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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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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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 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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Are keywords in URLs good SEO or needlessly redundant?

A coworker and I are locked in a debate over the value of SEO keywords in the URL of a page. She wants to change all the filenames of the HTML pages of a fencing company so they look like ...
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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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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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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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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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How does experts exchange get away with tricking google/users?

I know from reading Coding Horror one of the reasons stackoverflow set up was "Stackoverflow is sort of like the anti-experts-exchange (minus the nausea-inducing sleaze and quasi-legal search engine ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Why would a website with keyword stuffing rank higher than one without in google search results?

Like some other websites, I try to maintain a balance in keywords in comparison to other words. I ran tests of my (optimized) website as well as a (keyword stuffed) competitor website via this SEO ...
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How do websites with 'premium content' go about SEO?

While searching for news, I am often presented with pages that have 'premium content'. For example this story by The Australian. I checked it's canonical URL and it's same as the page I landed upon ...
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Does keyword density within a title tag make a difference in SEO?

Recently, I changed the title tags for a site that I work on SEO for. See the changes made: Previous title tag: Flat Fee Listing in MLS, Flat Fee MLS Listing For Sale By Owner. Revised: Flat Fee ...
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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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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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Would 1000 links on the home page be preventing internal pages from ranking well?

We have a webpage with links to 1000 internal pages (scientific paper abstracts). Google indexed the site as can be verified by their Webmaster Tools but the site is practically non-visible if you ...
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Does Google use .com as a ranking factor compared to other generic top level domains?

Given the exact same page with some real data for example a page for Bangkok Dog Cafe, would search engines prefer one of the following because of the top level domain? singapore-dog-cafe.com ...
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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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Will history of a domain affect rankings for new site?

Bought the domain and initially parked the domain. Google did not rank the domain because it was parked, it has however began to index in the last day or so. My question is will the fact that the site ...
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600 visitors per day, 20 backlinks but still not referenced by Google

i've launch a website on wednesday (9 August) There's already in 4 days 12,000 viewed pages 1,400 visits 20 to 25 backlincks a sitemap.xml (130 URL) english language / french language - url like ...
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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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Do seldomly updated websites rank worse in Google?

I heard that Google likes websites that are updated frequently. If Googlebot notices that the website is updated, it will have a higher ranking in the Google search results. However, there are many ...
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Will using Google Analytics on my website improve its SEO results?

Will I have better SEO results if I have Google Analytics on my website, or does Google not care if I'm using their analytics software?
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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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Page speed affecting ranking in practice

Articles like this one discuss Google possibly taking speed into account for ranking factors. Are there any other search engines which already take speed into account for search results? or perhaps ...
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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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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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Are “m dot” sites a valid solution to Google's new “mobile-friendly” ranking algorithm?

Given a site which is not optimized for mobile (and not responsive), Google's new ranking algorithm, which is set to go into effect April 21, 2015, will result in a lower ranking. If the site does ...
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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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Page Rank / Github

I'm curious if anyone has any insight into something: Google seems to have recently changed their algorithm, and now Github repos have basically disappeared from the search results. If I want to try ...
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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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My site does not appear in the first 30 or more Google pages. What could be the reasons? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase your site's position in Google? I did this site about 2 months ago: www.pbg-bulgaria.com The problem is that I cannot find the ...
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SEO effect of “You are leaving this site” page for outbound links?

The problem I am working on an aggregation website that collects reviews about specific products from various websites. The site has many thousands of outbound links (with "nofollow" attributes) to ...
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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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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 there evidence that linking to quality, reputable and popular website helps with ranking?

Is there any evidence that linking to external quality, reputable and popular websites helps with ranking (directly or indirectly)? Is there an established correlation? Some posts on the web do claim ...
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SEO techniques to handle frames

I have a webpage which has a topbar spanning across the top and then the content in a frame below. The content is on a different subdomain (i.e. the page is at sub.foo.com but the content frame at ...
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Image Search Ranking

What are image-specific factors that contribute to ranking in Google Image Search? Looking for what contributes to ranking and relevancy of images above and beyond the SEO of the hosting site itself. ...
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How can I use Google+ to optimize my new website SEO?

Nowadays, we know SMO by using Google+ (and Facebook, Twitter...) is good for SEO and ranking in SERP. Then, I would like to use Google+ to optimize my new website SEO but I don't know how can I ...
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What algorithms are used by search engines to rank videos for a search query?

I want to know about video SEO. How does a search engine determine the relevance of a video to a search query? Do they look at individual frames of the video, or does it determine the popularity of ...
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Can product pages be created to rank in search engines for inventory from a local store?

My website integrates with the inventory of local stores. A store could have hundreds or thousands of products. I'm considering having a product page for each inventory item, given that it is ...
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Does a 'Under Construction' notice impacts site ranking negatively?

Assuming one works on a website and decides to be polite and friendly by telling visitors it is still under construction, does it impact its ranking negatively? Does Google and others take this notice ...
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What will be the impact on SEO if we remove our SSL certificate (url become http instead of https)?

For some weird reason the content accessed though our domains is returned via SSL HTTPS on all domains pointing to the server. https://domain.com leads to our website, with a proper SSL certificate ...
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Will delay loading images hurt SEO?

Related - SEO for naming images In an effort to increase the perceived speed of a heavy homepage, I'm loading a number of the heavier images via javascript on document.ready. I'm using a blank gif ...