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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Impact of simplifying a URL structure

My website is a directory with an extensive URL structure with several location-based tiers followed by an establishment name. E.g. ...
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How to remove external backlinks? [duplicate]

Is there a way to remove or block external backlinks? There was a drop in the Google results from page 1-2 to page > 8. I am now looking at the external backlinks and I see now multiple domains that ...
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Is it possible to regain a site's traffic after losing some to a transfer / merge?

After merging two sites to a third, using proper 301 redirects and transferring the domains in Google webmaster tools, overall traffic dropped by ~50%. One of the original sites was getting a plenty ...
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Is there a way to download the Google index for my website?

I have a client that's launching a new website on their current domain. I don't want to lose their SEO rankings, so I need to ensure that all the old, indexed content gets properly redirected to the ...
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301 redirect the home pages but keep sitemap pages same

I have manually redirected my entire site. The only page that's left is the homepage. How do I redirect my homepage to the new site (http://example.com) but keep my sitemaps on the old domain ...
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Cleanup incorrectly indexed subdomains due to wildcard DNS

I have site www.example.com which someone previously configured with wildcard DNS records and with no 301 redirects. As you may have expected, Google's index is now full of garbage like w.example.com, ...
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Moving domains - Not allowed to use 301 redirests

Here's the situation - a client of mine has recently changed their company name and have changed their web address. They want to completely cut all ties with their old brand, so they have told me that ...
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Several domains using 302 redirect to our domain

I am wondering what implications we can run into if one of our dealers is redirecting several of their domains using a 302 to our domain. The reason they are doing this is because they want to have ...
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default namecheap “under construction” homepage and SEO

I'm currently developping a site and I already purchased the domain name on namecheap. I never asked google to index it but I just discovered that I already have a result typing site:mysite.com, ...
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Multilingual website Google bot

Introduction I'm working on a project where a website exists out of 2 languages: nl and fr. The website itself is developed in ASP.NET where every page only exists once where the content of the page ...
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Best practices with multiple categories/tags etc. on URL (SEO) [duplicate]

I'm on the process of building my eshop platform and encountered a SEO issue. My next step is to develop a searching box, where user searches the products of a specific category (say, desktops). This ...
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Will making my AJAX app serve HTML snapshots improve SEO?

Currently, a small ajax web app of mine uses an anchor hijacking method to display content. The user clicks an anchor, I cancel the default browser event and funnel the link into an AJAX call, after ...
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Force google not to include my site's name in my pages' title

I know this kind of questions has been asked many times, and I know Google changes the title of the page according to the search query and page's content. I read many articles about this topic, like ...
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Create a Google Information Panel [duplicate]

Question Is there a way to ensure that Google's Information Panel is created for your company/product, or to influence/improve its chance of creation and the quality of the information? What I mean ...
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Redundant Hosting and duplicate content's effect on SEO

My Company is currently in the early planning phases of a project where we are playing with the idea of hosting our web project on multiple continents. The idea is to push local users to the closest ...
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How to handle different images size and URL with SEO

I'm creating my own CMS, and I have to handle images with differentes sizes. I store all my image's information in a database. For every image, I have: a filename (with extension) a title an alt ...
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Are there any disadvantages to Cloudflare’s “Flexible SSL”?

Cloudflare let you serve your site over SSL without having to purchase and install a security certificate, a product they call “Flexible SSL”. (They act as a proxy and serve your site over SSL from ...
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New Google SEO benefit with SSL - with only a few sections in SSL, or always on?

Google just announced that SSL will affect site ranking positively: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.se/2014/08/https-as-ranking-signal.html I have an Easter Island tourist agency called Easter ...
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How to make wikipedia information appear next to google search result on the right handed side? [duplicate]

The title pretty much says it. I have found out how to make google+ information appear next to google search on the right side but none about how to make the wikipedia information appear in the same ...
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How do I notify Google of a change of address from http to https? [duplicate]

I've just switched a site from http only to https only (on the same domain name), and have 301 redirects from old to new in place on a page by page basis. How do I now inform Google, using Webmaster ...
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SEO for dynamically inserted content?

I've reviewed other questions and answers, but none fit my use case. Frankly, I'm not even sure if I'm asking the right question. Here's my scenario: I work for an organization that is in the process ...
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Google to index preferred sub-directory?

I have inherited a rather large site built with Magento. When visiting the site it redirects by default to website.com/usa using a Magento PHP function (not .htaccess). When searching for the site, ...
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SEO? Client worried about negative news story about his business at the top of Google search

was hoping someone could answer a question about this, even though I'm sure the answer is bleak. I'm building a website for a client who has noticed that when you run a Google search for his name, ...
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When to tell Google Webmaster Tools that domain has moved

I have moved a site to a different domain name and did a complete overhaul. Link structure has changed because the old one was very bad. That being said, I am doing 301's manually on about 1800 pages. ...
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Indexing internationalized pages

I've noticed that many websites use different URLs for different languages, e.g. de.wikipedia.org. I thought that was the entire purpose of existance for the Accept-Language HTTP header. It would be ...
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how to show my site Homepage with page link [duplicate]

How to show my site like below in Google search result. please help me. even my Site Homepage is not showing properly in Google search result. 1st Pic: I want to show my site in Google like this. ...
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How to add a Google Map to search results? [duplicate]

How can I get a business map location displayed along with the Google search results page?
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SEO consequences of fading in content after window load

We'd like to render a font stack from Typekit and paint a large cover image above the fold of our homepage after document completion. Since asynchronously loading anything generally looks choppy, we ...
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How to make a certain page of a website rank before others on the same website? [duplicate]

If I search for "cnn news" on Google, it appears as in the attached. 1) If I wanted the search term "cnn news" to make the CNN Student News appear first, would my best bet be to get anchor link ...
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How to make dynamic search result page to index?

Suppose i have an internal search engine that works on this parameters foo.bar/search/?where=Rome&what=restaurant&categories=healthy that i can dinamically alias to ...
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How to improve google search index status for my domain?

I have a robots.txt for my google-hosted (gae) webapp with the following contents User-agent: * Disallow: I also have a sitemap.xml.gz (currently 49.3 kB) that is generated by a python function. ...
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Do my blog page views help my main site's page ranking, if they are on the same domain? [duplicate]

My company has a blog, that we release weekly articles on. A few have gotten moderate traffic (more than our actual site's home page). I am trying to figure out if the effort we spend on writing these ...
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SEO of your website [duplicate]

Hello I am now learning new things to apply SEO of my website. What are the concepts and tools which I need to follow or use to make my site optimize and how to check about my website is it optimize ...
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Will adding X-Robots-Tag:noindex remove an already indexed page from searchresults

I have a site that has already been indexed by google and shows in the search results. After it had already been indexed I added the X-Robots-Tag:noindex header to all responses. Is that enough for ...
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Meta description tags appearing in Google search results even though they had been removed

I recently removed all the meta description tags from my website and uploaded the files to my host company's FTP server. However, Google search results still show the old meta tags even though the ...
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SEO: If another website uses a iframe from our website, would the links in the iframe appear to be coming from our website or from theirs?

we are creating a "app" on our website that allows affiliates to simply use a generated iframe on their website, which would produce a list of all our products (we sell event vouchers). The links ...
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Adding Keywords in URL - Stuffing or Good Technique [duplicate]

I have about 25 pages on my website and after seeing Matt Cutts talk about how keywords in a URL is a good SEO technique, I decided to rename my files a more SEO friendly name. However, I now have ...
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Should I focus on a Location Page or Landing Page for SEO efforts?

I am a franchisee with a location page (http://example.com/locations/florida/south-brandon) but since it isn't mobile friendly and lacks a good CTA, I created a landing page for AdWords ...
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A one-day loss statistics from Google [on hold]

My stats dropped 50 times pls help me ! I did not see any problem with the site! Google also did not report any problems url: Food.Sooran.com 200 was my previous online But now one people! The ...
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Is adding noindex for new product pages a good idea?

When adding batch products to an eCommerce website, is it a good idea to initially have noindex on the product page? After manually reviewing individual products, should I remove the noindex tag? ...
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Should we try to add backlinks using a blog or paid backlink services?

I'm new to SEO, I've just started my business last month and I want to get backlinks, but I don't know where I can start. Should I create a new blog (like Blogger or Tumblr), or use backlink services? ...
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How can I avoid duplicate titles and descriptions on user-generated pages?

I want to allow my users to upload images to my website with a location and a comment and to share that page on social media. I was planning to have the comment and image as content for SEO, but I'm ...
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Implementaiton of rel=“prev” and rel=“next” inside a site code? [duplicate]

I searched a lot regarding my question, but I never found the exact piece of information explaning how to implement rel="prev" and rel="next" inside the code of a certain site? I'll be very greatful ...
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Improve site with SEO microdata [closed]

I need to do SEO Microdata for one site. What is my biggest problem is to choose which type would be on this list http://schema.org/docs/full.html . So let's say that I should choose the type of ...
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Transferred hosting and website not online for 2 weeks during transition - will this affect search results? [duplicate]

If a website's hosting is being transferred and is not online in between for approx. 14 days - would this affect the organic search positions when it's finally transferred? When they've since ...
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Specifying a website to appear in certain search engines and not others?

If you want a website to appear in DuckDuckGo for example and not Google, is this possible? Can you specify which search engines for a website appear in?
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Transferred hosting and website not online during transition for 2 weeks - will this affect search results? [duplicate]

If a website's hosting is being transferred and is not online in between for approx. 14 days - would this affect the organic search positions when it's finally transferred? When they've since ...
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Include img in href (with anchor text) or add a separate href?

From the SEO point of view, which one of these two are better ? Considering this is a classifieds site with around 10 similar listings/links per page. Separate link for thumbnail and text title ...
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non-cachable Canonical redirect of www to non-www

I know this question is debatable for the whole eternity, and most likely nobody knows the real philosophy of this problem. But I'm trying to solve the problem about 301 and 302 response headers in ...
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What might be the benefits in regards to pay-per-click (PPC) for sub-folders vs. microsites

I have a client that has a single main site and multiple franchise micro-sites. The micro-sites have most of the functionality that the parent site does but the content is restricted to a specific ...