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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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: ...
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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 ...