An algorithm used by Google to determine the placement of webpages in Google search results.

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How do I rename a domain and preserve PageRank?

As part of graduating from Area51 and becoming a full fledged site we sometimes change domain names from http://topic.stackexchange.com to http://example.com. Aside from the obvious 301 redirect rules ...
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Does changing web hosting server affects SEO page ranking?

I have been hosting in a server from last 2 years. I am planning to change the hosting server. Before i change the hosting server i would like to know whether it affects my page ranking or not?
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Are page ranks for subdomains independent?

If I have a domain name say stackexchange.com and I want to host 2 sites X and Y as subdomains of that site. Will x.stackexchange.com help out y.stackexchange.com in page rank? Or will google treat ...
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What is PageRank and how do I get it?

I've heard Google's algorithm is based on PageRank, and that it has something to do with the links to your site. Can someone explain it, and more importantly, how I can increase my site's PageRank?
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Why should I use a subdomain structure over a directory structure?

I want to do blog.mysite.com but i know it will negatively impact my PR with Google. When is it preferable to structure your site like that vs mysite.com/blog? Is it only for the benefit of PR?
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Subdomains vs. subdirectory – status as of 2012.

This following question by Jeff was in 2010 and I wanted to check how things have changed in the past 2 years. My problem: I run a site with most of the content distributed to subdomains that’s are ...
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new domain, old links are 301'd from old domain to new, how will this affect my rankings?

I built up good rankings with search engines over the years with my old domain. I recently changed my domain name and have all the links 301 redirected from my old domain to my new domain. I also used ...
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SEO one longer page vs. several targeted subpages?

We're working on a site and have come to a choice between one long (not too excessive) main page and several subpages. The subpages would have custom metas/titles/h2 tags and the content that ...
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Is using only https bad in a SEO perspective?

I would like to set up a new business site. I plan to direct www.example.com to example.com and only use that domain. My plan is also to only use https and not http. Does this affect the SEO for the ...
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Tool or online service to view Google PR of thousand sites from a list?

Any suggestion would be appreciated. Maybe a tool (or online service) that you used at least once. I have list of webistes in a txt file. I need a tool or an oline service (possibly free) that finds ...
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New META TAGS with positive effects for seo ranking in 2011 and beyond

I'm trying to make an up to date chart of meta tags, for all of us, with their purposes, their use and their good (or bad) effects on search engines and being found. Also any body knows new or ...
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Migrating PageRank/rankings from one site to another

I've got a client's company site with decent PageRank, backlinks and search engine rankings. The client wants to change their company name and therefore URL. I will set up a redirect between the old ...
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Abnormal alexa ranking score

I have 2 websites of ecommerce in France and for these websites I have a strange behaviour of the alexa results. Here are some statistics about the websites : Unique Visits January 2012 Website A ...
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Effect of adding link from PR1 site to PR0 site?

Site A and B are both new, with few incoming links, and no 'do-follow' outgoing links. Site A has PR1, and site B has PR0. I am curious - Can anyone predict what might happen to the respective PRs ...
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Page with 50 internal page links or 5 pages with 10 internal links each?

I would like to know if no. of internal links in a page affects its page rank or not? lets say: a page contains 50 internal links is better than 5 pages interlinked with each other having 10 internal ...
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301 redirect and page ranking

Say I have a site 123example.com, with roughly 100 backlinks, which has increased from a google page 27 to page 12 for my keywords over the last month and continues toward the top 10... I have another ...
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Will replacing 'to' with 2 or 'for' with 4 improve my site's PageRank

Is it true that replacing words such as "to" and "for" with numbers (2 and 4 respectively) help increase my website's PageRank. Is it a useful SEO technique and if so why does it work?
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Move subdomain into subdirectory SEO question

I have read this article: http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/subdomains-and-subdirectories/ But I'm not 100% clear if moving my subdomain website into a subdirectory on the main domain would change ...
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How do I transition to SSL without affecting PageRank?

Here at Stack Exchange we're working on moving all traffic to SSL. The reason we're not doing logged-in-users only is that one side of the login divide would suffer a redirect from Google every time. ...
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Moving from a static site to a CMS with new URLs and meta-data for pages

I am in the process of rebuilding a site from static pages to a CMS which will be using mod_rewrite to generate new page URLs. In this process our marketing people and myself have decided to tidy up ...
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Google Pagerank (PR) History and Next Upcoming Updates [closed]

As you may know Google updates PageRank roughly 4 times a year, out of interest and not for ranking purposes I often check when the next incoming update is. I do this by searching various sites and ...
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Is it possible to check Page Rank of a site without the Google toolbar?

I am just getting started in SEO, and I want to check the Page Rank of one of my sites. All google docs say to use their toolbar to check Page Rank. However I'm using Chromium. I could check with ...
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Many Stack Overflow users' pages have no Google PageRank and they are not indexed, why?

If you go to my user page on Stack Overflow and you check it with the Google Toolbar, you can see it has no PageRank at all (this does happen for almost any user page, even people with much higher ...
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Importance of having EDU backlinks

I've built a few links on 50 EDU / GOV websites. 1 of them has PR 8, 3 of them have PR 7, 8 of them PR6,7 of them PR5,12 of them PR4,8 of them PR3, 1 of them PR2, 6 of them PR1, 10 of them PR0. My ...
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Are there benefits of receiving external links from PR 0 or 1 sites for SEO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Effect of adding link from PR1 site to PR0 site? I'm thinking to do some link exchanges with PR0 or PR1 sites which have the related contents as my site. And my link ...
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rel=“nofollow” SEO effect

Google Webmasters Tools shows rel="nofollow" links as a backlink. I believe that rel="nofollow" helps SEO and PageRank but according to many people it is not. What is your idea about this? Did you see ...
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Is it worth paying for a domain with a PageRank of 6?

I am looking to start on online magazine and I don't have a special name for it yet, and I am intending to monetise it through adds. I found a good domain that has a PageRank of 6 for 600$. is it ...
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SEO links from Facebook, Delicious, Digg are useful to increase Google PR?

Does anyone know in his SEO experince if links coming from FaceBook, Delicious, Digg are useful to increase PageRank on Google? I would say NO cause most of thise links are nofollow and/or stored in ...
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Creating a CDN to boost page ranking?

I had a thought about CDNs and if they affect page rankings. Lets say hypothetically if I was to create a CDN as a subfolder in my site. This folder would contain a resource that is useful e.g. ...
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Can outbound links increase PageRank?

We all know that the backlinks increases the pagerank of a website. Do outbound links affect PageRank?
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How long does it take for a page to be assigned Google page rank?

The home page of my website has been indexed by Google more than 6 months ago. Some of the internal pages have received a page rank 6 or higher, however, the page rank of the home page remains 0. What ...
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New site has PR9 as soon as it is made, why/how?

I was just messing around with Google Sites and noticed that as soon as I made my site the homepage had a PR of 9 (before it crosses your mind all the links it makes are nofollow). The homepage of ...
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Since Google reduces the value of links alongside nofollow links, what is an alternative?

Since 2009, Google counts nofollow links also as outgoing links, and thus reduces the value of the other links. What are some alternatives to stop Google counting outside links from my page? If I ...
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Will a 301 redirect help in maintaining proper page rank?

I have http://www.example.com/article Due to rampant content development by authors in my site, http://example.com/article has also been widely indexed by Google. Now, both are there roughly in ...
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domain, subdomain and ranking

we have a well ranking site on the domain(e.g. www.test.com) running for 2 years having good PR i.e. 5 and the site having its 400000+ url indexed and then we have a new site on the subdomain(e.g. ...
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Why does Google remove PageRank sometimes?

Today I saw my website's page rank gone down from 2 to 0. It happened once before as well. I don't remember spamming anywhere and I don't have too many posts on my forum. I heard they are very strict ...
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What are the future implications of blocking a search engine now?

At a question asked previously at this site regarding Baidu's overactive crawling tendencies, one user comments: I'd only block a search engine spider if you never want to receive any search ...
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Page Rank Impact On 301 redirecting a directory (folder) to a new domain?

I write a lot about programming and Linux, especially because I am relatively new to both of them. But now, I would like to separate them both - - programming stuff on the same domain (say ...
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I have many backlink from other sites too one page of my site with hidden iframe. Has a positive or negative impact? [duplicate]

am sorry for my bad english. i have a site for download free website templates. i create a simple html file in my site and put my histats & google analitic code on that. then put a hidden iframe ...
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Buying expired domains - what to look for?

I want to purchase a few expired domains, who have some backlinks, but some of those sites have PR of -1 with backlinks which are pretty bad. But what exactly do I need to look for when looking for ...