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Do search engines see comments in the source code as a backlink?

I would like to know if Google or any other search engine would regard a comment in the source-code containing a link: <!-- domain.com --> as a back-link. If yes how much weight is put ...
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Does Google submit HTML forms?

I have a web page, say http://domain/purchase and in this page, I have a web form. User, on submitting this form (which has validation, both client-side and server side and won't be validated until ...
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90% of 'links to your site' disappeared in Google Webmaster Tools

I was going through Webmaster Tools and I noticed that under 'links to your site' there's only 40 links showing. Down from 700+ yesterday. I don't think it was anything to do with the quality of the ...
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Can I invoke Google to check my robots.txt?

I read the answers in this question, but they still leave my question open: Does Google cache robots.txt? I didn't find a way in the Google Webmaster Tools to invoke a re-download of my robots.txt. ...
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Migrating from a wordpress.com to wordpress.org blog without harming SEO

I've had a Wordpress.com weblog for 3 years. And its pages have a good pagerank and are shown in first search results pages. Because of the limitations, I should migrate to my own WordPress. How to ...
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Would redirecting to a new home page affect SEO?

I'm currently working on a new landing page for this site. I want the landing page to replace the existing front page of the site. However I don't want to lose the Page Rank of the current front page ...
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Why do different browsers return different search results at Google and how can I prevent it?

I am running some websites and am constantly checking keywords' rankings on google.com. And it is really important for us to see the organic search result without logging in or setting a specific ...
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Why does Google index pages of my blog in seconds, while pages on the rest of the website take longer to get indexed

I have a questions and answers website in Portuguese about a specific subject. My Q&A website also have a blog, on a sub-directory like www.site.com/articles. I had not written on the blog for ...
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When seeking to acquire a legacy domain from a site owner, what should I look for in the domain history? [duplicate]

What kinds of things should I look for when seeking to purchase a legacy domain (i.e. a domain previously owned and operated)?
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Top Level Domain (.com) and subdirectories for each country: Do they need their own content to rank in Google?

If I want to have a new site with a .com domain and have a /uk/ and /au/ folder for ranking in the Google results for each country, do I need to create a /uk/blog/ and a /au/blog/ to get content 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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Many Stack Overflow users' pages have no Google PageRank and they are not indexed, why?

If you go to my user page on Stack Overflow and you check it with the Google Toolbar, you can see it has no PageRank at all (this does happen for almost any user page, even people with much higher ...
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Is it possible to check Page Rank of a site without the Google toolbar?

I am just getting started in SEO, and I want to check the Page Rank of one of my sites. All google docs say to use their toolbar to check Page Rank. However I'm using Chromium. I could check with ...
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How are Google search results ordered when prefixing a search with “site:”

If I use the "site:" prefix on a google search to see all the indexed pages for a particular domain, for example: site:kickasscupcakes.com Results: https://www.google.com/#q=site:kickasscupcakes.com ...
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Is using URL Rewritting the only way to make sure all pages are cached by Google?

If I keep the pattern (index.php?module=test&param=1) will pages be less likely to be indexed then if I use the pattern (test_param_1.html) ?
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Are indexed Wordpress admin pages a security threat?

Because it was blocking Googlebot from accessing important files, I recently updated our /robots.txt file and removed most of it, including wp-admin. Now, the people on charge of hosting and SEO ...
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Is using H2s instead of H1s a big deal?

Basically, the way the development of a site I am working on has happened, virtually all pages use H2 instead of H1 as the "root" title (and then H3-5 are used appropriately). Since Google pays such ...
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Does Google value links to a page's named anchors (#) as equal to links to the page w/o the anchor?

Occasionally my site gets links directly to a sub-section of a page via a named anchor, e.g. /mypage.html#section1 Does Google give this link equal weight as a link to /mypage.html?
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When does a good link become toxic

It is my understanding and correct me if I'm wrong but with Google's penguin and daily BACKLINK algorithms it will do several checks before rewarding for the link. It will then regularly check that ...
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What are doorway pages and how can they hurt SEO?

Google announced today that they will identify doorway pages better and penalize them more harshly. I've always thought of a doorway pages as a page like: Welcome to Blue Widgets Click ...
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Multiple Businesses at The Same Physical Address - SEO / Google Places

I was wondering what kind if there would be any negative effects to have multiple businesses having the exact same physical address on their website. Currently we have five businesses at the exact ...
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Page Speed Online vs Chrome Extension

In optimizing a content blog of mine with the goal of achieving the highest page speed score possible for obvious reasons (user experience, SEO, etc..), the results I'm obtaining are throwing me for a ...
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Best approach to have Google index content primarily generated by Javascript

I'm developing an app where customers can drop in a Javascript tag onto their website, and it will generate content. What is the best approach to have Google index this content and associate it with ...
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How to include your site name in search results

I have read the Include Your Site Name in Search Results article: https://developers.google.com/structured-data/site-name ..and was wondering if this works? I tried searching Google and I can't find ...
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Google thinks my domain doesn't exist or is misspelled when users search for it

I created a website for ecommerce, but am having problems with the Google search. My site link is "banilla.com.br" or "www.banilla.com.br", but Google thinks they are both misspellings (on either ...
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I used rel=“canonical” and hreflang=“x-default”, but global site is missing and receiving “no return tags” error

Here is a sample of the code <link rel="canonical " href="http://www.kaspersky.com/anti-virus-trial" hreflang="en" /> <link rel="alternate" ...
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Serve a different robots.txt file for every site hosted in the same directory

We have a global brand website project for which we are only working the LATAM portion. There is a website installation process here that allows to have one website installation with several ccTLDs, ...
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Solving “Googlebot encountered extremely large numbers of links on your site.”

I'm getting the following warning over and over again in google webmaster tools Googlebot encountered extremely large numbers of links on your site. The examples he's showing don't give me much ...
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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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Google webmaster tools keeps listing errors about urls that don't apear on my site

Google webmaster tools keeps listing errors on my site about urls such as http://website.com/kulVxMTq1FRqJDMRo 93/f/w8kgNtn9x5EPpXKrKzo= The problem is that I don't have links with such urls and ...
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sitemap that contains millions of links/URLs

I am currently working on a shopping / auction website. The involving party who's doing SEO consultancy is insisting to generate URLs for every single combination of products listed on the website, ...
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Why is the number of pages on my website indexed by Googlebot decreasing?

I am monitoring the number of pages indexed by Googlebot for one of my websites . I noticed that since last week, the number of pages has dropped by about 60 or so. Now to be fair, I have not added ...
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How to tell Google my content will expire after a certain period? [duplicate]

Right now I'm facing issues with 404 (Not Found) errors, because my content will deleted automatically after two months. I cannot change this behavior, because it is a real estate web site and once it ...
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Google follows JavaScript string as relative path - produces 404 error

This is my first question on here so I hope I'm not breaking any rules, but I have a problem: I have a site that uses an Adobe Site Catalyst for its online analytics. The suite supports tagging ...
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How similar can 2 pages be before Google de-indexes one of them?

Using Similar Page Checker (http://www.webconfs.com/similar-page-checker.php), you can check if a web page is similar to other one. Is there any rule of thumb how high a percentage similarity is ...
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Non-international domain names and SEO

My current domain name is meow.fr. However, the website is in French AND English (we can switch the language, and it's not automatic translation, it's truly a multilingual website). Still, the ...
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Duplicated content - how to tell Google I am original author

Let's say I prepared an article I wish to publish on my not so popular blog. But I am afraid that this article is so good that much more popular site will steal it and publish it on its own. I am ...
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After fixing problems with duplicate content, will my search engine rankings return?

Background: I have been making a new website design at www.example.com/new which has been uploaded for some time as I have been redesigning the site. This site shares most of the same content as my ...
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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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Securing webserver from spam/phishing/malware - beyond RBLs?

We offer a service that requires URLs from our domain to be linked to external URLs. About ten years ago, we discovered that this functionality can be abused by miscreants -- to link to malicious ...
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Hide from google while developing

I will be building a (wordpress) web site. While I am developing, other team members will be pushing content. I'd like to have it hidden from google while under development. It will be hosted on ...
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Is hiding content with JavaScript or “text-indent: -9999px” bad for SEO?

So apparently hiding content using "display: none" is bad for SEO and seen by googlebot as being deceptive. This according to a lot of the posts I read online and questions even on this site. But ...
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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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problem with google search in link:article-stack.com [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why google is not showing links to my site in result? If I google link:article-stack.com, it shows 4 interlinks in result. If it shows interlinks it should show > 250 ...
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Does Google use Google Analytics information in its search algorithms?

Does anyone know whether Google makes use of the information it obtains via Google analytics in ranking of search results? Does it, for instance, make use of the bounce rate for a page given a ...
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Does Bing support anything like Google's First Click Free program?

Google has a program for webmasters called First Click Free. To implement First Click Free, you need to allow all users who find a document on your site via Google search to see the full text of ...
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How many months I have to wait to place google ad in my site

How many months I have to wait to put google ad in my website, and my website is three month old. Now have visitors of about 5000+ unique visitors/month. My region is India, somebody told me that for ...
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Are penalties applied if you have too many 404 errors on your site?

Do the search engines take the number of 404 errors returned by a site into account when calculating the site rank? For example I have 8,000 404 errors and I am thinking that that's affecting my SEO ...
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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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How to fix “Soft 404” to firm 200 OK?

Some of the web-pages on my site are very slim. I've recently noticed that Google appears to qualify such pages as "Soft 404": The target URL doesn't exist, but your server is not returning a 404 ...