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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Is using !# for AJAX URLs the standard when it comes to SEO?

Will URLs like this site.com/!#users only be crawled by Google's search engine bots, or is this a standard adopted by all search engines (e.g., Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuckGo, etc...)?
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Do pop-up ads have a negative impact on SEO?

I was observing Google results for months to determine if pop-up ads have a negative impact on SEO. Regarding my observations, sites without pop-ups usually get ranked better. Actually, that doesn't ...
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Services using the “generator” meta tag for usage stats

I'm planning to release an open source cms and I wonder if there is a way to know if people use it. I added this line to CMS templates: <meta name="generator" content="My CMS - Open Source Content ...
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Does the number of visits matters for SEO?

Considering I have a website and I have millions of direct views (entering directly by URL, not by any other URL) and that there is no links to this site anywhere else (or that this views don't ...
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Google only indexing alias?

I run our research group website, but don't have direct access to the university DNS server. However, we have two addresses pointing at the same IP - one is the old website and the canonical name is ...
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Should we allow HEAD requests?

Our web application is predominantly read-only. As such we only allow GET requests. However, we regularly get errors in our logs because of user agents making HEAD requests. I've seen these come from ...
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RSS feeds and robots.txt

I have RSS feeds on my site. I've decided to follow Stack Exchange and disallow my RSS feeds in the robots.txt. I don't want search engine to display the RSS feed page to people, that's not really a ...
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How to prevent a search engines from indexing a section of a page?

I have many pages with lots of text in it. But I will always have two sections of text and I want to prevent one section from appearing in search results, the other section must be indexed. <p ...
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multiple languages same pages shall I change the page URL path as well?

We own multiple country code top-level domains for our website e.g DE, UK ,FR. When someone visits for one of those domains they redirect to .com and the language automatically changes for the ...
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Google shows “search instead for” when searching for our website

Our website is new and the name is similar (only one letter different than another website) completely different type and company though. searching for xxxxxA works OK in Google and we find ...
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Getting rank for keywords that I don't want to appear on my website [duplicate]

One of my products has two names. One of them is what I consider correct and thus it is what I want to appear on my website. The other name is incorrect for me, so I would like to avoid it. But I know ...
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Google's usual behavior on examining articles

There is an original content(article) from a website, I copied it and paste it in a Paraphrasing tool. The tool did a great job in paraphrasing. I tried checking using copyscape and it did detect ...
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Search engine bots accessing strange URLs

We have ELMAH enabled on our site and get errors whenever a Page Not Found error is triggered on the website. We have recently redesigned a new website and so we understand that search engine ...
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Adding tags for SEO in clothing website [duplicate]

I am building a site for a women's accessories brand. The site has a Homepage, a Store page (where all accessories are displayed), a page for each of the accessories description, an about page and a ...
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Google Nofollow, Disavow and Link Removal Requests

I am the owner of a reviews website and I am constantly getting requests from people asking me to remove links to their sites or they will disavow the links and they threaten me with Google penalties. ...
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Server gzip compression vs gzipped sitemap

My client's SEO guy said that search engines prefer gzipped sitemaps. They keep their sitemap in .xml.gz file. I was wondering if there is any difference for search engines between a gzipped ...
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Using article published dates effects SEO?

In my blog I publish articles with date below under it. My questions are: Using dates will have positive impact or negative impact? After few years of publishing the post, since my post age is old ...
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Canonical URL's for interchangeable parameters

I'm wondering how should I use canonical tags in such a case: I compare two items, lets say shoe brands. So one of my pages look like this: http://shoes.com/compare/adidas/vs/nike/ and another ...
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What are the search engine affects of registering the same domain on multiple top level domains?

I'm looking to register a few more domains for my company, I have my-company.com at the moment, but now require my-company.com.au and my-company.nl and others, for example .ie. I'm running through my ...
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Strange domains as a blog's traffic sources

Watching my Blogspot analytics i saw several strange-looking domains, like bd053ac3.any.gs and others. So trying to identify them i got the following: bd053ac3.any.gs - shows "Link not found" page ...
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How to deindex image?

I have gallery of thousands of images. All of them at some point needs to be indexed. However after some period of time, some of them should be removed from search engine index while they should ...
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Will Google follow HTML refresh?

I want to move my current Tumblr blog to static HTML blog. Currently I am using a custom domain, I am planning on doing the move when Google sees domain name change. I am considering two options: ...
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Cascading matches in robots.txt

I was wondering if it's possible to let bots match two groups of User-Agent: blocks. I have this block of robots.txt User-Agent: AhrefsBot # https://ahrefs.com/robot/ Crawl-Delay: 5 User-agent: * ...
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When does Google consider linking as bad-neighborhood / link scheme/ spamming etc.?

I cannot understand this concept, please give me some clarity on this. If I link to a site, and it links to me, then is it a link scheme ? I see many seo companies link to their other sites, from ...
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Google sometimes hides my site, and sometimes shows it [closed]

I'm running a blog and it seems that Google isn't placing it in the search results properly. For example, one of my posts is called "changing Exposure in gimp". I searched that exact phrase in Google ...
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Client's website is not showing up as expected in Google local searches or maps [duplicate]

I'm working for a client who runs a wellness center. He has a website as well as a Google Places account for the business. The Google Places account has a lot of tags associated with it that are ...
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Are there disadvantages an literal + instead of an encoded + (%2B) in an URL?

A client of mine has a product ending with a plus-sign (e.g. Google+) and would like the webpage of this product to have an URL that is human-readable (i.e. an URL that doesn't contain %2B). Since ...
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Parallax Websites & SEO

I am getting a parallax website made for my e-commerce website. I have the option of giving each section an individual link or anchor tagging each page. Which of the two options are better for SEO? I ...
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What is the definition of “Avergage Monthly Searches” in Keyword Planner

Is the number represented in Average Monthly Searches the number of searches for that specific keyword and the maximum amount of possible clicks to my site? It seems the answer is obviously yes, but ...
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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: ...