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 DMOZ still 'active'?

I understand that having a listing in DMOZ isn't necessarily a 'good' backlink to have due to the 'weight' of links from fully categorized listings, but I was wondering if anyone could give any solid ...
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Does Heading tags like <h1> and <h2> make a big differences during SEO?

Does Heading tags like <h1> and <h2> make a big differences during SEO?
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Should home page be just domain name or can it be in a folder?

I am working on a website project and the client has requested (for reasons of hosting convenience) that the new website be located in a specific folder. This means that all pages will be in ...
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Which of these 3 URL-Rewritings are better SEO friendly URLs?

Imagine my current flat-file no-CMS website with an URL like http://website.com/en/tomato. This is of course very unsexy and could be anything really from tomato soup, tomato the music band, tomato ...
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Do search engines treat index pages with excerpts as duplicate content of the pages they link to?

I am using WordPress and in my post sidebar I have related posts which may be of interest to the user, however, I also have an excerpt of each article which is normally the first paragraph of the post ...
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URL paths and their effect on SEO

We are developing a website where there will be two distinct types of content: galleries and photos. It makes little sense to use URL paths like /gallery/photo as some photos can appear in more than ...
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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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SEO - Hidden content before main site content

I have a two hidden divs before my main site content, one with the login form and another with the signup form. I then have login and signup buttons within the page that use JQuery to show or hide ...
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How do I get a list of all indexed links?

I am looking for a way to take every link that I have indexed by Google and export them to a CSV file. Recently I have had way more pages indexed by Google then I actually have and I want to find ...
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keyword stuffing in SEO

i have a web shop, and on some of the pages some keyword in used a bit more then on the others. For example: "hp toner" is used pretty much in the inscription of the product, in the alt tag, in the ...
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Benefit of date in URL segments

I was curious about the date in URL segments, is there any SEO point of benefit? For example the following URLs: ...
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When should a webmaster call it a day POST Penguin & Panda?

A friend of mine, an ex-client whose site I designed, has a problem with his ranking and I want your personal spin on his situation. It'll help if I recall some of his site history. Basically for 10 ...
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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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Web designers back link on client sites

We're a web design company that have created several websites for clients, all of which have a back link to our own website. I was just wondering the best strategy for this: Should the keywords be ...
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A bounce-rate attack to manipulate SEO?

This is a question to experienced people that might help us shed some light on the issue. We noticed a very strange behavior on our site, in Google Analytics. Some dude from Finland, namely, from ...
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Is it a bad idea to promote your site through relevant blog's by commenting?

I've searched the net and wasn't able to find a solid answer to this. Is it poor practice to seek out blogs that are related to your site, and post comments relevant to the particular blog post, in ...
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Migrating PageRank/rankings from one site to another

I've got a client's company site with decent PageRank, backlinks and search engine rankings. The client wants to change their company name and therefore URL. I will set up a redirect between the old ...
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Do I need robots.txt?

I want to allow all bots to crawl everything, do I need to create a robots.txt? If the file is missing will it have a negative influence on some crawlers? If I need to create it, what should it look ...
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Website not coming in Search engine results because of a term

We have this site which is named Vialogues (Video+Discussion web based application). https://vialogues.com It has been around for sometime on the internet and we have also submitted sitemap.xml to ...
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How to provide Google reviews information?

In some search results Google displays nice stars and total reviews on particular webpage, it looks pretty cool, and I would like to know how does Google know, how many reviews this website has and ...
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Do keyword-based filenames and URLs really matter?

We've developed a dynamic web application which uses URLs such as product.cfm?id=42 but our marketing team says we should use search friendly URLs and put our keywords into the URLs (so it would be ...
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Removing “www.” from domain name and SEO

We are doing a big redesign work on our website, and at least 50% of the website folders will be moved to new places with different names (i.e. many URL will be changed). Sure, Google will need some ...
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If your site has been flagged, “this site may harm your computer” how long before Google takes action

If your site has "this site may harm your computer" in the search results how long can you be in that situation before Google takes action. When they do take action does anyone know what that action ...
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Will Google's New +1 Count For SEO

I read somewhere that google's new +1 feature is going to affect google's search results. Apparently the more +1s you have, the better your site will rank in google. Is that true? And if it's true, ...
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Differences between google domains in different countries

We are currently trying to see if our site is being indexed successfully by google. Mind you we got millions of pages. A trick some people use is the google site: command. I always assumed that ...
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HTTP response for deleted or disabled items on ecommerce store

What HTTP response should you send when an item/category on your ecommerce site has been disabled or deleted? 410 looks correct for deleted products but not sure about something that has been disabled ...
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Which is good to target, singular or plural keyword?

Which keyword is better for targeting and on-page optimization, singular or plural? Like "baseball bat" or "baseball bats"?
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SEO Keyword Research Help

I'm new at SEO and keyword research. I am using Market Samurai as my research tool, and I was wondering if I could ask for your help to identify the best key word to target for my niche. I do plan on ...
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Should I set the title attribute for content DIV's to explain what they contain?

I have a number of DIV's that break up a page into logical elements for styles and positioning, etc. As part of optimizing my site for search engine spiders, should I include a title attribute within ...
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What role do article submission directories play in SEO?

There are several popular article directories, namely: ArticleBase EzineArticles Buzzle And hundreds if not thousands of smaller ones all over the internet. How can these websites be used to ...
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What to do with random pages after a 301 redirect?

I did a standard 301 redirect for a domain, but the original domain has about 300 pages that have some strength. It doesn't make sense to make them all point back to the new home page because the ...
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How long before Google will update search terms matching my website?

I have a website which title I changed about a month ago. The website is a classifieds website which is dynamic, using php. The title changed from "Free classifieds" to "buy and sell free ...
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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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SEO drawbacks of having paid links without nofollow?

I've just signed up to text-link-ads.com, which doesn't appear to use rel="nofollow" on the links. After reading a couple of sources it appears to be against their TOS to add nofollow to the links ...
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Stop searches showing tld domain sites appearing as subdirectory of main holding site domain?

I'm not sure if this is a problem specific to how my hosting is structured or not. Let's say the main domain for my account is maindomain.com (for purpose of discussion) I am building other sites, ...
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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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Multi Language URLs

I'm building an online store that will be supported in 3 languages: English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese. My question is whether or not it is a good idea to make language specific ...
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Domain or Subdomain: does the choice affect traffic?

If I run a blog or something in my subdomain like www.sub.name.net is it going to have any decreasing affect like decrease traffic through search engines or low ranking through on engines?
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Do all the pages on a website help the homepage's SEO?

When it comes to SEO, I hear the saying "content is king" a lot, so I tried to create a bunch of pages on my site with good authentic content. However, does creating a lot of content on a page or ...
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Should <a> tags with href=“#” (or other internal links) use rel=“noindex, nofollow”?

For SEO purposes, should <a> tags with href="#" make use of rel="nofollow", rel="noindex", rel="noindex, nofollow", or does it not matter? I'm asking because I have some elements on my site ...
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Why is Google offering users the ability to block results from my site?

I was performing a search for a string and one of the pages was from one of my websites. However, I noticed something odd about the entry for my site: This was the only page in the search results ...
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Is the W3 standard a major factor when google decides SERP position?

I have a dynamic php website which index only has around 800 errors according to the w3 validator online. I have tried checking major websites like ebay, stackoverflow and others also, all with ...
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Does registering a second domain name with the dashes help SEO?

If I have a site registered and running on ThisIssomething.com for example, does registering This-Is-Something.com and redirecting it actually help SEO? Or is it mainly to protect your brand?
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Should I block Wordpress archive pages from search engines?

I use WordPress and /sample-post/ URLs for my posts and /yyyy/mm/ for the archives. Google has indexed the site fully. Since the archives currently display full posts I've thought that I shouldn't ...
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Which keyword should I use: colors or colours or a combination of both?

Well this might sound weird but yeah that's exactly what I want to know! Now as per US-English colors is the right word and as per British-English colours is the right word. Here in India we follow ...
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Does the number of visits matters for SEO?

Considering I have a website and I have millions of direct views (entering directly by URL, not by any other URL) and that there is no links to this site anywhere else (or that this views don't ...
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SEO Geolocation

Does anybody know whether the location of the datacenter affects the SEO value of a given website? In other words a site which has 100% of visitors coming from USA has to be hosted in USA for better ...
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My title tag doesn't appear to be getting crawled by Google properly [duplicate]

My title is: <title>School Management Software, College & University Management Software, Cloud ERP Software</title> However it's showing up like this in Google: Is there ...
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STRONG and EM tags inside H1 and H2 and SEO on database-driven website

I am trying to tweak the SEO of my Website, I have read a 400 SEO Bible PDF document that I came across. An aspect of my website that was not included in my SEO optimisation. The STRONG and EM HTML ...
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Do WordPress websites get indexed quicker by search engines than a regular website?

I registered a couple of domains with the names of categories of products we sell. I then installed WordPress in one of those domains and played around with it for a bit, and left it alone for about a ...