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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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Another website is mirroring and ranks above my site in search results

There is a site of ill-repute known as thedirty which has completely mirrored my site and now has links appearing on Google at the #1 spot using my content. I checked my log files and noticed that ...
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Changing website Url - Am I making an SEO mistake

I have a webiste with a .com domain that is a year old. The business is a shop based in Ireland and I have purchased a .ie domain. I plan to move the website over to the new domain, SEO Good or Bad ...
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CDN caching my HTML pages too!

Recently I started using Amazon CloudFront to serve my site's JS,CSS and images via CDN. However, seems like with those, CloudFront serving my HTML pages as well? Thus http://mydomain.com and ...
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Google is re-indexing pages after redirecting URLs from HTTP to HTTPS incorrectly

I upgraded my site so that all pages have gone from using HTTP to HTTPS. I didn't consider that Google treats HTTPS pages differently than HTTP. I recreated my sitemap to so that all links now ...
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Move old website with bad SEO to other domain: redirect or start from scratch?

I have an old website with very bad SEO and PR, but still with some visitors per-day. Lately I've rebuilt the app and the concept of it and I'm going to deploy everything in a new domain. I would ...
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Will removing unused query string parameters negatively affect SEO?

Will changing links to remove query string parameters that are no longer used have any negative impact on search engine rankings? Say I have a page about.php on my site, and all of my links to this ...
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Does having multiple URIs mapping to the same resource help SEO?

Let's say I have a site with products that have tags, if each resource is available at GET '/products/tagged/:tag_list/:product_permalink' Could that be better for SEO than just one permalink? For ...
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What is the best way to have the same website in multiple domains?

I would like to have the same website to sell a specific product, in multiple domains , to take advantage of keywords matching the domain name, for several different searches. However, I understand ...
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Subdomains vs. URL Path in shareable links

I am building a web application for questions and answers. Each question/answer page has all the required metadata for Facebook and Twitter, and we encourage users to share these pages. I have a ...
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As per SEO can we use 'CSS Ellipsis' to cut link title?

Few anchor URL are very big in my page, So can I use 'CSS Ellipsis' to hide/cut this? text-overflow: ellipsis; width: 200px; white-space: nowrap; overflow: hidden; Ex Name: Institute of ...
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Hidden text and links appearing just on click for SEO?

I am working on a site that has neat clean/minimalistic design/layout. Menu items are "hidden" behind an icon, to see them, users need to click on that icon to get a javascript toggled overlay with ...
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SEO: does Google index search result pages?

I have a site with a search form. When someone searches, the url for the results page has PHP variables in it and looks like: ...
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404 code/header for search engines, on removed user content?

I just got an email, from a former user on my website He was complaining that Google still shows the contact page he created on my site, even though he deleted it a month ago This is the first time ...
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Does CSS Positioning Affect SEO [duplicate]

If I positioned the very first content that appears in my code below the fold, would that content be given less weight and therefore be less effective with SEO? In addition, if I had a large image ...
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Make Offscreen Sliding Content Without Hurting SEO [duplicate]

On my website I have content which is positioned off the screen, and then slides in when you click a button. For example, when you click the news button, content slides in with news. It didn't occur ...
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Ranking hit after site migration

I migrated my site from its old domain over a month ago. I followed Google Webmaster Tools completely, including 301 redirects from every existing URL to the new domain, and then submitting a change ...
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Avoid pagination pages from appearing higher than real content in SERPS

I have a gallery-type website that has about 20k of pages and naturally it uses pagination. However, sometimes /page/2 appears higher in search results than /post/201339 for example. I'd like to give ...
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Dedicated IPs for each ccTLD

We are about to launch our web site in 3 languages: German .de, French .fr and Spanish .es All ccTLDs point to one server with one IP address. When I set the PTR record for this IP I can only input ...
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Index page content identical to page 1 of a gallery-type website

I have a gallery type website, e.g. a site that lists blog posts or pictures in a paginated manner. However, I have 2 pages that have identical content: example.com/index.html example.com/page/1 ...
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Lost website rankings as a result of using a 302 redirect instead of a 301

I have an online store and during the last 2 days I noticed a big change in its SERPS for some keywords. The site is indexed in local Google for 5 keywords, and the online store is based on Magento ...
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Recovering from an incorrectly deployed robots.txt?

We accidentally deployed a robots.txt from our development site that disallowed all crawling. This has caused traffic to dip dramatically, and google results to report: A description for this ...
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301 redirect doersnt work in SERP

I setup a 301 redirect on my root that points to a new domain. When I type the old domain URL into browser 301 works just fine. When I do a keyword search for my site and click on the link it still ...
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Can I use Google Search to determine if my website contains original or copied content?

I have a few websites from customers that have (partially) the same content as other websites. I plan on rewriting all content that is not original, but how do I know if my websites have original ...
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Add site to search engines, even though not ready yet

I'm building a website, and until it's done, visitors will see a "This site will launch on new year's day 2015", and a description of what the site is all about The domain is new, and nobody knows ...
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Switching to HTTPS - redirect question

Following the recent Google announcements about improved ranking for sites running on https we have a number of clients asking about this. Is it safe to just 301 redirect all pages to their SSL ...
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Impact of simplifying a URL structure

My website is a directory with an extensive URL structure with several location-based tiers followed by an establishment name. E.g. ...
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How to remove external backlinks? [duplicate]

Is there a way to remove or block external backlinks? There was a drop in the Google results from page 1-2 to page > 8. I am now looking at the external backlinks and I see now multiple domains that ...
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Is it possible to regain a site's traffic after losing some to a transfer / merge?

After merging two sites to a third, using proper 301 redirects and transferring the domains in Google webmaster tools, overall traffic dropped by ~50%. One of the original sites was getting a plenty ...
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Is there a way to download the Google index for my website?

I have a client that's launching a new website on their current domain. I don't want to lose their SEO rankings, so I need to ensure that all the old, indexed content gets properly redirected to the ...
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301 redirect the home pages but keep sitemap pages same

I have manually redirected my entire site. The only page that's left is the homepage. How do I redirect my homepage to the new site (http://example.com) but keep my sitemaps on the old domain ...
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Cleanup incorrectly indexed subdomains due to wildcard DNS

I have site www.example.com which someone previously configured with wildcard DNS records and with no 301 redirects. As you may have expected, Google's index is now full of garbage like w.example.com, ...
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Can we preserve our old domains Pagerank but cut all ties with the old domain such that it doesn't redirect?

Here's the situation - a client of mine has recently changed their company name and have changed their web address. They want to completely cut all ties with their old brand, so they have told me that ...
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Several domains using 302 redirect to our domain

I am wondering what implications we can run into if one of our dealers is redirecting several of their domains using a 302 to our domain. The reason they are doing this is because they want to have ...
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default namecheap “under construction” homepage and SEO

I'm currently developping a site and I already purchased the domain name on namecheap. I never asked google to index it but I just discovered that I already have a result typing site:mysite.com, ...
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Multilingual website Google bot

Introduction I'm working on a project where a website exists out of 2 languages: nl and fr. The website itself is developed in ASP.NET where every page only exists once where the content of the page ...
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Best practices with multiple categories/tags etc. on URL (SEO) [duplicate]

I'm on the process of building my eshop platform and encountered a SEO issue. My next step is to develop a searching box, where user searches the products of a specific category (say, desktops). This ...
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Will making my AJAX app serve HTML snapshots improve SEO?

Currently, a small ajax web app of mine uses an anchor hijacking method to display content. The user clicks an anchor, I cancel the default browser event and funnel the link into an AJAX call, after ...
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Force google not to include my site's name in my pages' title

I know this kind of questions has been asked many times, and I know Google changes the title of the page according to the search query and page's content. I read many articles about this topic, like ...
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Create a Google Information Panel [duplicate]

Question Is there a way to ensure that Google's Information Panel is created for your company/product, or to influence/improve its chance of creation and the quality of the information? What I mean ...
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Redundant Hosting and duplicate content's effect on SEO

My Company is currently in the early planning phases of a project where we are playing with the idea of hosting our web project on multiple continents. The idea is to push local users to the closest ...
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How to handle different images size and URL with SEO

I'm creating my own CMS, and I have to handle images with differentes sizes. I store all my image's information in a database. For every image, I have: a filename (with extension) a title an alt ...
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Are there any disadvantages to Cloudflare’s “Flexible SSL”?

Cloudflare let you serve your site over SSL without having to purchase and install a security certificate, a product they call “Flexible SSL”. (They act as a proxy and serve your site over SSL from ...
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New Google SEO benefit with SSL - with only a few sections in SSL, or always on?

Google just announced that SSL will affect site ranking positively: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.se/2014/08/https-as-ranking-signal.html I have an Easter Island tourist agency called Easter ...
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How to make wikipedia information appear next to google search result on the right handed side? [duplicate]

The title pretty much says it. I have found out how to make google+ information appear next to google search on the right side but none about how to make the wikipedia information appear in the same ...
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How do I notify Google of a change of address from http to https? [duplicate]

I've just switched a site from http only to https only (on the same domain name), and have 301 redirects from old to new in place on a page by page basis. How do I now inform Google, using Webmaster ...
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SEO for dynamically inserted content?

I've reviewed other questions and answers, but none fit my use case. Frankly, I'm not even sure if I'm asking the right question. Here's my scenario: I work for an organization that is in the process ...
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Google to index preferred sub-directory?

I have inherited a rather large site built with Magento. When visiting the site it redirects by default to website.com/usa using a Magento PHP function (not .htaccess). When searching for the site, ...
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SEO? Client worried about negative news story about his business at the top of Google search

was hoping someone could answer a question about this, even though I'm sure the answer is bleak. I'm building a website for a client who has noticed that when you run a Google search for his name, ...
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When to tell Google Webmaster Tools that domain has moved

I have moved a site to a different domain name and did a complete overhaul. Link structure has changed because the old one was very bad. That being said, I am doing 301's manually on about 1800 pages. ...
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Indexing internationalized pages

I've noticed that many websites use different URLs for different languages, e.g. de.wikipedia.org. I thought that was the entire purpose of existance for the Accept-Language HTTP header. It would be ...