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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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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Preserve search engine rankings while shifting to new domain name

We have to shift our web-site to a new domain due to some unavoidable circumstances. The portal has been up and running there since 2009. It has good index in various search engines and we are ...
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robots meta not blocking indexing

We have a staging version of our website to test changes on at trailheadpaddleshack.ca/staging1. This never appeared in search before. Recently the staging site has appeared on Google and is affecting ...
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My new website doesn't show up in Google search [duplicate]

My new website went online almost a month, but still nothing show up in Google search. Google has indexed my website in webmaster tools and sitemap, but do not show any results in search, even I ...
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How do I prevent Google from indexing text that is generated by JavaScript?

Google is executing the JavaScript on my password creator website and indexing the random passwords that get generated by the JavaScript. The random text that is generated could look spammy to ...
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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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Webpages being de-indexed seemingly for no reason [duplicate]

Last Wednesday my site had a ton of its paged de-indexed by Google and it's caused a drop of over 60% in overall site traffic :(... One of the pages used to rank first page #1-3 and now it doesn't ...
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Why are my posts omitted from Google search results when my site is listed in it?

My domain is not new at all, in fact I have waited for quite a long time now for Google to show some love. If I do a search for my domain name, it shows the website is listed, but if I try to search ...
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Allow google to index page loaded by ajax, but link to parent page

I have a website with a page with 10 tabs, each tab's contents is loaded by AJAX. I would like google to index the content of the tabs (loaded by AJAX), but google should allow links ONLY to the ...
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Informing Google of URL Structure Change

I have a website and the URLS were constructed like so: /index.php/Topic /index.php/AnotherTopic These were indexed in google and search results returned that pointed to these. However, I've ...
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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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Is there a way to show Google and other robots a URL to original-sized image without anchor?

Let's assume I have an image. <img src="book_thumb.jpg"> And I want it to be indexed in Google and other search engines, but in its normal size, not as a thumbnail. So I just want Google to ...
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Is there a way to bulk submit URLs to Fetch as Google?

Google is taking a while to re-index changes I have made to thousands of pages, so I want to use Fetch as Google to give it a prompt. However, you can only enter 1 URL at a time as standard. Is there ...
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How can I submit my site's URL to search engines?

I have a site but I cannot get its URL indexed in search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc... Please let me know how I can submit my site's URL to Google.
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How to stop beta websites indexing in Google Search? [duplicate]

I want stop my beta.example.com being indexed by search engines, because it can generate duplication issue.
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Google Webmaster: Crawl Stat Increase, but Index status stay flat for days

Back in June, my website experienced a significant drop in index status from 73,000 to 36 and my website cannot be found in Google search. A few days ago, a friend programmer fixed the problem that ...
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Does the following robots.txt block all pages

I want to knew if the following robots.txt file block the whole pages from being indexed or not. User-agent: * Disallow: Disallow: /cgi-bin/
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Google is indexing pages with a “noindex” robots meta tag

I have come across a very annoying problem. I have several pages that shouldn't be indexed, as they are basically pop-up pages and "thanks for signing up" pages. I have set them up with the robots ...
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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 long does it take to re-index the website via noarchinve tag?

I read elsewhere on here that one can't re-index their site with google, but I like to challenge that. Currently, I have every page on my website (that contains about 1,000,000 pages) labeled with a ...
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Google Site: listing Parent Domain directory Index

Currently when we search site:domain.com on google we get a return of 3.6 million pages indexed, About 3,650,000 results (0.31 seconds). When we search site:domain.com/childdirectory we get 3.8 ...
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Changing headers for small screens - SEO implications

I'm changing some of my pages to better display in different devices (tables, smart phones etc). I want to figure out a good way of handling headings. So far my options are hide headings for small ...
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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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Conflicting test results when using The Mobile-Friendly Test and PageSpeed Insights

Our website uses an open source product to detect user agent and based on that, it servers mobile theme or desktop theme to users. I know the exact difference between mobile-friendly test and ...
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How to get tens of millions of pages indexed by Google bot?

We are currently developing a site that currently has 8 million unique pages that will grow to about 20 million right away, and eventually to about 50 million or more. Before you criticize... Yes, it ...
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Google indexing fewer images after switching to CDN

After switching to a CDN I noticed that my indexed image count went down. I have close to 1000 images on the site with correct tags, alt tags, and all of that. Only 50 are actually being indexed in ...
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How quickly does Bing index URLs submitted through Webmaster Tools?

In Bing's Webmaster Tools, there is a Submit URLs page that allows you to "Submit URLs that are currently not in the Bing index or that should be reindexed due to recent changes." Does anyone know ...
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X-Robots noindex a folder of PDFs

I'd like to noindex a group of PDFs within a certain folder. There are other PDFs on site that I do want indexed, so I want to avoid using <FilesMatch ".pdf$"> Header set X-Robots-Tag "noindex, ...
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Why in the search results of Google does not appear the unique name of my website?

I have a website with a unique name, already indexed and with a perfect SEO. Although there are no websites with the same unique name, when I'm searching on Google I found my homepage listed on the ...
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Google indexed my website name with a space

Google has indexed my website name with a space between 2 words. Search intellisense shows my website name with a space between both the words. Ex: word1 word2 (Stack Overflow) What I want is that ...
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How do I make it clear to Google that my domain name contains `www` like www.wwwexample.com?

I've noticed that domain names containing www (e.g., http://www.wwwexample.com) sometimes are ranked lower in search results. I have also noticed that Google assumes it to be www.example.com. For ...
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Why the number of indexed pages decreased for a “site:” search

Recently I created a website with hundreds of thousands of unique pages. A week ago, Google had indexed about 250,000 pages. It has now decreased to 90k URLs (using a site:domain.com query). What ...
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Does Google treat different ports as different sites?

I host my website on Azure and I have recently activated a feature to make it possible for me to directly access each server instance in our web farm by a port number. For example ...
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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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Google crawl rate is climbing but still no indexing?

This might belong on another stack site but idk. Soooo.... A year ago I started two sites that I didn't want indexed by Google or any other search engine since both sites were being developed based on ...
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How can I fix Google indexing URLs that are not part of my sitemap?

Using site:example.com in Google is returning many results with the following format: https://www.w.example.com/services/edison/16mm-to-2k Obviously this is not what I submitted and is not part of my ...
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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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How do I get Google to index my 30 million pages? [duplicate]

I am releasing a website which has 30 million pages of content. (This isn't spam material). It has a detail page for each of the 30 million places around the World. e.g ...
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How can I force Google to re-crawl a link?

Google Webmaster Tools is showing thousands of links from a North Korean travel agency, but when I go to the link, they don't exist! How can I force Google to re-index that link so it drops off my ...
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Incorrect subdomain of staging site showing up in Google SERP

I have a staging site where we do our work and show to clients. The site was created before I started and it wasn't set up with a disallow / in robots.txt or a meta no-index before it was created, so ...
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Will Google penalize me for duplicate content on GitHub from my knowledge base?

I want to have a copy of each of our documentation articles in GitHub so that other users can improve, edit and add to the document. The accepted changes will be made live in our knowledge base forum. ...
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How to force Google to index images and webpages? Or I shouldn't bother and just wait a bit more?

I have a web site with a lot of web-pages and images. I created the sitemaps (grouped into single sitemaps index file). I submitted those sitemaps to Google but the indexing process is disappointingly ...
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sitemap.xml for a website with forum

We have a website dedicated to our ActiveX and .NET components that has been working for more than 12 years. The site consists of 2 parts: the static part (product descriptions and articles) and the ...
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Google is still crawling and indexing my old, dummy, test pages which now are 404 not found

I have set up my site with sample pages and data (lorem ipsum, etc..) and Google has crawled these pages. I deleted all these pages and actually added real content but in webmaster tools, i still get ...
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Decrease in index URLs,and drop in traffic [duplicate]

A site that I work for has had a drop in traffic over the last few weeks.and also Decrease in INDEXING the no of URL's . However, having had a look in Google Webmaster tools, there has been a big ...
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How this type of search engine index result is working? [duplicate]

For example when you Google "stack overflow" or any other popular website, the result is indexing like above image. what should i do, if i want my website look like above image in search engine ...
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Prevent XML sitemaps from showing up in Google search results

How do I prevent my XML sitemap files from showing up in Google search results like this result of a site: search query: I don't understand why Google would choose to show sitemap files in search ...
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Google not indexing site [duplicate]

I have had a site up for some time and am not being indexed at all by Google. I can't work out what is blocking the site from being indexed. I have tried Google Webmaster Tools but it isn't giving ...
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Two kinds of Google index

I am curious about information that gave me Google's Webmaster Tools. Because I see two different information about Google index of same webpage in same time. First information (sitemap files) I ...
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Google still returns old Wordpress user name when I search for it [duplicate]

I created a Wordpress website with a particular user name that I no longer use (I fully deleted the Wordpress user and created a new one). Yet when I run a Google search for the initial user name, my ...