A search engine is program that searches documents for specified keywords and returns a list of the documents where the keywords were found.

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Should I expect Search Engines (particularly Google) to crawl epub and mobi files

Some of our content we are publishing as epub and mobi eBook format files. Will search engines crawl and index these in the same way as PDFs currently are. If the answer is yes, could you point me to ...
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Opening forum for search engine bots and SEO

We develop and sell components for other software developers through our website. The main products are ActiveX and WinFroms.NET grid controls. Some years ago we established a forum dedicated to our ...
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How do minor changes affect a page?

If an image file size were to change from 80kb to 100kb every couple of weeks, would the search bots notice this change and how would a minor change be interpreted? The page consists largley of text ...
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Why is this site's rank dropping? [duplicate]

I built a site for a company a couple of months ago to bring it up to date: Proper coding, SEO, the works. Their old site was poorly compiled HTML* Apparently, they used a service through a company ...
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Are disqus comments searchable using a website's own search tools?

I'm evaluating comment systems and although I see disqus used in many cases I'm not sure if it is the best choice for me as I am uncertain that my site's own search system could show comments in ...
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How to calculate unicode URLs length for SEO?

As you know, URL Length is important for SEO. There is a ambiguity in URL length calculation for Unicode URLs. How search engines view my Unicode URLs? For Example the following URLs are same, ...
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How to find out top ranking websites? [closed]

My client wants to publish his website advertisement in the top ranking websites. Therefore, I would like to know can we find out way that what are top ranking websites in his country.
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Will Search engines hate refreshing a webpage with random content after a specific time period?

I have hundreds of my own articles in my website. At the moment I am displaying random article topics on my home page. Since the content is random, if a visitor refreshes the page then the page loads ...
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Are penalties applied if you have too many 404 errors on your site?

Do the search engines take the number of 404 errors returned by a site into account when calculating the site rank? For example I have 8,000 404 errors and I am thinking that that's affecting my SEO ...
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SEO consideration for downloadable files

I used to serve PDF files as static file: http://domain.com/pdf/file1.pdf and PDF files perfectly indexed by Google and other search engines. Then I decided to change my structure to place pdf ...
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Will search engines discover that our old pages have been 301 redirected if there are no more links to them in the old site?

We've moved our website to a new domain. Thousands of our pages come from one PHP file in the old site (e.g. oldsite.com/news.php?id=<id>). So we added some code in news.php file to do a 301 ...
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What should be done when completely changing a site?

We're going to be making http://wowballoons.com/home.html and its associated WordPress installation the main page of our website, rather than the drab http://wowballoons.com currently there. My ...
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Do I need add Meta description for each post?

I used WordPress to setup a website. I want use excerpts as Meta descriptions. Is it necessary to do this?
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Hidden page, but still crawlable?

Is it possible to hide a page from users, but still have search engines crawl the content? I have RSS feeds which are really messy and don't fit my theme, but they have content that I would benefit ...
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Is image metadata valuable for SEO?

Do search engines read image metadata like copyright and author? Is adding metadata to site's images valuable for SEO?
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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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Is it bad for SEO to forward multiple top level domains to just one domain? [duplicate]

For example, I registered myName.com and I also registered the .net, .info, and .org extensions for myName. I'm wondering if it will hurt my SEO to forward these other TLDs to myName.com?
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Do directory names and URL's paths make a difference for SEO?

Using a very simple example with cars, this seems to make more sense: site.com/cars/audi/convertibles/red/ But since a person is likely to search for red convertible or red audi convertible, would ...
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Is it possible to slow the Baiduspider crawl frequency?

Much has been made of the Baidu spider crawl frequency. It's true: "Baiduspider crawls like crazy." I've experienced this phenomenon at sites I work with. In at least one instance, I've found that ...
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What does “Disallow: /search” mean in robots.txt?

In my blog's Google Webmaster Tools panel, I found the following code in my robots.txt of blocked URLs section. User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow: /search Allow: / I know that Disallow will ...
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Where does Google get the description text from when it's not in the page body?

The tutorial I am reading claims that the description of a web page (the little blurb google does about your site when you see it as a result in a search) is stored in a metadata tag as so: ...
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Best way to prevent Google from indexing a directory [duplicate]

I've researched many methods on how to prevent Google/other search engines from crawling a specific directory. The two most popular ones I've seen are: Adding it into the robots.txt file: Disallow: ...
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How do I login to Sphider?

Has anyone else here used Sphider? I am able to install everything (exactly as instructed here)and change the password, but unable to login at the login screen. Whenever I login, it just refreshes the ...
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How to customize website for Google first search Result? [duplicate]

I don't know what is terminology used for following examples. I want to customize my website so when user search it on internet and it will return result look like following example for first search ...
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Robots.txt Disallow command

How do I use robots.txt to disallow folders which are being crawled due to a bad URL structure? They're currently causing a duplicate page error. The URL which been crawled incorrectly is: ...
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Which word is searched for more in the world, and locally?

I have two words: fishing fish I want to know: which word is searched for more in the world, more in Africa more in south africa more in Namibia How do you check this? The search engine I ...
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Will Google and other search engines follow IP address only sites (i.e., no URL)

Will Google and other search engines follow links to and index sites that don't have a URL, but instead just use their IP address's (obviously they would need a unique IP) ?
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Is <span> inside <h1> the same as just <h1> for search engines?

Are search engines still able to recognize the below as <h1> text, even with the other tags inside? <h1><span>App</span>Strap<span>.</span></h1>
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What are the pro and cons of using friendly URLs compared to query parameters (and vice versa)? [duplicate]

I am noticing that more and more sites prefer using "friendly URLs" over adding information as query parameters. For example: domain.com/product/3343/ compared to ...
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Ranking websites in Bing & Yahoo search engines [duplicate]

I'm finding it extremely difficult to rank websites on Bing and Yahoo. When a website ranks well on Google, why is it finding difficulties on Yahoo and Bing? Although the algorithms are different, I ...
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Does domain suffix affect SEO? [duplicate]

my first question here! I have a question regarding URL suffixes. Say I have a company, let's call it example-it. If I then purchase the domain www.example.it, thus incorporating the company name into ...
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Dynamic Meta Keywords

Is it a problem to change the meta keywords dynamically depending on the content of the page / website? for example if it is a news website and this weeks top articles are about elephants in japan I ...
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Should I be concerned for SEO when hiding images?

I'm using fancybox 2 with the following code (demo here): <a class="fancybox" href="http://a.com/bmw-328-manual-2008-black-18-inch-rims.jpg" title"bmw 328 manual 2008 black 18 inch rims"> ...
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Check old urls for backlinks - same domain new design and urls

I have a client who recently did a re-design on his website. The designer did not put any effort in keeping the same URL or do any redirects. I've made a list of the old URLs, what I want to do now is ...
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Impact on social interactions after URL change [duplicate]

Every article URL on a website I work on will soon be changed. 301 redirects will be set up to ensure inbound links still arrive at the correct destination. However, social interactions (Likes and ...
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What does “all” mean in meta robots tag?

Several websites have the following meta tag aimed at search engines like Google, Bing, etc.: <meta name="robots" content="all" /> What does it do?
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Does Yext provide any value for web only based businesses?

I've been researching Yext and trying to understand if it provides value to web-only based business. It seems that if you don't have a physical presence then Yext is not any use. Is this accurate?
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SEO for Main Navigations

My question is simple... To what extent does your primary navigation [and secondary navigations] have on SEO for your website? My particular case is this: I have "two" primary navigations. One ...
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Is it good to index category in search engines? [duplicate]

I have a Wordpress blog. Is it good to index category in search engines? Will it cause duplicate content issue? I'm little scared about Panda Google algorithm.
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Why do all pages bar the home page turn up in Google? [duplicate]

Our website is made with WordPress. The menu pages all turn up in Google searches, but the index page doesn't. The index page is absent; the others are there. Why would this be?
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How to point search engines to another subpage?

I have a webpage concerning a subject, let's say buttons to keep it simple. It is the foremost web page on this topic for my language and region: searching for 'button' in my language will always ...
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Directing crawlers to content in language per language sub-domain

I have a site with multilingual website with many pages (40M). The site has UGC, and each translation is actually for the titles. Each sub-domain points to the same content with different titles per ...
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Solving “Googlebot encountered extremely large numbers of links on your site.”

I'm getting the following warning over and over again in google webmaster tools Googlebot encountered extremely large numbers of links on your site. The examples he's showing don't give me much ...
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Tables and SEO - The big conspiracies [duplicate]

Now, I've heard many (if not too many) conspiracies/myths about tables and SEO. Now, I'm in a state of confusion, and I have no idea what to do. Below, I will write two SEO and table myths that I need ...
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SEO duplicate content

I have a blog about a game. Lets say that the game releases some news and gives it to Blog A and Blog B. Now my blog (Blog A) will copy that news and paste it in an article. Somebody else's blog ...
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What's the best way to handle multiple sites on a shared server?

I'm on a shared server (via LunarPages), and I also host a few low-impact sites for a few small businesses. I recently had a problem (blocked crawlers by messing with the internal settings) that made ...
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IP geolocation and permanent redirects for search engines

when someone connects to my homepage I geolocate using their IP and redirect to the site with the right language (for example someone from Italy connects to example.com and I redirect them to ...
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Hide <noscript> contents from google and other search engines

I've got some content wrapped into <noscript> tag which I don't want google and any other search engines to see, is there a way to hide it?
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Implementing OpenSearch, what is the benefits?

I have implemented opensearch in my website. But I don't know what is the benefits of it. Does it has any effects in search engines? For example, can I tell google about my implementation?
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Competitor Web Keywords

I am working on my SEO and have looked over my own keyword traffic through Google Analytics, but is there a way to see the traffic competitors get from a particular keyword? For example, if I get 200 ...