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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to get Google PageRank (from the toolbar) to increase from 0?

I have an issue with the Google PageRank of my site, the PR of this site is 0. I've tried many ways to increase the PR: I submitted the site in webmasters created sitemap.xml filled all meta ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 will ...
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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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backlinks: two domains with same IP

I run several different web pages on different servers (with different IP addresses). These pages are linking to each other in order to boost number of backlinks pointing to my pages. I would like ...
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Avoid SEO loss after URL structure change

We recently re-wrote our site from Umbraco to WordPress. This has been done by third-party developers. I have been the project manager and it is my mistake that I haven't notice the change of URLs ...
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What is a “back link” and how does it affect search ranking?

I have heard about back links but am not sure what they are or how they affect search rankings and search engine optimization.
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Are SEO links from Facebook, Delicious, Digg useful to increase Google PR?

Does anyone know in his SEO experience if links coming from Facebook, Delicious, Digg are useful to increase PageRank on Google? I would say NO cause most of these links are nofollow and/or stored in ...
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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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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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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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Should I put rel=“nofollow” on author link?

We have just launched a new ecommerce shop. At the very bottom there is an anchor linking to our company website (a little advertisement, if you like). The SEO experts told us to put rel="nofollow" to ...
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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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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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Is negative SEO fact or fiction

I have read a couple of articles about negative/black SEO. They were explaining that important part of it is creating web sites with "bad" content that "stink" to Google. Back links from these sites ...
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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 is my website not getting PageRank updates?

My website is more than a year old and Google Webmaster Tools reports that I have over 1500 links to the site, yet my Google PageRank is still zero. Is my website being penalised and why is my ...
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How long before Google counts my .htaccess 301 redirect links?

I have a friend who had around 2000 visitors per day to his website before a web designer with no SEO knowledge changed all his URLs. I've used the Wayback Machine and Google Analytics to determine ...
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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 example....
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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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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 ...