Action to get a position in results of search engines (for a web site or a web page).

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What are the best ways to increase a site's position in Google?

What are the best ways to increase a site's position in Google?
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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 ...
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Does the order of keywords matter in a page title?

Stack Overflow has made a change to their page titles such that the most popular tag for a question appears at the start of the title. The change is being deployed across the network, so check out ...
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SEO preference for WWW or HTTP:// protocol redirection? Do www websites rank better than NON-www?

After having read various articles on this site about WWW or Non-WWW website setup, here, here and here, and after having setup a correct redirection rule in .Htaccess to at least eliminate duplicate ...
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Does a site's bounce rate influence Google rankings?

Does Google consider bounce rate or something similar in ranking sites? Background: here at Stack Exchange we noticed that the latest Google algorithm changes resulted in about a 20% dip in traffic ...
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Does Google rate the webpage by amount of visits?

There is quite extensive discussion about this topic on another website and I am really losing my confidence. The thing is that I claim that the amount (count) of visits is not a criteria for ...
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Hidden text and search engine rankings

I am using hidden texts in one of my websites for better search engine ranking. After browsing the web, I found it better not to use hidden text. Does using hidden text of keywords in webpage affect ...
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What Ranking Factors Are Used For International Search?

Google.com vs Google.ca vs Google.co.uk (etc) all rank their results differently. The intention is to return more locally-relevant content. What factors, other than the ones below, are used to ...
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Does an entry in DMOZ significantly help the ranking of a web site?

I have read that getting your site listed in the open directory (DMOZ) can significantly help boost your site's ranking in major search engines. Is this an 'old webmaster's tale' or does it really ...
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Tool to monitor rankings

I'm searching for a tool that can give me the page number (Google) and position a given web page scores for a given keyword. E.g. Searching for the term "foo" the tool will show third page, second ...
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Are temporarily hidden elements bad for search-engine rankings?

I've been reading a lot of information saying that hidden elements are bad and that search engines penalize pages for using them. I started to get really worried about it when I realized that MOST of ...
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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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Google's 200 ranking factors

When doing research on SEO you most probably stumbled upon Google's statement there are approximately 200 ranking factors. I think it would be nice to have a list of all these 200 factors. Does ...
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Updating/Redesign website…how to retain/transfer ranking?

What steps do I have to take in order to make sure that I keep my search engine rankings after I redesign or update my site?
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Estimate of Hits / Visits / Uniques in order to fall within a given Alexa Tier?

I was wondering if anyone could offer up rough estimates that could tell me how many hits a day move you into a given Alexa rank ? Top 5,000 Top 10,000 Top 50,000 Top 100,000 Top ...
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Does duplicate content on another site affect my ranking?

A competitors set up a new site and copy and pasted some copy from our home page. When doing a comparison with a duplicate content tool the result was that the pages where 21% similiar. Does 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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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 score: the more popular site has a worse rank

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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Why does Google show sitelinks for our domain with one search and not another?

The name of our company is G2 Builders - What is happening is that if you go to google and type in "G2 Builder" with no "s" at the end, our website has sitelinks. When you type in our name with the ...
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How to know that my site is getting index/rank by search engine

As per subject, anyone can tell me how to check that my site is getting index/rank by search engine(e.g. google, yahoo)?
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How does moving a site to a host in an other country affect my google ranking?

If I move my website, which is hosted in Europe, to a host based in Asia, could it hurt my ranking in Google search? I will keep my domain registrar in Europe, so my guess is that the ranking will ...
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SEO for naming images

I have a website with many images embedded within articles. I do not want to miss traffic by image search. It is easier to save images with numbers, but will this affect SEO rank? I mean image search ...
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Does Google serve different result according to responsive design?

Say a website implements responsive design in order to display a proper user interface according to the screen width of the device (smartphone, tablet, laptop...). Does Google display different ...
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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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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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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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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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How to get new site indexed and ranked by Alexa?

When I search my site on Alexa, it says "Alexa Traffic Rank: No Data". I've read that to get a site indexed, you have to click "crawl my site" on the webmasters page. However there is no longer a ...
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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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What is the SEO impact of moving my domain to another IP address and what is the right way of doing this?

I am planning to move several websites to a new hosting provider - keeping the same URL but will resolve to different IP addresses. For example, some sites are Canadian content-only sites, hosted on ...
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Preserve search engine rankings while shifting to new domain name

We have to shift our web-site to a new domain due to some unavoidable circumstances. The portal has been up and running there since 2009. It has good index in various search engines and we are ...
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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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How to appear on the new local search carousel?

Google have rolled out a new layout for local search — a carousel: This is similar in appearance to the "frequently mentioned on the web" results which are based on Google's knowledge graph ...
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How to determine if site has been punished by Google

I had a site that ranked top 3 for one keyword term and top 6 for another. At the beginning of October both terms dropped radically from the search results. I had recently changed the .htaccess file ...
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Web hosting does not matter?

I have read this question. I agree that webhosting does matter in load time and how much uptime it is giving but it seems that some companies have given it a huge hype. Please have a look at this ...
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What will result in better page ranking in search results: Page views or time spent on page?

What will result in better Page Ranking in search results? More page views & less time spent per page Less page views & more time spent per page Note: The website that is being made ...