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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are CSS sprites bad for SEO?

Nowadays often what was accomplished with an <img> tag is now done with something like a <div> with a CSS background image set using a CSS 'sprite' and an offset. I was wondering what ...
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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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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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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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Does duplicate content on another site affect my ranking?

A competitors set up a new site and copy and pasted some copy from our home page. When doing a comparison with a duplicate content tool the result was that the pages where 21% similiar. Does the ...
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How rel=“next” and rel=“prev” helps in SEO if used for pagination?

How rel="next" and rel="prev" helps in SEO, if used for pagination? Is it really required ? i.e. imagine you're on page 2: <link rel="prev" href="http://www.example.com/article-part1.html"> ...
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Make google index the actual image not the thumbnail

In a website, we have a JavaScript that opens an image when people click on the thumbnail, it seems like Google only indexes the thumbnail not the actual image with real dimensions, I was wondering if ...
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Tool or online service to view Google PR of thousand sites from a list?

Any suggestion would be appreciated. Maybe a tool (or online service) that you used at least once. I have list of webistes in a txt file. I need a tool or an oline service (possibly free) that finds ...
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Impact of using lazy loading on SEO

If I used lazy loading with Ajax, then am I right in saying that Google will not see the content in the lazy load? An example is if I have a part of my site featuring products towards the bottom of ...
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Redirect based on country

Let's say I have a site that has multiple versions for different countries, e.g.: www.example.com/us www.example.com/uk www.example.com/ca and I want to use IP geolocation to redirect users who go ...
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New META TAGS with positive effects for seo ranking in 2011 and beyond

I'm trying to make an up to date chart of meta tags, for all of us, with their purposes, their use and their good (or bad) effects on search engines and being found. Also any body knows new or ...
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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 ...
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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://example.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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What should happen when content is deleted?

I am wondering about the standard handling of deleted data links from an application and an SEO perspective. I have an application where users can create content but they can also delete content. ...
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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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link rel=“alternate”, multiple languages and canonical urls

Context: We've got a website which is available in multiple language versions. However, the content is the same. Each translated version of the site is available on a distinct subdomain. On some ...
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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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Duplicate content on the same page - SEO ramifications?

In certain situations, I've seen Responsive Design websites with duplicate content on the same page. The pages had duplicate HTML structure and content in some parts of it due to Responsive Design. ...
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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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Friendly URLs: is there a max length for search engines?

People from stackoverflow have been working closely with google team to help them make the panda algorithm more efficient, so I guess they've learned a lot from the google team. Thus they may have ...
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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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Why in the search results of Google does not appear the unique name of my website?

I have a website with a unique name, already indexed and with a perfect SEO. Although there are no websites with the same unique name, when I'm searching on Google I found my homepage listed on the ...
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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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Is image metadata valuable for SEO?

Do search engines read image metadata like copyright and author? Is adding metadata to site's images valuable for SEO?
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Do directory names and URL's paths make a difference for SEO?

Using a very simple example with cars, this seems to make more sense: site.com/cars/audi/convertibles/red/ But since a person is likely to search for red convertible or red audi convertible, would ...
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Schema.org or Data-Vocabulary.org for breadcrumbs?

Google and other SEs support Schema.org for marking up structured data, but it turns out that for breadcrumbs Google recommends using Data-Vocabulary.org instead. Which should we use for having ...
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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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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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Is placing one or two keywords in the URLs still good for SEO?

My urls do not seem to have my main keywords in them. Is this bad for SEO? Should I include them? Of course I do not mean actually writing one keyword after each other, but have an organically / ...
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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 ...