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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Short brandable domain vs. long keyword domain

I need a counsel about my websites' domain. Let's say I have just bought two domains: xyz.com and xyzphotography.com. As we can see, the first one is shorter but way less meaningful than the second ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Domain name benefit in SEO

I have read so many posts here but no one is able to give me satisfied answer. My main question : Is domain name related to my pages content can help me to boost SEO fast? For ex: If I will have ...
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Duplicated content www on subdomain and SSL

I have a eCommerce based on OpenCart, but I was wondering about change my domain name for SEO purposes. For me the critical thing about my changes are the imminent possibility of domain change, I'm ...
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Google search results show my title incorrectly twice

Does anyone know why Google shows my title twice in search results? And it's the wrong title too. Here's a screenshot:
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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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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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SEO - Does order of html carry importance - text before images preferred over opposite?

I have a two column layout with text to the left and a slideshow to the right. In order that I may float the text around the right column I would need to place the right column first with a right ...
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How my website will be ranked if I host multilanguage blogs under my domain?

I want to make two weblogs in two different languages under my personal domain, such as blog1.domain.org and blog2.domain.org. I want to optimize my website in such a way that with searchs in either ...
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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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new domain, old links are 301'd from old domain to new, how will this affect my rankings?

I built up good rankings with search engines over the years with my old domain. I recently changed my domain name and have all the links 301 redirected from my old domain to my new domain. I also used ...
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How can I make my website appear in the top position of Google? [duplicate]

I have added some of the keywords in a meta tag, but my site is still not in the top position when Googled. How can I achieve this?
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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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Status of Crawlable Ajax?

I saw that Google had a nice proposal/standard for making Ajax applications crawlable, via #! (hash bang). http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/10/proposal-for-making-ajax-crawlable.html ...
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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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What is the best way to launch a website to make it go viral?

Say for example I have a website that has finished BETA and is ready for full launch. I'm at the stage now I want it to be very visible to start getting traffic. Right now, I am just getting some ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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For SEO, should the path portion of the URL be localized?

I have a site that have localized content. I would like to know if it's really important to also translate the URL paths to access the content. For example: Today, I'm handling the URLS like these: ...
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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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How does Google determine duplicate content when it's translated into different languages?

I was wondering how duplicate content in another language works. Google requests that you use canonical links to determine duplicate content or duplicates of your pages to avoid duplicate content in ...
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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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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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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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Google Pagespeed tells me to leverage browser caching when caching is already enabled

Google Pagespeed Insights still tells me that I have to enable browser caching, but I don't understand what I'm missing. I'm using cloudflare with optimizations enabled. I see this HTTP header in ...
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Are new gTLDs negatively effected in SEO?

I have done my research, mainly using this as a source, and I have come to understand that there are certain aspects that can cause newer gTLDs, just by the indication that many of the newer gTLDs, ...
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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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Does changing strong element CSS styling affect SEO?

<strong> HTML elements have default black and bold CSS styling. I want my strong elements to have light blue background, have blue as font color and underline strokes. But does changing the ...
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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 ...