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Why isn't my website in Google search results?

Its been sometime and Google has yet to index my site, how can I get Google to index my website?
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The Sitemap Paradox

We use a sitemap on Stack Overflow, but I have mixed feelings about it. Web crawlers usually discover pages from links within the site and from other sites. Sitemaps supplement this data to allow ...
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Well structured URLs vs. URLs optimized for SEO

Let’s take an example of a movie site. So a well structured set of URLs for this site can be: Movie page - example.com/movies/the-matrix Review for movie - example.com/movies/the-matrix/reviews ...
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Why do Google search results include pages disallowed in robots.txt?

I have some pages on my site that I want to keep search engines away from, so I disallowed them in my robots.txt file like this: User-Agent: * Disallow: /email Yet I recently noticed that Google ...
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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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How does Google recognize publish date of a post

When I search something in Google, I sometimes see the publishing date of the post/article underneath. I've also searched for an article of my own which I have on my Wordpress-powered site, and Google ...
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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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sitemap.xml for a website with forum

We have a website dedicated to our ActiveX and .NET components that has been working for more than 12 years. The site consists of 2 parts: the static part (product descriptions and articles) and the ...
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How do you get your Google+ profile displayed in the right hand sidebar of the Google search results page?

Does anyone know how to get your Google+ profile displayed in the right hand sidebar of the Google search results page? As in the screenshot below:
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Can a mobile version of site be considered duplication by Google if the page is the same only the css is different?

Hearing about the problems with mobile browser detection I plan to add a button to my site which enables the users to switch manually between normal/mobile version of the site. The button sets a ...
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Is it true that Google will effectively penalise mobile-unfriendly sites from April 21, 2015?

I have heard that Google will boost mobile-friendly websites in search results. My website is not mobile-friendly. Will my website penalised in the Google search results if I have not made the ...
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Google search results show my title incorrectly twice

Does anyone know why Google shows my title twice in search results? And it's the wrong title too. Here's a screenshot:
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How to tell how old a page is?

I thought Google was more or less accurate at determining who posted a text first and who copied. However, when I use the "search tool: customized interval" the results are quite odd. I've found pages ...
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Does Stack Overflow use a microformat for questions/answers?

Recently when I have seen Stack Overflow results in Google, I have seen something like this: Note the text, "9 answers". Does Stack Overflow do anything special to get this shown? I have noticed a ...
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SEO - Hidden content before main site content

I have a two hidden divs before my main site content, one with the login form and another with the signup form. I then have login and signup buttons within the page that use JQuery to show or hide ...
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Why in the search results of Google does not appear the unique name of my website?

I have a website with a unique name, already indexed and with a perfect SEO. Although there are no websites with the same unique name, when I'm searching on Google I found my homepage listed on the ...
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Schema.org or Data-Vocabulary.org for breadcrumbs?

Google and other SEs support Schema.org for marking up structured data, but it turns out that for breadcrumbs Google recommends using Data-Vocabulary.org instead. Which should we use for having ...
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Differences between google domains in different countries

We are currently trying to see if our site is being indexed successfully by google. Mind you we got millions of pages. A trick some people use is the google site: command. I always assumed that ...
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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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Microdata vs. Microformats

Just like the title says: it seems to me that Microdata has a few advantages over Microformats, with the only drawback being a bit more verbose. Is this all the story? It seems that Google supports ...
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How should I handle search engines auto-correcting the spelling of a site's name?

A client's site and company is called 'Tranin Communications' (Tranin is her last name). It ranks well in searches for her name but rather poorly in searches for the name of her site/company. I ...
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Do all the pages on a website help the homepage's SEO?

When it comes to SEO, I hear the saying "content is king" a lot, so I tried to create a bunch of pages on my site with good authentic content. However, does creating a lot of content on a page or ...
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Choose the Google Sitelinks that are shown when somebody searches for my website

How can I remove Search for product, About us, Log in, etc. which are displayed in Google Search? And how can I add particular categories like Automobiles, Mobiles & Tablets, etc.?
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SEO Removal Time?

I was searching about removing the a domain/site being listed in Web Search Results (like, Google Search) and i found solution, at here. I believe it will be the solution but what i still need to ...
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Why won't Google use my meta description? [duplicate]

I have an issue with my website: Google isn’t using my meta description, instead it’s using the content of the web page and I’m really confused. Reason I’m confused is because I have checked and I ...
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Google shows “search instead for” when searching for our website

Our website is new and the name is similar (only one letter different than another website) completely different type and company though. searching for xxxxxA works OK in Google and we find ...
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In creating a rich snippet (breadcrumbs and sitelinks), is there a need to markup content in more than one markup language?

I started tagging all of my data with their appropriate Schema.org vocabulary. I'd like my site to display a rich snippet/enhanced listing in Google. Is there ever a case where you would need to ...
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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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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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My site disappeared from Google search, how long does it take to get back?

Due to damage by malicious code, Google wrote: Google Analytics web property: link has been removed from http://swebdizajn.com November 29, 2011 Your Webmaster Tools http://swebdizajn.com ...
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How do you Google Search without personalization and localisation?

Google Search results are customised based on your location and your search history. Can you do a search that is independent of these factors, so that different users in different parts of the world ...
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How my website will be ranked if I host multilanguage blogs under my domain?

I want to make two weblogs in two different languages under my personal domain, such as blog1.domain.org and blog2.domain.org. I want to optimize my website in such a way that with searchs in either ...
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SEO - 2 websites in the same domain

I have my domain (http://www.foobar.com, for example) and my website talks about technology. I want to have another website (with other content, not about technology) inside of it ...
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How do I get my Google+ picture to show up on Google searches?

I am looking to move my blog: The Geek Tech Blog (which is currently a Blogger blog), over to a .com name with Wordpress. However, I still would lik my picture from Google+ to show up in search ...
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Google indexing pages with #! although we don't have any

Our company has developed a Single Page Application using AngularJS and its routing. Google indexed our site decently with JavaScript but it did not index some pages very well so we have developed an ...
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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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How to get keywords from Google HTTP referrer?

Can the http referrer URL from Google be decoded so that I can see the specific keywords? ...
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Lazy loading images and effects on SEO

We are using the following technique to lazy load images in our site: For all images we put in the src attribute a url for a default img (i.e. a loader) and put the actual image url in the data-src ...
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Why Author Information isn't showing for all pages in google search result?

As you can see on the image, the author information is being shown only for one page, not others, why not all pages are showing the author information? Do I need to do anything additionally to get ...
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Google Webmaster Tools site removal

I had a major issue in the last week where a site was found to be showing huge numbers of pages that it shouldn't have been. Naturally Google indexed all of these pages! Rather than manually remove ...
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Will get good traffic from Google if I pull content via RSS feeds?

Now-a-days, There are many plugins available in Wordpress to perform Auto Post / blogging. I know it grabs content from RSS feeds and posts it to our blog. Some of the Premium plugin will grabs full ...
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How to display an image in google search result

I managed to do it with my blog like this: by using google+ (found it somewhere on the web): <link rel="author" href="https://plus.google.com/115170983146246266025/"/> UPDATE: This is the ...
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Google search results showing up a URL on its search which doesn't exist on the website

I am using a keyword to display a website page on google search. After entering the keyword, on the first page of google, I am redirected to a page, whose domain is exactly similar to the website ...
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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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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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How long does it take for Google to re-index pages or update the link titles?

On one of our classified sites, when doing site:[mysite.com] in Google, the link text is simply [product name] - [mysite.com], where as it should read [product name] classifieds for sale in... I ...
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Google Displaying “Read More” Rather Than the Page Title for a “site:” Search

I am having some trouble with Search Engine Optimization. When I look up "site:example.com", the first result is the index page. The third result that pops up says the title is: "Read More". I ...
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How long does it take for Google to remove page from index? Or, why aren't these pages excluded?

A set of pages are marked as noindex and nofollow, both in robots.txt and with X-Robots-Tag: noindex, nofollow When checking with Google Webmaster Tools, the pages are reported as "Denied by ...
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SEO - how to determine if a link if strong or not?

I know most people want links from sites which are PR8 or PR7 and that is sort of the holy grail of SEO. But it occurred to me that Twitter is a PR-8 site. But if I tweet a link, I don't think it ...
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home page of my site is not appear in google search, when I type site:example.com

I am totally confused, when I place site:example.com in google I see every page of my website in serp(search engine result page) except the home page. I don’t know why it’s happening but I check ...