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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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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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Another website is mirroring and ranks above my site in search results

There is a site of ill-repute known as thedirty which has completely mirrored my site and now has links appearing on Google at the #1 spot using my content. I checked my log files and noticed that ...
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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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Google indexed site's address by accident. What do I do now?

I was making a site for a friend of mine and he wanted to be able to see my progress as I worked on the site, so I decided to put the site on a server on my computer and enable access by a domain name ...
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Do search engines directly penalize bad grammar?

Let's say I have a web page with user-contributed content, which has good content but with bad grammar, slang terms, and an inappropriate tone. I know that bad grammar is also a problem, because it ...
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Need to add 30K new pages to a 10K page website - troubles ahead? (SEO)

We have a situation with a website where we plan to add a huge amount of new pages. The domain is over 10 years old, approximately 10 thousand indexed pages, and the planned addition is approx. 30K ...
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How to get Google to crawl AJAX pages without using #! URLs?

In Google's advice on "Making AJAX Applications Crawlable", they advise making AJAX URLs that aren't using hash-bang fragments (#!) crawlable by adding <meta name="fragment" content="!"> to the ...
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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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Company or website logo as the search result image / Google+ profile

I was considering having for this website I'm working on, the website's logo as the image that gets included in the search results for the articles it publishes. So do to this I want to use 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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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 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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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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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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Proper usage of <title>, <header>, <h1> and <h2> in a HTML5 website?

I have been studying this subject for several days and have found many conflicting suggestions with regards to search indexing. I am working on a project which has a lot of different pages ranging ...
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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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SEO for single-page content-less Web App

as written in the title the website on which I try to do Search Engine Optimization has following two properties: doesn't have any content in the SEO sense: it doesn't hold any information and only ...
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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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Is Google Analytics Part Of Google's Search Engine Algorithm

I was wondering if anyone knows if Google uses the data it receives from Google Analytics to help determine a websites SERP (Search Engine Rank Position). For example, if my website is getting 1000 ...
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How can I show a Google profile image next to my search engine results?

I just performed a Google search for the words "Google Analytics" and noticed half way down the page that there was an image next to one of the results: How can I achieve this? Having used Yoast's ...
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Are images with non-standard extensions (such as “.ashx”, instead of “.png” or “.jpg”) bad for SEO?

Certain CMS' running on IIS like Sitecore do not give image files appropriate file formats like .png or .jpg by default, but instead link to images as: <img src="/media/Some Folder/EX-IMG.ashx" ...
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How to get your Google profile in the search results when searching your website

Check out this link: http://www.google.com/#q=codinghorror.com How come his profile is chowing up in the search results?
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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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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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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-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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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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Is it true that the Google Spider gives the most relevance of a search result to the first 68 characters of the <title>?

I am reading documentation about my CMS and it states that an HTML page <title> tag is really important in SEO. It states that the Google Spider gives the most relevance to the first 68 ...
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Will using all the Google web tools boost trust of a website or help SEO?

I have using a single Google account and using that I created Google webmasters account so my website uses single User account access all the service provided by The google like adwords, ...
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How does Google detect duplicate content?

have a quick question about duplicate content. How does google work this all out? In that on my pages I have a form on each page with the same bit of text explaining it, is this going to count against ...
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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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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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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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HTML snapshotting services

Are there any services out there that will trap Googlebot and serve a html snapshot, rendered by an actual browser, of your website? This is pretty much needed if you want to implement the ajax ...
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The right way of using index.html

I have quite a lot of issues I'd like to hear your opinion on, so I hope I'll manage to explain it well enough. I should also note that I'm beginner equipped only with the knowledge of HTML and CSS so ...
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My site is down everyday for about 15 minutes, how does this affect SEO?

Will this affect the site's ranking with Google and if so, how?
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SEO and duplicate content for default document

SEO experts sometimes demand that default document, e.g. www.site.com/index.html redirects with 301 to www.site.com, so: Is that really necessary? Does Google really penalize that?
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How do Search Engines handle Singular vs. Plural?

In a site's main menu, one link points to the page containing a list of links to several software packages. By following this link in the main menu, the user's action can be seen from two different ...
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Why is a query string appearing on my URLs in the Google search results?

When I enter a URL from my site into Google search, I get back that URL but with an added query string in the results. For example when I search for https://example.com/blog/blog/2013/02, the search ...
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How reliable is the number of hits provided by Google site: command?

A partner of my company (not sure whether i can tell their name here - i´ll use example.com instead) asked me yesterday, why there is such a big difference when they enter the site command at google ...
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Understanding CTR in Google Webmaster Tools

I've got a site that's showing a 9% CTR for a phrase in Google Webmaster Tools, but the average position for my site is 14th (this includes 7 local results for this phrase). I was a little confused ...
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How does Google decide when to bold synonyms for query keywords?

When you type keywords in the search, Google will bold the requested keywords as well as their synonyms. For example if you type Japanese cars, the synonyms like vehicles will be bold as well. But not ...
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Will Google omit my site from mobile search results if I do not have a mobile optimized site?

I have heard rumors that if I do not have a mobile-optimized web-site (whether through responsive design or redirection to a mobile version of the site) that Google will not show my site when a user ...
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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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Using a company for Google authorship?

Can you use a company's page as the author for google authorship or does it have to be an actual persons google + account for it to work ? I.e. could i have it showing in search results as "-by acme ...
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sitemap.xml for huge online store

I'm running online store with 30,000+ products (having unique urls) which are updated every day. I want google to index my products faster. Now crawler index ~500 pages/day (reports from google ...
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How do you use 'site:' to search Google for just the domain without all the other subdomains appearing?

When I use the site: operator to search for domains, it returns all the other matched subdomains as well. However, I only want to see what's indexed for the main site. For example: site:google.com ...
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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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Why is Google omitting commas from the meta description tag in its search results?

I've recently improved the description meta tag for my website to be more descriptive of the visited webpage. Today I decided to check Google and see if it has begun picking up these changes. It has, ...