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 to ensure visibility for a narrow, non-competitive, non-commercial site

I'm webmaster of a non-commercial site in English. A non-native-English speaker asked me why our site doesn't produce hits in Google searches she conducts for relevant keywords in her native ...
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Need a generic way to create SEO friendly URL

I have searched a lot and implemented many many Regular Expression in my .htaccess file but can not succeed. How do I find a generic way that make my URL SEO friendly? Currently this is in my ...
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Canonical URL in blog post category post listing?

I have a set of categories that each list their own blog posts. I am afraid there might be a problem with duplicate content as the posts move down the pages. Should these subpages include a canonical ...
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Pointing .com and .ca domain names [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Google penalize .me or .tv sites? I have a .com and .ca domain extensions for my business. I have heard that it's better to have .ca for SEO as my business ...
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HTML Lang ISO Code

I have a multi-language site for English and Chinese (Hong Kong). My previous setting for Chinese Hong Kong (zh-hk) had: <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" dir="ltr" lang="zh-hk" ...
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Redisigning an old site, structure change etc

I have an old site built in 2006, it has around 200 pages and 500 pictures. Every single page is of course indexed as well as images. It is very well ranked for targeted keywords and I receive good ...
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Using subdomains or directories for main categories?

I have a website which references places to travel to in the world. Those places are (of course) grouped by countries. Here is an example of an actual URL of my website: ...
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Want Google to index redirect urls

I'm having issues with users who think that Google Search is the address bar. Some of the sites that link to my site use user friendly addresses with 301 redirects to pages that have less friendly ...
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Is it good to buy multiple domains for competitive reasons?

I am attempting to convince the higher ups at my company that spending $55 to renew one domain for a year is bad when they end up having 3-4 domains names for one website. They're reasoning for ...
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Would using AJAX only “Add to Cart” buttons be wise?

I want to AJAX enable all of my "Add To Cart" buttons because search engine bots are indexing these and not paying attention to my robots file or site map. I just don't want to lose potential ...
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Can copying site content for a mobile version of the site impact SEO?

I am thinking about copying our content (text content especially) from our main site (eg: example.com) to the mobile version of the site (eg: m.example.com or example.com/m). What are the SEO side ...
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Recovery from URL structure change?

in July this year, we have changed the URL structure of the website from: Post: domain.com/blog/post/986/dance/heart-beats-dance-video-by-chinatsu/ Category: domain.com/blog/index/cosplay/ ...
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When will my old page stop appearing on Google? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Old pages still appearing in Google? I recently bought a new address for my Blogger blog, from yannbane.blogspot.com to www.yannbane.com. However, www.yannbane.com ...
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SEO pagination link title

I have pagination links like so: <a href="?page=2" rel="next">2</a> Now when searching google google link to this page is 2, as you see here (google link). Does adding a title to ...
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HTML snapshotting services

Are there any services out there that will trap Googlebot and serve a html snapshot, rendered by an actual browser, of your website? This is pretty much needed if you want to implement the ajax ...
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Webmaster Tools show the “Total Indexed” number to be zero

I recently switched my domain from yannbane.blogspot.com to www.yannbane.com, and added my new domain to my Webmaster Tools account. After a few days, I went there and checked the data, and I was a ...
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Changing my domain name - need a checklist

I have a web site currently with say 'a.com', with a quite good Google rankings and a hit rate. Now due to some change in business needs I need to change my domain name to 'b.com'. Can you provide ...
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Handling SEO for Infinite pages that cause external slow API calls

I have an 'infinite' amount of pages in my site which rely on an external API. Generating each page takes time (1 minute). Links in the site point to such pages, and when a users clicks them they are ...
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browse-able hierarchy vs. sitemap

The current site navigation is done through a search form. UX wise, I feel it's the best solution we can currently offer our uses. Because this is the case, I have a sitemap that covers all the pages ...
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Can I use a list of blog ping services for a portal?

I'm setting up a list of ping services for a portal. It has a blog, forum, articles, restaurants, hotels and many other information, so it is far beyond a blog. I have a list of standard ping ...
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How do I get the root index page to redirect to a subdirectory without affecting SEO?

I am reviving/reorganising my personal WordPress blog. It's using a URL that looks like this: http://mydomain.com/blog The webserver 301 redirects www.mydomain.com to mydomain.com. I want to use ...
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Do twitter links adversely affect SEO?

I had planned on making a page according to a specific theme using content populated from the Twitter search API. With the new display requirements, I see I am obliged to include hash links, twitter ...
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Duplicate content appearing for multi lingual sites

I have a site which has a default url say "http://www.blahblah.com/" (which is default in english language). In my site there is support for multi languages. I am having few links at my home page say ...
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Is 301 redirect sufficient to solve WWW and HTTP/S duplication?

I was reading about this article - SEO preference for WWW or HTTP:// protocol redirection? Do www websites rank better than NON-www? I have same problem but I needed a help on this further. What ...
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Should I have seperate business and personal websites?

I have my business website - I am a web designer and developer, and also buy/sell websites/domain names. As such my website links to 'Our sites' => the websites which we design and run as well as a ...
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SEO impact of using <small> tag in <h1>

Twitter bootstrap uses <small> tag within <h1>. What is the SEO impact of this? Will the text content in the <small> tag get equal importance? Here is an example (see the ...
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Subdomains vs. subdirectory – status as of 2012.

This following question by Jeff was in 2010 and I wanted to check how things have changed in the past 2 years. My problem: I run a site with most of the content distributed to subdomains that’s are ...
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My website not getting any traffic, How to get traffic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I increase the traffic to my site? I have done pretty nice SEO of my website , the website is made in php , anyone can submit article and the submitted articles ...
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Google suddenly only indexes https and not http

So all of a sudden, searches for our site "radiotuna" give out the result as an HTTPS link. ...
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Does having a Google “stop word” in a domain name have less SEO benefit than not having it?

Let me explain. Let's say my keyword I want to optimize is "green giraffes". But the domain greengiraffes.com (singular, plural, no hyphen, hyphen, etc.) is not available. I know that the search ...
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multilingual mobile site and google seo [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I structure my urls for both SEO and localization? What's the preferred SEO compliance for a mobile website that is multilingual ? I have - web: en: ...
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How should I handle search engines auto-correcting the spelling of a site's name?

A client's site and company is called 'Tranin Communications' (Tranin is her last name). It ranks well in searches for her name but rather poorly in searches for the name of her site/company. I ...
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SEO: Make hashtag links look static

So I have a website which displays all my content vertically. (like modern websites often do these days). Thus I can't create static links to each section. I'm currently handling the scrolling with ...
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Content Optimization only?

There are tons of discussions around tips&tricks to improve Search Engines "ranking" and SEOs. If I concentrate only on the content* of the website will there be consequences on the pages' rank ...
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Do extra words in url affect SEO?

Often for technical reasons we end up with some extra words in a url that we would not want to optimize for as they would have no bearing on the content. Examples would be: ...
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Forum vs Q&A system

I would like to know what are the parameters that I have to take into consideration before deciding whether I should incorporate to a website a "Q&A system" or a traditional forum ? I think ...
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Adding your website to free web directories as a link building strategy

It's been two months since I've launched a website. I recently ran into some websites which list directories of other websites. Some examples of the web directories can be found at web-directories.ws. ...
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Advantages of country TLD vs. .com

I want to get a domain for my site. The site's topic would be about Vienna, but the content will be in English. I was thinking, if I should get .com domain or .at domain. .at is both much cheaper ...
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Is Google Analytics Part Of Google's Search Engine Algorithm

I was wondering if anyone knows if Google uses the data it receives from Google Analytics to help determine a websites SERP (Search Engine Rank Position). For example, if my website is getting 1000 ...
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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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can canonical links be used to make 'duplicate' pages unique?

We have a website that allows users to list items for sale. Think ebay - except we don't actually deal with selling the item, we just list it for sale and provide a way to contact the seller. Anyhow, ...
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Will google get upset if I have incomplete pagination links?

For technical reasons (this would be really hard to do given the software that I'm using), I am only able to generate rel=prev links and not rel=next links (those links tell google what page they are ...
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will main domains be more seo friendly than subdomains?

Web hosting providers offer services such as hosting multiple domains in one account. Then my concern is about seo friendliness. say the main domain of my account is maindomain.com on which I have ...
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how long after a 301 redirect can i cancel my old site

I have .com website which I don't want to use anymore (for a variety of reasons). I want to redirect the entire site to a .net domain with a 301 redirect. After how long can I cancel my .com domain ...
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url naming convention for improved seo and page rank [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best stucture of SEO friendly URL? Using url rewriting methods, what is a better way to organize the structure of the URLs of your website for SEO and user ...
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To have multiple sites with similar content on the same server but different IPs?

I have 7 different sites on the same dedicated server. Two major sites have different IPs, and 5 small share the same IP. About first 2 they have similar content, but not the same. Basically ...
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One page website SEO - Can Google show multiple entries that jump to the relevant section? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to SEO a Single-Page website A client wants a content-heavy one page Wordpress website, with scroll-to navigation. And they want it search engine optimised :) I ...
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One website two CMS

I have a business with two products, lets say boat engines and car engines. Direct from the home page one can click on either cars engines or boat engines. The subpages of each section are then not ...
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How do Search Engines Segment Against Locale?

Assume I run a multi-lingual website. If I had a Spanish section, it should be included in Spanish-segmented search engines such as Google Spain Google Peru Google El Salvador and excluded in the ...
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Understanding the Google “show map of” feature

I noticed that the "show map of" link has recently popped up in the Google listings of some of my projects. I searched on the net to understand the mechanics behind this feature, but I couldn't find ...