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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After some downtime, most of my site ranks normally in Google, but one subsection stopped ranking. What is happening there and how can I change it? [closed]

Bing ranks me normally. There are no spam measures taken against my site (I asked them). All urls stayed the same. It's been about 2 months
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Why won't Webmaster Tools let me set a preferred domain? (says to verify, but it should already be)

I've got a domain that I apparently forgot to set a preferred domain for, so I just tried to do it. Webmaster Tools instead popped up a little box: Part of the process of setting a preferred ...
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Official Google 10 minutes SEO video and page related terms [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How bad is it to use display: none in CSS? According to this link, one should add some terms related to the page content. I am adding the text like: <div ...
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When entered into Google, what's the difference between “link:www.mysite.com” and “links:www.mysite.com”?

I've heard this is the way to measure inbound links to a website? What is the difference between the two and is there a better way besides these?
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SEO Team in a fix [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase a site's position in Google? I am getting a educational website developed by dedicated developers. I have a SEO team as well. We ...
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How should I fix the problem of duplicate content created by my CMS system's manual page alias feature?

My site’s CMS has a manual page alias feature which is in wide use. I recently noticed that the aliased pages and the original pages are showing up in GA with separate traffic. For example: ...
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Analyse reasons for Sudden Drop in Traffic [closed]

My site www canada updates dot com (remove spaces) had decent traffic till a month ago and now it has dropped to about 1/3rd. I would be thankful if any one could help and analyse giving exact reasons ...
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Approx 52% of Google SERP clicks goes to slots 1-10, but where do the other 48% go?

I have been pouring over some various figures whilst putting together CTR / cost / earning calculations for ad runs I'm about to start, however I've been missing some, of what I think are, key base ...
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Google indexed my home page incorrectly: How can I fix it?

I finished my website and launched it, I think I had a problem with my robots.txt - so I changed it to look like this: 03/08/2012 # Allows all bots Sitemap: http://www.mysite.co.za/sitemap.xml ...
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SEO in what element text should be placed?

I am making my web better for SEO and I came up with question: in what element text should be placed? <p></p> <span></span> <div></div> I know that I should use ...
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Do iFrames hurt SEO - looking for clarification… [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do we still need to avoid using frame/iframe for good SEO? I know this question if floating around the internet all over the place, and generally the answer is "yes" - ...
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How to optimize website for SEO when content is accessed via one search field

We are developing a website (sort of information index for companies) where almost all content is accessed via one search field (similar to Google): you type a search phrase, get results and then can ...
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Forbid content in google results summary

I put a professional directory project online since few weeks, Google has started to index some pages but i just noticed a flaw in the design of the pages. Each page have an adress, some content and ...
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Migrating from a wordpress.com to wordpress.org blog without harming SEO

I've had a Wordpress.com weblog for 3 years. And its pages have a good pagerank and are shown in first search results pages. Because of the limitations, I should migrate to my own WordPress. How to ...
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same blog post link appearing in different tag pages

I have each blog post tagged with different terms. Each term page lists the tagged post link, so that the link may appear more than once. How does that affect my SEO?
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Amazon S3 Anti-Hotlinking Technique: Is it bad for SEO?

The technique is proposed by Amit Agarwal. He serves an HTML file through Amazon S3 for hotlinked image requests, providing a backlink to his own website. Would this have a negative effect on image ...
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How to tell Google to stop crawling my website via IP?

After a database server migration, I've noticed that GoogleBot started getting errors when trying to crawl my site. The reason seems to be that it is hitting my site via IP address (and due to my ...
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How to remove thousands of URLs from Google cache?

Google has cached 1000s of PDFs from my website which shouldn't be public. I have updated my headers, but need to remove the existing Quick View cache. The Google webmaster tool allows me to remove ...
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Companies that provide SEO solutions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase a site's position in Google? I've seen a lot of those companies around, saying that they could improve my website's ranking in ...
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Did what I can to keep my website SEO friendly, yet newer websites are ranked better? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase a site's position in Google? I have a website that gives information about weddings, My site has been up for almost two years now, ...
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Google Webmaster Tools suddenly shows 1379 crawl errors

Just checking GWT today and it's suddenly showing 1,379 crawl errors (404) but for the most non-sensical URL's that don't exist, for example... www.example.com/services/newsletters/services/contact ...
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Why isn't my site showing on google.com but it's on top of another local Google search results? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out why my site doesn't show up on google.com (from the United States). Even if I search for the domain name (mysitename.com) on google.com, the site doesn't show up. The only way ...
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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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Challenging nameserver problem

I really appreciate you reading this. I have spent close to 6 months putting my soul into creating my first ruby on rails app, and now my site is all buggered up SEO-wise and I'm really bummed. I'm ...
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How long does it take for Google Webmaster Tools to notice links that have been removed?

In order to comply better with Google's guidelines, we've gone to a lot of effort to remove links to our website. However, sites that no longer link to us still show up in our Google Webmaster Tools. ...
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How to secure robots.txt file?

I would like for User-agents to index my relative pages only without accessing any directory on my server. As initial thought, i had this version in mind: User-agent: * Disallow: */* Sitemap: ...
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Competing against the same business name in search results

A client of mine had an acrimonious split with their business partner. My client owns the legal business entities but unfortunately the other partner has the server/domain details. The other partner ...
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How can one keep an ecommerce site active?

So, you build an e-commerce site, all your products are on there, but then very little changes which obviously causes your site to become less active, and ultimately not ranking as highly in search ...
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Sub domain or sub-folder? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do subdomains help/hurt SEO? In terms of SEO is there any advantages/disadvantages to using a sub-domain over a sub-folder: www.mysite.com/company company.mysite.com
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In terms of SEO, is it better to have a URL broken down by folder, or with dashed names?

I am creating a friendly url interpreter for my website. I have read dozens of similar topics on this site, but none that seem to address my particular situation. What I want to know is if it's ...
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How to inform search engines that my site support multilanguages?

The website i am working on is translated to 8 languages (English, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hindi, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese). Each time the user select a language, the URL stays the same as ...
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What is best for SEO: 2 domain names or 2 sites under same domain?

I have a site www.product.com and another site www.productblogg.com. The content is different on the 2 sites but they "talk" about the same product. and... the www.productblogg.com use a ...
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WordPress feeds not indexing in webmaster tools

I don't have much experience about webmaster tools, i just know the basic of the webmaster, and i am not from SEO background, but i just want to know that: Why my blog's RSS Feeds not indexing from ...
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Google Traffic Decline

Below is a chart which shows traffic from Google for a new website. What could be the reason for those dynamics: fast growth and slow decline? https://www.dropbox.com/s/xmv3kd3q0l2iyaa/traffic.png
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How is relevance of results on froogle determined?

I have a client who sells shoes, and is included on froogle. However, results are quite skewed for other stuff when I do a search for their name on froogle: ...
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How does Google detect duplicate content?

have a quick question about duplicate content. How does google work this all out? In that on my pages I have a form on each page with the same bit of text explaining it, is this going to count against ...
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when optimising for a “location” based term, are links from the countries tld worth more?

When optimizing for a term such as "bike shop london", do links from .co.uk and .com.uk domains carry more weight? ie. Would a link from a identical in every aspect apart from TLD be worth less in ...
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User-agent identification and SEO crawler database

I am requested to analyze the traffic log of a site. In particular I have to identify the crawlers starting from the collected user agent values. I know there are 'trap' links that you can use to ...
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How do websites get extra information in Google results? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get Google to show links to my site hierarchy in search results? On Stack Overflow and many other websites, I've noticed there is some extra information under ...
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How to optimize image in Google search if it is a background?

I have many images, and for a pretty view and better css control I mark them up as <div style="background:url('image-url') no-repeat center center transparent; overflow:hidden; ...
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What is better with 3 languages: domain-lang.org x 3, domain.org/lang or lang.domain.org? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I structure my urls for both SEO and localization? I have three domains for similar content in three languages. One in each. I have now been told that the ...
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Which is better: Inbound links to a single site or spread over multiple sites?

If I have 1000 external links with 50 distinct keywords, is it better to direct them all at one site or 10 different sites? The numbers are just examples.
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Will loading meta tags dynamically from a database hurt the site?

I have a website (ASP.NET MVC) which has its contents mainly in Sinhala language. So the search engines will list my site only when someone searches for Sinhala words. But,I need to list my site's ...
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How to handle URLs with diacritic characters

I am wondering how to handle URLs which correspond to strings containing diacritic (á, ǚ, ´...). I believe what we're seeing mostly are URLs where diacritic characters where converted to their closest ...
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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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Why does google crawl my page only once even I set changefreq:daily?

I have built a new site, submitted my homepage URL to Google, and my sitemap(I have about 6,300 pages.). Now when I type site:mydomain.com, there have 1,992 pages have crawled. But they were all ...
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Why is honest cloaking for Ajax considered bad practice? [closed]

Ajax-only websites are laden with many problems. Search engine invisibility is merely a small problem. They are also unbookmarkable and unlinkable and they break the functionality of back- and ...
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Will using the production domain for testing/developing affect SERP rankings?

I have been working on a blog via wordpress that was setup through my hosting account for a while now. I currently have a plugin called, "Restricted Site Access 4.0 for WordPress" that displays a ...
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Forwarding — ok for SEO, or should I reinstall WordPress at the forwarded domain?

If my main market is UK, and I have both: mydomain.co.uk and: mydomain.com and I want to market the site using the .co.uk domain and I only have one set of content -- one website, that I want to ...
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Does using spaces in a URL affect SEO?

When creating URLs for my website I need to use a space, for example http://mydomain.com/start home I've seen some sites using + or -, what are the advantages of using space, + and - (dashes) in SEO? ...