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Will inserting dummy hidden text via CSS for layout purposes harm SEO?

I have a website with a rather complicated input form, which can vary a lot (it has different fields depending on what the user has entered until now). When I was making the CSS, I noticed that there ...
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Is it advisable to continue building links while attempting to remove a penalty?

I have a penalty removal I need to begin working on on one of my sites. It was a manual action for unnatural links around a keyword that's particularly valuable to my site. My question is, is it a ...
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Can linking to random related posts have SEO consequences?

I am using WordPress and by default my related posts system works by gathering posts and shows them based on the tags they have. This is OK when you have few posts but with a lot of posts only the ...
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Too many duplicate image alt attributes. What to do?

I've got a table. And as you can see below I've got a lot of duplicate alt attributes going on. What is the best way to prevent this but still have valid HTML5 code? <table id="benefits"> ...
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Would Google penalize me for removing indexed pages?

I'm about to remove a large part of a website in order to replace it by a better alternative which, unfortunately, cannot be mapped to older URIs with URL rewriting. The part of the website I want to ...
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Can site's SERP ranks be lowered by Google because of bad/toxic backlinks? [duplicate]

The site is not under Google's manual penalty it has no other warnings in GWT about something wrong going on, it is not out of the Google index. But the ranking positions on SERPs are lower than ...
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Can inbound links through template-based layouts result in penalties?

So obviously link building is encouraged as long as it is natural, organic and has meaningful links with content relevant to your site. Obviously with the constant release of new updates to ...
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possible link exchange and duplicate content on 2 domains

I have two different domains, a forum and a blog, both about books and reviews. Tha last one is quite new, just about 2-3 months old. In the last weeks I've published several equal book reviews on ...
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What effect does a website defacing have on ranking?

A new client is asking me to improve his website's ranking. he says his former SEO expert is claiming that because his site was defaced a few times for long periods its almost impossible for him to ...
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How can this be considered as web spam?

One of our websites has suffered ongoing manual action by Google due to a high volume of unnatural links. This was somewhat justified as an SEO company we hired in 2005 submitted our site to numerous ...
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SEO for similar subject titles with different technology versions?

Let's say I'm building a programming tutorial/article website. Over time, versions of technology replace itself. For example a service call with AngularJS is completely different in version 0.9.0 ...
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How can I get Google to read my site's reconsideration request?

I have a site that's got two manual penalties in Google Webmaster Tools: one for "pure spam" and one for "user-generated spam" (no link penalties currently - this is just for on-site stuff). Pure ...
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Can too many shortened URLs trigger a ranking penalty?

There are many URL shortening services available on the net, any of which could shorten the URLs. Can too many shortened URL trigger a penalty? Has anyone observed this? P.S. I am analyzing a ...
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Google re-started caching my website

I have a website which was recently penalized by Google and all of a sudden it stopped caching my pages. After some research, I found out that issue was due to too many duplicate titles as depicted in ...
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How to interpret Google policy on crawling and indexing search results pages?

I just learned that we can be penalized for letting Google crawl and index our database search results. http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/a/55599/33777 Question: If they don't want to list Yellow ...
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Does nofollow block bad neighborhoods?

Say website A has a lot of backlinks from bad neighborhoods (link farms, black hat websites, spammy website, etc...). It may even suffer from a penalty. If site A has a nofollow link to site B, are ...
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Websense is blocking our website as “Potentially Damaging Content” [closed]

A lot of people are complaining that my company's website www.justjus.com is being blocked by their organisations. Anyone that has tried to access our website from a large organisation has been ...
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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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Is adding a couple of keywords in the footer (no links) considered wrong doing?

Many posts claim that putting links with keywords in the footer is not considered a good practice by Google. Some claim Google may penalize you. But, is adding a couple of keywords without links in ...
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How to check that I have recovered from Penguin 2.0?

I have 3 year old website which has been hit by Penguin 2.0 in May. The website traffic dropped almost 30%. I have been working hard from last 2.5 months on the website and my website's traffic ...
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Google sandbox (Google penalty) is real or not?

Most of the SEO analysts are saying that Google Sandbox (Sandboxing or the sandbox effect or the Google penalty) is still available but when I searched Wikipedia I found that, Google didn't conformed ...
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Will Google penalize my site for switching content upon page load? [duplicate]

We run a Bible site where users can request arbitrary passages (e.g. John 3:16). We would like to start showing passages highlighted within their context (e.g. John 3:16 would show all of John 3 to ...
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.htaccess redirection for my domain?

I have a site that has been hit hard with Penguin and Panda. So hard I have put up another domain and installed a CMS and rewritten the content the page has a good PageRank but was hit hard with ...
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Will a site URL with repeating keywords get penalized by search engines?

I have an URL structure like the following: sitename.com/cellphone/nokia/galaxy-5678-nokia-cellphone-from-abc/ For more example: ...
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Moving article (Deleting the original) to another blog - SEO MISTAKE?

I'm trying to move an article to another blog, I already deleted the one from my blog and gave it to the other blogger, however, it is still indexed in Google, but if someone click it, he'll see a 404 ...
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What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site?

This is a general, community wiki question regarding duplicate content. If your question was closed as a duplicate of this question and you feel that the information provided here does not provide a ...
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Is there a penalty in link building?

If I have a satellite site with content constantly renewed, and within each new content, there is a link to a target URL, for passing link juice. Will I get a penalty from Google for that?
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Why is my site being penalized by Google?

Our web site traffic has been dropped 90% for second time within recent six months. The first time some of pages with address niazpardaz.com/search dropped, the second time same pages with address ...
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How to diagnose a search engine ranking drop?

EDIT: Reworded & Cleaned Up to Ease Understanding There has been a significant drop (90%) in traffic from Google to one of my well-established sites (6+ years) in the last week. Searches show ...