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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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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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 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 can I get Google to index my PDF documents?

We are having troubles getting Google to index the PDF files in our site. There are about 50 PDF and range in size for 20 KB to a little under two megs. They are not protected, can be read ...
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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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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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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 to protect PDF file from indexing?

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 there ...
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How do I find when an URL was first indexed by Google?

How do I find out when a particular URL was first indexed by Google? I'd prefer a solution that works even for competitors' URLs that are not owned by me.
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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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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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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 possible to 'trigger' indexing on a site?

We're launching a redeveloped site soon. Google has already indexed the site that we're going to replace, but the links that google indexed are no longer applicable, because the new site has a totally ...
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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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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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How to tell which URLs have fallen out of search engine index

I've had a few pages trimmed from google's indexed number on my sitemap in webmaster tools. How can I tell which pages have been dropped?
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About the <link rel=“index” /> tag

I'm trying to figure out how to use it. I understand that this tag tell Google which page is the root parent / parent of the current page. So, for example, on a page that's listing a product from a ...
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Is it positive or negative for the average website to allow search engines to index user comments?

I've been trying to answer this question myself by researching and searching on google but I haven't been able to come with a final answer. I have some hypothesis I would like share anyway: The ...
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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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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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What measures can be taken to make sure Google is aware of the existence of a newly created page?

Consider a website with a large number of pages. New pages are published regularly. When publishing a new page the website operator wants to get the newly created paged crawled/indexed in Google as ...
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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 long does it take for Google Webmasters to index site after submitting sitemap? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why isn't my website in Google search results? I have submitted my website today into Google search using Google Webmasters using sitemaps. The status on the ...
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Do search engines index text contained in SVG elements?

Example: <svg><text>Hello World</text></svg>?
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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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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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Can Google index a non-80/non-443 URL?

Forgive me if this is a rather simple question but I have never encountered any search results before where they used a non-80 port on HTTP or non-443 port on HTTPS. Screenshots or sample of search ...
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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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Google is not indexing my Tumblr blog sufficiently [closed]

I have a 35-day-old blog on tumblr. I submitted it to Google using "Add your URL to Google" page about a month ago. However, when I search Google for the content of my blog using the following query, ...
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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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Easy way to identify pages which are index, but not linked to on my site

I'm just wondering if there is an easy way to find out what pages Google has indexed, that are not directly linked on my site, for example: www.mysite.com/skype.html originally had a link in my site ...
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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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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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Difference between “/” at end of URL and without “/” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does it make a difference if your url ends in a trailing slash or not? Why treat these as different URLs? I am doing a 301 redirect in my WP application using ...
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Does using OpenGraph meta tags help webpages to get indexed better?

I have actually been reading and thinking about adding OpenGraph meta tags to help people who are sharing my blog posts, and different information of my site on Facebook. From reading, that will help ...
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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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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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Redirecting URLs when launching a new website - how to avoid dropping page rank

i have over 100 urls in my website which i need to redirect: E.g. /page/how-to-bake-chocolate-cookies/ will redirect to /cookies/how-to-bake-chocolate-cookies/ /page/contact/ will redirect to ...
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Is content inside IE conditional comments indexed by search engines?

Although I'm aware of the various methods to show content only to users of a specific IE version, I was wondering if using conditional comments would have an effect on the way my site is indexed. If I ...
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How to determine why a page is banned by Google

There is a website which is correctly indexed by Google. And there is a page which was correctly indexed initially but after a couple of week was removed from the Google index. Most probably a page ...
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Prevent Googlebot from seeing or indexing common keywords such as “read full story”

I have a site that uses a lot of the same anchor text. For example, "read full story". When I do an SEO audit for my site, I find that these are my most frequent keywords, but I am not trying to ...
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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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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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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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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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Where does the Google `site:` operator for site-specific searches get its information?

I have read in many places that one should use Google Webmaster preferably to the site: search operator. However, I would like to know where the site: operator gets its information from? Here is my ...
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My archives are beating my current content, how do I stop from competing against myself?

I've inherited a site with about 15,000 pages going back 16 years. Often current events are outranked by previous events. What are the best techniques to make sure that I'm not fighting against ...
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Can Google Bot index transcript of YouTube hosted video?

We have a number of videos on YouTube, which we embed on our site via iframe/object stuff. Now we want to gain more SEO value by indexing video transcriptions. I have checked one of our video on ...
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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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Pre-Launch Indexing - Is it good to posting on-topic content for indexing prior to launch?

Is it worthwhile to put up some content, sans design, just for the purpose of getting indexed on the topic/product of the site that will be launched. For example: Domain = ...