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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Can I use a link rel publisher tag in the head of both of my business websites to connect them to my Google business page?

To connect my website to my Google business page, I should add <link href="https://plus.google.com/xxx" rel="publisher">. But I have 2 pages because I have 2 different addresses. Should I add ...
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Does .html extension in URL help for SEO? [duplicate]

I am working on dotNET and I have changed URL extension from .aspx to .html. Is it good to use .html extension ? My actual URL is www.example.com/Project.aspx?Id=2&Type=this-is-something I have ...
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SEO - Listing Sidebar Code Before Content Code [duplicate]

On my website, I have always ordered my code with the code for the sidebar coming first, then the navigation bar, then the content section (with the individual paragraphs, images, etc... specific to ...
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Thousands of backlinks from Meetup.com

I have been wondering something for a while now. We have a manual penalty from Google on unnatural linking. When I check out "Links to your site" in Webmaster Tools we have 11,387 links from ...
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How to detect search engines on Cloudfront?

Is there a way to "ask" google to add a query string paramater to the url when crawling my website? (maybe in robots.txt?) so that when it crawls example.com, it would add something like ?iam=google . ...
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Can a news site with posts from press releases avoid being marked as duplicate?

I am building a news site about cultural events. Most of the posts that are published are about events (theatre, music, arts etc) and are taken from press releases that are distributed by email by ...
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Implications of SEO for single page websites

I built a server application that handles bot requests for my website, which was built using AngularJS. It works great, but I'm not entirely sure if it's valid in terms of Google's policy for SEO. ...
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SEO for filename of images that are uploaded using Ruby on Rails

I'm use RoR 3.2 and carrierwave gem for upload images. I want will do SEO optimization for uploaded images filenames. For example I have model Car(attributes: :id, :name, :avatar(carrierwave image ...
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Is more weight given to links in heading tags in terms of SEO?

Do links in heading tags on a website give more weight than links in normal text?
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Self-referential hreflang attributes for single language website?

I've been told by an SEO company to add a hreflang attribute to every page on a single-language website (ie. 'self-referential' tags), but everything I've read about the hreflang tag, including ...
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What is Google's policy about separate content on same URLs in mobile and desktop versions?

I'm currently developing a mobile version of my site where users' devices are automatically identified and then displayed either mobile or desktop view of the same URL. For usability purposes, I ...
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Do search engines index a rich snippet data from HTML which is not visible?

I want to add some piece of data to rich snippets (for example, breadcrumps), but this information is not visible on the page (for example, because the designer has not yet prepared the sketches) Is ...
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how to remove old data from structure data webmaster tool

How can I remove old items from Structured Data? see attached image, want to delete old records, as its showing 2013 records which were already fixed.
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Will the already indexed URLs be removed if I use a robots.txt for my site?

Many URLs from my site have been added to Google's index, but a lot of them are outdated and they will never result in a 404 error and take the user to my site's homepage. I have submitted a new ...
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Will lower casing all canonical url solve duplicate issue

The website I'm working on can have both upper and lower case URLs, even though they will produce the exact same content. eg: http://www.freeofficefinder.com/uk/office-space/london/soho and ...
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Structuring URLs of an online shop for SEO

I have an online store with categories that have a tree structure (meaning they can be nested inside other categories) and products inside these categories. What is the best way to structure the URLs ...
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Using microdata for SEO will help to increase SERP Position? [duplicate]

Does really rich snippets (microdata) helps to increase the SERP position or it will be just for usability purpose? if adding rich snippets to page helps, then how it will affects the SERP position?
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Does a unique ID and title in URL slug improve SEO?

Stackexchange post URLs have URLs like this: http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/9848/squeezing-all-the-seo-out-of-a-url-as-possible Which is the format: ...
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Google sometimes (erratically) shows my blog instead of my website in its results

When I go to Google and search on my domain, most of the time I see my website (i.e., mydomain.com) in the first page. But sometimes, instead of displaying a link to my website, Google shows a link to ...
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What should I call my about me page

Many Search Engines says that "about" is a stop word, but if I want create an "about me" page how would this make the website's SEO worse? If it makes it worse, how could I improve or change the name: ...
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Should you let Googlebot crawl and index your entire site before updating it again?

I have heard from various people that "Google has scanned x% of the site". Some have told me at times not to upload anything, nor do any changes on the site "since Google hasn't finished scanning the ...
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Why is page rank so high for a teacher's personal site

I have several sites with google page rank 0. These sites have unique content (in my native language). They have sites on google+ and facebook with at least 50 likes. They are registered in many ...
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Dynamic news showcase on homepage and impact on SEO and indexing

I want to highlight the latest news of the week or month on the homepage of my website. On another page of my site, I have a complete and comprehensive list of the news that would duplicate what is on ...
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Does Visibility:Hiden and Display:None Affect SEO [duplicate]

If I had some text that initially had the CSS property visiblity:hidden or display:none Would that effect how much the content is weighted by search engines? Could using one of those properties ...
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301 Redirect vs. Domain Fowarding GoDaddy

I have a domain that is registered (but not hosted with GoDaddy). Previously, it used GoDaddy's domain forwarding to forward the domain to a google sites domain, but I would now like to use a 301 ...
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Running live site side by side with it's replacement

Our current site has become outdated, it's in classic ASP. We have recently redesigned the site using Magento. Basically all the URLs are different, however the content is about the same. We did a ...
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SEO and other impacts of using rel=“dns-prefetch”

I recently came across a site that had the following code: <link rel="dns-prefetch" href="//ajax.googleapis.com"> In looking it up it says it is used to Reduce DNS lookup time by ...
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Keeping old design up for SEO

I am almost ready to publish a new website design for my website. It contains some of the same content, but a lot is worded differently. My plan is simply to replace the old files with new ones. Would ...
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Is negative SEO fact or fiction

I have read a couple of articles about negative/black SEO. They were explaining that important part of it is creating web sites with "bad" content that "stink" to Google. Back links from these sites ...
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Will adding nofollow to alternate language links prevent Googlebot from crawling so many of them?

I have a site with many pages (30MM+ indexed) and have been getting a extremely high number of URLs on your site warning message for a long time. I'm thinking of reducing the numbers of URLs Google ...
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Are new gTLDs negatively effected in SEO?

I have done my research, mainly using this as a source, and I have come to understand that there are certain aspects that can cause newer gTLDs, just by the indication that many of the newer gTLDs, ...
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Best way to get improve SEO ranking for image-based site

How do I best approach common SEO techniques for a website with images as the main content? The problem here is the content is all image based, so other than Friendly URLS, H1/H2 tags, Sitemap, RSS ...
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Wordpress Tag Cloud as link abuse

Do Wordpress Tag cloud considered as link farm or duplicate content? How about categories? After many recent algo updates by Google, did Google created an algo not to penalize sites CMS site like ...
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How rel=“next” and rel=“prev” helps in SEO if used for pagination?

How rel="next" and rel="prev" helps in SEO, if used for pagination? Is it really required ? i.e. imagine you're on page 2: <link rel="prev" href="http://www.example.com/article-part1.html"> ...
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Affect on SEO if share buttons appear before content

I love the way Mashable has big aggregated share counters and share buttons at the top of each article, I think it encourages sharing of articles and it looks nice. I recently added something similar ...
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Can different properties be on multiple domains or should everything be centralized on one?

In my case, I have a web design project for a funeral home. On their property they have a funeral home (for services, offices, ...) and a large cemetery also. Additionally, they own three more ...
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Do search engines lower your ranking for using private registration like WhoisGuard?

I am registering a new domain name from "namecheap.com" which offers free WhoisGuard for a year. There are numerous reasons not to list your contact information with your domain registrar, such as ...
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Subdomains for UK and USA [duplicate]

I have a site which is multilingual. I need to target it for visitors from different countries, including United Kingdom and USA. The problem is that if I make the main site for USA, and subdomain ...
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Requirements for Google HTML snapshots

Are there any requirements for a HTML snapshot for Google other than: .. must contain the same content as the dynamically created page .. found here: ...
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How can I resolve google wrong synonom understanding in queries

When someone specificies my site name (which isn't a dictionary word) in a search query, I would expect it to be very easy to be ranked at the top of the search results, and up until recently that was ...
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Should I include different types of result listing pages in my xml sitemap?

Say I have an articles section. It can be filtered by tag (/articles/tag/detectives), by author (/articles/author-url) and also through regular pagination, with the recent first (/articles?page=2). ...
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How to redirect one domain to another (wildcard) without inheriting the back links?

I want to redirect my old domain to a new one. Im running a blog and I need to use wildcard redirect so all the posts will be redirected accordingly. But I don't want to inherit the backlinks in those ...
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Considering all Social Media links are `nofollow`, how do they help SEO?

I understand Social Media is becoming an important component for SEO. I'm trying to understand how that can be, considering all the links are nofollow so no link juice is transferred. Might it be that ...
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Does paid traffic improve SEO? [duplicate]

In Fiverr there is a complete subcategory to "Get Traffic". Some of the descriptions in the category claim that "these traffic will boost your ranking or your biz". Is it true? How new traffic could ...
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Can linking to random related posts have SEO consequences?

I am using WordPress and by default my related posts system works by gathering posts and shows them based on the tags they have. This is OK when you have few posts but with a lot of posts only the ...
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Similar domains using my business' content, and stealing SEO results

I've been hired to create a website for a restaurant in my city, let's call it "Flying Dragon" Chinese restaurant. The restaurant has never had a website, though the business itself is about ten years ...
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Google Webmaster Tools shows invalid data

Webmaster Tools shows 1 URL error (not found page). The report says that 5 pages are linking to a page (let's call it x) that does not exist (and because it doesn't exists it returns a soft 404). ...
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SEO Friendly URL for search keywords

I have a website where you can search for a brands, item, and content inside my web. It was designed with tab for each search type, but I want to make the url when changing the tab user friendly and ...
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What bots are really worth letting onto a site?

Having written a number of bots, and seen the massive amounts of random bots that happen to crawl a site, I am wondering as a webmaster, what bots are really worth letting onto a site? My first ...
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Should I use WordPress category archives or regular pages when considering SEO?

I've built a WordPress site based on posts and category archives (no pages). The menu redirects to different category archive pages that have a description, an image, and the relevant posts. Now that ...