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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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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Number of indexed pages with “site:” search less than reported in Google Webmaster Tools

In Google webmaster tools it shows that I have 309 pages indexed, but when I search using "site:site.com" appear about 180 only (On the first page appears "about 608 results," something near the total ...
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How does Google find a domain with no links to it?

I recently registered a new domain, pointed it to my existing server, and set up a minimal page just saying "test" and nothing else. I just discovered tonight that the page is already indexed in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do search engines index text contained in SVG elements?

Example: <svg><text>Hello World</text></svg>?
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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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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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Is there any way to have search engines not index a certain section of a page?

I have Blogger setup with the Blog Archive panel shown on every page so that users can easily get to old posts. The problem is that it lists the title of each page in this panel, meaning that the ...
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How do you prevent web pages from appearing in the Google search index?

I have some web pages that Google has indexed. I have now added a robots.txt file to exclude them, but should I also add a noindex tag? If so, then how do I do so?
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How do I get images containing text to be indexed by search engines?

I am building a small portfolio website for a friend, and being in advertising and all, she hates the standard fonts and wants everything written in a custom font. As CSS font-embedding is not really ...
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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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Should I notify 'under construction' websites to crawlers? If yes how?

I am currently developing a website which is going to take some time to finish. I need to move some 'stuff' to production frequently, while maintaining a under construction status. My front page will ...
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Will JavaScript (document.write) content be indexed by search engines?

I have an external JS file embedding some content inline in a web page. Basically it just does a document.write("my content") via a script tag and loaded externally with the src attribute. Any ...
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Do WordPress websites get indexed quicker by search engines than a regular website?

I registered a couple of domains with the names of categories of products we sell. I then installed WordPress in one of those domains and played around with it for a bit, and left it alone for about a ...
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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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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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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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how to set 301 redirect in wordpress .htacces file

In continuation of my previously asked question preserve-search-engine-index-while-shifting-to-new-domain. The migration is being done in the word-press and we will have same server with same IP.Since ...
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Old pages still appearing in Google?

Many pages that have been deleted for a long time are still appearing in Google? When I then click on them, they obviously can't be found. Am I doing something wrong/forgetting something?
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How to know that my site is getting index/rank by search engine

As per subject, anyone can tell me how to check that my site is getting index/rank by search engine(e.g. google, yahoo)?
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Why won't title attributes get indexed in Google?

When I search for Ride On + my site's name, I see that it's indexed. But when I search for Green Horse + my site's name, I don't see my site appearing in the results anywhere! Here's my code: ...
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How can pages which aren't indexed be reported as landing pages in Google Analytics?

In Google Analytics I have thousands of landing pages reported, however on checking some of them they aren't indexed in Google, this is expected as the have robots NOINDEX tag in the source code. So ...
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Older post not indexed, new post indexed right away?

I have a post I created yesterday that was indexed rather quickly by Google. However, I have two other post that I created within the past 4 days that are not indexed and I cannot find a trace of ...
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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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Page appears indexed in Google but not findable for any search terms?

(Note that I am going to use screenshots here because I suspect writing about this will change the behavior over time.) If you do a Google search for uiviewcontroller best practices either with ...
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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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Indexing for Google scholar, which tags to use?

In the "Inclusion Guidelines for Webmasters" for Google Scholar is written under Indexing Guidelines: Google Scholar supports Highwire Press tags (e.g., citation_title), Eprints tags (e.g., ...
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What is Google's policy about separate content on same URLs in mobile and desktop versions?

I'm currently developing a mobile version of my site where users' devices are automatically identified and then displayed either mobile or desktop view of the same URL. For usability purposes, I ...
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Is it worthwhile to pay for boosting SEO for a new wesite?

I have come across a couple of websites today that claim to boost your website index in a matter of days. There are 1000s of reviews and all of them seem quite positive showing off results and stuff. ...
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Does Google submit HTML forms?

I have a web page, say http://domain/purchase and in this page, I have a web form. User, on submitting this form (which has validation, both client-side and server side and won't be validated until ...
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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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What does Google do with indexed pages returning 403?

I guess that Google removes already indexed pages that are now returning the HTTP error 403. Unfortunately I can't find any definitive statement on that matter. Do you know the answer?
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How long did it take for your new website to be indexed by search engines [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why isn't my website in Google search results? I have added my website to the webmaster tools of some major search engines already, and supplied the sitemap for the ...
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Is using URL Rewritting the only way to make sure all pages are cached 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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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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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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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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Why is the number of pages on my website indexed by Googlebot decreasing?

I am monitoring the number of pages indexed by Googlebot for one of my websites . I noticed that since last week, the number of pages has dropped by about 60 or so. Now to be fair, I have not added ...
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No description for any page on the website is available in Google despite robots.txt allowing crawling

I seem to have the weirdest issue with Search Engine Optimization, and I asked the IT folks at my university, I asked people on Joomla forums and I am trying to sort this issue out using Google ...
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How to prevent Google from finding my admin index page?

I am running a website but for some days i stopped it and put the under-construction page because the Index of admin page is visible to the outside world through the Google search. One of my friend ...
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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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Moving folder's content to a new domain, what SEO steps to take?

So, we have a functionality on example.com/folder that we decided to make as separate site and we're in need of moving it to a new domain (brand it)... This is what I'm going to make SEO wise ...
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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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“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 to find out whether one given page has been indexed?

When one submits sitemaps in Google Webmaster, Google may not index all pages of your site/blog. Is there a way to find out whether one specific page belonging to the sitemap has been indexed or not? ...
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How can I get Google to index content that is written into the page with JavaScript?

I have a website that focuses on charts and graphs. The graphs on the site are drawn using JavaScript, but contain keywords that I would like to have indexed. For example, here is a screenshot of ...