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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Why do some websites not allow “deep linking”, and consider linking as a privilege (that requires permission)?

Please note that a "link" in this context is a direct text hyperlink to another website, not framing web pages or hotlinking images (which many web sites obviously hate). A "deep link" is, according ...
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Older event, not new event, being shown in Google Search results

I have an event directory that contains events with dates. These events can be annual. When a user recreates the same event but with a future date that search result should be the one shown in Google ...
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Are there any reasons to put the domain name or company name in the page's title tag?

After I read this question and answer about SEO and title, I want to ask if it is necessary to put the company name or the domain name into the title. On the start page I think it is necessary, like ...
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Does image mime-type affect SEO?

I have uploaded images as mime-type application/octet-stream, they are served well if sourced from an image tag but Chrome for example cannot open them directly, always asks for download. The question ...
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Mobile and desktop SEO, double content [duplicate]

I have a website for desktop and mobile. On desktop I have a left sidebar with 10 images and a left content main with text and images content. On mobile On the mobile it's too much to show all 10 ...
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Hashbang priority vs clean url

Hi I am a newbie in google analytics.I have implemented a site with angularjs and Rails.Because of the use of angularjs the url generated is with hashbang(#!) for eg:-www.abc.com/#!/xyz Now I have ...
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How are Google search results ordered when prefixing a search with “site:”

If I use the "site:" prefix on a google search to see all the indexed pages for a particular domain, for example: site:kickasscupcakes.com Results: https://www.google.com/#q=site:kickasscupcakes.com ...
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Similar article by the same Google Author

I have two websites which are focusing on two different things (both are timbers, but different type of timber). Let's say if I post in both sites an article (the article is about bush fire) which ...
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Does SEO ranking based on domain apply to domains with forwarding? [duplicate]

Lets say I have a site at "myrandomdomain.com". I want to target a keyword "my keyword" and so I buy "mykeyword.com". Can I still have the keyword benefits of having mykeyword.com when it just ...
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Duplicate content - similar content in two cities but one country

I am a nutritionist and would like to open a new practice in a new area but the same country. I would like to launch a local website for this area (URL with area name and local prices and addresses) ...
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404 errors, Google Webmaster Tools, and a backwards third-party website system?

We're getting a ton of 404 errors in our GWT but they aren't actually pages on our site. Before you tell me this doesn't matter, note: they are real pages and they do exist... just not on our site. ...
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Social Referral - Weebly

I'm getting a lot of my social referrals from "weebly" which is not a social media site. Also the number of new users is zero. I'm guessing this is myself. My question: Why does GA count Weebly as a ...
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2 x domains for same site in Google make canonical or not?

A client has a site since 1999 with a domain consisting of two, very descriptive of the business, words (let's say dog-toys.ie). In about 2001 he decided to change to dogtoys.ie (was running radio ads ...
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Adding .html to the URL while it is not a HTML page hurt to SEO?

If I added .html to the URLs of my website while the pages are not in HTML, will it hurt SEOof my site or will it be helful to my site in search engine rankings? For example, say my domain is ...
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How to see my site's problems with Google?

I recently made a website: Boun Schedule Planner, which aims for the search query "Boun Schedule Planner" It was like 5th or 6th for a few days. But now it's not even in the first 3 pages. There are ...
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Hosting that makes setting up multiple sites easily [duplicate]

I'm currently running several websites, both for myself and for clients. Most of them are smallish sites but there are 1 or 2 that are have promising futures. My question is, since it seems like the ...
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Increasing frequency of least searched keywords [duplicate]

I am working in an organization,I have been given an work of SEO(its not my job actually is job related task). A complete scenario about what the problem is given below: I live and work in ...
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Is changing HTML with JavaScript bad for SEO?

Building web apps I don't have to worry so much about SEO for back end things so dynamically changing the HTML isn't an issue. I am using backbone.js with a front end site I'm building and the site ...
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Can someone cause me negative SEO by reporting to Google?

I've been getting emails like this: Our site has been penalized by Google because of a handful of back links pointing to our site (we have lost 80% of our traffic). I have opened a line of ...
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Which URL is better for SEO? [duplicate]

I have 2 main categories: Software Hardware Each of these categories has 10 subcategories for example hardware: cpu/graphic/hard disk and... Which URL is better for SEO? ...
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Is there a risk that custom URLs for Facebook and Google+ will compete with your own site?

Is there any downside to registering a Facebook page custom URL or Google Plus custom URL? My primary goal is to drive traffic to my site. Is there a risk of these social media custom URLs ...
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What could make Google search strange URL in Google Webmaster Tools?

In my Webmaster Tools console I can see that Google tries to access very strange URLs, receiving a 404. For example: ...
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Mark keywords/words as not important to Webmasters

I have a word repeating many times in every page which has no content or keyword significance - the word 'clear' on 'clear filters' button - and I noticed that this word is third in the keywords ...
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SEO for landing page of three different language sites

I have three sites running under the main domain example.com/en/ example.com/ar/ example.com/ur/ And there is a main HTML landing page example.com which have some introduction in three languages and ...
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Will Google index a paragraph of text that is hidden by default?

I have a paragraph of text that I would like to count toward the content of a page, but users have to click to make the text appear. Can I and if so what is the best way to implement this without ...
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SEO & PageRank optimization when using translated content across three different TLDs [duplicate]

We have a website example.gr translated in three languages (Greek, English & German). We have also registered two more TLDs example.com & example.de So far, based on what the user types in ...
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Is bad, from a SEO perspective, to have many pages on a website that only contain YouTube embedded videos?

Will Google penalize my website for having plenty of pages that only contain YouTube embedded videos. Is this a bad idea SEO-wise?
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Google say: robots.txt not valid for subdomains?

I'm very confused about Google's robots.txt documentation Examples of valid robots.txt URLs: Not valid for http://other.example.com/ https://example.com/ http://example.com:8181/ ...
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Avoid Ajax loaded content for search engine bots

A website I run has a lot of content that is being loaded using Ajax. The reason for using Ajax is that the content generation takes some time (a few seconds), because it loads data from other ...
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Does loading metas from database affect my website SEO?

I am developing a website which is fully dynamic. If I load metas and other information of the website from database, will it affect my website's SEO?
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Root directory and on page word count

I have a page featuring previews of weekly sporting events Example: week-1 round-1 will have 7 fixtures I will write about a 1000 word previews about each fixture. Week-2 round-2 has 7 fixtures I ...
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Proper usage of <title>, <header>, <h1> and <h2> in a HTML5 website?

I have been studying this subject for several days and have found many conflicting suggestions with regards to search indexing. I am working on a project which has a lot of different pages ranging ...
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which URL is better for a search engine? [duplicate]

In 2 ways I can show The article URL in my website: My Breadcrumbs website for a content to both of ways is this: home>>computer>>hardware>>cpu>>this-is-an-article.html The First way: LINK of ...
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Browser specific sub-domain?

I was looking at this question and others similar, but I'm a bit unsure if the same applies for my case: I recently made a site which cuts for browser support at IE9. However the old site, which mine ...
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SEO pagination for items sorted in reverse chronological order

Let's have items I90, I89, ..., I2, I1 where I1 is the oldest and I100 is the newest. They are paginated and there are 30 items per page. Which is better URL from SEO point of view? 1) /items?page=1 ...
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Single page not appearing in Google Search

Description I have a static franchise website which has various sub pages each dedicated to an individual franchisee. For each franchisee the page, the only thing slightly similar between all of ...
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Does CSS formatting of <h1>, <h2> tags have effect on search ranking? [duplicate]

I have a web page where I made some style into <h1>, <h2> tags, will it make some effect on my SEO ranking?
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I am changing my file extensions in URLs, how to keep my good SEO results?

We have a website with good SEO results. For design reasons I have to update the design and I have to change file names from .html to .php. But I keep my domain name! What should I do in order to ...
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Can Google index pages that use framesets generated by javascript (document.write)?

I was tasked to check on why Google can't seem to index a client site properly. The site uses a framework given by client's parent company (so we can't use other framework). The framework use ...
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What exactly are backlinks to inner pages?

I've been trying to get better SEO for a while. One of the tools I've been trying has suggested, You must also build backlinks to your site's internal pages to help Google™ bots crawl and index ...
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Title and path for periodic articles/analysis

Let say I have a weekly analysis of the market. This analysis only useful for that week. Although the content is different every week, the title and concept is the same. In order to have a better SEO ...
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Dealing with thousands of malicious broken links

I have a problem similiar to this one - thousands of incoming links that go to nonexisting pages. The difference is that all of them include adult content of some sort in the URL. I am worried about ...
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Star rating not showing in rich snippets

We've recently been doing a lot of work on our site's SEO (www.betterthanreviews.com). We recently did a push to update the rich snippets breadcrumb, meta description, and star rating. After giving ...
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Will using a traffic exchange service affect SEO?

I use Google AdSense and I'm worried that I might be punished using traffic exchange services like MGID, Scribol, Crowd Ignite, etc...and if this will affect my site's SEO. Does Google frown upon ...
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Should I use heading tags in sidebar or not?

Assume a simple blog-like website as in the picture: Red text is text related to this page only (particular article) Green are headings of articles related to the subject of this page Blue is a ...
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SEO doubts regarding keyphrase and autosuggestion [duplicate]

I know on page optimization techniques. What is the best and proven way for offpage optimization for ranking a key phrase? Is it: to build as much backlinks to your site ? or build as much ...
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SEO Advice Needed! Can you use a snippet from a big article as a new small article?

I'm quote new to SEO, I have a website that focuses on things to do in a city. We have lots of articles like Top 10 / 20 restaurants etc. We just opened a new section which uses Google Maps and has ...
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Does the <h1> tag get more SEO value if there is no usable keyword in the URL?

I'm looking at a site for which the domain name and URL do not impart any meaningful data to a search engine. It does have: <h1> (eBook name) <h2> (author - cannot be changed) ...
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Why Google Webmaster Tools list HTTP status 303 as crawl error?

There is another interesting question about status 303 and seo here but it does not answer me why status 303 appears now in GWT in the crawl errors section since end of January. In my understanding ...
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Submit example.com/#!/page URLs to Google

On a HTML5 website, there is a single page, index.php . Its code contains other 5 pages. An AJAX navigation is used, so the URL of other page looks like example.com/#!/page_Example. I had tried to ...