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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Webmaster tools show old URLs are crawled

We renewed our website last year (2012) in December. After that we have put 301 redirection in place for the required pages. We removed some pages in old site when we moved to new site. For example ...
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Image rankings on Google Image Search (images hosted on external sites)

I saw that when I stopped uploading images to my own server my content on Google Images disappeared. I stopped uploading images to my server for two main reasons: traffic and storage space on the VPS. ...
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Website SEO should i use - or |? [duplicate]

I was wondering if I should use (for SEO purposes), either: product_name - product_category | website_name Example: UCleaner - Delete Cache of Computer | HellGates OR product_name - ...
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Google not indexing/updating rel=“canonical” pages

I had same content with different links and I wanted to prioritize the indexing of different webpages. For example /A/1232 and /A/1232/tum_bin_jiya_jay represent same content but I wanted to give ...
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If my index page has no textual content, should it be present in sitemap?

My index page contains no textual content at all (except some footer links, copyright notice and some stuff in tag). It has, however, big Google's map with some pins attached which lead to articles. ...
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HTTPS Causes Broken Back Links?

If I change my URL to force https does this effect all of my backlinks to be broken and to be lost one by one? And if so if I change it back will it will this restore the back links on the site? Any ...
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Do other search engines support Google's “hash bang” syntax for crawling AJAX applications?

Google has a really nice document explaining how web developers can get Google to crawl non-AJAX versions of their web applications to make it possible for Google to index AJAX-heavy websites. Do ...
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“Cancel” is a relevant word in my page because of bootstrap popups

I am using bootstrap's modals. Each modal contains a button (register, login, etc) and a "Cancel" button. When I first released the website, all popups were in the header (they are hidden, but you ...
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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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Google does not find/ignore alternate hreflang content

I have a problem with Google indexing our site in different languages using the alternate hreflang. It's a forum and every thread is translated in the background and based on the language, the user ...
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(Google) Title of page not updated, everything else did

My website changed significantly this month. Amongst the changes was the website's title. Two weeks ago, I finally used Webmaster Tools and submitted the page. So far, Yahoo and Bing have updated ...
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Should rel=canonical point to page one of a set and still have rel=prev/next on the page as well?

I've got a page which displays search results and I've added rel=prev and rel=next meta tags to the page to cover the paging. However, someone is saying I should also add a rel=canonical tag to the ...
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Our “Contact Us” page is outperforming our “Home” page on Google

We're looking at how our website is performing in Google and noticing that our "contact us" page is outperforming our "homepage" for a typical search which is product+geography. widgets dallas widget ...
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90% sudden drop in search engine ranking with no changes made

This is a recurring topic, but I am very very panicking right now... I noticed a 90% "impressions" drop (from 60k to 5k) from 2013-03-05 to 2013-03-06. My keywords dropped, and for a few of them I ...
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When moving to a new domain should I ensure the old domain returns 410?

I recently moved from a .com domain to a .co.uk, this was a few months ago now, and essentially I still have my .com pointing to the same server as the .co.uk, and if accessed it performs a redirect ...
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Canonical url for filtered search results

I have a search function in my app that works like so: example.com/united-states example.com/united-states/california example.com/united-states/california/san-diego These three different searches ...
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Keyword meta tags to work with Google

I'm trying to optimize my website for better search results, I currently have a meta tag created for keywords like so: <meta name="keywords" content="key1, key2, key3" /> I have waited 30 ...
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Geotargeted subfolder questions (Portugal/Brazil and Switzerland)

We are at the beginning of the process to get multilingual versions of a website. We will be using subfolders working off the core domain (eg mydomain.com/fr/), set the geotargeting at Webmaster Tools ...
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What is the effect of Dynamic URL's on SEO

I have around 150 dynamic URL's as below http://mydomain.com/training/register.php?key=01ue3be299a-6bc1-1030-a2db-e4115bd593d8 ...
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SEO preparation for upcoming new site

I booked a domain and I created an image saying that the site is soon to be launched. What SEO preparations should I make to avoid harming my SEO ranking? Because my page is blank, the image itself ...
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Asynchronous page loading and SEO

To speed up my website (or at least the time to first byte (TTFB)), I'd like to only send the layout of the page and then get the page content with an asynchronous request. This way, the TTFB will be ...
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The SEO Impact of Migrating from Free Hosting on WordPress.com to Own Hosting

I have a blog (which serves as a commercial site) hosted on free wordpress.com. Since I now want to customise and get ownership of the whole thing I am thinking of either self hosting or upgrading ...
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In regards to SEO, is a site map important for a small 3 page website?

In regards to SEO, is a site map important for a small 3 page website? I understand that it is not needed for the convenience of a user visiting the site, but will it help the search engines find it?
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Google rewriting description of Singapore site, how can this be optimized? [closed]

For this page, when searching using this, it appears in the description: Tian Huat Tan, Etienne Andre, Jun Sun, Yang Liu, Jin Song Dong and Manman Chen. Dynamic Synthesis of Local Time ...
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URL Naming practise

Hi wanted to check if at the end of the URL (http://www.abcd.com/product-name/subproduct,default,sc.html) we have characters like default,sc and then .html, does having default,sc have an impact on ...
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Should I redirect the site IP address to the domain name

I have been told by an SEO company to redirect the site IP to the domain using a 301 redirect. This will apparently improve the SEO ranking of the site. The site has a dedicated IP address. Is this ...
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How do thousands of backlinks to my subdomains affect SEO?

I have 90k backlinks from 3 websites. On a subdomain, I have catalogs and my clients have a link on their site in the header to these catalogs. This means that they have in all their pages a link to ...
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Right canonical pages for encylopedia-style site

I have a website that contains a lot of short (150 word) descriptions of key concepts. The concepts are organised hierarchically so a description of Cheese will be a subsection under the heading "Milk ...
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Should I be concerned about hAtom tags on my blog?

I am using a theme that automatically adds hatom-entry, hatom-feed classes on my WordPress blog. I read that such tags/classes should be used for syndicated content. Anyway, then I ran a Rich ...
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seo optimization

I have submitted several pages to Google through Google Webmaster Tools by using a sitemap in XML format. Several pages are indexed by Google as well but the rank of those pages are in 400-500 as my ...
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SEO Ramifications of double breadcrumbs

I have a website that lists hotels, restaurants, bars, etc for a small resort town in Asia. I employ breadcrumbs to aid in user navigation, but I ran into an issue regarding categorization. Many ...
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How to Give proper Credit to Original Content keeping in mind the Google SEO

I have a website about Delhi and its tourism spots. Now for giving information about these spots, I am using Wikipedia and any other website for the information content, but I want to give Credit to ...
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Website promotion by country

I have two domains, one for UK and another for Australia. I want keep same design and content on both websites the same and I want to promote them country wise. My question is: can I keep same ...
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Just overhauled our entire site. How do I keep Google, Bing and Yahoo from demoting us?

We just overhauled our entire site. The new site structure doesn't resemble the old one in the slightest. What do I need to do with Google, Bing and Yahoo to keep our ranking from sliding? We have ...
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Do too many redirects hurt the SEO structure of Wordpress blog?

I have a website http://www.voiceable.org/ and just moved a category posts to the subdomain http://tech-fun.voiceable.org/ Now, i am using redirection plugin for 301 redirection from that category to ...
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How to find out what # you are for google keyword

I'm trying to find out if there's a way to form a Google query to quickly find out what position you are for a search term. I know that Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics has something ...
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Different blocked URLs stats in Google Webmaster Tools

Just want to know I got different blocked URLs stats at Google Webmaster Tools. I blocked entire site for revamp and latest builds implementation. Here are different stats Under Health tab > Blocked ...
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Unnatural Links Message from Google

We just recived (March 8 2013) a message from Google saying. We've detected that some of your site's pages may be using techniques that are outside Google's Webmaster Guidelines. Specifically, ...
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Back link not showing

For this website http://www.it.uu.se/workshop/infinity2010/, there is a link from here http://atva10.comp.nus.edu.sg/assocEvents.html but when searching in Google. ...
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Does text in tooltips (or hide/show divs) count for positive SEO?

We want to increase our rankings. We have relevant quality text content ... However we need the page to visually appear less texty. We are therefore considering a design with very little text ...
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What is the process of dynamic sitemap creation? [closed]

I am working on a website which have 12Lack pages, so, I want build dynamic sitemap hence I want to know the process of dynamic sitemap creation. tell me if have another way to create sitemap for such ...
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Difference between canonical and base tag

I am a little bit confused regarding the usage of canonical tags and base tags. I have placed canonical tag (rel="canonical") on my website because of my website opening with no-www. I have reviewed ...
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Automatically generate and cut off the blog post preview texts from the full post text? Yes, no?

I run a blog with over 1000 posts that are only separated by tags, so each post can have multiple of those. As it is mostly short news, videos and galleries, the description consists of 3-5 lines of ...
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Should initials of names be seperated by a dot or by a hyphen for seo purposes

I wanted to use names with initials in the URL. For example if j.k. Brothers is the initials and name then is it good to make my URL like so: sitename.com/j.k.brothers/listing/ Or would it be ...
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Is it valid to have 2, 3, or more canonical tags?

I have seen a major website have more than 2 canonical tags on certain pages. Here's the page URL: http://www.example.com/en_GB/shop/details.cfm?R=PRODUCT23:en_GB Here's the first canonical ...
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Returning 404 for expired jobs in my jobs site [duplicate]

In my new Job search site how should I handle jobs which are expired? Ideally those should return 410 response when deleted. But I'd like to delete them(404 response) since that'd be easy to do for ...
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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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How does google regard subdomains with regard to SEO? [duplicate]

For example, in the past, links to www.example.com wouldn't have meant Google would pass any value to say, forum.example.com. What is the current status of this? (Please provide a reference if ...
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Should I Include RSS Feed URLs in an XML Sitemap?

Simple question - Should I Include the RSS Feed URLs in my site's XML Sitemap? I am NOT asking whether I should USE an RSS Feed AS an XML sitemap, but rather, should I include the URLs to the ...
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Duplicate alt tags in a big gallery

Our website mainly consists of galleries, while usually smaller, they sometimes reach over 100 images per post. As each image is bound to the same topic, they are automatically named after the post ...