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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Best way to let Google index page with tabs - SEO

Let' say I have a /pets page with 4 tabs on it: All Dogs Cats Owls The All tab displays all the pets on page load. Each of the 3 other tabs holds a list of dogs/cats/owls, respectively - loaded ...
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Google Websmasters - How to provide last updated date [duplicate]

One of my e-commerce sites with daily product uploads has sitemap listed has below. Recently we notice that google index rate has slowed down. <url> <loc> http://urllink </loc> &...
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Is using URL rewritting instead of multiple parameters the only way to make sure all pages are indexed 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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Host duplicate student webpages without letting them affect SEO

Overview: I am looking to host webpages that students make on our main website. (i.e. www.example.com) Question: Since all students created the exact same website as their project. We do not want to ...
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Will a missing <head> tag prevent Google from indexing a WordPress site?

I was recently trying to configure a Google Webmasters Tools account for a client. I spent almost an hour wondering why I couldn't get the site to validate, when I found that the opening tag was ...
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Indexing protected PDF files

It is my intention to use protected PDF files on my web journal, the type that does not allow the text to be copied. I would like to know if this will affect its indexing on Google Scholar, and if ...
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Wrong page indexing for keyword phrase even when search in “quotes”

Is it possible to index a page for a phrase that is solely in a URL? The page comes up for a phrase that does not even occur on the page. The only spot "keyword phrase example" occurs is in the ...
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Why is hidden content not always indexed?

I've read several blogs discussing the 'hidden content' issue. This article experimented with several options. It concludes that Google DOES index hidden content. The issues is also discussed here. ...
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An old 301 Redirect Causing the Wrong page to come up for keyword terms

Background: 6 months ago, I did a website migration. The old website had a products overview page, the new website does not. I decided to redirect the old products overview page to Product #1. This ...
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Having trouble with Google indexing after extending SSL cert across whole site and resubmitting sitemap

I recently extended out SSL certification to every page on my website in an effort to gain some rank. I created and claimed the new https properties (both www and non www) in Google Search Console and ...
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Prevent Google from indexing a duplicate content subdomain without a valid security certificate

I have an SSL for a subdomain. The now www version of the website works fine subdomain.example.com. But the www version is a problem www.subdomain.example.com. The issue I have with the www version ...
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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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Does Bing execute Javascript when crawling and indexing web pages (like Google)?

Some content on some web pages is only displayed with Javascript when a button is clicked (for example). We know that Google executes Javascript and is (very likely) to find this content, but what ...
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Cookie-based A/B testing on same URL - SEO impact?

we'll run a domain-wide A/B test comparing our old design with our new responsive design. Though the content itself remains almost unchanged, the code structure and especially the design differ much. ...
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404's from nonexistent URL

I've been having some indexing issues that I've had a development team working on trying to fix for a week but no progress has been made. The site has an overwhelming amount of 404 errors as ...
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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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Is it safe to offer google a modified version of a resource if it's not to be indexed?

Currently I have it where google isn't supposed to index images on my site, and for every image request, regardless of who initiates it, the HTTP response header contains: X-Robots-Tag: noindex, ...
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Will search engines index content in video caption files?

If I put an HTML5 video player on a web page and it has an associated caption file (WebVTT) using the <track> tag inside the <video> tag, will it affect my search results in a positive way?...
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Moving a secondary site form a www.example.com/subdirectory to another www domain

I have added all my websites on Webmaster Tools (Google Search Console), but I have a question about moving a different site from a subdirectory to another www domain. I added on Webmaster Tools and ...
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Some of my webpages will appear then disappear for my targeted keywords

Last week one of my webpages appeared for a keyword phrase I was targeting. Then, two days later it disappeared completely. Today the same thing happened for another keyword, and within 10 minutes the ...
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Google indexes a completely DIFFERENT title for my web site. What can I do?

I have a strange problem. I have read about this problem in other questions but mine is different in a strange way. After a back up at my web hosting company, Google indexes my website with tags such ...
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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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My site indexed with my another domain in google

My site is indexed with my another domains, all of the domain are hosted in same hosting. When I search with site:me.example.com it indexed the another domain like this me.example.com/site1.example....
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Indexing too many pages good or bad?

We have a football website, in the website each football match has a separate page (for match details), and we decided to make unique title for each match page. Now I find many of these matches ...
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Should I optimize back end pages?

My website is an e-commerce based site and therefore has a few back-end duplicate content issues that im trying to fix. I have added the canonical tag to the majority of my back-end category pages ...
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Index status shows significantly less pages than search results? *Not a New Site

I am trying to understand how within Google Webmaster Tools (Google Index>Index Status) I can have a figure of 2,000 total indexed pages (and falling daily) yet when I search Google using the (site:) ...
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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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Adding Google Analytics and Indexing

I have a particular website that I want to add Google Analytics to, however I don't want it to get indexed because of that. Will adding Google Analytics make Google start indexing my site?
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Everything looks fine in the Search Console, but Google is not really indexing my site [duplicate]

I hope this question is not too generic. Some weeks ago, I set up a new Q&A site for my collaboration. I have added it to my search console dash board and I have submitted the sitemap. Google ...
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If I make a directory of veterinaries populated by a call to a Database would it get indexed by google? [duplicate]

Imagine I have a website to find say veterinarians. So I want to have a directory listing the NAMES of all the veterinarians that are members of our website. And if I click on any of the names it ...
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Google just un-indexed 8000 of our URLs, what could be possible reasons? [closed]

We went to our sitemaps and discovered a fall in the number of indexed pages, while the submitted pages remained more or less the same. Some sitemaps look like this now: In the following ...
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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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I have two websites , one has over 8000 pages indexed the other has less than hundred,why is this happening? [closed]

Both sites were created with the same platform and have similar layout , their age is only a few days apart but one site is having problem getting indexed above 120pages out of the 18000+. I have ...
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Will meta setting Meta=“NOINDEX” eventually remove page from google index?

I am in the process of moving domains I still have alot of visitors coming to old domain (who are familiar with brand) so dont completely want to 301 it, but I would like pages from the old site to ...
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How to get precise indexed page number from a certain domain or a certain site?

When conducting competitor analysis, we use "site" command to get the indexed page number from a certain domain or a certain site. But it seems that I cannot get the correct(or precise) number. For ...
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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 prevent a PDF file from being indexed by search engines?

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 ...
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Use of no-index-meta-tag on pretty URLs?

By now I am fighting through the world of SEO and run into a problem, I think. Let's say I have a page like www.example.com/i-am-a-pretty-url, which is re-written by .htaccess from i-am-ugly-url.php ...
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Why indexation raised a lot but visits didn´t?

My website raised its indexing ten times from a day to the next one literally. It went from about 500K pages to 5 million but the visits have not been increased: absolutely nothing. They even went a ...
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Domain not directing to index.html [closed]

I have just completed an FTP upgrade of my whole site. However, it is not working, when you type is www.gas-sense.co.uk, then you get a splashpage from my shared hosting, as though there is nothing on ...
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Google is displaying a URL in my site's index with the cache of that result being completely different

Ok, this may turn out to be a silly question but I have observed Google displaying a URL in the index with the cache of that result being completely different when it shouldn't even be there in the ...
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URLs not allowed error for one property, but not for the other?

All of our XML sitemaps are located on another domain than the domain they're referring to, for instance: - Sitemaps would be located at sitemap-domain.com/sitemap-1.xml - URLs being referenced in ...
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Why doesn't Google index the translated versions of my page?

I have a website in Persian language and translated some of my popular posts into English and added this header in <head> section in both of the pages (not entire site): <link rel="alternate"...
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Is sitemap in sitemap_index getting indexed by Google webmaster?

it sounds a silly question, but I actually could not find a reference to it. I have created a sitemap_index with about 100-ish sitemaps. No errors. I submitted only the sitemap_index to Google ...
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Google crawling pages with “/mydomain.com” after the page url [duplicate]

Google is crawling and indexing my site without any issues. Each post I create I'm fetching in webmaster tools. I have looked in the crawl errors and for every post I submit for indexing Google is ...
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What drops faster from the google index? A page that 301 redirects to another one or one that gives a 404 error?

What kind of page drops faster from Google's index? One that is 301 redirected to another page or one that gives a 404 status? In regards to the first option I would expect the new page to take the ...
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Search Console shows 343 web pages submitted but only 132 indexed

My Search Console (Webmaster Tools) account shows 343 web pages submitted but only 132 indexed. The actual number of posts on my blog are 138. What should I do? I am also getting 179 "not found" ...
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Huge drop off in Google “indexed” pages after switching to HTTPS, should I switch back to HTTP?

I did a full redesign of my website to make it responsive (bootstrap), added localization, and also switched the whole website to use HTTPS. My website use to default to http://www.domain.com/ and ...
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Why is Google still not indexing my !# webpage? [duplicate]

Our website is not getting indexing on google search engine. some webpages are indexing and some pages are not indexing. how can i resolve this problem. please help us.
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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 ...