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How to do SEO for a business listing website that contains temporarily available content

I am building a business directory page where the user can filter through locations and different branches. The directory uses a freemium-model which means that the basic listings are completely free ...
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Robots.txt vs. Noindex Tags

According to matt cutts, even though we block the page using Robots.txt , it is better using noindex tag. ( Source : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBdEwpRQRD0) If it is blocked by Robots.txt, how ...
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Should you noidex paginated pages or use rel=next/rel=prev

On out site we use pagination in two places: 1) Category Pages We have our articles segmented by category and each category has 100's of articles so we paginate at 10 articles per page. We use the ...
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should you let search result page to be indexed

I have a pages of a catalogs, which contains a list of keywords of all products inside that catalogs, and I want to create a link from those keywords to a search page. For example, if the page ...
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Should I nofollow a link to a noindex page?

If I have a page on my blog that is marked noindex or blocked by robots.txt should I mark all links within my blog that point to that page as rel="nofollow" or not? Example: I publish a post on my ...
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Is Google indexing pages that has no connection with other pages? [duplicate]

I am working on a web project that has nearly 100 thousand instant users and there is a webpage that we are using for test cases. There are no links pointing to it from other pages. It shouldn't be ...
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Is it possible to regain a site's traffic after losing some to a transfer / merge?

After merging two sites to a third, using proper 301 redirects and transferring the domains in Google webmaster tools, overall traffic dropped by ~50%. One of the original sites was getting a plenty ...
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What is the empirical way to tell that Google has removed a URL from the index?

After merging two sites, one with ~40 URLs and one with ~700 URLs (due to a forum) the result was that overall traffic decreased by ~50%. I want to get the traffic back, as it was organic and a ...
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Do noindex,follow pages pass pagerank / link juice?

Assuming one marks a page as 'noindex,follow', is PageRank / link juice passed to other pages nevertheless?
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Is adding noindex for new product pages a good idea?

When adding batch products to an eCommerce website, is it a good idea to initially have noindex on the product page? After manually reviewing individual products, should I remove the noindex tag? ...
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Does noindex metatag have a negative effect on the canonical URLs PageRank?

A page has this URL: http://example.com/pages/some-page/ There's a pagination on this page which uses a GET parameter page which would result in URLs like: ...
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Having an iframe of which inside the page has a noindex nofollow tag would it affect the rankings of the page having the iframe? Is it cloaking?

We have a website with video content delivered from a video studio and hosted on their site since we don't want to load our server with it. The content we are embedding is payed for and we don't to ...
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Can I benefit from links to pages on my site which have a `noindex` meta tag?

I'm trying to understand if/how I can benefit from people linking to pages on my site which are with pages that have a noindex meta tag. 2 actions I'm considering to perform: Remove the robots.txt ...
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Removing existing filtered pages from Google's index: noindex / 301 / canonical to non-filtered page?

I've decided to remove some of my site's pages from the Google index to focus more of the indexed pages on higher quality pages. The pages I'm going to remove are already in the index. These removed ...
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Should I set NOINDEX header for my JS, CSS and image files?

Are there any harms if my site send NOINDEX headers for all my static assets? For image files, I refer to those valueless, e.g. background images, button images, etc. Update: more background ...
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Should I add rel nofollow to internal links which already have meta noindex?

Let's say I have a products page with listing producsts and the page has pagination. I would like the 1st page to have all the SE ranking weight so I decided to put meta noindex on the rest of the ...
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Panda 4: Reducing #indexed pages. How much is enough?

I've been hit by panda 4 (40% decrease). I didn't see any change during panda 1-3. From what I've read it and when compared to my site, the change is probably due to the fact that I have over 30M ...
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How to noindex a 404 page using .htaccess?

I have several 404 not found pages which I would like to noindex through .htaccess. how do I do it with X-Robots-Tag?
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Legal pages showing up in our Google Sitelinks

Our Terms of Service page (oursite.com/terms) is persistently showing up as the first of our Google Sitelinks, despite repeated demotions over the course of many weeks and the fact that we have plenty ...
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What is the proper SEO handling of pages appearing in popups using IFRAMEs?

I am working on a CMS which makes use of IFRAMEs to display some forms, for illustration, say a Search form. So the user clicks the Search button and the website reacts by opening a popup window which ...
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Why doesn't Google remove my noindex and 404 pages?

I've added 404 error codes and no-index meta tag to pages quite some time ago. However, when I check in Google Webmaster Tools, looking at the graph of "removed" pages from their index, I see very low ...
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Why would I use a robots.txt file? [duplicate]

From what I understand after reading Google's Controlling Crawling and Indexing: The purpose of robots.txt file is to disallow crawling of some URLs, but those can still be indexed (and appear in ...
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Is it good ideo seo point of view- to give noindex or nofollow to labels and tags? [duplicate]

Is it a good idea seo point of view to give noindex or nofollow to labels and tags? I am creating a blog with tagging post. What is the best strategy for tag pages?
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sitemap.xml approach on non-indexed site

On a site that has a robots.txt file that disallows all crawling... User-agent: * Disallow: / ...does it matter what the sitemap.xml content is? Is it better, or does it make a difference at all, ...
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Should I use “Disallow”, “NoFollow”, or “NoIndex” for paginated listing pages?

I own a web site which has mainly two types of pages: Content pages: they are pretty much static, and link to the previous and next content page (chronologically). The structure is that of a double ...
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duplicate content - can't use 301 or canonical tag

I recently started managing SEO for a client. I'm seeing a lot of duplicate content on their site but their custom CMS doesn't allow canonical tags, and I was told by their team that we can't use ...
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How do I stop Soft 404 errors from piling up for “No Results” page?

Recently, I noticed that I have a growing list of Soft 404 errors in Google Webmaster Tools. They are all for dynamically generated search result pages that report "No matches found". I do understand ...
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Should category pages be noindex regarding panda?

I have seen this question, but I believe the situation has changed a lot with the recent Panda updates. I have created a set of category pages to facilitate navigation on my site. It is a proper ...
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Are testing website URLs considered duplicate content and do they trigger penalties?

I have a website with several thousand pages and I generate a small version of it (100 pages) which I upload to a temporary testing.mywebsite.com URL for testing purposes. Yet, it could be seen as ...
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Why would you ever use NOINDEX without NOFOLLOW

Everytime I've used the NOINDEX directive on a page, it made sense to use NOFOLLOW as well. I can't imagine a scenario where you would not want a page indexed, but would want the links inside it to ...
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How to prevent Google showing documents directly in the SERPs?

I've many useful docs in my website and we know that Google has got smart enough already - that if the document serves visitor's purpose then it directly lists it in the SERP without listing the page ...
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Any good reason to noindex /page/2/ in archives?

In the Wordpress SEO plugin by Yoast, there is an option that could noindex the subpages of archives. From example, it would noindex the following: http://mysite.com/page/2/ http://mysite.com/page/3/ ...
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Avoiding crawl time for noindex pages

I have pages with noindex in robots meta tag (specifically inner site search results pages). Because my site has many pages and Google hasn't crawled them all and I'm trying to help his crawler focus ...
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<meta name=“robots” content=“noindex”> in “Fetch as Google”

I don't know why but when I execute "fetch as Google" it returns me HTTP/1.1 200 OK Cache-Control: private Content-Type: text/html Content-Encoding: gzip Vary: Accept-Encoding Server: ...
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Problem with not found page for feed in Google Webmaster Tools

I have a Wordpress blog. In Google Webmaster Tools, I found mutiple "not found pages" like this from feed: kart-postal/k-imam-zaman/feed/. How can I add noindex to feed and why I get not found page?
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How much Google takes to deindex pages after disallowed from robots?

By accident I have let Google index lots of junk pages. Now I have added them to disallow in robots.txt. Will Google completely remove the pages after seeing the are disallowed from robots? Please ...
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Missing from Google [duplicate]

Recently I noticed our site no longer appeared in Google search results. Our site has be in Google for the last 3 years without any issues. So far I've check: In the Web Master tools it says there ...
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Penalized website using noindex,follow

This is an interesting question I was wondering if anyone had any experience with. If a website is penalized for a keyword because of excessive spam links pointing to the homepage with said keyword ...
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Recovery from accidental noindex of site

I've recently noticed that an entire site I manage had been set to noindex for about 3 weeks. This has caused the entire site to be completely dropped from Google's index (searching "site:" and then ...
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Block search engines from the main domain while allowing add-on domains to rank well

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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Will 301 redirection to a Google Indexed URL can remove the URL from Google index?

I need to remove some indexed URLs from Google SERP. The problem is I cannot use the 3 types of removal patterns Google suggests like robots.txt, meta name "noindex" and remove the page and make it as ...
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Google Indexing Pages with noindex meta tag

I got a message in Google Webmaster Tools about "Googlebot found an extremely high number of URLs on your site" with a long list of example URLs. For some of the pages listed, there was nothing to ...
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Set Up Subdomain For Demo Application. Index Or NoIndex?

I run a blog for programming and development tutorials. I am planning to set up a subdomain and host my exercises there for the visitors so that, they can experience the tutorials/ code examples in a ...
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Hide a Subdomain from Google/Search Engine SEO Result?

I have a subomain which I do not want to be listed in any search engine result. Let say I have: http://www.example.com http://child.example.com How can I hide all URLs of child.example.com domain ...
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Googlebot fetches my pages very frequent, rel-nofollow, meta-noindex or robots.txt-disallow

Googlebot fetches pages in my site very frequently. And this slowens my website. I don't want Googlebot to crawl too frequent. I decreased crawl rate from Google webmaster tools. But I'm supposing to ...
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SEO for ecommerce site with no product description and large inventory

We are building a ecommerce with a inventory of about 6000 products, the problem is most of the products have the same description so we decided to keep description as noindex and make it available to ...
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Is it a good idea to add robots “noindex” meta tags to deep low content pages, e.g. product model data

I'm considering adding robots "noindex, follow" tags to the very numerous product data pages that are linked from the product style pages in our online store. For example, each product style has a ...
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Should I use nodindex, follow or rel canonical?

I have a site that lists offers, promotions from other websites. Since the offers expire rather quickly I don't save them into my database. I see no point in having a page from 2010 about 30% ...
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Noindex, Nofollow affect “Google Custom Search” results?

I am using Google Custom Search on my site, if I set pages to "noindex" or "nofollow", does it also affect the custom search results on my site?
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Managing 404 error pages with noindex and url rewrite

Currently I use custom 404 error pages, having the following meta on them : <meta content="noindex" name="robots"> My guess is this way Google will remove deleted pages faster from the index, ...