesn't appear to be getting crawled by Google properly. The title tag of the home page reads: <title>Grande Prairie Jobs | Job Board for Grande Prairie, Alberta ...
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Can a news site with posts from press releases avoid being marked as duplicate?

I am building a news site about cultural events. Most of the posts that are published are about events (theatre, music, arts etc) and are taken from press releases that are distributed by email by ...
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Brand name showing before the title in search results

If we search for our brand name or any keywords that relate to our website, the first words to appear in the title shown in the Google result preview follow this format: Brand Name: Title Here's a ...
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Google Webmaster Tools is showing duplicate URLs based on page title differences

I have 700+ title tag duplicates showing in WMT. Every first link in that picture is as duplicate link of second one. I don't know from where the first link got indexed by Google when that link ...