The process of recording where particular words occur. In the web context search engines crawl the web and make a list of which pages have particular words - this is the index.

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How to use wildcards to remove print pages from search engines?

Our site has pages that are print-friendly, which I would like to remove from search engines. Here's an example: ...
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Do sites using YouTube video API get indexed by Google?

Suppose I design a small app that heavily depends on Google YouTube API to dynamically fetch hundreds of YouTube video data. My site will be able to respond to users' requests, and generate several ...
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In WordPress, should I “Allow search engines to index this site” during development?

I am going to create a web page, and I will do it online. Should I choose the option: "Allow search engines to index this site." during development, or should this be opened after development ends?
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Google showing meta descriptions from other pages in the SERPs [closed]

Recently I added some content to my website and submitted a sitemap files to Google. Now that Google has indexed those pages, I discovered that some of words and sentences that are listed in Google ...
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301 redirect from HTTP to HTTPS - how to be sure Google is fetching the correct information?

I'm hoping somebody might be able to provide a bit of advice on an issue I am having. I have one site where we implemented a 301 redirect on the homepage from HTTP to HTTPS. We have links on the ...
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How to prevent a search engines from indexing a section of a page?

I have many pages with lots of text in it. But I will always have two sections of text and I want to prevent one section from appearing in search results, the other section must be indexed. <p ...
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Getting rank for keywords that I don't want to appear on my website [duplicate]

One of my products has two names. One of them is what I consider correct and thus it is what I want to appear on my website. The other name is incorrect for me, so I would like to avoid it. But I know ...
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Can you use googleon and googleoff comments to prevent Googlebot from indexing part of a page?

I've seen code like for preventing Google from indexing part of a page: <p>This is a paragraph that will be indexed by Google.</p> <!--googleoff: index--> <p>This is a ...
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Search engine bots accessing strange URLs

We have ELMAH enabled on our site and get errors whenever a Page Not Found error is triggered on the website. We have recently redesigned a new website and so we understand that search engine ...
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Will Google Scholar index the papers on my website?

I have just requested that Google Scholar collect the papers from my personal web site: http://cs.uic.edu/~asmirnov/publications.html I was wondering if I did everything right: I submitted a ...
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Google indexing less images after switching to CDN

After switching to a CDN I noticed that my indexed images went down. I have close to 1000 images on the site with correct tags, alt tags and all of that. Right now we have about 1000 images with only ...
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De-index URL parameters by value

Upon reading over this question is lengthy so allow me to provide a one sentence summary: I need to get Google to de-index URLs that have parameters with certain values appended I have a website ...
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Is it safe to block redirected (but still linked) URLs with robots.txt?

I have a website that has all URLs optimized and 301 redirected from nasty URLs to clean ones. However, everywhere throughout the site the unclean URLs are linked in menus, content, products, etc. ...
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What is 'lack of original content'?

It is written everywhere that lack of original content is has a negative impact on ranking. But what is lack of original content? (I am not talking about duplicate content) I guess if you copy other ...
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Should webmasters “index” dashboard and edit account page

New here, I did my research and found nothing, but sorry if it has already been asked. As webmasters should be let google and other search engine INDEX our member's dashboard and edit account page. ...
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Is this a proper way to deal with near duplicate content?

I have a website which used to have 22.000 pages with near duplicate content. Of course, this has become a Panda issue. These pages are now gone from my site and the Google index. I have decided to ...
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SEO: why this site won't index? [duplicate]

I recently built a one-page-site, All main pages are loaded via ajax, so they exist as standalone too versions as well in HTML format through jQuery, only pages' content is loaded in the ...
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Adding http:// in internal links [duplicate]

I was wondering if adding http:// into my links was a bad thing for SEO optimization. I know that is unnecessary but I have several links that are displayed in multiple subdomains. I try to explain ...
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Google crawl speed — how fast can it go?

I have a huge website with 5 million pages. Currently Google indexes about 10,000 pages per day. This is very slow, I still have lots of pages that I can't get indexed. Does anyone know what is the ...
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Need Google to recrawl the pages

I've changed the meta description tag in many of my site pages. Should I select Fetch as Google->Fetch->Add to Index->URL and all linked pages in GWT? Will Google recrawl the whole site faster than ...
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Is there a way to obtain a list of the links that Google has crawled?

I was concerned that Google was not obtaining all the links on my site during their crawl, but after going into Google Tools it seems I have a few hundred URL's indexed every week (approximately), ...
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Will Google index a PHP header redirect?

I have a new domain which has an index.php file. Inside this file, I get user's IP, save it and redirect to another page on another domain. So there is no output, only header info. Will Google index ...
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Opening forum for search engine bots and SEO

We develop and sell components for other software developers through our website. The main products are ActiveX and WinFroms.NET grid controls. Some years ago we established a forum dedicated to our ...
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Google Webmaster Tools not showing index pages

I have submitted sitemap and also fetched pages of my sites but still its showing error like "domain with protocol https://www.domain-name is not available try with http://www.domain-name.html". ...
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How to exclude certain images on web page from spiders?

I have a page with a main image on it that I want to be indexed. I also have a list of other images (thumbnails) on the same web page that should not be indexed or associated with the current ...
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SEO strategy for multiple pages per entity [closed]

I'm trying to decide a good SEO strategy for a web-site with multiple pages per entity. For example, there are main pages for companies which summarize the main information and each sub-page and ...
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How to prevent webpages translated with Google Translate Plugin from being indexed?

I've been reading the information here https://support.google.com/translate/#2534535 about the Google Translate plugin. At first I thought that if I used the plugin my site wouldn't be indexed, but ...
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With Robots.txt disallow all, why was my site still getting traffic?

In failing to check my robots.txt on a community site, it had: User-agent: * Disallow: / I only clued into this because of a message in my AdSense account saying that five URL's couldn't be ...
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Is it possible to have Google index one page with one URL and have it link to another URL?

We want to tell Google to crawl a content heavy page but list a link to a much more performant JavaScript version of the page. Is this possible? I.e. Give Google a sitemap, then put canonical tags ...
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Will switching from home grown news page to a Facebook feed hurt SEO?

We are thinking of dumping our home curated news page and going to an embedded Facebook feed instead. One of the purposes of the news page is to boost SEO. The intention is that keywords will occur ...
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How do I prevent search engines from indexing a website duplicated on a second domain?

Let's say I run a website example.com with a dedicated IP A.B.C.D. Then I find out doing a search on Google, that my website is also being indexed through a domain A-B-C-D.example.com (where the ...
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How can I get a list of all indexed pages for my domain?

We're in the process of migrating an outdated e-commerce cart to Magento. Part of this process will entail configuring proper 301 redirects. I'm aiming to get a list of all indexed pages to throw ...
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“X-Robots-Tag: noindex” on an HTTP 301 response

I understand that a resource with X-Robots-Tag: noindex forces some search engines, including Google, not to index the resource further. I also understand that an HTTP 301 response causes search ...
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Is it possible for Google to discover a website that is not linked to anywhere? [duplicate]

My colleague claims that he has seen cases where websites were "discovered" by Google without having a link to them anywhere on the web. For him, this means that the only way to not being indexed ...
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Is this considered to be “Internal Near-Duplicates”?

Some people generate the same pages with a slight variation in keywords, title, country name, region name, etc... This is typically considered to be "Internal Near-Duplicates." I have seen a website ...
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Debugging reason for specific site sections with significantly low appearance in SERP [duplicate]

I'm experiencing very little exposure for specific sections in my site compared to different sections. Most of my traffic is long-tail queries, in the popular SERP, and non-popular SERP sections. I ...
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Should I have link rel=next & prev on URLs which have query variables?

For example, I have link rel prev & next set up on these pages of products: site.com?page=2 site.com?page=3 (this is my preferred structure by the way and I'm trying to get all the ugly URLs ...
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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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Using Ajax #! for Google but site is not being crawled any more

We used to have all links in a normal way (thus with parameters?), we changed to AJAX loading cause we installed a music player. Here's an example: Old link: ...
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Will Google index images from HTML select tag

If i have code like this: <select> <option value="path/to/image1.jpg">Image 1</option> <option value="path/to/image2.jpg">Image 2</option> <option ...
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New Facebook page not indexed, old one still is

We migrated our client's old Facebook page to a new Facebook page several months ago. When I search for "(Client's Name) Facebook" in Google, the old Facebook page appears, but not the new one. When ...
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JavaScript loaded external content SEO

I wonder what is the best way to have Javascript loaded content indexed by search engines. I know that search engines don't execute Javascript, but I am thinking more of an progressive enchantment. I ...
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Google Webmaster Tools reports fake 404 errors

I have a website where Google Webmaster Tools reports 15,000 links as 404 errors. However, all links return a 200 when I visit them. The problem is, that eventhough I can visit these pages and return ...
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Does Google search URLs in different languages

I am building a multilingual website (from Spanish origins) however there will be English, Chinese, Spanish, and French users. We are about to buy a domain however I am confused as to what language I ...
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What does “all” mean in meta robots tag?

Several websites have the following meta tag aimed at search engines like Google, Bing, etc.: <meta name="robots" content="all" /> What does it do?
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Can a sitemap index file reference sitemap files under different domains?

My company owns several domain names. We also host websites for our users at their custom domains. Our domains: company.com product1.com product2.com Users's domains: user1.com user2.com ...
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Using .htaccess for proper indexing/SEO of timthumb images

I don't know a whole lot about the intricacies of SEO so I was wondering if someone here could provide some insight to this problem. When you use the php script timthumb on a website, it means images ...
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Google references subfolders

Last week I launched a website and created a robots.txt: User-agent: * Disallow: Sitemap: http://mywebsite.tld/sitemap_robots.xml Now I've checked the indexed pages (Google -> ...
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Google Webmaster Tools Index Status 0 for one year

I've read this topic with answers but they do not address why zero for one year? but other areas in Google Webmaster Tools report 400 URL indexed. Google Webmaster Tools Index Status Only 2 Indexed. ...
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Prohibit search engines before going live

I want to prohibit search engines to index my web site before going live with it. If I simple do a robots.txt with: User-agent: * Disallow: / Would that cause any issues later when I decide to ...