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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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 ...
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Required field for Person snippet to preview in Google search results

Recently, I started using schema.org snippets. The first one was the Person snippet. I did everything according to Google recommendation except for the fact that I don't need for example affiliation ...
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Need SEO Guidance on Huge dynamic website

First of all I am a programmer and have really basic knowledge like keywords, titles and content makes difference on SEO ranking. I have a website which is more like yellow pages. I have imported ...
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How many variations of a term can be used before Google punishes your site?

I have a new client with a huge inventory of antique items. My client has each item named properly on the website, however, each item has many common variations of each name. Often times the most ...
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Can a sitemap index file point to sitemaps in another directory?

I am creating multiple sitemaps for a site, and for the sake of organization I would like to put these sitemaps into their own directory (of course the sitemap.xml file will be in the root site ...
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Is there a SEO benefit of a 'reverse canonical redirect' back to the 'friendly' URL?

As far as I understand, you should have a single URL to access a given page on a website to prevent duplicate issues. With this in mind I have setup IIS7 Rewrite to point my friendly URLs to my .aspx ...
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Meta descriptions for manual

We have a text heavy, high quality and original content online manual for our software: http://www.scirra.com/manual/1/construct-2 I was about to embark on entering meta descriptions for these ...
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Republishing blog posts on a popular website

I started my blog about programming yesterday and in order to promote and increase traffic I submitted my rss to Codeproject which pulls my posts and publishes them at Codeproject. While it increases ...
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nofollow drop down select options

I have a select input on a search results page and each option's value is a URL to sort the search results. There's an onchange event on the select to refresh the page with the sort option. Google ...
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How much significance does Google give to the presence of search terms in the domain name?

When setting up a new website, how important is it to include keywords and potential search terms in the actual domain name? How heavily is this weighted when it comes to ranking highly on google ...
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Are github gists SEO friendly?

I am kind of fan of Github and it's Gists. Since the gists can be included via a small Javascript snippet and document.write commands, I was asking myself if they were SEO friendly.
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Search engines, different vhosts on same server, with some stuff in common: do I risk blacklisting?

I don't want to have different domain names that point to the same server, of stuff like this here. My problem is a bit different. Let's take the real example, then we can generalize the problem. ...
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REL ME tag - trying to figure it out

Regarding http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1229920 to scrolled down section ''Examples'' to the point ''1.'' to the second code line which is: <a rel="me" ...
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Confused by Fetch as Googlebot behaviour

I have a site that I 'm trying to index and I am a bit confused by what I should expect to see in the result of the Fetch as Googlebot tool. The site uses hashbangs, so according to Google it should ...
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Landing page not appearing on google [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase your site's position in Google? I a have a website which describes every product made by the company and it appears on google, ...
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Location-Based redirection and duplication in sub-directories affecting SEO

I currently own the website www.xyz.com. The website has a sub-directory for each of the 3 target countries: .../en-US/ (United States), .../es-MX/ (Mexico), and .../es-DO/ (Dominican Republic). I ...
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Should I use a canonical URL?

I'm currently in the process of building a charts website with music from Soundcloud. The charts will be 'cleared' every week. My base URL will be: http://example.com/ Which will contain the charts ...
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Page Rank not showing correctly everywhere?

Okay, so I checked the page rank again, and http://www.namhost.com's page rank is now 4. But I get this warning: Google Pagerank for: http://www.namhost.com 4/10 Pagerank is valid! Attention! This ...
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Which is better, minified or obfuscated code?

I’m confused between the two. Which is better, especially for jQuery and JS? Also, which do you think is more SEO-friendly? Note: I’m a noob.
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Using ending .html for URL re-write?

For re-writing URLs to generate SEO friendly pretty URLs, it was usually recommended to use the ending extension (normally .html), as without the extension, the URL seems to be incomplete. Probably, ...
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Having google index canonicals but users using parameters - correct?

I'm working on a site that has a search facility with multiple parameters that look up property listings. The possible parameters are: City, Area, Building Type, Min. Bedrooms, Max Rental Price, ...
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Robots.txt Issue

So I've been assigned to take a look at our SEO (an area I have some, but not amazing competence in), and the first thing I noticed is that our robots.txt file says the following: # go away ...
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How effective is guest-blogging for SEO?

I was wondering how much time to devote to guest-blogging. It is pretty consuming and one person can only do a few per day max. And often you just get a link in the bottom of the post. Is it really ...
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SEO penalty for landing page redirects

Using ebay as an example- lets say I have a large number of items whose URLs' look like this: cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1981-VW-Vanagon-manual-seats-seven-/250953153841 I want to give my client the ...
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Website analytic software compliance

I need to find a program which can crawl a site and show what various search engine spiders will parse (or not parse) and use for information. What we are looking to do is have a program go through ...
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Cleaning up the mess with SEO and conversions in mind

I'm having some kind of a unique situation here, but at the same time it's the typical mess web-beginners create. I took over a project for an event-company and at the moment they're having several ...
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SEO Value in redirected link?

Our local Chamber of Commerce has an incoming link to us, but they are using an internal ASP page to process the link and using a 302 redirect to send that page to our site. So our anchor text on ...
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SEO - Delete old indexed pages from Google 301 vs 404?

We're launching new website with new url structure and new content. Domain is the same. Many old pages are indexed by google. Should I use 404 or 301 and redirect to '/' for these old resources? I ...
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How important are the question tags on the home page for SEO on the StackExchange network?

I'm referring to the keyword tags, not the html tags. For example: I added the SEO tag to this question. I'm sure tags are very important for SEO on the question page, but are they also important on ...
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Getting indexed after removing meta noindex, Google

My question is, will my pages be indexed now in Google if they had <meta name="robots" content="noindex" /> in the past, since they were created? Of course, now they are <meta name="robots" ...
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Logo Image in Image Sitemap

Here is my concern. I have the logo image along with the entire header section of the site in an 'included' file. How do I present that image in the image sitemap? Should I give the URL of the ...
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Should Image Sitemaps be Supplied to Google?

I hear controversial things regarding image sitemaps. On Google Webmasters forum people say that submitting a sitemap for images doesn't make sense, because Google won't use it to index images anyway. ...
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How to know what people search?

I have a web hosting and design company. I know that if I want a website, i search for web hosting. But not everyone is like that. How do I figure out what good keywords are? And more importantly, how ...
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Tracking image clicks with google analytics?

I'm trying to set up conversions using Google Analytics. What I want to define as a conversion is when a person clicks on certain images in my blog (product adverts). How can I do this in google ...
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How to syndicate partial-page content and maintain SEO?

How do we share our partial HTML content without losing our SEO? Since we're not sharing full HTML, we can't place "rel:canonical" in the header. I've thought it'd be interesting to enclose our ...
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Do any CDN services offer multiple urls (or aliases) for your files?

Lets say a company has multiple commercial web properties that happen to use a lot of the same images on each site. For SEO reasons, the sites must not appear to be related to eachother in any way. ...
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How to SEO a Single-Page website

I am creating a new website for a client, and I think a single page website / layout will be pretty neat. There is not that much detailed content, it is a company that imports a lot of products from ...
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I would like permanently redirect page within website

I have couple hundred dynamic pages within the website, that I think to eliminate. They are indexed by search engine. I'm thinking to make permanent redirect to the home page of the website. ...
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SEO - numbers as numerals or words?

Fairly straightforward question. I am building a site for a cycle holiday company. Something they offer is 2 day breaks. I want to emphasise this for the purposes of SEO. Does anyone know if google ...
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How do I remove my “page not found” pages from Google's index?

I have a wordpress site that has had a large number of blog posts removed. How can i ask google to remove all these 404 page not founds, but leave the active blog posts. I see the removal tool in ...
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Accented characters representation in the URL

We have support for various languages in our website, including Spanish, French and Swedish. For now, the links in the site are NOT encoded before sent to the browser, sending the real accented chars ...
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404s on password protected content

I'm new to WordPress and SEO, generally, but we've been running into problems with our site that don't seem to make sense to me. The problem is that our editor likes to schedule posts and/or mark ...
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Impact of below URL structure for eCommerce Site (in terms of SEO)

Currently we are thinking of two possible URL structures for Products page and Product Detail Page and which one should we go with ? 1st Approach: /products/ - Displays Products ...
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Does the meta description affect page ranking on Google?

According to the following site http://dailyseotip.com/meta-description-tags-and-ctr-the-new-way-that-meta-tags-affect-rankings/1448/ We’ve known for years that Google doesn’t consider meta ...
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Can I change title and meta description with 301 redirect?

I would like to make 301 redirect from one page to another. Do I need to use the same titles and meta tags or I can change it to new one without losing the rank of the page?
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Tips for breaking into domain brokering? [closed]

As a web developer I consider myself fairly familiar with SEO and website structure in terms of advising clients where there is room for improvement and such, however recently a client of mine asked ...
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SEO tools to determine audience size for search phrases

Are there any tools available that can indicate the search volume for a given set of phrases/keywords for a given location? For example, if I had a local pizza website that served only Manhattan and ...
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How to create google video sitemap urls for very large video files with distinct segments?

I have a large video files about 1 hr in duration, with different sections of the video corresponding to different distinct sub topics . For example, the whole video may be about an yoga exercise ...
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What SEO approach should I take to an empty category page?

My site is in its infancy and has a lot of empty categories as products are being added. What is the best approach SEO-wise for these practically empty category pages? Should I hide the links to them ...
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SEO consultant job description and compensation guidelines [closed]

I am totally new to the SEO world. I got a client though, for whom I am doing SEO. He has a laundry/dry clean/moving/shoe repair kind of business and a website for it. I have no idea how much I ...