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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How long before Google will update search terms matching my website?

I have a website which title I changed about a month ago. The website is a classifieds website which is dynamic, using php. The title changed from "Free classifieds" to "buy and sell free classifieds"...
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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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What to do with random pages after a 301 redirect?

I did a standard 301 redirect for a domain, but the original domain has about 300 pages that have some strength. It doesn't make sense to make them all point back to the new home page because the ...
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Multiple sites, same markup, different content, tier linkage = SEO penalty?

I've developed a site, and I'd like to apply the exact same theme with the same HTML markup but different CSS styling to multiple different sites on different domains. The sites will be related in ...
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Multi Language URLs

I'm building an online store that will be supported in 3 languages: English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese. My question is whether or not it is a good idea to make language specific ...
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Should <a> tags with href=“#” (or other internal links) use rel=“noindex, nofollow”?

For SEO purposes, should <a> tags with href="#" make use of rel="nofollow", rel="noindex", rel="noindex, nofollow", or does it not matter? I'm asking because I have some elements on my site ...
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Do all the pages on a website help the homepage's SEO?

When it comes to SEO, I hear the saying "content is king" a lot, so I tried to create a bunch of pages on my site with good authentic content. However, does creating a lot of content on a page or ...
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Why is Google offering users the ability to block results from my site?

I was performing a search for a string and one of the pages was from one of my websites. However, I noticed something odd about the entry for my site: This was the only page in the search results ...
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Should I block Wordpress archive pages from search engines?

I use WordPress and /sample-post/ URLs for my posts and /yyyy/mm/ for the archives. Google has indexed the site fully. Since the archives currently display full posts I've thought that I shouldn't ...
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Posting old content on a new website. Which date to use?

I have been writing a sort of diary for quite some time (5 years) that I store locally on my computer. Now I have decided to make some if this content publicly available in the shape of a WordPress ...
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Does Google penalize daily updated <lastmod> tags in sitemaps if the data is not daily updated?

I've got a sitemap that is generated daily with a lot of links to product pages. These products are imported daily from another data source. Because the update consists of throwing away all current ...
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Which keyword should I use: colors or colours or a combination of both?

Well this might sound weird but yeah that's exactly what I want to know! Now as per US-English colors is the right word and as per British-English colours is the right word. Here in India we follow ...
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Unnaturally high number of links from domain

Please consider the following image, from Google Webmaster Tools I have these unnaturally high link counts coming in from lowish Page Rank Domains (MOZ Score 13) Is this natural? Is this hurting ...
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Will JavaScript (document.write) content be indexed by search engines?

I have an external JS file embedding some content inline in a web page. Basically it just does a document.write("my content") via a script tag and loaded externally with the src attribute. Any ...
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Does the “canonical name” in DNS make any difference to search engines?

Some of our sites are setup with an "a record" to an IP address and some are setup as a cname of a server that then has an "a name" to the same server IP. I want it to be consistent. Which is the ...
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Does google always downrank pages with hidden texts

I'm creating a FAQ for my page. To help the user to get a better overview I want to hide all answers and only display the questions. If the user clicks on a question the answer is set to display:block....
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SEO Removal Time?

I was searching about removing the a domain/site being listed in Web Search Results (like, Google Search) and i found solution, at here. I believe it will be the solution but what i still need to ...
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Should page contents be same all time for SEO?

I have a frequently updated website. That's why page contents change frequently. I mean the items that are on 1'st page become on 2'nd page a day after. Similarly 192'nd page which is my last page ...
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SEO and multiple domains to same site

I have one website. I have two domain names that I want to point to the same site install. So whether you go to name-one.com or name-two.com you see the exact same site. Now, I can either set up ...
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How to recover my inclusion in google results after being penalized for receiving comment spam?

My website had very high search engine results, especially in Google. But I left the website for a couple of months and didn't notice the comments were full of SPAM, about 20k comments of SPAM. Then i ...
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Do WordPress websites get indexed quicker by search engines than a regular website?

I registered a couple of domains with the names of categories of products we sell. I then installed WordPress in one of those domains and played around with it for a bit, and left it alone for about a ...
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Does Google Analytics data affect SEO?

I have several pages on my site that I did not include the Google Analytics code. Will it improve my site's Google ranking if I include the GA on all of my pages and increase the number of visits on ...
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Two URLs pointing to almost the same content [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? What I would like to do is the following: I have a website at http://dev.upcoming-djs.com ...
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How to write content that uses keyword terms which are google stop words

The keywords for our site comprises of words which are google stop words namely: thank you Is it better to write this as: thank-you or thankyou or does it make any difference?
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Site restyling effecting Google ranking

I have to restyle a website in Drupal, and the client has a clear request: the site cannot drop its position on Google. If I build a new Drupal site, with the same URLs, the same meta and title tags, ...
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Good Practice for Formatting SEO-Friendly URLs?

Does anybody know what the best SEO practice and most effective format for URLs is currently? All lowercase or mixed case? Example: http://www.mysite.com/What-is-My-Site/ OR http://www.mysite....
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www and non www can suffer duplicated content

Do you know if i should use canonical tag, or 301 redirection from http://mydomain.com to http://www.mydomain.com To avoid duplicated content penalty in case other pages link to the domain without ...
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Why does SEO seem to hinge on using wordpress?

Wordpress is the de facto seo weapon of choice. I get that. What exactly is it about wordpress that is so special? It's blogging software, with some plugins, right? Why can I not use any old ...
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Seo: Change the title of a page

Lets say my website looks like this: News -Hello world -Foo -Bar So the parent page will list the last 3 news messages. For each news message there is a sub-page. For the parent page I was thinking ...
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Wikipedia's effect on Google SEO

I've been researching new SEO trends for a few weeks now and I see alot of community buzz about Wikipedia pages effects on Google. For example: When I do a search on Lowe's or Macy's in Google: I ...
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Effect of adding link from PR1 site to PR0 site?

Site A and B are both new, with few incoming links, and no 'do-follow' outgoing links. Site A has PR1, and site B has PR0. I am curious - Can anyone predict what might happen to the respective PRs ...
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Title of the page in search results and title of google's cached version are different. Why?

Check this: http://www.google.com/search?q=site:gunlawsbystate.com+kansas+gun+laws The title of the first result is "Kansas Gun Laws - Gun Laws By State". Although, on the page google has cached the ...
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Do search engines penalise 'Home' links and/or buttons?

I had a client recently express his feelings about not having a 'home' link or a 'home' button on a website. I told him I would consult someone who knows, but I've never personally heard anything ...
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Is an ampersand (&) in a company name not ideal for Google or SEO?

I am working on a site with a company name with an & in it. An alternative is using and instead of &. Does & have some disadvantages in a company name we have to know of? Does it effect ...
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Duplicate content concerns for directory listings?

I run a local business directory site with client profile pages structured geographically. I also have a media network to share our listings across other directory sites. Does having our client page ...
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Collapsible menu and amount of links in a web page

One of my pages contain three levels of a collapsible menu (JS + CSS from mycssmenu.com). There are a dozen first level items displayed to users, each one with various second level items, and finally ...
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How to move a single page of content to a new domain

I am trying to figure out best-practise for moving a single page of content from one domain to another in a way that will preserve search engine ranking. I have found plenty of instructions for ...
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Best Strategy for Exact Match Domain (EMD) Along Side Branded Domain

I lucked out and managed to buy a two word .com EMD for the most important key-phrase for our b2b SaaS startup. Shutting down our branded domain isn't an option, we've already got too much invested ...
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SEO handling of ever changing portion of site

A portion of a site that I maintain lists job opportunities available within an organization. The opportunities are listed on a single page with a short description which can be clicked on by the user ...
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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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Need advice on best strategy for removing these bad links

We recently took on a new client whose previous SEO company had partaken in some dodgy link building tactics. They appear to have done some blog comment spam, very poorly. The situation we are now ...
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Images as hyperlinks and SEO implications

I manage several websites, one of which is an e-commerce site with a lot of images. At the top of some product category pages, there are image links to specific products (think image banners). I am ...
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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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Archiving web content annually. One site or sites by year?

I run scientific conferences and over the past 15 years have amassed tens of thousands of abstracts, videos, and digital posters from presentations. Over the last couple of years we've started ...
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Does Rel=Canonical Pass PR from Links or Just Fix Dup Content

One of the issues with duplicate content is that links can be split across several versions of your page, it was my understanding the a 301 redirect is really the only option for retaining some of the ...
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Keyword Densities - do they still matter?

Let's say I have a standard issue web page with 500 - 600 words and I'm priming my page for two specific keywords (for the purposes of this example). We know that these words need to feature within ...
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Would including some of the same words in every product URL be considered keyword stuffing?

I have about 130 products on my site, and I want the URL to look like this example.com/unique-product-name-ratings-reviews-prices. Since I have 130 of these pages, I am concerned about the (ratings-...
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Can writing a floating navbar's HTML at the bottom of the page increase SEO?

In my entry into SEO (and admittedly the subject is in constant change) I had read SEO Warrior. In that book it explained the concept of increasing a page's SEO value by placing navigation at the ...
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The SEO benefit of breaking up content onto different websites

I have a client who's been told that breaking up his content onto multiple websites will give him an SEO boost. I'm wondering if this is true. Let me break it down thus... the client has bought ...
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Are Subdomains provided by free website hosting services SEO Friendly?

By now, I've already read a lot about the myths and realities concerning the sub-domain vs sub-directory chaos. But that is not what my question really is. What I really want to know is that whether ...