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 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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Advantages of country TLD vs. .com

I want to get a domain for my site. The site's topic would be about Vienna, but the content will be in English. I was thinking, if I should get .com domain or .at domain. .at is both much cheaper ...
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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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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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What is the best way to redirect my naked domain?

I have example.com, which points to web server using A records, I want to redirect all traffic from www.example.com to example.com. As far as i know these are methods, 301 HTML redirect from www to ...
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Squeezing all the SEO out of a URL as possible

I am working on an ecommerce site, I told our SEO consultant that I plan to make the URL scheme: /products/<id>/<name>. This is similar to Stackoverflow's URLs which are /questions/<id&...
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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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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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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 ...
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What is PageRank and how do I get it?

I've heard Google's algorithm is based on PageRank, and that it has something to do with the links to your site. Can someone explain it, and more importantly, how I can increase my site's PageRank?
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Pipes or colons in HTML title tags?

Other than esthetics, are there any valid reasons to choose pipes vs colons in an HTML <title> tag, or vice-versa? Usability? SEO? Example: <title>Example.com | Top 10 list of stuff</...
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Image data URI and SEO

Do you think the use of image data URI is SEO friendly? On the one hand saves you a HTTP request. On the other hand it really messes up your code. Especially for image files larger than 20KB or ...
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Switching to HTTPS - redirect question

Following the recent Google announcements about improved ranking for sites running on https we have a number of clients asking about this. Is it safe to just 301 redirect all pages to their SSL ...
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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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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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Web designer's link back to own website (rel=“designer” / rel=“nofollow”)

I read somewhere that web designers' habit of placing a default "follow" link in the footer of their client websites is bad for SEO. Is this true? If so, should we use rel="nofollow" instead. I ...
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Branding in terms of SEO

There have been plenty of cases in the SEO industry about websites picking up some penalty from google. From a marketing viewpoint, the absence of key marketing theory can partly explain why ‘SEO ...
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Will google penalize my pages if I will hide by default the main page content?

I've read some similar questions but the mine is about a particular case. I need to hide the "main page content" as default, visible on user's request using javascript. This is lot of text - about ...
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About the semantically related words Google's algorithm uses in mixed language websites

Because I'm Latin, sometimes I use a word in English while talking in Spanish. In a website, for example, I could be interested in ranking for a word as “promoter” inside a page in Spanish, because ...
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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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Correct way of internationalizing links

I am interested in a correct way to show search engine that the link is a translation of some content to another language. For example: you have some article written in German. So this is original ...
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Google's 200 ranking factors

When doing research on SEO you most probably stumbled upon Google's statement there are approximately 200 ranking factors. I think it would be nice to have a list of all these 200 factors. Does ...
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Why should we use tags like p, span, hx tags when we can use CSS instead?

Why should we use tags like p, span, hx tags when we can use CSS instead? Is it important from an SEO point of view?
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Why is loading speed of a website important for SEO?

I see everywhere on the internet how to optimize loading speed of a website but no one says why it's important for SEO. Inevitably, there are reasons why Google has decided to take this factor into ...
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How do I get images containing text to be indexed by search engines?

I am building a small portfolio website for a friend, and being in advertising and all, she hates the standard fonts and wants everything written in a custom font. As CSS font-embedding is not really ...
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Is it better to use slash or hyphens for SEO

I have a website with url like that : www.xxxxxx.com/card/wow/20-euros In term of SEO is it better to use slash or hyphen? www.xxxxxx.com/card-wow-20-euros Even though it will be trickier with ...
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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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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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Is this a good approach to image Lazy Loading for SEO?

For images loaded via AJAX, or that I don't want indexed, use the data-* attribute approach: <img data-src="path/to/image.jpg" class="js-lazy-load" /> The javascript maps the data-src ...
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Which symbol should I use in the title: “|” or “-”?

So there are two way of writing a site's page title: Meow | Photo Magazine or: Meow - Photo Magazine Which one is better (for SEO and for users)?
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How does Google treat hash fragment inside a canonical URL

I have seen many websites using slugs in their URL to boost SEO such as this: http://example.com/article/1543/how-to-boost-seo/ I was thinking if I could do something like this instead: http://...
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SEO one longer page vs. several targeted subpages?

We're working on a site and have come to a choice between one long (not too excessive) main page and several subpages. The subpages would have custom metas/titles/h2 tags and the content that ...
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What's a landing page?

The marketing team says I need a landing page. What is that and why should I bother?
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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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How do I build backlinks?

I've recently made a site and I want to know how to go about making backlinks?
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Is it a bad idea to use a domain hack for my personal website name?

I want to create a personal webpage for info about myself (potentially for employment or other contact purposes), but the .com extension for my intended name is already taken. The name I want ends in ...
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SEO Implications of blog on site versus offsite?

I recently added a blog to one of our company's websites, and was confident that this increase in content on the site would have only positive SEO results. My boss, however, feels that we should have ...
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SEO - Changing file extension

I am going to change the file extension from ".htm" to ".php", is there any disadvantage with this action?
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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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What exactly is a bad backlink that is Disavow worthy?

I have been reading Webmasters SE and many other blogs on this topic but I could not understand how do we truly evaluate a bad link that we must disavow in GWT. Everybody seem to have a different ...
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Should I block indexing of my mobile site?

I notice that Yahoo and Bing have started indexing the mobile version of my website, which is located at /mobile from the root. All of the mobile content is just a reduced layout version of the real ...
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SEO for websites with very less content and a lot of images

Let's say we have an image exhibition website that has got a lot of images but next to nothing content. The focus keyword for this website is "Artistic wallpapers". What would be the best approach w.r....
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How Google reacts on display:none for CSS media query?

According to Google Webmaster guideline "Hidden text" is not acceptable. Which means I do have a dov containing some good amount of title or paragraph with link or images if I make it display:none in ...
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Is heading (h1, h2, h3…) font size relevant for SEO?

One of our client's SEO agencies has recently began sending a lot of "shady" requests about what should be changed on our client's web site in order to comply to best SEO practices. We suspect their ...
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Is link building a white hat SEO activity?

Link building is the process of manually building links in any way possible to show the site in question as having more of a value to search engines than it did previously. Therefore it's surely a ...
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Why does baidu crawl my site like crazy

When i'm checking my apache log I can see that baidu has been crawling my website 10 times a day for the last 2 weeks. It's not that i care much about it but I'm really curious about why he's doing ...
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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 ...