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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Anchor tag inside <h1> or <h1> inside achor tag: which is better?

I am trying to use <h1> tags on my blog for the post title and came across one problem. Title is hyperlinked. Case 1: <h1> <a href=""> xyz </a> </h1> case 2: <a ...
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StackOverflow and Google search

How is it that questions posted to the Stack Overflow show up as #1 in Google search results just minutes after being submitted? What SEO practices are being used to generate this sort of ...
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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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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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How do I get Google to show links to my site hierarchy in search results?

I have recently noticed that for some websites, Google is linking to different locations in the site hierarchy instead of just the destination page URL. For instance, searching for "Malibu Rum Drink ...
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Need to add 30K new pages to a 10K page website - troubles ahead? (SEO)

We have a situation with a website where we plan to add a huge amount of new pages. The domain is over 10 years old, approximately 10 thousand indexed pages, and the planned addition is approx. 30K ...
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Search results for my website show content that isn't mine including pharmacy (Viagra and Cialis)

I have a website and when I try a search like this: site:dichthuatviettin.com it gives me bunch of result like this : Those pages do not exists on my website, how did they get there? I don't know ...
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Other than Google, how do I decide which search engines to optimize for?

Google has extensive tools for webmasters, and good SEO seems to be directed at Google first and foremost. But what other search engines should I be worrying about? I could look at my logs, but then, ...
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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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How to get Google to crawl AJAX pages without using #! URLs?

In Google's advice on "Making AJAX Applications Crawlable", they advise making AJAX URLs that aren't using hash-bang fragments (#!) crawlable by adding <meta name="fragment" content="!"> to the ...
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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 Google a reliable document search engine?

I have a site with PDFs and Word documents that I know have been indexed by Google because they appear in search results with filetype:pdf (or doc), and if I search for some very specific terms with ...
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Do dedicated IP addresses improve SEO?

I've googled that and I've found many opinions on this subject, and I'm not sure, if, dedicated IP addresses actually really improve SEO? Is it that different from shared IP address (of 50-100 other ...
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How do I control how often search engines visit my site?

I've been using the following line in the <head> of my sites for years: <meta name="revisit-after" content="3 days" /> I recently discovered that it's not one of the meta tags that ...
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How should I handle search engines auto-correcting the spelling of a site's name?

A client's site and company is called 'Tranin Communications' (Tranin is her last name). It ranks well in searches for her name but rather poorly in searches for the name of her site/company. I ...
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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://website.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 is Googlebot finding URLs that are only visible to authenticated users?

Here is one of my customers, performing some action after having logged in to his account. The unique token is simply an encrypted user id + timestamp. 94.254.xxx.xxx - - [02/Jul/2011:22:25:46 ...
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How do I get Images for my site to Return in Google Searches

I know when I search Google for specific things I get back images underneath some sites. How do I get that to work for my site? I have even seen some sites that will return 4 or 5 images for the the ...
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What is the ideal self hosted search engine? [closed]

I have an internal (intranet) site that is comprised of several blogs and forums, hundreds of static pages, lots of PDF files and several other document types. Its been glued together loosely over the ...
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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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Which web directories can I reliably invest in to increase my traffic and search ranking?

I've been looking around for some web directories to list my company in that would 1) Feed more traffic to my website and 2) Increase my search rankings due to being a quality referral to my own ...
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Ask.com sitemap crawler down (for good)?

I have been using Ask.com as one of the search engines to ping my sitemap. When I went to ping my sitemap today to have my sitemap re-indexed, the website (http://submissions.ask.com/ping) says it no ...
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Dev site indexed by Google

I was developing a new version of our site on a subdomain (dev.oursite.com) and the robots.txt with the Disallow got replaced at some point, so the site got indexed by Google and other search engines. ...
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Does Google submit HTML forms?

I have a web page, say http://domain/purchase and in this page, I have a web form. User, on submitting this form (which has validation, both client-side and server side and won't be validated until ...
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How can I work out the reasons for someone else's site's search engine ranking?

On one search term I have, there is one particular site with very low quality content, and yet their search engine ranking is always number one, with my site usually at position three. How can I go ...
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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 are the benefits of RDFa?

I've seen some blogs etc. about this new technology: RFDa, but is there any benefits in using it now. From what I understand, it's mainly used by search engines and other crawlers, but have Google, ...
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Why is honest cloaking for Ajax considered bad practice? [closed]

Ajax-only websites are laden with many problems. Search engine invisibility is merely a small problem. They are also unbookmarkable and unlinkable and they break the functionality of back- and ...
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Is there a search engine that indexes source code of a web-page? [closed]

I need to search the web for sites that are in our industry that use the same Adwords management company, to ensure that the said company is not violating our contract, as they have been accused of ...
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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 do I find out what web sites link to mine?

Is there a way of using something like as a search engine to find out which web sites out there link to mine?
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Is there an index of the IP addresses used by indexing bots?

I have a page that gets minimal traffic, but I set up static notifications when it gets hit. Now, I want bots to get ignored, so what I'm doing now is adding bots I see to a "no notify" list. Is ...
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Should I return a http 401 status code on an html based login form?

Should I return a http 401 status code on an html based login form? The page is a dedicated login form, and does not have any other meaningful content, just site framework. The URL however, can be ...
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Where can I find a list of related search terms?

Does Google, Bing, or any of the other major search engines make a list or index of related search terms available?
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Letting search engines know that different links to identical pages stress different parts of the page

When you follow a permalink to a chat message in the Stack Exchange chat, you get a view of the transcript page for the day that contains the particular message. This message is highlighted in yellow, ...
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robots “INDEX,FOLLOW” vs “ALL” is there any difference?

Hey folks, Is there any if so, what is the difference between these two? In order to allow everything a search engines wishes for <META NAME="robots" CONTENT="index, follow"> <META ...
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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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How to Remove URLs from Google Search Engine

I have used so many things like url removal request and deleted the pages etc., but still the errors are shown in my webmaster tools. How can I remove the urls completely from Google?
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Hide a Subdomain from Google/Search Engine SEO Result?

I have a subomain which I do not want to be listed in any search engine result. Let say I have: http://www.example.com http://child.example.com How can I hide all URLs of child.example.com domain ...
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Moving large website to new CMS - URL changes

I was wondering if you have any tips on the following situation. I'm going to move a large website to a new Content Management System (CMS), here are some details on the site: online news magazine ...
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Is minifying id and class names a bad SEO practice?

I am a big fan of minifying everything whenever possible. It is a sin for me to don't do this. However, I recently read that one of the thousands tips to boost your website rank on search engines was ...
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Search engine optimization for text with different colors

We're trying to do SEO on our company website. Our company logo is just text (in image form), but has two colors in it. Our company name appears a lot in our website's text/copy. For example, the ...
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How can I get search engines to crawl my site and see a localised view of my data?

(I hope I asked the question right..) Fake site Our site lists products for sale. eg : http://www.myWebSite.com/products/some-drink-we-love-to-guzzle Each product page has been translated into a ...
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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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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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HTTP: How to be deleted from search engines at a certain point in time in the future?

Is there a way to tell search engines, that a page they crawl should be included in the search results now, but have to be deleted at a certain time in the future? I have a website where hundreds of ...
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Narrowing down my large keyword list for new PPC campaign

If I have a list of 100 keywords that are candidates for a PPC campaign (my list is actually 1000+). What is the best approach to narrowing this down to the top 5-10 keywords I should start with? ...
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What effect if any does “Google Instant” search have on SEO and SEM?

It been a little over a month since "Google Instant" has been released to the public, what effect if any does "Google Instant" search have on SEO and SEM based? RELATE LINK >> "Google Instant": ...
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How can I inform search engines that the usefulness of some content on my site has a limited shelf life?

Let's say that I run a forum dedicated to computer hardware. Naturally, people are going to ask questions like: What is the best laptop for running [os] Or What is the best video card for ...
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Can I host a sitemap on another domain?

Just out of curiosity, I have developed a small app analyzing and generating sitemaps for a given domain. Can I tell search engines to look for the sitemap of a given domain on my app using a ...