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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How to handle URLs that differ in case-sensitivity and show same content

For to the following URLs: http://mydomain.com/page http://mydomain.com/Page I'm showing the same content. Can this hurt SEO? I understand that theoretically it can, but does Google really ...
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SEO: best way to deal with short lifetime URLs?

I am currently in the process of redesigning a job advert site and am trying to put a lot more effort into my SEO. My question is how should I deal with the URLs that point to job adverts when the ...
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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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www and non www can suffer duplicated content

Do you know if i should use canonical tag, or 301 redirection from http://mydomain.com to http://www.mydomain.com To avoid duplicated content penalty in case other pages link to the domain without ...
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What is a good way to get many inbound links to your site?

How do you get links to your site from other sites?
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Good Practice for Formatting SEO-Friendly URLs?

Does anybody know what the best SEO practice and most effective format for URLs is currently? All lowercase or mixed case? Example: http://www.mysite.com/What-is-My-Site/ OR ...
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Content appearing under multiple categories; anything I can do to prevent duplicate penalty? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? I'm working with a CMS that allows me to post content in to multiple categories. So, I ...
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When, if ever, and how, would Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc will add the new gTLD to their search results?

New domain names like .photos .gallery .repair etc are being released every month. I tried running a generic search for some things, and I could not find any of those in the results. Any idea if ...
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The SEO benefit of breaking up content onto different websites

I have a client who's been told that breaking up his content onto multiple websites will give him an SEO boost. I'm wondering if this is true. Let me break it down thus... the client has bought ...
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Website logo text - best tag for SEO purposes?

I'm trying to develop a new website in HTML5 adhering to SEO standards where possible and I'm having a little trouble trying to figure out what tag my site name and slogan should live in. Originally ...
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What Ranking Factors Are Used For International Search?

Google.com vs Google.ca vs Google.co.uk (etc) all rank their results differently. The intention is to return more locally-relevant content. What factors, other than the ones below, are used to ...
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Why is the string “- Ruby Shoo” appearing in the page title of a lot of our google search results?

In the Google Search Results Automatically adding "Ruby Shoo" text. While it is not adding in Meta Title, Description, H1 or Keywords. Please Check and help me to solve this issue. Simply search in ...
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How to handle www and non-www? [duplicate]

tl;dr : For SEO, should I redirect from one to the other or list both on the DNS records? It seems that most experts think that both www and non-www should exist. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.) ...
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SEO: Where do I start? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase your site's position in Google? I am primarily a software developer however I tend to delve in some web development from time to ...
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What are some great tools to use for keyword research?

We've been told SEO is important and that we should conduct keyword research so that we can rank better? What is that and what tools will help me in the process?
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Why, on StackExchange sites, is the post title on the question page a link to itself?

It may look like a question for meta.stackoverflow.com, but I'd like to know if this decision has something to do with SEO or if this improve the user experience somehow. It's a link to the same page ...
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Will “performing maintenance” page holder affect your seo and page rankings? If so, is there a better way to handle it?

Let's say that theoretically you run a ecommerce shop. There may be times, once a year, that you need to take the site down to update product information or to do some maintenance. What would happen ...
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Can anyone recommend a Google SERP tracker? [closed]

I want to track my website's position in Google's search results for around 50 keywords/phrases and I am looking to a nice web service or Windows application to automate this process. Ideally, I want ...
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How to implement rel=author on a page with multiple authors?

I have a forum, and I would like to add rel=author to my pages. However, each page has multiple authors, and I'm not sure how I should implement rel=author if I have multiple authors. Does anyone ...
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Does Google consider W3C validation errors of a website? If so why www.google.com has 23 Errors, 4 warning(s)

Some SEO analysts says that fixing W3C validation errors of a website is an important On Page Optimization if so why www.google.com has 23 W3C validation errors, 4 warning(s)? Does Google consider ...
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How do you evaluate SEO/SEM companies? What are common services/prices? [closed]

Looking for a checklist, or comparison site.
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Are HTML tables bad for SEO?

A lot of designers discourage the use of tables but I have a layout where I'll use more div structure to achieve something made simple with a table.. Are tables bad for search engines? edit: I will ...
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Should my Title tag be the same as my H1 tag?

I have read that I should make the contents of my <title> and <h1> tags the same. Is that the case or is does Google look at the content of those 2 tags separately?
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Order of HTML meta tags

A SEO company suggested we change the order of our HTML meta tags so that <title> and <meta name="description"> are the first two. They say this is to ensure search engines can utilize ...
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Concerns about moving media files to a CDN and impact on SEO

I'd like to move all my media files to a CDN (Windows Azure is my best choice for now). Two questions : How can I avoid SEO and redirections issues for the previously uploaded media files ? For ...
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How can I provide star rating metadata to search engines?

Some search engines (including Google and Bing) display a star rating for things like movies and downloads on sites such as IMDB and cnet. How can I configure my site to provide this data?
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Tool to monitor rankings

I'm searching for a tool that can give me the page number (Google) and position a given web page scores for a given keyword. E.g. Searching for the term "foo" the tool will show third page, second ...
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Difference between alt and title of img - which one to use - and impact

For years I've been writing my HTML for images like this: <img src="picture.jpg" alt="my picture" > But I recently ran a audit of my site using Raven SEO tools and it reported loads of errors ...
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Does adding external images or javascript to a website affect its SEO?

When adding images to your site, is it bad to use an image located on another site: <img src='http://www.some_other_site.com/image.jpg'> The same goes for javascript, is it bad to link to ...
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How many times can I repeat a keyword without looking spammy to Google?

I have an eCommerce based on Opencart, but I have some doubts about how many times I can repeat the same word. For example, the keyword is present in the title, description, h1, h2 and is repeated ...
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What determines the order of results for Google Places?

I have a website that when you search for the key terms in Google, comes up first in the list. However, just above it in the Google Places section, it comes in second in the list. Does Google Places ...
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Pros/Cons of Interlinked Landing Pages

Today on Google's Official Webmaster blog they posted about running multiple sites with similar content, here. After reading it and looking at the comments I noticed two things. First Google doesn't ...
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Impact of migrating whole site from HTTP to HTTPS

We migrated our website to HTTPS everywhere and we have setup a 301 redirect on all the pages when the protocol is HTTP. However, one of the SEO experts who is helping us with all things SEO sent us ...
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Are domain hacks advisable? and how do they affect SEO?

I'm interested in creating a domain hack, using the .es ccTLD. If the website does not target Spain, is this advisable? I've seen URL shortening services use ccTLDs to provide shorter URLs, however ...
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What's the maximum length of the meta keywords tag?

Could you please tell me that what is the maximum length for meta keywords?
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Is there any way to have search engines not index a certain section of a page?

I have Blogger setup with the Blog Archive panel shown on every page so that users can easily get to old posts. The problem is that it lists the title of each page in this panel, meaning that the ...
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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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Dynamic sitemap file

Does it matter if I serve sitemap.xml as a dynamic page? e.g., use .htaccess to rewrite sitemap.xml (or whatever static URL I submitted at the Webmaster Tools) to a PHP file. The PHP file will call ...
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Does valid HTML, CSS and/or XML affect SEO?

Can a page's HTML validity affect search engine optimization (SEO)? Assuming all other factors are exactly equal, will an HTML document with 0 errors and 0 warnings (W3C provides a tool to validate ...
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Are shorter URLS better for SEO?

Many people shorten their URLs. But as per my understanding it creates overhead of extra redirection, other can not guess about the target article with their url, and it should be less friendly for ...
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Ideal word count per web page?

Are there any kind of standard word limit's based on SEO for web pages? I've read around and I've seen advice saying that pages should aim to be no more than 500 words to maximise the SEO benefits. ...
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Does the position of the content in the source make a difference to SEO?

Is a site penalised if the first propper (human readable) content comes after a lot of structural HTML code? Is there any benefit to having the text content come earlier in the source (e.g. less HTML ...
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How can I make my flash website more search engine friendly?

I've got a website where just about all the content is in a flash movie. Is there anything I can do to improve my search engine ranking or make my content more indexable?
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Choosing a domain name with joined words is good for SEO?

I am going to choose a domain name for my business. For that I am going to use joined words in my domain name. For example, let's say my keywords are "painting" and "goa" and also that ...
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How many links (internal) is too many?

Let's have some fun shall we?? At the bottom of the content for about 1/3rd of my pages, but not in the footer, I create an internal link for each related IP address to the page on my site for that ...
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Wordpress Category/Tag Pages As Indexed Actually Help In Traffic?

I several days ago somewhere read that category and tag pages should be noindexed. But later on somewhere else, I read that, they only increase rank for search term, but overall traffic decreases- ...
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SEO: Will Multiple Redirects (301, Permalink Plugin) affect ranking

I asked for help over at WordPress Answers StackExchange for doing a 301 Redirect for my website, which will involve a permalink structure change also. One of the suggested solutions was 301 Redirect ...
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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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Ratio of No-follow & Do-follow Backlinks

I know that when it comes to obtaining backlinks, a no-follow is pretty much worthless. However, does Google (or other major search engines) penalize for sites that have nothing but do-follow links? ...
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Repeat use of Schema.org / Rich Snippets markup i.e LocalBusiness data

I am unable to find official wording and I'm hoping that some Rich Snippets/Schema Guru can give me some insight into proper usage of repeated content when it comes to using markup. I'm building a ...