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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Is “no-index” necessary with extensive, white-labeled syndication?

For the purposes of this discussion, consider the following scenario: You have written a fair amount of quality, unpublished content that third-party websites wish to license from you and white-label ...
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Do invisible headings that aid accessibility harm SEO?

On most websites, I use headings on a page (typically H2) for distinct sections – not only within the main content, but also for sections such as "Section navigation", "Page tools", "Footer". (Usually ...
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Slugs: are human-friendly or SEO-friendly URLs better?

Well, I have a co-worker (actually my superior) who often sets his articles' slugs to expected / relevant search terms such as: keywordA-keywordB-keywordC-keywordD-keywordE I usually make mine ...
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Coming Soon Pages & SEO

I am setting up my personal website, and I have designed a simple "Coming Soon / Under Construction" page which basically has nothing but a small notice for the users. What kind of SEO can I make on ...
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What do you know about how google/search engines see's/crawls PDF files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do search engines crawl PDFs and if so are there any rules to follow when making them I have done this PDF's for online purposes and now they sometime appear in some ...
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Filter combinations as indexable pages: good or bad for SEO?

I'm building a site based on tags for navigation (not a tree structure). My idea was to create a unique URL representing a unique combination of tags. The problem is that the sum of every ...
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Best semantic structure & SEO optimised approach for image replacement for badges?

In the past, I extensively used CSS image replacement techniques for SEO purposes and to separate presentation from content. But from my reading of the Google Webmaster guidelines and other ...
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Stop searches showing tld domain sites appearing as subdirectory of main holding site domain?

I'm not sure if this is a problem specific to how my hosting is structured or not. Let's say the main domain for my account is maindomain.com (for purpose of discussion) I am building other sites, ...
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SEO Keywords Blogging in Company Site

I have a question about how to develop SEO contents based on keywords. Let's say I have 10 keywords I want to rank so I began writing articles for those 10 keywords on my blog. However, there is only ...
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Do quotation marks have any effect on the search engine robots?

I have a blog called The Fall Journey and it is about a series of trips that I intend to do that are based on the filming locations from The Fall movie. Unfortunately, a lot of people mistake the ...
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How to redirect pages during the maintenance to home page?

I have IIS 7 website. I need to redirect users during maintenance time to home page from other sub pages within site. for example if user request http://www.mysite.com/products/234 I need system ...
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Dofollow nofollow doindex noindex (menus)

Is it OK if I put in one menu some of the links nofollow and some of the links dofollow? I wouldn't want to put on all of the links the same attribute. The idea is that I would like to put dofollow ...
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Why am I getting far less traffic than the Google Keywords traffic estimate suggests?

I identified a search term that is quotes as having millions of global searches per month on Google keywords tool. Local searches also account for a large chunk of that. It was a long term goal to ...
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Address microdata for search engines using schema.org

So I'm trying to mark up some microdata using a combination of the contact vcard microformat and the microdata format for places from: http://schema.org/Place I'd love to do both at once, but I ...
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Temporary redirect to another website

I'm thinking during maintenance time at my website instead of showing "Maintenance Page" redirect to the same idea site. It takes some time up to 1 hour And I'm thinking to use temporary redirect. ...
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Can anyone recommened some up to date documentation on SEO [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase your site's position in Google? I havnt done this for a while and know that search engines are more clever now. Does anyone know ...
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Google Site SEO after domain mapping change

I have a google site https://sites.google.com/a/fractalsystems.org/buuf-decisions/ which used to be mapped http://buuf.fractalsystems.org Since stripping away that mapping SEO has not changed and it ...
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A page for each product variation or one page with multiple options?

The website that I work on sells a car related products. Many products will fit 20-100 cars. Currently each car is listed as a separate 'product'. This works very well on eBay, but I think the large ...
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Does same domain name, but with multiple extensions (com,org…) help for page rank?

Here's my (short) story: I've made a website for a customer that didn't pay me. He bought a lot of domains: http://groupesynergies.com/ http://groupesynergies.fr/ and so on. Thanks to my work, he ...
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Anchor link structured website & SEO [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to SEO a Single-Page website My client wants to have a website similar to this one. I think that this concept could really work well as a simple presentation of ...
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Friendly URLs: is there a max length for search engines?

People from stackoverflow have been working closely with google team to help them make the panda algorithm more efficient, so I guess they've learned a lot from the google team. Thus they may have ...
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How to control what appears on google search results?

So I have just built a site and all is well... but I want to control what appears on google search results. Lets say I google for "thefwa", first what comes is the link to www.thefwa.com, then ...
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Is it a good idea always bold or italic keywords for SEO?

Is it a good idea always bold or italic keywords in the page contents for SEO (Google)? (not programmatically, but in the most of cases, near the totality)
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What determines SiteLinks with search bar vs SiteLinks with no search bar?

Hi all whenever I type w3schools in Google, this is what is displayed: I believe that these things are called Google Sitelinks. I was wondering why is it that some sitelinks have a search bar ...
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Is there an alternate resource similar to Mozscape by SEOmoz?

I was wondering if there is an alternate (free or paid) resource similar to SEOmoz's Linkscape (now Mozscape) where the entire web is indexed and a website's entire link profile is scraped and ...
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Ideal word count per web page?

Are there any kind of standard word limit's based on SEO for web pages? I've read around and I've seen advice saying that pages should aim to be no more than 500 words to maximise the SEO benefits. ...
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SEO - Is it right that only 20% of visitors come on the homepage?

few days ago I was discussing with a xoogler about percentage of people incoming on a website, and how many of them really come on the homepage. He said that in a website that has been studied well ...
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how to deal with URLs containing lot of spammy keywords?

I'm writing a big index of documents and I'm dealing with URLs as example I will use the car industry: somesite.com/manifacturer-mazda_model-miata_engine-1600cc_gas_color-red_hard-top-spider_[[A LOT ...
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How can I optimize a business site to rank well in local search for multiple cities?

I live in an area where there are two cities of 60-90k people adjacent to each other. Due to Google's apparent emphasis on physical location of a business when it comes to SERPs for local queries, it ...
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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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Can a Google Penalty affect other sites with same owner, and how not to be recognized as the owner

i have a website with some pretty good ranking and SEO that I don't want to hurt, I have an SEO consultant that is working on it and I know he doesn't do any black-hat stuff. Now I'm launching a new ...
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Site got taken out of the search engines almost entirely

I have a new site (just over 3 months old) and after a month or so, it started ranking for some searches in Google. Then suddenly after 2 months, boom, no traffic coming from search other than when ...
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complex heading tags: should I avoid them? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why should we use tags like p, span, hx tags when we can use CSS instead? Do you think that is actual difference between, as example <h1> <span ...
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Will it harm my ranking to resubmit links to my site after permanently redirecting to a new domain name?

Ok so i have site1.com and site2.com, and i want to move from 1 to 2 with "Change of adress" 301 redirects .. etc. Now i submited site1.com in a lot of websites/blogs, so i have a decent amount of ...
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How to allow nonsense characters as web url for example: & * Ö :: and more

I have a database which contain many name with combination of those characters. Once i will reload them, they will become public web url. So that visitor if open this url (its valid??): ...
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Adaptive websites - considered keyword stuffing by Googlebot? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Adaptive websites - considered keyword stuffing by Googlebot? I work on a SEO-dependent content website, and we are in the process of making our site adaptive/responsive ...
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Adaptive websites - considered keyword stuffing by Googlebot?

I work on a SEO-dependent content website, and we are in the process of making our site adaptive/responsive. More technically, we are using CSS media queries to apply different CSS styles as the size ...
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Does this SEO practice have a name and is it “cloaking”?

So I Google search for a dictionary term, and none of the sites' Google snippets actually defines that term. Instead they are presented in this format: Here's the actual page it links to from The ...
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Webhost ads say they will “Promote your site to search engines”. What do they really do?

In several webhost commercials, ads, and benefits charts theres sometimes a feature where they will promote or advertise your site to search engines. Usually its part of the package but sometimes they ...
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Why, on StackExchange sites, is the post title on the question page a link to itself?

It may look like a question for meta.stackoverflow.com, but I'd like to know if this decision has something to do with SEO or if this improve the user experience somehow. It's a link to the same page ...
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Migrating a national website to an international version

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this. I have a Persian web service (online diaries): 31shab.com and it's been operating successfully for a year, and we've decided to create an ...
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Can a sitemap index file list sitemaps in a different directory?

If I have a sitemap index, can the sitemaps listed in the index be located in a subdirectory, but have links that isn't specific to the subdirectory? I'm trying to avoid having multiple sitemaps in ...
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Embed content, iFrame or load via JavaScript?

I have to load remote content in several sites and I'd like to know which is the best technique. I know I can go trough an <iframe> but it isn't SEO friendly. I want the content to be found and ...
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SEO for Dynamic website

For static websites, I always made a Sitemap.xml file and submitted it to search engines like google, bing etc. But now, I have made a website in Asp.net MVC which has 3 dynamic pages which yields ...
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Huge drop in indexed pages [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why the # of indexed pages got dicreased? My site's indexed pages drop every now and then. It suddenly drops from ~800.000 to ~20.000 pages, along with a huge drop in ...
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Ranking in Google for New Sites

I have a 3-months old site. I have been doing decent SEO for it. I have just 1 or 0 people visiting the site from Google and its concerning me. Is there some wait period before sites start to rank? ...
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Sitemap tool fails to find all URLs in my site

I added my url to Google http://www.google.com/addurl.html I added a meta tag with description and keywords I added it in Google web master tools and submit the site map There is no any robots in my ...
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Google is not indexing the entirety of my site [duplicate]

I require google to index the entirety of my site: 10 or so basic sections with 80,000+ individual job offer pages. However, to date, only 2,900 pages have been indexed by google. I'd like to know ...
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Backlinks within noscript tags

I know that search engines index the content between noscript tags, but I was wondering if it is an acceptable method (as far as Google etc are concerned) to include a backlink to your website inside ...
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Google Webmaster Tools Errors 400 and 405

What action does Google's crawler take for errors 400 and 405? Looks like few months ago I had a bug, and a few pages available only for signed in users were indexed by Google. Right now all these ...