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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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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We're in the process of migrating an outdated e-commerce cart to Magento.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 ...
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www.*.us.com not being indexed, but *.us.com is on Google Webmasters

I've read the FAQ and searched the help center. My URL is http://www.etechsupport.us.com. I have also done 301 redirect of no-www to www. But www is not being indexed by Google and no-www is. My SEO ...
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What's the best way to handle multiple sites on a shared server?

I'm on a shared server (via LunarPages), and I also host a few low-impact sites for a few small businesses. I recently had a problem (blocked crawlers by messing with the internal settings) that made ...
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Google Webmaster Tools Index Status is 0 [duplicate]

Statistics show all entries of my wordpress blog have been tracked, but none have been indexed. I thought it would be just a matter of indexing delay, but it has been 3 weeks already, and I can find ...
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How to make Google index files retrieved from database?

We use Joomla with Remository to store and manage publications (don't ask me why). Files (PDF) are stored in a database and can be accessed via dynamic, rewritten links of the form ...
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Addon domains and SEO

I have a shared hosting account with a main domain and many add-on domains. I don't actually use the main domain, it just has a landing page. Can I tell bots not to index the main domain WITHOUT ...
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If my index page has no textual content, should it be present in sitemap?

My index page contains no textual content at all (except some footer links, copyright notice and some stuff in tag). It has, however, big Google's map with some pins attached which lead to articles. ...
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Can I force Bing to reindex our site?

Our website is ranking quite well (first page) on Google for quite a lot of keywords. However, our website is not on the first 10 pages of Bing for most of these keywords. I notice our Google ...
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google removed links from the index [duplicate]

I asked google to crawl a site through webmaster tool and include it to the index. How actually it was done: Firstly, i picked some urls manually. Approx. after half of a day those pages were ...
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Difference between canonical and base tag

I am a little bit confused regarding the usage of canonical tags and base tags. I have placed canonical tag (rel="canonical") on my website because of my website opening with no-www. I have reviewed ...
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Index manager in cpanel. Do contents still get indexed with “No Indexing”?

Simple question. A folder, lets say for example abc.com/images/ Is being displayed on google as "index of", which I don't like. The contents of this folder are important, and it is important that ...
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Google's microdata for product images which aren't displayed in the page?

My internet shop displays thumbnails of products' images, and I see that these thumbnail are (slowly) being indexed by Google. I want also full images to be indexed. (I've seen some other questions on ...
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How to make image only website friendly to googlebot? [duplicate]

so I making this portfolio site for some artist. She draw all the menus and texts manually(on paper), then scanned, some "post processing" in photoshop and that's how the whole layout was created. ...
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Seo Fake backlinking from other sites

The title might be a little bit confusing. Well, I noticed that someone had used a page's URL for backlinking or indexing his keywords. This is what he did: The normal url: http:// ...
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Provide Search Across Multiple PDFs

I know there are probably many solutions, but what's the easiest and/or most user friendly way to provide search capabilities across PDF files? I'm thinking of a webpage that links to several PDFs and ...
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How to allow Google to index protected content?

I'm working on my site and as it require users to log in it will be hard to Google to index the sites, because to see 90% of the content you have to be online. So I've made a script which looks for ...
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Why are URLs with my domain name at the end showing up in analytics?

I have a multi-language WordPress site that has been live since the last 3 months and today when I checked Analytics, I saw a lot of weird URLs: ...
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Why aren't search engines indexing my content?

This is a general, community wiki catch-all question and answer pair intended to address any questions concerning the reasons a site or specific site contents do not appear in search engine ...
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How to create and submit multiple sitemaps into categories?

I have a questions. I need to know how to create and submit multiple sitemaps into categories? This is for a big online auction site with a lot of products that needs to be indexed.
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How to let Google know that content on the page has just changed?

I'd never thought of such a problem in the whole SEO spectrum before I considered launching my own website. Imagine that I have a website which is updated once per month and Google spider knows ...
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Will history of a domain affect rankings for new site?

Bought the domain and initially parked the domain. Google did not rank the domain because it was parked, it has however began to index in the last day or so. My question is will the fact that the site ...
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How to have google index a login protected url?

For example, my site: http://abcde.foobar.com is protected by a "single sign on" login page hosted at http://sso.foobar.com, so when a user visits "abcde", they get redirected to the "sso" login page ...
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Need advice, previous parked domain not indexing on Google

I originally bought the domain (www.iconicphotos.co.uk) a while ago, I then decided to try and sell it on Sedo. The domain was up for sale for a few months before I noticed that the ads being pulled ...
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Rel=alternate / canonical implemented for mobile, canonical not being respected

I manage an ecommerce website that has mobile URLs on a subdomain, so m.rootdomain.com. On the mobile URLs, there's a canonical pointing to the relevant product on the www. subdomain (desktop site). ...
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Google Webmaster tools showing sitemap URL's indexed but not showing up in search results

I have submitted simple text sitemap to Google Webmaster tools and after few days it was crawled, after few more most links were indexed according to GWT but it is not showing those links in google. ...
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Why is Google indexing all these other websites?

I run a web hosting company and I have noticed something strange about the way my website and the other websites that I host are indexed in Google. For some reason, other websites that I am hosting ...