Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of web content in search engines using an understanding of search engines' processes and algorithms. Also known as "natural" or "organic" search, it is distinct from paid web advertising.

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Is it dangerous to change the default language page to be the x-default page?

I haven't specify the x-default page yet. Instead of that the the baseurl of the website specified with <link rel=alternative> as the default language "Arabic". Is it dangerous (I may lose ...
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Random Keyword String added to URL in google results

Ok, so this is a new one on me. In certain google results for one of my sites, I am getting this for example: http://example.com/directory/sort-diamante-grand-canyon-spa-error-codes/index.php ...
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Google message about 404 errors, should I be worried?

I realize this is a topic which has been discussed to infinity, and there are some great posts to be found on here regarding 404 problems. I read this post, and while very informative it did not ...
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Could using SEO title and SEO excerpt be considered a form of cloaking?

The SEO title and excerpt might be written in different verbiage than the article. Then, the user looking up a particular word or word group might not see that word or word group in the article. Is ...
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The official website of our company is no where to be found on google. How can we put it to the top position among other search results? [duplicate]

We have just built the official website for our company, but it is not listed in the results returned by google even if users input the full name of our company. Instead,the search results are all ...
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Adding Google Analytics and Indexing

I have a particular website that I want to add Google Analytics to, however I don't want it to get indexed because of that. Will adding Google Analytics make Google start indexing my site?
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Removing Forum & Forum Pages From Site

I added a forum on my website which I had high hopes for, however, it is clear that those hopes are unfortunately not going to develop. I received 100'000+ visitors last month (humblebrag) with only ...
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Should I optimize back end pages?

My website is an e-commerce based site and therefore has a few back-end duplicate content issues that im trying to fix. I have added the canonical tag to the majority of my back-end category pages ...
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Is it really bad missing H1 tag in Home Page? [duplicate]

According to My Website home page it is hard to set a H1 tag. Is ita big problem for SEO?
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The German keywords with high monthly searches and good ranks in Google haven't any traffic

I have some questions about German SEO. Some words we are optimizing have high monthly search, and good rank in Google.de, but these pages focusing on the keywords don't have any traffic. What's wrong ...
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Does Google Search Console track 404s from bots (i.e. spiders, crawlers, etc.)?

I have a verified web property on search console. It's been collecting traffic data for months now. I am using the crawl errors report to look at 404s on my site. I'm curious if this data collects ...
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SEO impact of redirecting high ranking mirror site to the main website

During SEO audit for a client I noticed that they had over a dozen duplicate websites that are carbon copies of the main website. This was done via CMS platform and DNS. One of the mirror sites has ...
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Hidden “< prev” and “next >” pagination links on first and last page respectively

I'm using the Yii Framework, with Bootstrap 3, and have noticed the default pagination behavior on the first and last pages is a little strange. On page 2 of 3 the links look like: < Prev | 1 | 2 ...
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SEO impact of breaking one nested menu into two flat menus

So, I have a menu with this structure: <ul> <li> <a>First Level Menu item</a> <ul> <li><a>Second Level Menu Item</a></li> <...
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Do I need to update the Last-modified HTTP header of my sitemap index?

I have a sitemap index pointing to about 8 sitemaps. The sitemaps get updated regularly, but my script only overwrites the sitemap index if the sitemap URLs change, and so the index's Last-modified ...
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Is it an SEO problem to link to short URLs that redirect to canonical URLs but put the canonical URLs in the sitemap?

I have a URL that I have added to my sitemap that reflects a health-tip entity http://www.example.com/health-tips/232344/this-is-perfect-for-your-health where 232344 is the id of the entity. ...
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How to choose right category names for a programming blog?

If I have a new blog with programming tutorial articles, Is it ok for SEO to have categories like "Web", "Network", "Game",... or It should be like "Web Development", "Network Programming", "Game ...
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Make domain 301 redirect to a static WordPress page

After adding a new page in WordPress i have this URL structure: domain.com/page. I would like to point a top level domain to this page using a PHP redirect: header( 'HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently' );...
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Previously submitted my sitemap but now I changed most of my pages URLs, what should i do?

I had previously submitted my websites sitemap to google search console. It submitted all my pages and indexed most of them. However, recently I have changed most of my pages URLs due to SEO. Since I ...
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Multi-country redirection where US is not the main site and it's SEO implications

We run a custom built e-commerce platform. We started in Canada and our main site was thus built to serve canadian buyers. When we expanded into the US, we added a /us sub-folder as an identifier. We ...
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How to handle redirects to versioned content?

Given the situation that docs.foo.com/2.9 is the documentation for a product, revision 2.9 and docs.foo.com/3.0 is the documentation for a product, revision 3.0 Then you might want another URL docs....
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Viral posts and links

This might be a bit of a strange question, but here goes. Over the past month, I have written 2 posts for my website, which have gone viral on social media, which have resulted in about, 30k visitors ...
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Does styling links in the same way as non-clickable text affect seo?

I have a web design where a elements looks exactly like p elements. Pages may have many links so I want the links to look similar to normal text for readability reasons. Does this affect SEO in any ...
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Is it a wise move to turnoff Wordpress tags and categories

I originally wanted to ask whether wordpress tags & categories can lead to duplicate issues, but I found an answer on this post However opinion seems to be divided, the accepted answer from a ...
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How bad is it to call a landing page “landing.html”?

I want a landing page whose URL will be emailed after a few days to people who have downloaded my software. The landing page asks them how happy they are with the software, links to tutorials, and ...
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Recently swapped domains - New site isn't being indexed, old domain currently 301 Redirect to new

So I'm a little stumped on exactly what has happened here. We were previously on a https:// domain that is still appearing in Google search engine but I've indicated to the webmaster tool that this ...
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SEO question personal website [duplicate]

How can I get my site to show the search bar and pages. Here's a picture of what I mean
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Google is indexing wrong page for search terms not on that page

I’m having a problem … the wrong page is indexing with Google, for search phrases “not on that page”. Explained … On a website I developed, I have four products. For example sake, we’ll say these ...
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Will search engines index content in video caption files?

If I put an HTML5 video player on a web page and it has an associated caption file (WebVTT) using the <track> tag inside the <video> tag, will it affect my search results in a positive way?...
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Sitemap Generation for Large URL Website [closed]

I'm using Megento framework for My eCommerce website and have large number of url how do i create category wise sitemap list (or) with small number of urls sitemap files or any other solutions.......
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Indexing too many pages good or bad?

We have a football website, in the website each football match has a separate page (for match details), and we decided to make unique title for each match page. Now I find many of these matches ...
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Sitemap time stamps = negative SEO impact?

Recently experienced a 50% drop in traffic and one of the only things I changed is the sitemaps.xml We have 9 sitemaps with 50k URL each, I added the following formatting <URL>http://url.com&...
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Wrong page is indexing for a specific keyword phrase on my site

When you search for the keyword phrase "New Camaro Car," the page for "New Mustang Car" appears in the results instead of "New Camaro Car." Page #1- Page Title: New Camaro Car URL: /new-camaro-car H1:...
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If I make a directory of veterinaries populated by a call to a Database would it get indexed by google? [duplicate]

Imagine I have a website to find say veterinarians. So I want to have a directory listing the NAMES of all the veterinarians that are members of our website. And if I click on any of the names it ...
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Search console can't detect structured data after adding through google tags

Will adding them manually instead of using tag manager help. They all passed the validation test in the Google Structured Data testing tool. I have included two tags. One for implementing products ...
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Same text for <h1> and <h2>

What do you think about having the same content for H1 and H2 tag in the article? It seems like keyword stuffing, right? Example: <h1>Bananas <span>Musa × paradisiaca</span></...
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Does Google Indexes content generated by JavaScript “On Scroll Load More”?

I'm implementing a "on scroll load more" page on my website and I'm wondering if google, now that crawls and indexes JavaScript, will see my content, does it?
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How do I rank well if my website is spammy?

This question may sound really stupid, but it's totally legit. As the web has gotten more spam-proof over the years (CAPTCHAs, spam filters, search engine algorithms, etc.), there's not much room ...
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Which is better for SEO: to have a .com domain or specific domain for a country like .uk or .bg? [duplicate]

I am planing to establish a website for free advertisements. Currently the domain that I want is available with .com and with my country specific extension .bg. Does the domain extension affect the ...
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Is it considered cloaking if I show different content to users depending on wether or not the pageview was a “landing”?

If a user comes to my website from an external source, the page they landed on will be modified to include all the "landing page tips and tricks that increase conversion," plus a small message pops up ...
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How can I find which words people use to find my products? [closed]

I'm creating some products, say related to kitchen stuff. I don't know what words or phrases people use to search for these products. Is there a way to find out the searched terms related to specific ...
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How to SEO pages with adaptively loaded alternative language on same URL?

So, when each page has content on it's own language we use HREFLANG attributes and it's all fine. But now, if I build a page in English but if user picks to display it in another language, I won't ...
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Hosting a blog on website VS using a blogging service (in terms of SEO)

I am programming an ecommerce website and I know I am going to add a blog to the mix. I am unsure, however, if it is better for me build the blog portion into the website or could I just use a service ...
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Is it better for SEO to use margin or padding around images?

I'm trying to style the distance of text around images and I've experimented with margin and padding. For testing purposes I tried 100px around images and what I have seen is that with padding the ...
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Splitting an Existing Large Webpage into multiple pages

My website is 5 years old. Each page is big. The content of pages are cached by google and other search engines and showing in search results. I want to split each large page into small pages for ...
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Google - aliasing two pages with URLs that are generated client-side

I'm working on a website that dynamically replaces URLs during state changes so that if a user copy/pastes the URL at any give time, they will be able to land on a page that reflects the state when ...
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E-Commerce category filters, rel=canonical and SEO

Concise Question How should I, from an SEO standpoint, handle categories on an e-commerce site that may, at any given point, become very thin, containing very few products, then later grow to be a ...
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Crawling Single Page Apss

Since this post in October 2015, Google claims to be able to crawl JavaScript. Does this mean that single page apps that don't have a server rendering are indexed by Google? I created a single page ...
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Schema.org in Microdata or in JSON-LD?

Should I use Microdata markup on my blog or should I put just an JSON-LD with all info, or is using both the best option? A bit of explanation. I am trying to mark up my blog and I manage to get to 1 ...
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Can a span within an H1 harm bot attempts to identify the text? [duplicate]

I am wondering if this structure can confuse search bots and prevent them from identifying the contents of the H1. For example, in the code below, can the bot identify "Main Text" as the H1 content? ...