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What are the best ways to increase a site's position in Google?

What are the best ways to increase a site's position in Google?
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What are the most important things I need to do to encourage Google Sitelinks?

My website used to have sitelinks and now it doesn't. It's very possible that it's due to changing the website to a sidebar design instead of having an "interstitial" type landing page which limited ...
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Will having multiple domains improve my seo?

Lets say I have a domain already, for example www.automobile4u.com (not mine), with a website fully running and all. The title of my "Website" says: <title>Used cars - buy and sell your used ...
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How to diagnose a search engine ranking drop?

EDIT: Reworded & Cleaned Up to Ease Understanding There has been a significant drop (90%) in traffic from Google to one of my well-established sites (6+ years) in the last week. Searches show ...
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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 Google penalize sites on country code domains such as .me or .tv?

If I am thinking about using one of the fancy country domains such as .me or .tv should I be worried about how Google treats such domains? Or to put it another way, if all other things are equal ...
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Does the Google spider render JavaScript?

Does the Google spider knows how to render JavaScript, or only HTML?
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How to Remove URLs from Google Search Engine

I have used so many things like url removal request and deleted the pages etc., but still the errors are shown in my webmaster tools. How can I remove the urls completely from Google?
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How to use rel='canonical' properly

I have 3 URLS that serve the same data: www.example.com/product/foo www.example.com/product/foo?id=1 www.example.com?product=foo For Google's sake I want the URL www.example.com/product/foo to be ...
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How do I get Google to show links to my site hierarchy in search results?

I have recently noticed that for some websites, Google is linking to different locations in the site hierarchy instead of just the destination page URL. For instance, searching for "Malibu Rum Drink ...
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SEO preference for WWW or HTTP:// protocol redirection? Do www websites rank better than NON-www?

After having read various articles on this site about WWW or Non-WWW website setup, here, here and here, and after having setup a correct redirection rule in .Htaccess to at least eliminate duplicate ...
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Do dedicated IP addresses improve SEO?

I've googled that and I've found many opinions on this subject, and I'm not sure, if, dedicated IP addresses actually really improve SEO? Is it that different from shared IP address (of 50-100 other ...
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Title of the page in search results and title of google's cached version are different. Why?

Check this: http://www.google.com/search?q=site:gunlawsbystate.com+kansas+gun+laws The title of the first result is "Kansas Gun Laws - Gun Laws By State". Although, on the page google has cached the ...
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How to tell Google that I have changed my website URLs?

I have done major updates to my website, and renamed all my URLs. How can I tell Google that I have renamed these URLs and let Google refresh its index? My website URL: http://www.pndmasr.com/ My ...
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How can I prevent Google mistakenly offering to translate a page?

Several of my site's pages are appearing in search results with [Translate this page] next to it. When I click that it takes me to Google Translate and translates my page "from Catalan to English". ...
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Google doesn't seem to update the description or title of my homepage

Before we launched our website, we had set up a "coming soon" page and google picked up the title and description from its contents. So the description in the search results said, "Coming soon! Visit ...
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Effect on Google rankings if my site is down?

What happens to my Google rankings when my site goes down for a short or long period of time?
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How to recover a website from google cache?

My host provider told me last night their server crashed and they had restored the website from from an image they had from months ago, They told me this is the only backup they have. I also have no ...
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How to stop certain urls from being indexed

When I type site:example.com(using my domain obviously), I get several link errors showing up in the listing. Typically, they are of the form: /some/fixed/path/admin/unblockUser/11 I am thinking of ...
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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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Why should I use a subdomain structure over a directory structure?

I want to do blog.mysite.com but i know it will negatively impact my PR with Google. When is it preferable to structure your site like that vs mysite.com/blog? Is it only for the benefit of PR?
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Google Authorship not displaying

A few months back I set to the task of verifying my blog content for Google Authorship. I'm fairly confident I've ticked all the boxes and when I test my posts with the Google Structured Data tool it ...
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What is PageRank and how do I get it?

I've heard Google's algorithm is based on PageRank, and that it has something to do with the links to your site. Can someone explain it, and more importantly, how I can increase my site's PageRank?
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Does Google Analytics data affect SEO?

I have several pages on my site that I did not include the Google Analytics code. Will it improve my site's Google ranking if I include the GA on all of my pages and increase the number of visits on ...
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Are keywords in URLs good SEO or needlessly redundant?

A coworker and I are locked in a debate over the value of SEO keywords in the URL of a page. She wants to change all the filenames of the HTML pages of a fencing company so they look like ...
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How to protect PDF file from indexing?

I have a link to PDF document on a public web-page. How do I prevent search engines from indexing this link and PDF document? The only idea I thought of is to use CAPTCHA. However, I wonder if there ...
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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 using only https bad in a SEO perspective?

I would like to set up a new business site. I plan to direct www.example.com to example.com and only use that domain. My plan is also to only use https and not http. Does this affect the SEO for the ...
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Does Google rate the webpage by amount of visits?

There is quite extensive discussion about this topic on another website and I am really losing my confidence. The thing is that I claim that the amount (count) of visits is not a criteria for ...
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SEO - Reducing significance of irrelevant kewords

I have some irrelevant keywords high up in my Google Webmasters Tools Keywords list. Unfortunately it's stuff that needs to be on the site. E.g. I'm getting words like log (from log-in), copyright, ...
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Titles in Google results contain spammy prefixes

Over the past couple of weeks, we've noticed that the search results from Google for some of our drupal-powered sites are having their page titles hijacked somehow. An example would be: free ...
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Geographic location settings

I am building an website. It has an .nl domain. Now only my domain is showing up on google.nl I hope I can change this somehow that it could be findable in all google's (like google.com / co.uk) and ...
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Wikipedia's effect on Google SEO

I've been researching new SEO trends for a few weeks now and I see alot of community buzz about Wikipedia pages effects on Google. For example: When I do a search on Lowe's or Macy's in Google: I ...
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www and non www can suffer duplicated content

Do you know if i should use canonical tag, or 301 redirection from http://mydomain.com to http://www.mydomain.com To avoid duplicated content penalty in case other pages link to the domain without ...
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Hidden text and search engine rankings

I am using hidden texts in one of my websites for better search engine ranking. After browsing the web, I found it better not to use hidden text. Does using hidden text of keywords in webpage affect ...
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Thousands of 404 errors in Google Webmaster Tools

Because of a former error in our ASP.Net application, created by my predecessor and undiscovered for a long time, thousands of wrong URLs where created dynamically. The normal user did not notice it, ...
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The SEO benefit of breaking up content onto different websites

I have a client who's been told that breaking up his content onto multiple websites will give him an SEO boost. I'm wondering if this is true. Let me break it down thus... the client has bought ...
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Why isn't a newly purchased domain showing up in Google searches?

The domain ... http://trello.com ... was purchased a few months ago and is now live as of a week or so ago -- and has been linked from several prominent places on the web -- but searching for the ...
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Tool to monitor rankings

I'm searching for a tool that can give me the page number (Google) and position a given web page scores for a given keyword. E.g. Searching for the term "foo" the tool will show third page, second ...
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Our website was copied 100% and mirrored on a different domain

One of our websites was copied word for word all 400 pages by someone who used a special program to clone the site. We saw the program in the code. This was done in early April and soon after that ...
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Google Pagerank (PR) History and Next Upcoming Updates [closed]

As you may know Google updates PageRank roughly 4 times a year, out of interest and not for ranking purposes I often check when the next incoming update is. I do this by searching various sites and ...
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How do I control how often search engines visit my site?

I've been using the following line in the <head> of my sites for years: <meta name="revisit-after" content="3 days" /> I recently discovered that it's not one of the meta tags that ...
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Choosing a domain name with joined words is good for SEO?

I am going to choose a domain name for my business. For that I am going to use joined words in my domain name. For example, let's say my keywords are "painting" and "goa" and also that ...
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How do bounce rate and page views change Alexa rankings?

My site has 30,000 visits with 86,000 page views. If the bounce rate of 54%, then does it means only 15,000 users generated the 86,000 page views or 30,000 visits generated the 86,000 page views. My ...
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Foolproof way to ensure Google news pulls the correct image for its thumbnails?

Google news results have an acompanying thumbnail next to articles that show up in the results. If Google's crawler can't find a thumbnail to pull from our site, it uses its next best guess from ...
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Does Google respect a redirect header for robots.txt to a different file name?

With respect to robots.txt requests, Google states "Redirects will generally be followed until a valid result can be found". Does this mean that, if I create a 301 redirect for ...
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Problem with description of my site and google search

My HTML page : http://www.faressoft.com <meta name="description" content="فارس سوفت الاسم الرائد في عالم البرمجيات العربية" /> When I search for my site name "فارس سوفت" using google, the ...
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Blocked urls by Google

I have a website which is 2 years old now. I saw it after a long time now and was shocked to see that Google robot has blocked 104 pages of my website. I saw this through webmaster tools. IS there any ...
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Will google penalize my pages if I will hide by default the main page content?

I've read some similar questions but the mine is about a particular case. I need to hide the "main page content" as default, visible on user's request using javascript. This is lot of text - about ...
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Site too large to officially use Google Analytics?

We just got this email from the Google Analytics team: We love that you love our product and use it as much as you do. We have observed however, that a website you are tracking with Google ...