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 says no structured data exists when content only shows up with user interaction

I have a website and I am working over its SEO. I have put all required structured data as per my knowledge in it and have also tested it with Google Webmaster's Structured Data Testing Tool and it ...
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Can your embeded code on other sites increase seo rank? [duplicate]

I'm working on a video hosting website and I'm wondering how my embeded code would affect my seo rank youtube and almost all, major video hosting websites are useing iframe as their embedded code, ...
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Friendly URL change and Google Webmaster Tools warnings

I just migrated (with mod rewrite) from non-friendly URLs to a bit-more-friendly URLs: from site.com/post.php?id=5 to site.com/post/the-title-of-the-post/5. This is my PHP redirect from old to new ...
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Which way is better for SEO on “part-launched” site?

I have launched part of my site that it can work separately of main site (site.com/current). The main section of site (including root www.example.com address), likely to be launched on next months. ...
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Canonicalising to less linked URLs

I have a question about how to use canonical urls on an ecommerce site with a complex category structure. I have many products and they each sit in multiple categories. Each product can be accessed ...
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When does Google consider linking as bad-neighborhood / link scheme/ spamming etc.?

I cannot understand this concept, please give me some clarity on this. If I link to a site, and it links to me, then is it a link scheme ? I see many seo companies link to their other sites, from ...
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Should I accept the outsiders blog content creators offerings?

It's become quite common to receive offers of blog-posts content for a dynamic website. Some of these offers are unrelated, and of-course shouldn't be published. However, I did get some related offers ...
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Google webmaster Tool showing : 170 not found 404 errors! [duplicate]

I have a website which is 2 years old and it is simple PHP pages. I had set up Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools for it. Just last week I removed that PHP website and installed a new ...
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Putting Custom page summary in meta description

if putting "Custom" meta description for EVERY page of site, is harmful for SEO? (for example, summary of each article) And Google will show them on SERPs?
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How would Spanish text at bottom of English content page change how our pages rank? [duplicate]

On our real estate site we are planning to put Spanish text (2-3 lines) at bottom of every page. Except for the bottom part, all the content is in English. I am new to Page Rank & Google search ...
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Should webmasters “index” dashboard and edit account page

New here, I did my research and found nothing, but sorry if it has already been asked. As webmasters should be let google and other search engine INDEX our member's dashboard and edit account page. ...
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Google sometimes hides my site, and sometimes shows it [closed]

I'm running a blog and it seems that Google isn't placing it in the search results properly. For example, one of my posts is called "changing Exposure in gimp". I searched that exact phrase in Google ...
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Geotarget global audience with .com.au

We were trying to buy our .com.au in .com form but it's taken already. Is there a way to set a .com.au to have a global geotarget? Does a .com have any geotargetting associated with it? If so is ...
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Will changing only a few keywords avoid duplicate content penalties?

If I reuse the content of the website, for example if the content of my Website for the URL www.mydomain.com/NewYork is The Best Brown Bread in New York, then if someone opened my other example URL ...
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Best SEO Practice for a long domain name?

I'm starting a website, with a domain name longer than 20 characters. The domain name is long but it is "memorizable", and it targets the keywords nearly perfect. So let's say my site is about ...
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Why do sites redirect to the canonical URL if it can parse a page correctly given any slug? [closed]

Several sites that I have come across, including Stackoverflow, perform a 301 redirect when given an "incorrect" slug. For example: http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/9/incorrect-slug ...
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SEO impact of using CNAME host both naked and www URL

I have been told I can have two A records on my domain, one with www and one without. However, I have been told can cause SEO issues because google will take it as duplicate content. However when I ...
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Can Google see CSS transitions?

I heard that Google "rewards" you for styling the links differenty from other text that are not ought to be clicked. It makes sense I guess. But what if my links are black, like the rest of the page, ...
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Which order of the links is important? Visible, or in source code?

I heard that Google bot places weight on links, according to their order in the page. So the first link is higher in importance, relevance etc. Is it true? And if so, I wonder how the "order" is ...
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Including Open Graph meta tags and Twitter card tags for SEO

I have used these tags before to share some content for user to preview on Facebook or Twitter before they actually go into the shared link/video. But when I was asked to include these tags only for ...
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pros/cons of keeping expired job content

At the moment in my job site expired jobs redirect 301 to a deleted-page. This prunes expired content and also causes less web clutter. But I've seen many job sites keeping even old jobs which are ...
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How to move a Tumblr blog without hurting PageRank?

I have a Tumblr blog which I want to move to somewhere else. I don't want my Google visibility resetted after moving. I am thinking to do it this way; 1) I believe Tumblr allows custom domain names. ...
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Google-bot sees “Sorry, we have no imagery here” on pages with Google Maps

I have a site with Google Maps on most of the pages. When inspecting content keywords in Google Webmaster tools, content keywords identified by Google-bot for the site include "imagery", "sorry" and ...
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canonical rel tag and 301 redirect loop?

I'm working with an e-commerce platform and I'm not sure about the behaviour of the canonical rel tag after changing some URL keys. This is the specific situation: old_url.html -> redirects to -> ...
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Getting page indexed after fixing rel canonical error

I found a WordPress plugin created a rel="canonical" error in a section of my site. This error caused lower pages to point to the main page via a rel="canonical". I fixed the error 3 weeks ago and ...
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How to find out which sub-domain has been indexed more in Google?

I have some sub-domains. I use "site:example.com" in Google search input to find out the number of pages Google has indexed from my domain overall. How can I find out which sub-domain has been ...
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Is the programmatic addition of keywords and descriptions worthwhile?

I see here: http://wiki.asp.net/page.aspx/1648/seo-for-aspnet-web-site/ this code: protected void Page_Init(object sender, EventArgs e) { // Add meta description tag HtmlMeta metaDescription = ...
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Which CMS scenario should I choose for SEO?

I have a website, about web design and programming, which uses WordPress. I also list some applications that I have made, in pages like: mysite.com/myapp1 mysite.com/myapp2 (note: these pages are ...
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Checking Request's user agent versus handling _escaped_fragment_ urls when using pushState only (no hashbangs)

I'm working on an AJAX-based application and thinking of how to make it crawlable by search engines. I've read the Google's AJAX crawling specification but I couldn't get my head around one thing: if ...
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301 or 302 redirects for not logged in user?

Users that are logged in have access to their own page site.com/club/their-name-here. If they're not logged in I 302 redirect that link to site.com/club/ where there's the log in form. I kept ...
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Do all pages have to be added to XML Sitemaps?

I'm planning to add an XML Sitemap to a client's existing website. According to this, it will help define the difference between the root website (aimed at UK) and the US website (aimed at the United ...
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Canonical links for huge websites

Let's say I have 5 products that are identical but the product code, the product color specifications and the product image. The title, meta and description are identical (by the way the color is in a ...
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How to know if a domain is blacklisted by Google?

I found an available domain name which I want to buy, and I realize that it was previously owned. I searched for it like site:domain.com in Google, and I only found one link, which is the homepage. Of ...
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Does updating site too frequently hurt SEO rankings?

I recently updated my site, like 3-4 times in 2 months. At first everything was good, (i.e., Google was updating my pages' SERP content in 2-3 days). But now I did kind of a major change, I switched ...
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SEO Meta Tags: Is it better to have empty meta content or no tag at all?

Basically, for pages that may not have a description or tags set, is it better to have <meta name="description" content="" /> <meta name="keywords" content="" /> or just skip the tags ...
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Website not showing up when searching with a space

My domain name has a hyphen in it (i.e. http://word1-word2.com). When google searching "word1word2", the site shows up as the 5th overall search result. When searching "word1 word2", the site ...
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Is it normal to not be indexed in Google after a month? [duplicate]

I started 2 new sites at pretty much the same time. They are both small blogs, running the exact same blogging software (even the same template). The content is different, of course. One of them ...
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Where to put rich data markups?

I have a company website which I'm trying to make rich snippets. Where should I put the <span itemscope.. tags for Corporation? In every page? Or just the "about us" and/or "contact" pages? P.S ...
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Does redirect popup window affect SEO?

We have multiple websites, each site servers number of countries, and we used to have Geo-Ip Auto redirect system (no one likes auto-redirect), so we implemented another redirect system also uses ...
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SEO: why this site won't index? [duplicate]

I recently built a one-page-site, All main pages are loaded via ajax, so they exist as standalone too versions as well in HTML format through jQuery, only pages' content is loaded in the ...
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Is it bad to hide content for SEO?

I'm designing a mobile CSS file for my website. It normally has a top navigation bar, like in here, Stack Exchange's sites. In my mobile version, I plan to hide the topbar, and put a button, which ...
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Should I create a sitemap file and, if so, what should I add to it?

I submitted my website/app to Bing and Google recently. I subsequently received this email from bing: Dear Webmaster, This is a weekly report on the open issues categories we have detected on ...
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If a blogger writes a whole article about my website, how important are anchor texts?

If there is a full article about my web-service, with my brand name in the title, and many relevant keywords that I would like Google to consider in my rankings, and links to my web-site with simple ...
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Are there disadvantages an literal + instead of an encoded + (%2B) in an URL?

A client of mine has a product ending with a plus-sign (e.g. Google+) and would like the webpage of this product to have an URL that is human-readable (i.e. an URL that doesn't contain %2B). Since ...
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Canonical links and non-identical content (mobile / desktop)

We are being advised to: Use switchboard tags to indicate alternate media for handheld devices. Canonicalize those mobile pages to the relevant desktop pages My issue is that I thought that for ...
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How to properly use related search links on sites without taking a negative SEO hit?

On a search results page, I want to show related search links. These links are generated by user searches, that aren't already part of the site's regular links. This, in effect was to increase the ...
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Adding http:// in internal links [duplicate]

I was wondering if adding http:// into my links was a bad thing for SEO optimization. I know that is unnecessary but I have several links that are displayed in multiple subdomains. I try to explain ...
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SEO impact of using regional TLDs like .me

It is common that people use regional TLDs with a fake meaning to register a good-looking website. A famous example is .me, which is popularly offered by most of registrars alongside generic domains. ...
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How to display Cookie Notification text to users that is ignored by Search Engines?

Websites within the EU are meant to inform users about the use of cookies on their website. Whilst the law raises plenty of implementation questions already, the general consensus is that we must at ...
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How to use NOINDEX,FOLLOW with paginated results except index page

I am running a classified website. At the moment I am using lazy loading with jquery to load content while scrolling. I got to know that using jquery loading is not good for search-engine bots ...