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Is there some kind of API for submitting a site to Google for indexing?

I have a client that is insisting there is a method to send a URL automatically to Google to get it indexed quickly. Here are the methods I know of to tell Google about your site for indexing: 1. ...
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Does a bunch of post tags within Wordpress help with SEO?

we run a wordpress blog with almost 94.000 post tags, spread over 5000 posts, and only 20.000 of these post tags are actually attached to more than one post, hence 74.000 of the total number of tags ...
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backlinks to our site are being ignored by google thus affecting our SEO

As a software developer company we do websites to our customers. In these websites we always put a link linking back to our site. However, we did today a Google search (link:http://example.com) to ...
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Why has Google removed authorship images from its SERPs?

Recently I noted that authorship images from SERPs were removed by Google. You might think that it only happened to you, but type rel="author" in Google's search box and you will find that no one's ...
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How to make Google recognize language for a multilingual website?

A few weeks ago I implemented a translation functionality for my company website. The website now offers content in french and English and I took the time to look on various guides on the internet on ...
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Why are the same two web pages appearing on the first page of Google's SERP?

While searching in google.co.in for the keyword term "USA Boxing News", I found the same two web pages are showing on the first page of results. One result shows the IP address of the website, and the ...
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Changing URLs in Google's Index

I recently submitted a sitemap.xml in Google's Webmaster Tools and some of the pages already got indexed. The problem now is, that I cleaned my URLs with MOD_REWRITE in the .htaccess file afterwards ...
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Is it possible to use a domain name to redirect to another?

I have to choose between two names (A and B) for my website: A is a cool short name which doesn't mean anything; B is a longer composition of two words, the former of which signals the topic of ...
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Unwanted results in Search Results from Domains we control

I'm not sure how to word this. But basically when you search our company's name, some of our clients are coming up in the results. That alone is strange because we don't have any links outbound to ...
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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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Homepage disappeared from Google results

Even that my traffic through Google raised approximately 40%, the homepage (/) of my page is gone from Google results even though I have no broken links. How can I investigate the cause?
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Why Facebook profiles are Google-searchable?

Facebook has around 1B user profiles. They can be found by searching in Google. However, I don't think these profiles are linked from anywhere, so how could Google discover them? As far as I know, ...
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Website Name shown at the end of HTML Titles

A google search for site:cnn.com cnn returns results like Kenyans one dance away from semifinals - Sports - CNN.com Health News - Medical, Mental and Dental Treatment ... - CNN.com ...
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Sitename alternate suggestion SEO

I had a question about SEO. Say, I've made a restaurant website, which is running for a while now. I added some titles, meta tags, keywords,description,etc,etc on it's pages. Now, let's say for ...
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Main difference between Schema.org 'logo' and 'image' properties

What is the difference between the logo and image properties? If you go to the Brand schema, you will notice properties for logo and image. Is there any difference between these 2 properties? When ...
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How to modify associated websites in Google search results

It seems Google tries to suggest additional information for some sites, and unfortunately it is quite often wrong or misleading. For instance results for some government offices will attempt to link ...
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After 2 days of 404 errors, Google removed my site from its search results

My site had 404 errors for 2 days because of some provider problems, which they fixed, but now my site isn't showing up in Google Search, but my results were very good for searching for a specific ...
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My website redirects to another website on google searches

I'm not sure if my website has been hacked or what have happened. When I do some searches on google in which my website should show up, my website with a different url name does. It maintains the ...
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“Local” results from a google search

I entered "online dating" in Google, and I found some of the results are "local" (I'm in Ottawa, Canada). In the attached images see the results for www.okcupid.com and www.eharmony.com. Is this ...
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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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Can I stop Google from listing my site when using keyword X but allow it for keyword Y?

I have a website. When I search keyword X or Y on Google, I can see my website at the top of the result list. Are there any ways not to show my website on the result list on Google when keyword Y was ...
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Searching on Google for mydomain, my domain name is shown as the page title instead of the actual page title

When I search for my domain on Google, eg: mydomain.com, my site shows up with a title like "MyDomain" instead of that page's actual title. Any clues on why this happens and how to fix it? Edit: ...
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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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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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What is the best SEO method for a single page website on which all content is loaded with initial page load

I'm developing a single page website that will have all it's content available by scrolling down and showing/hiding various DOM elements. Most of the discussion I've seen on SO on this topic is ...
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Google crawl on uncompleted site

I am preparing to have my web application in a private beta. The application when fully live will have a lot more content than in beta. Currently our plan is to release it to limited users with ...
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Can we Use Google's Ajax Proposal?

In October 2009 on Google's blog (see this link) there was a proposal presented to make ajax websites crawlable. Does anyone know if this got past the proposal stage and is it safe to use the methods ...
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Can you use SVG as Schema.org logo image filetype? [duplicate]

I couldn't find anything regarding what file types are acceptable for things like google's schema.org rendering of a logo in search results. Since I've not yet implemented a site utilizing the ...
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How can I get Google to display a yellow “Ad” icon for my site using AdWords?

When we search for our website using Google Search, how can we show our site at the top of search results with a yellow Ad icon like below: Is this possible using AdWords?
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Rich Snippets not working (and working at the same time?)

We have an eCommerce site, and we have had rich snippets implemented (in JSON-LD) since January/February this year (2015). I have read multiple sources (including the Google documentation) and there ...
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Will a missing <head> tag prevent Google from indexing a WordPress site?

I was recently trying to configure a Google Webmasters Tools account for a client. I spent almost an hour wondering why I couldn't get the site to validate, when I found that the opening tag was ...
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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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Google Search for my domain has about 3500 3-rd level subdomain I did not create

Some time ago I created the domain in .com zone. Now I tried to evaluate the number of pages are in Google index using request like site:mydomain.com but surprisingly there were a lot of results like: ...
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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, ...
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Why Google displays search results all the cracks when appended by “94FBR” keyword in search query? [closed]

I found on the internet that if you mention the software name and just add 94FBR keyword to your search query Google displays the results of all the cracks etc. for that software . Refer to the ...
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Google Rich Snippets indexing fall

To 12th November 2013 there were about 3000 pages with structured data indexed for our site according to Google Webmaster Tools. There were stars and all related information in search results. But ...
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How should “AdSense and DoubleClick” phrase in Google Webmaster Guidelines be interpreted?

I was reading Google Webmaster Guidelines and came across a phrase I do not understand. Make reasonable efforts to ensure that advertisements do not affect search engine rankings. For example, ...
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Rich Snippet appears in Google's testing tool, but does not appear in Google Search

I have created a simple test page to test Schema.org Microdata. When tested in Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool it appears as it should, displaying the address and job title below the green URL ...
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Does Google Search know if your site is mobile?

When a user does a search from their desktop, do Google search results know if any site is mobile aware? Does that affect their placement? What if a site is responsive? Many mobile validators don't ...
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Facebook likes Influence SEO ranking

I have seen some data that shows strong correlation between number of Facebook shares and Google ranking position. It makes sense. But I am wondering how does Google know number of Facebook shares. ...
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Find old web content via Google cache or similar

I have a bit of a problem. My client is running a Joomla 1.0 site and some content (text) was lost. There was no backup configured of the MySQL database. The content was lost approx. around the 16:th ...
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Why the difference in Google search result using script for search and using a browser for search?

I wrote a script to find the position in Google search result for a search keyword. I also did the same with the browser. The two results are different. Let me explain in detail here. I have a ...
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Google not indexing home page [duplicate]

I have two sites that I'm trying to generate traffic with, and for whatever reason, Google does not seem to want to index the home pages. Other pages on the site are indexing just fine. I need to ...
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Google started to ignore some of my top traffic generator pages, How to fix it?

I had top search results on certain keywords with some of my articles. but google started to ignore them now and it completely ignores all pages with this keyword. I lost top search position and other ...
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Show “results - of” of internal search in Google search result

I was doing some searches on Google Search and I stumbled on this As you can see in the screenshot above, the search results show a summary of an internal search page (the one I highlighted by red ...
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Alternative to the deprecated Google Web Seach API

This question is slightly related to the question located here. My current solution is using the deprecated Google Web Search API - but since it's deprecated, qeuries to the API is now limited. This ...
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where can I get list of google excluded words, like, to, is, am, in, of, the, ?

where can I get list of google excluded words, like, to, is, am, in, of, the, ? When a search is performed in google? I hope you have understood what I want .. about the list of google excluded ...
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Products and shopping Rich Snippets appropriate for travel services?

Think about a travel site who allows their customers to book hotels, airport transfers, flights and excursions. As you know, we can use Rich Snippets to get special search results on Google for our ...
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How long can a site be stuck in the Google sandbox?

I have recently made a new website, built over 300+ links to it (which finally shown up on google webmaster tools btw), but it seems my site is in the sandbox. My site doesn't appear in the results ...
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How can I force a certain URL for Google to use in search results?

Each page on my site can be accessed by a shortened URL and normal "long" URLs. The shortened URL redirects to the long URL and the long URL includes an optional title that's not parsed (much like on ...