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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Benefit of date in URL segments

I was curious about the date in URL segments, is there any SEO point of benefit? For example the following URLs: ...
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Will switching Google Analytics account hurt SEO?

I'm in a situation where my company does not have access to its analytics account nor the account recovery email address. We are concerned about the impact changing accounts will have since this has ...
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Wordpress - Too much information about SEO tags - archives - posts. Which is best?

Point 1: I have a front page which is dynamic because it gets all the latest posts that are rated. The question is: do I have to make these posts an excerpt, because that's better for SEO? Point 2: I ...
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What are the SEO Benefits of adding a Tumblr feed to a website?

A client of ours has a CMS driven Blog in his hotel site - he would like to use the blog to add depth top his site and add SEO benefits relating to the blogs content. The current blog is a basic ...
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Effect of redirection on ranking [duplicate]

I am working as an SEO on my client's domain. I am new to SEO. I need to change the extension of the default page and many other pages from .asp to .html. The website is in the top 10 for many ...
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ASP to HTML - 301 redirects (SEO rankings before and after)

I need to change the extension of the default pages and many other pages like .asp to .html, should I use a 301 redirect? The website is in the top 10 results for many keywords, I don't want to lose ...
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The effect in Google of the word “the” in a URL?

Keywords in your URL are extremely weighted, and I am aware of most bad practices, but the question as to whether the word "the" in a URL, as in www.thewebdesigner.com, is a bad idea or not is very ...
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How to maintain and optimize SEO for multiple store locations with individual websites as subdirectories from a main landing page?

My question is how to maintain and optimize SEO when moving a site from the domain root to a subfolder, creating a second parallel subfolder, and having the domain root be a landing page that allows ...
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301 redirect from a country specific domain

I originally started using a .do domain extension for my site, but later realized that this country specific domain would prevent us from appearing in search results for places outside of the ...
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nofollow links on jQuery interaction

Is it important to use rel="nofollow" on jQuery interaction links? <a href="#" rel="nofollow">jQuery interaction link</a>
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Twitter vs. Facebook vs. Google+ in terms of influence on rankings.

Has anyone tested the effectiveness of social media signals from Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ as applied to influence on search engine rankings? For instance, is it better to have 100 +1's, or 100 ...
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Does browser prefetching have an impact on stats from Google Analytics?

Some pages can be prefetched by the browser (see this or that). If a user uses a browser that prefetches pages, will this be counted by Google Analytics? If there are 5 pages to be prefetched, will ...
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SEO traffic dropped suddenly [closed]

My website was doing relatively very well in terms of SEO, I was getting around 10 000 page impressions and more than a few thousand clicks per day for keywords that other than my brand name. Keywords ...
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Recommendations for redirecting a large website to a new website?

I have a clients website terminating shortly in 2 weeks and being replaced by a new website (new domain) that has already been live for a couple of months. The plan for the 301 redirects was intended ...
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SEO: Using the same image on separate webpages with different 'alt' tags.

If I use same image URL on separate webpages with different alt tags for each, will it have any negative impact on SEO? What is the best practice to utilize the same image on separate webpages?
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Website nomenclature SEO practice involving name and surname

What's better personal website nomenclature as per SEO? [name]-[surname] => dash in between [name][surname] => void in between [name].[surname] => dot in between. something else?
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SEO: Should we split the business subjects into three seperate domains or stay with one?

I have a customer who has a place at the beach with restaurant, weddings area and the beach itself. He asked me from seo aspect if it will be better to have one domain with 3 minisites. Or 3 sites on ...
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SEO penalization after 301 redirect

A client asked to re-do his website entirely. After I finished, I uploaded the new website into a folder of the old one, so the new one is in www.oldwebsite.com/new/. The old has few pages, static ...
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Does Google penalize Wikipedia external links?

Wikipedia external links are all nofollow, so it seems they shouldn't have any effect, negative or positive. But an article that I found online suggested that Google may penalize those external ...
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2013. Do I need to care about HTML entities?

I'm wondering if I should go out of my way and replace all chars like ÜÖÄ on my site. I understand that PHP can get these wrong, but is there an actual reason, why I need to put them out as HTML ...
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Google is displaying “Translate this page” based on a previously registered domain inbound links

I recently started a new project with a newly registered generic tld domain. As soon as Google started indexing the page, it displayed a "translate this page" in SERP's, which tries to translate the ...
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Google Webmaster Tools: Why do I have so many links from my top domain to my subdomain?

I have a subdomain under my top domain as follows: 2index.net quran.2index.net In Google Webmaster Tools, for the subdomain quran.2index.net, I find that the number of links recorded from the top ...
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Why does Google's search results display my home page instead of my target page?

Our ecommerce site www.example.com ranks very high for the search term: "turtle food". The homepage shows up on the 1st page of Google's search results. I found this out by using Google Webmaster ...
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Poor CMS blog vs Tumblr embed

A client of ours has a basic blog that is built into their CMS - its simply a header / image / text field that is updated regularly - the purposes of this is that the manager wants to add weight to ...
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Does an iframe count as a backlink to my domain?

I have the following situation: Iframe case web page www.notMyWebPage.com contains an iframe that points to my domain (the contents of the iframe are loaded from www.myWebPage.com) Link case web ...
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Should I add a trailing slash to my canonical link or not?

I'm just working through some PHP to set up a canonical link for each page on one of my websites and I'm wondering what's the correct link for the home page: Is it: <link rel="canonical" ...
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HTML5 vs HTML4 regarding Search Engine Optimization

We currently have great SEO utilizing HTML4 entities, we are considering utilizing an HTML5 document type but are concerned about the SEO implications. We do not want to risk losing our SEO by ...
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How to prevent duplicate content penalty in this special case

I am building a micro-blogging page where everyone can post about everything and it's shown on some kind of a post-it-wall. Older posts disappear fast (depending how much is posted, of course). ...
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How important is the text on your frontpage for SEO?

I see many cool funky websites these days who have good page rank, but have little to no text on their homepage. It's been my understanding for a while now that search engines parse through your text ...
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Appropriate robots meta for “printer friendly” pages

We have many printer-friendly pages that have a link that adds ?pf=1 to the URL. On the ?pf=1 page would it be better to have noindex,nofollow or noindex,follow. I think that it would be better to ...
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No data in Google Webmaster Tools traffic, content keywords etc

My site has been live and added to Google Webmaster Tools for over a year now. It doesn't have a pile of incoming links, but there are a few I know of. The site receives an average of 200 ...
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Will enclosing an <h1> element inside a <p> element affect SEO?

Is it okay (SEO-wise) to construct the following line as such: <p>These are the best <h1> Cheap Widgets </h1> ever. </p> Wondering if this looks too unnatural for search ...
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How can Google crawl content accessed via filter check-boxes?

I built a website that is divided into many categories. Each page displays the main category, and within that there is a check-box filter (like Amazon and eBay have when searching for items). I want ...
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Problem with Google crawler and cached results

I have a client that has 3 domain names. For the sake of this argument I will call them www.website1.com, www.website2.com and www.website3.com. He used to have a website package with VistaPrint and ...
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Restoring a site (SEO) after 6 months of downtime [duplicate]

I have a site that used to average 200 - 490 unique visitors per day (with about 80% of this coming from organic SEO) in December 2011. I turned it back on in the last week or so, and, (as you would ...
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Debugging reason for specific site sections with significantly low appearance in SERP [duplicate]

I'm experiencing very little exposure for specific sections in my site compared to different sections. Most of my traffic is long-tail queries, in the popular SERP, and non-popular SERP sections. I ...
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What do large review sites do when duplicate content is unavoidable?

Most review sites, for example sites that review games with different platforms, will often have three URL's with identical content, only differing in color schemes, and of course comments. This is ...
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Why would my new WordPress site require a 301 redirect?

I just finished moving a site from localhost to its final domain, and the thing is that the SEO guys is saying I need to make a "301 redirect" from the old site to the new one, but there is no such ...
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The name of my startup returns many search engine results - will using it as a domain name cause problems with SEO?

I've come up with a good name for an online service startup that has the .com, .net and .org domain names available for it, and is also available on most social networks that we care about. The bad ...
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Would changing IP addresses affect my SEO

We're about to change our website from a shared hosting account to run on a VPS, mainly so we have our own resources and control over server settings. An IP address is included with the VPS. What I ...
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To allow or disallow alphabetical content directory pages?

We have a content that publishes fresh content 2-3 times a day. The site has category pages for tags and each alphabet. They both list the title with links to all the content within that category or ...
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Handling pagination, sorting and results per page with SEO-friendly URLs

We have an e-shop which has pagination, sorting, and a 'results per page' limit option. What is the most SEO-friendly approach to structure my URL's? My first thought was: ...
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SEO/link-juice implications of 'www.' links versus links without 'www.'

I remember reading ages ago that it's a good idea to choose either www.domain.com or domain.com as your main URL and then set the other one as a 301 redirect to point to your domain? The reason ...
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CName for static images - will Google crawl?

I am planning to serve images on a CDN using a CNAME: images.mysite.com. I am doing this because CDNname.mysite.com makes ugly URL's and MAY be bad for SEO (debatable). Will Google crawl the ...
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SEO of A/B testing

Let's say I have a production site for my company, and I have a page on it called "ERP" about our company's ERP-related services, and at the bottom of the page, I have a "call to action" sentence, ...
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How many days could google updates my pages titles and contents order [duplicate]

After Google's penguin 2.0 - I call it dracula - my website has lost about 30% or more of its traffic. The following screen shot from my Google's webmaster tools account should demonstrate the ...
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Telling Google that domain.com and domain.us points to the same site

Tell me how should I let Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics know that the site has more than one domain? Does having more than one domain, corrupt SEO?
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For SEO purposes, should I only post articles related to my main site in my blog?

I'm running a site about web hosting. To improve on my SEO, I started a blog under blog.examplehost.com Can I post content related to development and code snippets in my blog? Or should I only post ...
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How to handle duplicate product pages for SEO?

I am using the following URL format to display products: mysite.com/category1/product. Now I am finding certain products fall into more than 1 category and I would like the product to be listed in ...
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Ranking websites in Bing & Yahoo search engines [duplicate]

I'm finding it extremely difficult to rank websites on Bing and Yahoo. When a website ranks well on Google, why is it finding difficulties on Yahoo and Bing? Although the algorithms are different, I ...