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 Google bots interpret hyphen separated words as a single keyword?

I have a french website which frequently includes the word rendez-vous. But, Google Webmaster Tools content keywords tells me the #1 keyword is rendez which is not what I want. Even worse, the word ...
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sitemap.xml approach on non-indexed site

On a site that has a robots.txt file that disallows all crawling... User-agent: * Disallow: / ...does it matter what the sitemap.xml content is? Is it better, or does it make a difference at all, ...
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What SEO problem will occur when we install WordPress on PaaS?

Openshift cloud provided by RedHat have told us to "set up a CNAME record with your DNS provider" if we need to use a custom domain in PaaS. What SEO problem will occur when we install WordPress on ...
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Schema.org: Having a Product as “about” property

I want to define a Product as the main content of a webpage using Schema.org markup. My idea with the following HTML is to use the structure: - Webpage -- WebPageElement (mainContentOfPage of ...
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Would social network activity with links pointing to my website be considered a link scheme?

Are tweets and Facebook shares/likes of posts with links to my site considered a link scheme? Especially when the tweeting and sharing of the link is encouraged with prizes? Would this get me banned ...
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SEO for Google: navigation, company info, video [duplicate]

I often stumble upon search results in Google that get a special treatment, like: having the site navigation (and more) being displayed on the search results page having a company's location, ...
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What is the best practice to have a number in the clean URL or not?

I'm confusing to choose my clean URL format for better SEO. Here are my two options: example.com/apple example.com/123/apple The first format is very clean. It would be much more familiar and ...
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How to evaluate a domain name for a UK site: top level domain, number of words, and hyphens

I have 12 domain names for a new business project and I'm looking for advice as to which one is best for SEO and online optimisation strategy: seo-check.co.uk seo-check.com seocheckonline.co.uk ...
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Google doesn't show my site's results even for a direct search

In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 21 already displayed. If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included. ...
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How can this be considered as web spam?

One of our websites has suffered ongoing manual action by Google due to a high volume of unnatural links. This was somewhat justified as an SEO company we hired in 2005 submitted our site to numerous ...
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Is “Redirecting via DNS” a good practice for positioning a website?

In order to position a website project I'm planning on getting 3 domain names (example.com, example.org and example.net). Whenever a user goes to "example.org" or "example.net" he/she would be ...
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Page title for real estate website

When user creates a real-estate content page, the title will be created by the rules I will create. Lets say there will be 10,000 flats on sale in London. So to make this as good as I can - how do I ...
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Should I Disavow irrelevant links targeting my blog through Google Webmaster Tools?

I commented on a blog, and after some days I checked my Google Webmaster Tools and I found an issue which is similar to ReplytoCom ( Reply to comment ), that means I am not only getting one nofollow ...
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What is a best canonical URL for a search result page? [closed]

I have read a Google guideline About rel="canonical" and I have known that A canonical page is the preferred version of a set of pages with highly similar content. I have a search page which ...
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Google search results not based on website's content

A while ago I searched in the Google for a very specific phrase Quazar of Sanxion and I got some strange results (showing the first three): The strange thing is that if you open the second ...
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Adding UTM tracking hurt existing backlinks?

We have content on some of our partner's websites like the Chamber of Commerce, etc. I would like to have better tracking on this data and was considering adding UTM tags to them. If we modified these ...
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Is there an SEO benefit in shortening domain names by omitting characters?

For example damnler.com vs damnlr.com. What are the differences in terms of SEO? Do search engines treat these differently in any way?
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Can I defer loading Modernizr?

I'm using an HTML5 template that makes thorough use of the semantic tags and includes Modernizr up top to do the necessary IE coaxing. Google PageSpeed is complaining about the blocking JavaScript and ...
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SEO - alt and title attributes for thumbnail images in recommended products?

I think that title almost explains it. What is best for SEO to use in section Recommended products for alt and title attributes of thumb images? Should they maybe be empty? Recomendded products are ...
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Using RDFa with an image inside of an H1 tag

I come from a development background but just recently starting learning SEO along with RDFa. I am working on our companies new website where the designer is using our different divisions logos at the ...
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How to follow the evolution of position in SERP in Google Webmaster Tools?

Is there a way to see the evolution in time of the position in search engine results? In Google Webmaster Tools I can see the different positions where my page was showed but is there a way to "sort ...
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Cross-domain linking for a multi-nation, multi-language site?

I have a website, that is available in, let's say, 3 countries (with data specific to each country), and provide users the posibility to see every website in each of the 3 primary languages of those ...
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Using topic titles as img alt text on a forum?

I have a (mostly) standard phpBB forum so right now, images that are posted in [IMG] BB-tags don't have an alt text. I would like to change this and I'm doubting between two options: Use the topic ...
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Rebranding: how do I redirect my website to a new domain, and blog to a subdomain?

I have a website that I am rebranding and using a new domain name for. Right now it is primarily a blog hosted at the root. I am going to be redirecting from www.old.com to www.new.com, and I also ...
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Is mixing slugs with numbers & names in WordPress a bad SEO technique?

While trying to get friendly URLs in WordPress, I discovered this WordPress forums post, which states: WordPress has a monumental issue forbidding you to use the same category slug more than ...
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How to redirect old page link to new link when using new CMS for website [duplicate]

We are doing a new website and the current website www.domains.com has been running for almost 3 years and is quite visible on search engines. Now we are working on new website with multilingual ...
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Several images are displayed in one <img> tag that's changeable via JavaScript - is that OK for those images to be indexed by Google?

I have a page which should contain text and several images related to this text. I'd like to show only one image on the page and let the user change the image by clicking a "->" button (via ...
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Domain Extensions - redirect from .com or .org to country side domain like .am [duplicate]

i was wondering one thing. Actually .com and all generic domain extensions specifies that the site is available for all countries while country side domain extensions like .fm .mx or .sh specifies to ...
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Brand name showing before the title in search results

If we search for our brand name or any keywords that relate to our website, the first words to appear in the title shown in the Google result preview follow this format: Brand Name: Title Here's a ...
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SEO focused navigation

I am a web designer and front-end developer. I almost always utilize a primary navigation bar that clearly demonstrates traditional website pages - "Home, About Us, Blog, Directions/Locations, ...
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Should I use “Disallow”, “NoFollow”, or “NoIndex” for paginated listing pages?

I own a web site which has mainly two types of pages: Content pages: they are pretty much static, and link to the previous and next content page (chronologically). The structure is that of a double ...
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Do search engines rank URLs in sitemaps lower if there are no internal links pointing to them?

I have a site with thousands of pages. The pages are dedicated to be found by the search engines as they are very specific. It is very unlikely that the users will find necessary pages using any ...
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Is it bad for SEO to change a URL leaving an old broken URL?

I have a blog site. Assume that I have added a page example.com/appleand that blog page has been crawled by Google. The word "apple" is based on the blog title "Apple". Later, I changed the title ...
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Getting the redirected page to show up in SERP instead of the target

I have a site that is listed on a sitebuilder site with their own domain which in this example lets call this siteA.com/myaccountnumber/index.html. I've purchased a domain siteB.com and I've setup a ...
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Too many outgoing links due to user generated content - is this bad for SEO?

I have a website that contain all user generated content. The users are free to add links to the content. I also provide my users with an about the author column, where they can add links too. All the ...
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Regenerate sitemaps for every registered user?

I have a .Net website where the main functionality is viewing user profiles. Suppose if my URL to view a profile is www.mywebsite.com/viewprofile?id=20, to see a user with an id of 20. My question is ...
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SEO best practices for one page websites? [duplicate]

I build many one page websites that dynamically load content through AJAX/jQuery. I keep reading how bad one pagers are for SEO. Regardless, how can you get the most SEO results out of a one page ...
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Best practice for scroll-up web page

As was pointed out in a question asked earlier, Google will not recognize when the DOM is altered via JavaScript after initial page load to start at the bottom and scroll up rather than down. ...
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Parallax landing pages and the affect on SEO

Are there any unique concerns which need to be addressed to optimize SEO in a parallax scroll landing page? Page will initially load from the bottom and scroll upwards through 5 sections which ...
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Will the content of a PDF on our website affect SEO?

I know that Google crawls websites including PDFs, but does the content contained within PDFs affect SEO rankings? We want to put some PDFs on our website but don't want to see our results take a ...
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How do I target a specific city audience?

I have a .com domain, and I want to target specific countries and cities. Is it possible to target a specific city audience? For example: I want to do SEO for only some selected cities like: New ...
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URL for website with multiple currencies

It seems that most of the websites which handle currencies keep track of the current currency throughout the user browser session and not through the URL itself. This way, when sharing the URL with ...
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Load Wikipedia sourced biographies via Ajax or render it with the rest of the page as part of the initial request?

Apparently Google Search ranks pages with unique content higher than pages that have content that is originally from somewhere else (e.g. 'Wikipedia'). In a web site I am building, I show some ...
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Why is Google.co.in showing and highlighting antonyms of a keyword in search results?

When I was searching for the sentence "SEO interview questions and answers for experienced" in Google.co.in I found so many results with the title "SEO interview questions and answers for fresher", ...
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Best way to redirect users back to the pretty URL who land on the _escaped_fragment_ one?

I am working on an AJAX site and have successfully implemented Google's AJAX recommendation by creating _escape_fragment_ versions of each page for it to index. Thus each page has 2 URLs: pretty: ...
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When seeking to acquire a legacy domain from a site owner, what should I look for in the domain history? [duplicate]

What kinds of things should I look for when seeking to purchase a legacy domain (i.e. a domain previously owned and operated)?
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How can I obtain past webmaster tools warnings/manual actions on a site with a previous site owner?

I have purchased a legacy domain which was hit by Panda/Penguin in 2011/2012 for paid link networks. When I redirected my old site to the new domain I purchased, organic traffic and rankings ...
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Google fetched a title from the body instead of keyword stuffed title tags - could that be a problem for SEO?

I have a website that contains keywords repeated in the <title> tag, so Google fetched the most relevant keywords from the body of the page. There is no problem so far and my website is ranking ...
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Will using same colour H1 as background hurt SEO if I use background image?

Can it hurt SEO if H1 headings are the same colour as the standard body background colour, even if all H1 headings are placed in divs that have a contrasting background image? (So to be clear: the ...
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301 Redirect to another website

I have a website that ranks highly on Google for a particular page. For example: http://www.domain.com/products/product-name We have built a new website at its own domain, for example: ...