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 OK to merge pages and make other changes while the site is undergoing AdSense review?

My website is currently under stage-2 AdSense review. I have identified some key user experience issues which I can easily fix, however I'm worried that it will affect the review process. Can I ...
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Can I randomly change the page title for users while showing search engines a static title?

Let's say I wanted to make a website or series of pages where the title (or at least what appears on your browser's tab) alternates randomly each time it's loaded - just for giggles. I have a bank of ...
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If multiple h1 elements are bad practice, how come Optimizely has more than one h1?

Optimizley landing page banner has 2 h1 elements: <div class="header-container tooltip-container"> <h1 class="mkt-hero__header optly-header-one">Hello!</h1> <h1 class="mkt-...
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Which is best SEO practice to markup source code on web page?

What is the best way to present source code to users without affecting SEO? Let's say my website is HTML tutorials and I need to present HTML code to the user so that they can copy it. If my main ...
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Is switching topics a viable SEO strategy or will it harm existing ranking?

I acquired a 16 year old authority blog about medieval armor, and it ranks #1 in all search engines for many armor related terms and how to's, 100% of the traffic (about 6k-7k visitors / month) comes ...
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What's the benefit in using Schema.org markup as Google already knows all the information

I was wondering if it was worth the effort of adding Schema.org markup to an existing local business website when it seems to me that Google already know most (if not all!) of the information I am ...
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It's 2016. How much JavaScript does Google understand? [duplicate]

Google deprecated its AJAX crawling scheme which seems to suggest that it can now index JavaScript applications. People now start testing the limits of what the bot can do with JavaScript, with ...
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Benefits of CDN for the providers of online libraries

I know benefits of using cdn for ones website and I have been using cdn for 5 years now. But my question is, Sites like jQuery, Bootstrap, Web Fonts, ... that provide free cdn for their products that ...
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Are backlinks from Whois/IP checker or similar sites bad?

I have been looking for an answer to this question for quite some time now. I am confused about backlinks coming from some of these domains. Some of them come from Whois/IP checker sites, and some of ...
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Difference between Keyword and KeywordSuffix for SERPs

I have a site with the keyword in the name as the first word, currently seperated by a space. Most posts contain the singular version of the keyword at the end of the title, so current titles in ...
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Does image alt tag contribute to keyword density?

I have been using exact matched term, 2 times in an article. But I have been using that same keyword in alt tag of 2-3 images. I want to know if alt tag text contribute to keyword density. How ...
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Can search engines recognize content in h tags correctly if it includes nested span elements?

I have taken on a new client, and when reviewing the site (it's a Wix site), I used this tool, which claims the page is missing an h1 tag. However in the Chrome developer tools it's clearly there. ...
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Are the “author” and “publisher” link types still relevant for Google+? (2016)

I was searching a lot regarding rel=publish and rel=author but got some doubts because most articles are from 2013 and 2014. First, I understood that Google is not showing author's picture in SERPs ...
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Canonical URL to refer to other page, although it is not exactly duplicate content?

We are hosting recurring events, and when you search in Google for that event, you always get an ealier installment of it that tops the list. This is of course obvious, as every time the new event ...
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Unnaturally high number of links from domain

Please consider the following image, from Google Webmaster Tools I have these unnaturally high link counts coming in from lowish Page Rank Domains (MOZ Score 13) Is this natural? Is this hurting ...
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Can I “cloak” for crawlers and not use session id parameters and redirects to check for cookies?

I track my users using GET parameters to be able to do it even if they don't allow the use of cookies. And to do that, I need to do 2 redirections the first time the user hits my page. I am having ...
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Rendering different HTML contents based on screen size - good idea from SEO perspective?

Is there an adverse effect of capturing screen size with JS and rendering different HTML contents via AJAX based on user's screen size, mainly from SEO perspective? I'm working on an ecommerce app ...
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How many times can the same keyword appear in a meta description tag without penalty?

This is source code from the adsense home page (code here is formatted to fit screen): <title> Make Money Online Through Website Monetization | Google AdSense – Google </title> <meta ...
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Does breadcrumbs and url inconsistency affect SEO? [closed]

If a website has inconsistency between URL structure and Breadcrumbs structure is it good, neutral or bad for SEO? For example on Yoast site "Wordpress Plugins" page https://yoast.com/wordpress/...
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Ask for email address + SEO

I want to ask visitors for email address to access certain content, but I also want search engines to index the content for visitors to be able to find it through search engines. So I cannot redirect ...
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Migrating Iframe comments to a forum

I have previously posted about trying to start a forum on my website without success despite some very good traffic numbers. I believe the reason for the lack of forum posts, despite good traffic (...
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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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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.......