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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Does search engines reward for text content when embedding SVG

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 it legal to create a search engine and name it similarly to an existing popular search engine?

I have my own search engine with meta search crawling capacity. I installed it on a website and called it Ving. Is it legal to have a search engine with the name Ving that is similar to Bing?
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Website is being targeted by mail bots

have a small website. When I perform a netstat is shows a lot of traffic from .p.mail. I think this is some kind of mail bot, trying to harvest email addresses from my website. How can I prevent ...
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How to change domain name without impacting search engines? [duplicate]

What is the process for changing a domain name without impacting search engines? I'm going from a long domain name to a much smaller one and would like to do so smoothly.
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Does Div Class Or ID Name Affect in SEO Result? [duplicate]

I've been reading some comments around the Web about HTML classes/IDs improving website's SEO. Which made me wonder and also lead me to the question: Does it make any difference giving random ...
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SEO for single-page content-less Web App

as written in the title the website on which I try to do Search Engine Optimization has following two properties: doesn't have any content in the SEO sense: it doesn't hold any information and only ...
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How are the sitemaps of big MediaWiki sites generated?

The question is related to my questions about things the filesystem of Wikipedia and generating sitemap for Wikipedia. It is more general. Problem: Suppose a site on MediaWiki with about 10,000 ...
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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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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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Buying a domain SEO friendly or the brand name? [duplicate]

I have the company name SOME COMPANY and my main keyword some keyword. What is more clever to do, to buy somecompany.com or some-keyword.com What is the best approach? In the old days i would ...
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What can I do to show my app on google results? [duplicate]

I uploaded my website to the server 2 days ago. I'm already being indexed by google and bing. I have a sitemap that they can read as it's confirmed in my g-analytic report and webmaster tools. Robots ...
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Should I submit my RSS feed as Google Sitemap?

I currently have no sitemap for a website I'm creating. I do have an RSS feed which includes the N latest updated posts on the site. It doesn't include everything on the site though, just blog posts. ...
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How can I figure out how a search engine is finding hidden pages?

We have a system hosting many websites for our customers, and inside that system there is a method that non-live customers can view their sites before we turn them on. Say the link is something like ...
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How do search engines handle protocol-relative links?

With many sites supporting but not requiring HTTPS now, there's an increase in protocol-relative links. A protocol-relative link is one where the protocol is not specified, and the browser redirects ...
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Does using spaces in a URL affect SEO?

When creating URLs for my website I need to use a space, for example http://mydomain.com/start home I've seen some sites using + or -, what are the advantages of using space, + and - (dashes) in SEO? ...
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Which of these 3 URL-Rewritings are better SEO friendly URLs?

Imagine my current flat-file no-CMS website with an URL like http://example.com/en/tomato. This is of course very unsexy and could be anything really from tomato soup, tomato the music band, tomato ...
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How does Google classify which country a website belongs to?

How does Google determine which country a website belongs to? Is this technique also used by Alexa.com? I don't think that the website's location is determined by its host's IP address or by its ...
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How this type of search engine index result is working? [duplicate]

For example when you Google "stack overflow" or any other popular website, the result is indexing like above image. what should i do, if i want my website look like above image in search engine ...
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nofollow in a form action

Imagine I have a page on my website that I don't want to be followed by robots. So I put a rel='nofollow' on every link to that page. Now imagine I have a form on another page which action is a link ...
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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 ...
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time for my website to get content updated with new content.

It has been 2 months after we launched a website with original content. During the first month after the launch, we have edited the content so many times and lastly fixed the required content with ...
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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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Some other page of my website is ranking on search result even though I have the specific page created for the targeted keyword. Why?

Some other page of my website is ranking on search result even though I have the specific page created for the targeted keyword. Why? example : I means I have created a page for mango, but when i ...
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How can Iframes be optimized for search engines?

If my site has an Iframe. What is the best way to optimize this for search engines? We want to keep the Iframe. I have read that blocking Iframes in robot.txt is a good way to go, but this seems ...
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Multiple Businesses at The Same Physical Address - SEO / Google Places

I was wondering what kind if there would be any negative effects to have multiple businesses having the exact same physical address on their website. Currently we have five businesses at the exact ...
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Microformatting Questions & Answers - Semantic web 3.0?

With the introduction of the Semantic Web we (SEO's) have the opportunity to mark-up our content in such a way that robots/crawlers have a better understanding about the meaning of our content. And, ...
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Does Googlebot support TLS v1.2? If not, what will my TLS v1.2-only site look like to it?

I currently redirect all non-HTTPS connections to HTTPS, and support TLS v1, TLS v1.1, and TLS v1.2. I reconfigured my testing server to accept only a very limited and secure cipher suite and TLSv1.2 ...
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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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How to add favicon to robots.txt

How can I disallow this URL: http://www.example.com/assets/ico/favicon.png? Would these lines in my robots.txt work? User-agent: * Disallow: /blah/assets* Disallow: /blah/assets/ico/
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Will multiple url's pointing to slightly different content rank poorly with search engines

Background We currently have a site that displays information about our products, the product is known by a different name and has different branding in different states within the same country. This ...
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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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Does it matter that our website can't be found without the www?

If you try and go to our website without typing the www. You get a page not found error. In my case it goes to a Yahoo 404 page where the website you typed is not even shown in the search results. ...
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Google doesn't seem to update the description or title of my homepage

Before we launched our website, we had set up a "coming soon" page and google picked up the title and description from its contents. So the description in the search results said, "Coming soon! Visit ...
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How to optimize a dynamic website [duplicate]

I know there is already an answer on Webmasters to a part of this question (SEO for Dynamic website) , which has been very helpful with How to build a controller that creates an xml sitemap? on SO ...
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Do search engines see comments in the source code as a backlink?

I would like to know if Google or any other search engine would regard a comment in the source-code containing a link: <!-- domain.com --> as a back-link. If yes how much weight is put ...
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Is hidden backlink blackhat SEO?

See below link. It will create a huge backlink for me if I put it on dynamically generated blog posts. Is it a blackhat SEO strategy? <a href="http://example.com" style="display: ...
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How to tell the search engine to fill in the blanks?

Google has an awesome feature to allow you to search for search terms where you don't know one or more words but Google guesses it for you: Fill in the blank (*) Add an asterisk within a ...
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Where is the best place for page's ID in a user friendly URL?

I searched within the site but none where addressing exactly my question, So I ask it here: Which one of these structures for a user-friendly url is the best with regards to search engines and user ...
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Easiest way of submitting your website to various search engines

A few months ago I saw a video where someone explained a website where when you submit your link, it would be submitted to all mayor search engines. It looked like a pretty nice website. I thought I ...
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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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Giving search engines physical location of a business?

I'm wondering if it's possible to set the location of the business a website is about with a search engine, so the search engine could include it better in local results. Is there a meta-tag or some ...
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How not to display the date on certain WordPress pages?

On most posts on my website the date is displayed. There are however some posts where I would not like to show the date. Would it be better to use display:none; via css or actually remove the code ...
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How to remove a website completely from search engine indexes except the home page?

I want to de-index all the pages of my website except home page. This is because it is an exact match domain (EMD) and I'm getting traffic on website just because of Domain name. I want to restart ...
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Alternative to the deprecated Google Web Seach API

This question is slightly related to the question located here. My current solution is using the deprecated Google Web Search API - but since it's deprecated, qeuries to the API is now limited. This ...
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Redirect Old PDF file to a new PDF file

I have 6 PDF files that have been updated and will use a different file name. All files are in one folder. Old PDFs have been indexed in the search engines. I saw one solution but I think it only ...
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Would publishing a canonical, consumer-facing article feed for our white label editorial content help our clients?

We deliver syndicated content to our clients' sites. In our articles, we often link to blogs. We recently received a complaint from a blog that our link to them hurt their Google ranking, likely ...
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Effect on SEO when placing social icons on the footer

This is my first website that I am trying to create. I am reading the SEO guides for websites, but the question that I couldn't find clear answer is the following: Does keeping the social icons and ...
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Traffic value of a keyword

Does anyone know what kind of tools or tests I can run to find the traffic value of a keyword? I have done a search here before and someone's asked a similar question which was helpful but what I ...
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Do WordPress websites get indexed quicker by search engines than a regular website?

I registered a couple of domains with the names of categories of products we sell. I then installed WordPress in one of those domains and played around with it for a bit, and left it alone for about a ...
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Lower SERP rankings when signed in [duplicate]

When I check one of our site's rankings when signed in, I get lower rankings for my own site than the rankings I would get while signed out. If anything, it should have been the other way round? Any ...