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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How do spiders find your website in the first place?

This is just a question of curiosity. Let's say I register for a new web domain and purchase a hosting account. I set up a website, and soon search index bots are visiting the site to learn more about ...
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Stop search engines from trying to crawl old sites on subdomains which are no longer available

A few years ago I had couple of sites. Then I closed them. Back then, the search engines had added those sites of mine into their databases. Specifically Google and Chinese Baidu know about them. Now ...
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Is there a way to guess the keyword traffic for a specific URL using just search engines and page source?

For example, is it possible to guess which keyword searches are driving people to https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-and-use-postgresql-on-ubuntu-14-04 using just search ...
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Help! My articles are not indexed correctly by search engines

Something is seriously wrong after I updated my site with new templates, moved to a new server and started writing on English rather than Norwegian. I know from Google Analytics, that most of my ...
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Minimum characters per word when evaluating keyword density

I'm trying to please as many robots (particularly AdSense) as possible by keeping my keywords in check on my website and I've been using keyword density checkers as well, and I'm not sure what the ...
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Prevent search bots from indexing server (sub)domain name

A web application I wrote is hosted on an in-house server with the name myserver, which is under my university's domain (department.uni.edu), resulting in the server's address being ...
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WordPress - Ignoring Parent Category and SEO

I use WordPress for my site and I've just run into this dilemma. I have five major categories on my site and each categories have five sub-categories. Usually, the posts are published under one ...
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How to maintain SEO when taking over a domain name?

I am working with a client to redo their website. The website is simple and just displays information. My question is with regards to the SEO. I have only just started learning about SEO and on my ...
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Why is bingbot / msnbot appending %2Findex.php to my urls?

My logs are showing bingbot / msnbot appending %2Findex.php to some of my urls. Any idea why? This makes them invalid and if any users were redirected with it, it would not take them to the correct ...
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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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Preventing robots from crawling specific part of a page

As a webmaster in charge of a tiny site that has a forum, I regularly receive complains from users that both the internal search engine and that external searches (like when using Google) are totally ...
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Does linking to dead resources give you a SEO penalty?

I've been wondering about this for a while, but cannot find any articles on it. When your website contains a dead link to a resource that is either not there any more, or was never there to begin ...
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Blogger meta description not showing in search engines

Whenever I search for my blog in any search engine (tried Google, Bing, DDG and Yahoo), the blog description is the header of a post, instead of the description I have defined in the blog's search ...
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How to Fix this specific Google “Fetch as Googlebot” error appearing on my Webmaster Tools?

Good day, I'm currently finding out why I have lost all of my website's rank in google. I don't even appear in google results by the domain. But other sites do link me and they appear in the google ...
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Remove URL from “Fetch as Google” - in Google Webmaster Tools

I need to remove a URL from Health -> Fetch as Google in Google Webmaster Tools. Is it possible?
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How can I know search engine bot can be visit my website?

I had some problem from my hosting, webpage is online for 1-2 month ago and completed submit to Bing webmaster tools, google and dmoz.org too. Last week don't found my website on Bing directory. I ...
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Repeating location in urls? [duplicate]

Is it beneficial to repeat the city/state in the urls for SEO purposes? Let's say that I own a site that sells air conditioning in Houston, and I'm really pushing for local SEO. Is this... ...
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My website ranks well but my blog subdirectory keeps getting de-indexed

My website, let's say www.example.com ranks fairly well ranking 1-5 for 6 keywords. On the other hand, my blog on the same website keeps on getting de-indexed. The Website is HTML ...
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Changing pagination, and having more sections per page

I'm upgrading an old website, from having 25 results per page (40 pages), to having 50-100 per page (5-10 pages) This will change the pagination, and maybe affect search engines in a bad way.. So I'm ...
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Crawl coverage and Page rank effect if few website pages has broken links

We have millions of pages in our website and most of the pages have indexed by Google. Few days before we generated few pages which have few broken links (showing 404 pages) like if a page has 20 -50 ...
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Is there some kind of API for submitting a site to Google for indexing?

I have a client that is insisting there is a method to send a URL automatically to Google to get it indexed quickly. Here are the methods I know of to tell Google about your site for indexing: 1. ...
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How post or page of facebook, twitter, forum or classified sites (HIGH PR) show instantally in google or other search engines

My question is about SEO. How post or page of facebook, twitter, forum or classified sites(HIGH PR) show instantally in google or other search engines. As i know google take few days for crawl. Then ...
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How do I disallow variable parent directories and subdirectory with robots.txt?

I want to disallow robots to index some pages of my site. For example, I want to disallow the following pages: /category/name1/page/1 /category/name1/page/2 /category/etc/page/3 But I want to allow ...
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How do you prevent web pages from appearing in the Google search index?

I have some web pages that Google has indexed. I have now added a robots.txt file to exclude them, but should I also add a noindex tag? If so, then how do I do so?
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How Google crawler behaves when the HTML page is 1.6MB? [duplicate]

Is it possible that Google crawler doesn't fetch all the content on the page when it's size is 1.6 MB? How does Google treat big documents?
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Why can't I find a certain text on my site in Google?

I can't find certain text on my site in Google, even if I'm searching specifically on the page that this text in on: site:mysite.com/page.html hidden text I tried searching just for ...
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How bad is cloaking for my site's search engine rankings?

My website is very JavaScript-heavy. All the content of the site is loaded asynchronously using JavaScript. So my developers implemented cloaking - server sends a static version of the webpage if it's ...
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Hide content from search engines (legitimate, not SEO related)

I have a website which contains famous and original (made by users) quotes, poetries, and such. Recently many of our users start to complain because their name is searchable on Google since we have a ...
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Preventing some parts of the pages of a site from being indexed [duplicate]

My website has links like: <a href="messages.aspx">Messages<span>3</span></a> Well google indexes these links as: Messages3 I have read some articles for preventing google ...
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Why aren't search engines indexing my content?

This is a general, community wiki catch-all question and answer pair intended to address any questions concerning the reasons a site or specific site contents do not appear in search engine ...
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Using rel=canonical with syndication

I work at a site which allows syndication of content (via API's and data dumps). We are finding that a number of sites which republish our content are appearing higher in Google search results, even ...
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How to make sub-directories appear in Google Search Engine? [duplicate]

I want to know how to effectively SEO manage my personal websites. For example, I have http://www.janedoe.com/ and in the meta data I have: <meta name="keywords" content="jane doe"> along with ...
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How do search engines identify keywords in domain names?

Do search engines identify keywords in domain names as substrings or special character separated strings, or both? For example: abcwidgets.com vs abc-widgets.com (obviously with "widgets" as the ...
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Adding meta tag keywords - the same or different on all pages?

I have 10 page php website. I want to add keywords to webpages. The website is related to hotel and having different-2 page like booking, rooms, places to visit etc. Question: Do we need to add same ...
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Can Searchbots Find Web Pages That Aren't Linked To? [duplicate]

I have read this which claims that the listed search engines are not able to show the unlinked doc&XML in its results. My questions are Have any one else experimented like this? This information ...
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Google Position Ranking for Specisific Keyword and Domain

How i can now my website position ranking for specific keywords? example my website is gusdecool.com and i want to know my position ranking on Google search for keyword Rapidleech How to do that? or ...
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Are links within SlideShare presentations indexed by search engines?

I have created a PDF presentation including links to a site I own on the last slide. So far, such links are not reported in Google Webmaster Tools. When I search Google for the presentation, I can ...
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.com and .net domains , SEO difference [duplicate]

I am in search of starting a new website , How ever all my favorite .com domains are gone, but some good and short .net domains are available . I want to ask is there some difference in SEO ranking of ...
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How to preserve Search Engine Rank after domain change with 301 Redirect?

Before you mark this question a duplicate, read the question properly. I have had a domain http://muzic.asia and because of low quality TLD it's SEO rankings were less (For some keywords it ranked ...
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What dangers await if I block non-standard, non-major-usa search engine bots from my USA only website?

I noticed tons of bandwidth being used by non-USA search engine bots, so I began blocking them in an effort to save bandwidth and cpu cycles for actual users and the search engines they come from ...
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Search engine ranking of paginated categories, subcategories and tag pages

Suppose we have an E-commerce domain with the following structure: domain/items - contains all items. domain/items/category - contains a narrower spectrum of results than above. ...
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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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Structured data for website that shows tours from many operators

I have a website that lists tours from many different tour operators. Each tour page has pricing, location, ratings and reviews, and may or may not have tour dates (some tours run every day, some run ...
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Best approach to display categories as URLs [closed]

I would like to know what's best for implementing categories in URLs for SEO purposes? Take a look at this link: http://demo.nopcommerce.com/nike-tailwind-loose-short-sleeve-running-shirt The ...
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How do canonical tags work when you have multiple versions of a website?

I apologize for how vague the question sounds; I was not able to write the complete question in the title because I ran out of characters. Before the duplicate monsters close the question, please read ...
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Do search engines index and rank text content in external SVG files (not inline)

I am under the impression that Google and other search engines understand the text content within SVG, however... I unable to find a source that indicates that Google rewards the content found in SVG ...
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Is there a correlation between the number of search results of a google keyword and it's search volume

So to make it a little bit more clear. If you search a word in google you see the number of search results. If you use adwords you can view the number of times this keyword is searched per day. Is ...
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Removing/Adding Google Listings

I have a site with user generated pages where the user can make their page "published" or "unpublished". My problem is, their pages are often indexed high on Google (usually in the top 3) and so when ...
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Custom content outside The_content loop

I have inserted code in single.php to get custom fields and custom taxonomies. That is something like; <?php the_title()?> <?php the_content()?> [custom fields] [Custom ...
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Is using an external blogging platform and URL bad for SEO?

I want to add a blog to my website to update the user on the new features. The rest of the website is custom code and does not use any CMS. For the blog, I want to use something like Blogger and put ...