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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Recovery from accidental noindex of site

I've recently noticed that an entire site I manage had been set to noindex for about 3 weeks. This has caused the entire site to be completely dropped from Google's index (searching "site:" and then ...
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meta robots for logged in vs. not logged in users

On a site I'm working on, The homepage has generic content for visitors who aren't logged in. When a user is logged in, the content shown is personalized to them and could even be considered private. ...
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Does Google Analytics Content Drilldown Mix Pages With Directories in Results?

I didn't set up this GA account and therefore don't have my custom setup that breaks the numbers up better. I just want to verify I'm looking at this correctly. On the Content > Site Content > ...
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Content blocks on dedicated pages rather than listed on one page

I am doing a web site for a client. The descriptions for all his services are rather short and precise so I decided to put them all (about 10 of them) on one page and have a sticky menu in the sidebar ...
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Tell Google to ignore parts of website [duplicate]

For example - comments. I mean, REALLY ignore. How can I do this? The problem is that lots of people submit spammy comments, like: Hi cool article, visit site.com Then I get emails from the ...
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two sitemaps - possible problems?

I am using a web shop software and for some reason the main page (http://www.mysite.com/) is not being listed / generated within the automatic sitemap.xml while every other page is. My question now: ...
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SEO effects of intermix of WP blog, custom PHP site and FB app game

We're a melbourne tech company in the process of building a custom site in PHP. We plan to launch a "pre-launch" page which is also custom coded (CSS3 on twitter bootstrap framework + HTML5 front end ...
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How should I include “outside” content mentioning/related to my site? [closed]

I have a web shop and I'm thinking about doing a "In the media" page where I would link to other sites/blogs that mention my shop/products and now I'm unsure if I should include a link as a short blog ...
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Do Search Engine Spider's submit POST forms?

If I have content behind a POST form (a select box, in my case) will Googlebot, or other Search Engine Spiders be able to crawl the content behind that form? For example, if I were to have 4 ...
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Is xCommenter really good for SEO? [closed]

I have heard of xCommenter and wanted to know if its really good for improving the SEO?
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Impact on social interactions after URL change [duplicate]

Every article URL on a website I work on will soon be changed. 301 redirects will be set up to ensure inbound links still arrive at the correct destination. However, social interactions (Likes and ...
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Same page on 2 different websites. Same SEO, but only 1 gets picked up by Google

I made a page for a website (website A) I'm responsible for. I made sure the SEO is correct. This one got to position 1 in Google very fast. On the second website (website B) I copied exactly the same ...
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Get rank for non english keyword in a english site [duplicate]

I'm trying to get to the first page of Google search for a keyword in swedish language but the site and it's content is in english. What's my best option here to get to the first page? Will anchor ...
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Can a sitemap index file reference sitemap files under different domains?

My company owns several domain names. We also host websites for our users at their custom domains. Our domains: company.com product1.com product2.com Users's domains: user1.com user2.com ...
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“Included” search phrases in URLs/titles/H1s and SEO

When designing a new URL/folder structure for our website, we faced one interesting problem related to choosing best keywords from SEO perspective. We call it "included search phrases". It will be ...
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Do we really need Google Analytics for better SERP positions?

We have been using Google Analytics on our main website for years, but recently we have tried another local stats system (Yandex.Metrica) and we are very happy with it - more than with the Google one. ...
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What is the effect of using common colloquial words in page title?

I am wondering what is the effect of using common words while writing a title of webpage. For Example for my home page, I am trying to write an effective title. I worked out on few titles like: ...
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Javascript or GET request, what is best for seo?

I small navigation bar (just 2 tabs: "Aluminio lacado" and "Cobre natural") inside one of the sections of a website. I'm wondering if, in this small nav bar, I should create normal links that ...
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Could globally applying rel=“nofollow” to external links have a negative SEO impact

I have a website which has a lot of user-sourced content that accounts for a significant portion of our organic search traffic. In an effort to avoid spammers or link bait type scenarios, we made ...
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How does Google determine Information about a person for Google Search?

For some queries Google Search will return result with a person's information on a right. It looks a bit differently for different queries but most of the time something like this ...
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Best choice of domain name? (SEO)

This question is specifically about domain name choice. My client wants to maximize his site SEO, and he has two domain names, one of which he has for two years and is in the second page of Google ...
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WP Network — Planning Long Term SEO (one large site versus microsites)

The Main Question is This (details follow below): Is it better to go with individual domain names for the various niches of a company's focus, or is it better to put it all under one domain? I'm ...
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Griefing to steal pagerank off my website?

I was looking today in my Google Webmaster tools for my website and see duplicate titles for the following pages on my website (small sample out of many on my site index): ...
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Is there any SEO problem using an alt=“” for a image?

According to this article, it's perfectly valid to use alt="" on purely decorative images. For example, if there is a graph showing some data which is detailed on the the page contents, any alt value ...
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Display major links in Google [duplicate]

I am wondering how some websites get their sublinks too displayed on Google. For example when I enter "accenture" on Google apart from the main link (which is common) look at the links "Graduate ...
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Best links architecture for items under sections and categories? [duplicate]

Let's imagine a website with items organized by sections and categories, with those examples values: Sections (articles, threads, events, directory) http://www.domain.com/section-name/ Display all ...
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Using .htaccess for proper indexing/SEO of timthumb images

I don't know a whole lot about the intricacies of SEO so I was wondering if someone here could provide some insight to this problem. When you use the php script timthumb on a website, it means images ...
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Can a redirect (and then redirect back) to check to see if users are logged-in hurt SEO?

I have a SaaS product which is hosted under several different domains. However, there is one company that manages all these domains. They asked for a system to be able to login at domain1.com and ...
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Subdomain or domain?

We have more than one content management system (eCommerce) running on our site and we want to know would it be wise to separate these systems and run on their own server for better performance, ...
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How long before Google counts my .htaccess 301 redirect links?

I have a friend who had around 2000 visitors per day to his website before a web designer with no SEO knowledge changed all his URLs. I've used the Wayback Machine and Google Analytics to determine ...
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What would SEO and SEM initiatives be defined as? [closed]

I was asked to give examples of SEO or SEM initiatives, yet I really don't know what they mean by SEO or SEM initiatives. Is this a strategy or method? Sorry for sounding completely dumb.
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SEO for Main Navigations

My question is simple... To what extent does your primary navigation [and secondary navigations] have on SEO for your website? My particular case is this: I have "two" primary navigations. One ...
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How to earn high quality DoFollow backlinks? [duplicate]

I have a personal blog regarding How to Blogging. I would like no the ideas that how do i get dofollow backlinks to my blog? Is there any fast ways to get backlinks? Some webmaster says that edu., ...
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What is the best ways to generate organic traffic? [duplicate]

After introducing the Google Panda, bloggers and webmaster have been facing the great challenges. Duplicate content is the key issue and spam boat traffic is second issues for Google Panda in this ...
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SEO best practice for a breadcrumb made by a CSS drop-down menu

Usually I make my "breadcrumb" with a <h1>, at the pages top, which is perfect for the SEO, like following : <h1>Section > Category</h1> But in a new project, I wish to display a ...
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Ajax crawling : snapshot page dissimilar with user page

For ajax-crawling purpose I make snapshots pages. My problem is user view pages and snapshot pages are dissimilar (tags h1, h2...). Example: user view page: http://www.meomap.net/#!/place/1 ...
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Will my SEO be hurt by using a “/” to seperate two different ways of reffering to the same thing?

I am building a site that lets people Trade, Buy and Sell Magic the Gathering cards ( a collectable card game) and I'm struggling to fit my main Index pages Title in a manner that will not get ...
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is it good for SEO to hierarchy the site links? [duplicate]

One of my website i am using links like this: http://example.com/web-development/ http://example.com/web-designing/ http://example.com/web-promotion/ Not like this: ...
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Is it good to index category in search engines? [duplicate]

I have a Wordpress blog. Is it good to index category in search engines? Will it cause duplicate content issue? I'm little scared about Panda Google algorithm.
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Which meta “robots” tag gets preference?

My wife works at a high school in Germany. I recently noticed that it's extremely hard to find that school's homepage using Google. I looked at the source code of the page and I believe I've found the ...
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Are twitter backlinks counted

We've recently had our website tweeted by a couple of bigish media outlets 0.5m+ followers, some of the links are our direct url, and some are t.co urls. From an seo point of view a link on their ...
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Google AdSense ad serving has been disabled. So How to handle it?

I have a site which pulls photos from Instagram API. Recently I got a shocking message from Google that "Google AdSense ad serving has been disabled" for the "ADULT/PORNOGRAPHY" reason. I believe ...
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Unimportant words on page being seen as keywords, due to repetiveness

I have a list of products on my site, and each product has a number of descriptors such as features, price, etc. Next to each product, I list the 10 features, with a graphical icon which lets the user ...
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How to get search engines to index pages containing dynamic content

Is there a good way to get dynamic content indexed? e.g: When I search query "restaurants in norway" in Google, I see a link of www.europages.com/directory/pages/... (not relevant URL), but it is ...
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SEO and traffic flow for multi-domain web app

I'm working with a small team on a web app. Background For many years we have run a informational website. It gets lots of traffic (1M+ per month) and is near the top on the first page of the search ...
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How Do I Make A Dynamic PHP Link 'No-Follow'?

I want to make the Footer links on my website 'No Follow'. How would I do it on these dynamic PHP links? <ul> <li><a ...
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How to point search engines to another subpage?

I have a webpage concerning a subject, let's say buttons to keep it simple. It is the foremost web page on this topic for my language and region: searching for 'button' in my language will always ...
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Removing “www.” from domain name and SEO

We are doing a big redesign work on our website, and at least 50% of the website folders will be moved to new places with different names (i.e. many URL will be changed). Sure, Google will need some ...
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How do I transition to SSL without affecting PageRank?

Here at Stack Exchange we're working on moving all traffic to SSL. The reason we're not doing logged-in-users only is that one side of the login divide would suffer a redirect from Google every time. ...
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Are there some permalink typology better than others for SEO?

I am pretty new in WordPress and on my blog I am using permalinks. I have seen that there are 5 topologies of permalinks and I don't know if some types are better than others for search engines for ...