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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Schema or Data Vocabulary microdata 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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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 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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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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Google-bot sees “Sorry, we have no imagery here” on pages with Google Maps

I have a site with Google Maps on most of the pages. When inspecting content keywords in Google Webmaster tools, content keywords identified by Google-bot for the site include "imagery", "sorry" and ...
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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 ...
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Google search preview shows content not on the website

My website google search entry is messed up. In the preview in google search results, I get things like cracks, serials, random ip addresses. I scanned all files and my computer for viruses and ...
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Does having a Google “stop word” in a domain name have less SEO benefit than not having it?

Let me explain. Let's say my keyword I want to optimize is "green giraffes". But the domain greengiraffes.com (singular, plural, no hyphen, hyphen, etc.) is not available. I know that the search ...
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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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Rel=next & rel=prev in infinite scroll

Based on this article I have a SERP that does infinite scrolling to load results greater than 10. How do I go about implement rel=next & rel=prev for that?
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google search index what is fresh content

I read that sites have good reputation in google search index if it is fresh content. what does fresh content means from google's point of view? I have many pages. I have created articles and ...
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Sudden Drop in Impressions After Host / CMS Switch?

We have a site that was previously run on Wordpress on a different host, but has now been switched to RiVista (a proprietary CMS). The site was cut over a week or two ago. I realize that a ...
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Google search results now shows last updated for some results. How does it work?

I started noticing that for some search results by google, there is a "x hours ago" before the description under the link. How does google determine this? There is also this link "Get more results ...
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Controlling text that appears in google search results

I have recently made a simple (pure HTML) website. The most important key phrase that I want to capture is "full reserve banking". Currently, if I type "full reserve banking" (without quotes) into ...
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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 ...
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A particular url on a website suddenly disappeared from google search results - why?

I have a website which had a particular page url that was indexed in google search results - in the first 10 results. Suddenly it disappeared. Now that page is not even in the first 100 results. What ...
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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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Google Search API

Can someome tell me if there is an API to get search results form Google? I went through the Google Search APIs, but could not find anything that will let me get search results (the custom search api ...
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SEO much better for domain that 301s to other

I'm the webmaster for a university club, with a convoluted (far from root-level) .ac.uk domain, and our own .co.uk domain. We purchased the .co.uk domain for cleaner URLs, and I set the given .ac.uk ...
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Strange title appearing in Google search results for a video

Google is displaying a strange result for my video site: I do not have any idea where it got my video's duration and why it's displayed in this way - take a look at the screenshot below: I don't ...
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Somehow Google considers a properly 301'd URL as 200 and is still indexing the new content in old page?

We redirected all the old URL's to new ones properly using .htaccess. The problem is Google, somehow is still finding content in the old page (which it shouldn't) and stores it in the cache rather ...
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Author data not coming up in Google search

I was trying to add author information for search. I followed this link and did everything in option 2. Added ?rel=author and added my blog in my Google+ account. But even after re submitting for ...