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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Site set up for SEO from creation

I heard an SEO guy talk about a site he is seeing good results for, but that site was set up for SEO from its creation. I presume this is not on page optimisation related since the context was ...
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Site migration using new and old subdomains and SEO impact

I'd greatly appreciate a response on the following question relating to site migration and SEO impact. Here's some background on how my domain name and site is currently configured: My domain name ...
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Google Adsense before/above article in Wordpress: SEO problem?

I have set a banner before my article / content in Wordpress on my single.php. Will this be a problem if we look at it in SEO terms? So that Google can't crawl my article or crawl it less good because ...
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Where does Google get the description text from when it's not in the page body?

The tutorial I am reading claims that the description of a web page (the little blurb google does about your site when you see it as a result in a search) is stored in a metadata tag as so: ...
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If not H1 tags, what can be used? [duplicate]

I have more than 10 different topics on my homepage. The titles are all wrapped around h1 tags. I've heard so much about how bad it is to have multiple h1 tags on a page, that I wonder if this will ...
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Should I use a subdomain or subdirectory for a Q & A forum section of a site?

I run a coupons and deals website in a niche market, and I'm in the process of adding a questions and answers section to it. Based on my research, I found popular websites that use either ...
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SEO - how to determine if a link if strong or not?

I know most people want links from sites which are PR8 or PR7 and that is sort of the holy grail of SEO. But it occurred to me that Twitter is a PR-8 site. But if I tweet a link, I don't think it ...
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Best way to handle query string params no longer used [duplicate]

A client's SEO "expert" has recently asked us to redirect hundreds of URLs to the home page but we're not sure if her request is the best way of going about it. Here's the situation: The clients ...
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Does Google penalize websites only in Google Image search?

I re-built a Flash website into an AJAX-based website, which generates all its content from JSON data using AJAX. It's a photography website and Google's Image Search is important for this site. But ...
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Avoiding crawl time for noindex pages

I have pages with noindex in robots meta tag (specifically inner site search results pages). Because my site has many pages and Google hasn't crawled them all and I'm trying to help his crawler focus ...
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Is it ok to use a custom short domain for sharing third-party links?

I use a custom short domain which is a subdomain of my main domain, for sharing my website. I would like to know if this is legally ok to use a custom short domain for sharing third-party links, also ...
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301 for many domains

We have a main website for a big company, let's say www.tartempion.com. We bought about 60 domain names (let's say www.tartempion.org, www.tartempion.se but also www.strangename.net), mainly to ...
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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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Product name in breadcrumb even if duplicate?

I have a breadcrumb like this: Clothes > Shoes > Paciotti > Cesare Cesare is the name of the product, which is also present as a title. Wouldn't it be better to remove the product name ...
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Why old (301) links stay on Google when breaking site down to multiple domains

Some background: We did have single site and single domain (let's call it mainsite.com) with product information, however things have changed since and product database has grown fast. So we decided ...
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Putting (WordPress) tags in <footer> tag, good for SEO or not?

I am using tags for my posts on my WordPress site. The content of my post is set in <article> tags, which is fine and now, I want to put the author link and tags in a <footer> tag, but I ...
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Will these type of 403 errors affect my ranking?

Let's say I have a directory that has a 403 forbidden error for all of the content in it, however a few of the images in its subdirectories return a normal 200 status. Will this fact affect my ...
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Can thousands of backlinks from the same site harm PageRank?

I just noticed that one particular site has almost 7000 backlinks linking back to our website. The site is something like a news aggregator and for each post they created around 20 (sometimes much ...
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Redirecting non existing post to homepage; is that good for SEO? [duplicate]

I am checking my website out on Google Webmasters and I am seeing an astonishing 5000 links that could not be found by Google's Crawlers. That's normal, because my website is built in a manner that ...
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Is a Tumblr blog on my site good for SEO? [duplicate]

I have a Tumblr blog on my "news" page on my website so if I keep this updated regularly will this improve my SEO and should I link it to my Facebook and Twitter?
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how to fix bad seo after being hacked

About a year ago my wordpress website was hacked & some company decided to go nuts and actually do some "SEO" on the various links it created. Some of the pages would show up on google as "payday ...
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How to add a holding page in front of a domain

I have set up a holding page to announce a new version of a website coming soon. I wanted people to still be able to access the original site, so my approach was to place the holding page in the root ...
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SEO for german website - can I use senukeX? [closed]

I'm going to use senukeX to go to the top with small german website... the problem is -> it's in german and wordpress, social bookmarks, wikis in Senuke are in english. Does it matter?
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Optimize SEO: 2 websites or 1 main website and subdomain? [duplicate]

I'm working on a WordPress website of a little company, let say: www.xxx.com. Now they want a different website for their workshops. What is the most optimal construction thinking of SEO? 1) ...
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Is URL without HTTP a hyperlink for SEO?

In my spam check I don't accept comments which contain a http:// or https://. But many spam I'm getting are specifying this in HTML: <a href="www.example.com" ..... Can this link be considered ...
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Adding a list of “recent articles” affects SEO

We have a site which has a sidebar with sections (or "widgets" if you like) showing stuff like "Recent Articles", "Other Articles by this User", "Similar Articles" etc. The issue is, Google seems to ...
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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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Getting a lot of '/_' errors from webmaster tools [closed]

I'm using a WordPress site and I thought I got all the kinks out of it. For some reason Webmaster Tools is crawling my website and showing a lot of 404 errors which are from /_ like additional pages ...
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Should I use rel=index or rel=contents in this instance?

I’m creating an MMA website. There’s the home page, there’s a fighters section whose index page lists fighters in the organisation, and then each fighter has a profile page. The URL structure is like ...
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Best way to prevent Google from indexing a directory [duplicate]

I've researched many methods on how to prevent Google/other search engines from crawling a specific directory. The two most popular ones I've seen are: Adding it into the robots.txt file: Disallow: ...
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URL structure for content that is updated daily

A small, simple site I am working on displays a single page with the day's best offers on it. The user is able to move back and forth between previous days. Which of the following URL structures works ...
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Google index iframes on Facebook fan pages? (Hole website content)

I have a fairly simple question that I've tried to get help from the guys on the Google Webmaster Help Q&A site but so far no joy so hopefully someone here can provide me with the information I'm ...
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If a conflicting rel=“nofollow dofollow” is parsed (in that order) which takes precedence?

If a conflicting rel="nofollow dofollow" is parsed (in that order) which takes precedence? The background of this question is that I am encountering a situation where interestingly I can set a ...
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I have this message: This site doesn't have keywords meta tag!

I have this message: your site doesn't have keywords meta tag! What does that means?
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Meta description or title for post contents

I have a site that has posts without titles. You can think of them as being a lot like Twitter tweets. Should I put the post contents in the <title> tag or the meta description tag? If I put ...
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SEO - Delimiter character for page title

I have noticed a few oddities recently with the titles of web pages in SERPs. However, it seems there are several main conventions: Contact Page - Joe Schmoe's Awesome Site // &#045; Hyphen ...
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Could multiple uses of the same keywords in image alt attributes hurt SEO?

Let's say on an e-commerce site that sells unique pens, on a particular pen's product page, the image of the pen has an alt attribute value of "unique red-striped pen"... and another product has ...
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how do we organize our site's (navigation) pages in Google search? [duplicate]

Is there a HTML technique for organizing my site's main pages in Google (navigation)? Or is it made by a Google's specific tool for creating a result layout like in this picture? Look at the ...
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Referring keywords for internal site search users?

For visitors that used my site's internal search function, where in Google Analytics can I see the Google searches (organic and paid) they landed on my site with?
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LocalBusiness Rich Snippet vs Organization Rich Snippet

I need a clear explanation on the difference between the LocalBusiness Rich Snippet and the Organization Rich Snippet. Is it ok to put both snippets in one site? When is it best to use each of these ...
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How to change Google results

I've made a website for a client. I've used WordPress. The problem is, that when you type the page's name in Google, you get two results: Comments for [pagename] Sample page (the one that ...
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How can I check Page Authority & Domain Authority for multiple sites at the same time? [closed]

I am looking for a web tool that can check more than one site at a time for both Page Authority & Domain Authority. Please let me know if there is such a tool.
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SEO implications of blocking users viewing more than X pages

I'm considering the option to block non-premium users after viewing more than X pages. This basically means blocking the content after a fixed amount of pageviews per session. I can either: Keep ...
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Google rich snippets not showing in SERP but was detected in Webmaster Tools

My rich snippets don't show in Google SERPs but Google Webmaster Tools detected that I have more than 2 thousand pages that shows my rich snippets. I can see the snippets at Google rich snippets ...
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Are icon fonts bad for SEO?

Instead of using <img> tags for your icons, you can use icon fonts on <span> tags (which offer some advantages such as not having to create a sprite, being able to scale icons up/down ...
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What is the proper SEO way to add and remove links to our site and sitemap?

As content fluctuates on our site, we will obviously add the titles to the new pages to our sitemap, and link list for search engine indexing. Through time, certain links will become less relevant, ...
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What could have caused a large traffic drop from Google in early May?

I have a website (www.equispot.com) that has been indexed for almost 2 years in Google. I managed to get myself on the first page (average position 6-8) on Google for my target keyword of "horses for ...
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Is using keywords without comma in title tag wrong in a SEO point of view?

On the <title> tag of one of my webpages I used keywords without comma. Is thist wrong in a SEO point of view?
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Does similar Titles considered duplicates relating to SEO

I have built a testing service and I wonder if I should be concerned that search engines will consider similar titles as duplicates. For example: Some URLs title can be differed from others by only ...
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Profile website - main site appears in SERPs, but profiles do not

I run a site with user profiles and while the main site is ranking, none of the profiles are. I know that the profiles don't have any backlinks yet, but I've noticed that my profile on a competing ...