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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SERP update frequency

Recently I changed my site improving the title and description metatags of many pages. Looking at Webmaster Tools I saw that Googlebot already crawled the new contents (and also found duplicate titles ...
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Does Rel=Canonical Pass PR from Links or Just Fix Dup Content

One of the issues with duplicate content is that links can be split across several versions of your page, it was my understanding the a 301 redirect is really the only option for retaining some of the ...
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Multilingual and SEO URLs - best practice?

What would you recommend as a URL structure for setting up a multilingual site when optimizing for SEO? I'm thinking: www.yoursite.com/en/some-category/some-article/ www.yoursite.com/sv/en-kategori/...
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Free unlimited-page sitemap generator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Looking for a sitemap generator I have been using www.xml-sitemaps.com/ but their limit is 500 pages. My site has grown beyond that and I am wondering whether there is ...
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SEO: What are SEO benefits of submitting to Yahoo Directory?

How important is Yahoo Directory these days for SEO? It was important maybe 5 years ago, but what about today?
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Would including some of the same words in every product URL be considered keyword stuffing?

I have about 130 products on my site, and I want the URL to look like this example.com/unique-product-name-ratings-reviews-prices. Since I have 130 of these pages, I am concerned about the (ratings-...
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Why are my backlinks not showing on google on this asp.net website with all I've done?

I recently implemented many SEO techniques for a company on their asp.net website; in 6 months, we jumped from a PR1 to a PR3. But I'm having issues with google backlinking. Here are some of the ...
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Why won't title attributes get indexed in Google?

When I search for Ride On + my site's name, I see that it's indexed. But when I search for Green Horse + my site's name, I don't see my site appearing in the results anywhere! Here's my code: <td&...
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Google search results show my title incorrectly twice

Does anyone know why Google shows my title twice in search results? And it's the wrong title too. Here's a screenshot:
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Are Subdomains provided by free website hosting services SEO Friendly?

By now, I've already read a lot about the myths and realities concerning the sub-domain vs sub-directory chaos. But that is not what my question really is. What I really want to know is that whether ...
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Will search engines divert worldwide traffic away from a website with a country specific TLD? [duplicate]

I have a website that contains world-wide suitable content, although it is in English. The site is just information; not ecommerce. However, it has a ccTLD of ".co.uk", so will search engines ...
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My site disappeared from Google search, how long does it take to get back?

Due to damage by malicious code, Google wrote: Google Analytics web property: link has been removed from http://swebdizajn.com November 29, 2011 Your Webmaster Tools http://swebdizajn.com ...
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Is it important to have semantically correct HTML with regards to SEO?

SEO seems to be a subject surrounded by both myths and varying opinions. Nevertheless, I would like to know if you have an opinion on how important it is to have semantically correct XHTML, that is, ...
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Keyword Densities - do they still matter?

Let's say I have a standard issue web page with 500 - 600 words and I'm priming my page for two specific keywords (for the purposes of this example). We know that these words need to feature within ...
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Meta Description has HTML entities, will Google show the real character or the entity code in SERP?

Will Google's SERP show the ampersand (&) or the ampersand HTML entity &amp; in its snippet? Here is my description meta tag: <meta content="Questions &amp; Answers" name="description"/...
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SEO - 2 websites in the same domain

I have my domain (http://www.foobar.com, for example) and my website talks about technology. I want to have another website (with other content, not about technology) inside of it (http://www.foobar....
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What Ranking Factors Are Used For International Search?

Google.com vs Google.ca vs Google.co.uk (etc) all rank their results differently. The intention is to return more locally-relevant content. What factors, other than the ones below, are used to ...
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Will my new HTML5 website decrease my Google ranking?

I have a traditional HTML website that loads pages/sections of the site when people click on menu items. Pretty standard. Currently, I'm working on relaunching my website with a brand new HTML5 code &...
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How my website will be ranked if I host multilanguage blogs under my domain?

I want to make two weblogs in two different languages under my personal domain, such as blog1.domain.org and blog2.domain.org. I want to optimize my website in such a way that with searchs in either ...
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proper use google webmaster tools URL Parameters

There are some urls like http://domain.com/user/:username and http://domain.com/post/:id on my website, the username and id is the parameter from database. I try to let google crawler more efficiently ...
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Will replacing 'to' with 2 or 'for' with 4 improve my site's PageRank

Is it true that replacing words such as "to" and "for" with numbers (2 and 4 respectively) help increase my website's PageRank. Is it a useful SEO technique and if so why does it work?
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Website cache on google looks broken [closed]

My website's google cache copy looks broken. Below is link to cache. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://paintcollar.com Can this affect the SERPs and crawling by google? ...
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Is redirecting to 404 ok for SEO?

There was an old website located at http://domain.com. Then it has been replaced by a new website, with a totally new url configuration, leaving old domain, but switching to https-only. So now all ...
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How many days would update if I modify page meta:title and meta:description?

If I adjust the meta:title and meta:description in my page for SEO, how many days would google, yahoo, bing search engine update? BTW: if my sitemap set this page's changefreq is daily? Thanks.
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Move subdomain into subdirectory SEO question

I have read this article: http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/subdomains-and-subdirectories/ But I'm not 100% clear if moving my subdomain website into a subdirectory on the main domain would change ...
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When using a framed redirect, which site does Google attribute content to for SEO purposes?

I want to setup a WordPress blog on blog.example.com. After that, I want to also show this blog in blog.example2.com using an <iframe>. Will Googlebot collect my blog information under ...
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Sudden decrease in pages crawled per day

During the last few days, Googlebot has crawled much less page in my site than it normally does. I'm not seeing any new errors, and haven't identified a reason for this. Is such a hugh and sudden ...
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Does Google parse SVG images as value of the Schema.org 'image' property in JSON-LD?

Structured data markup is a standard way to annotate your content so Google can understand it. However, I am not sure, if Google will accept and parse svg+xml images as a value for the Schema.org ...
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Can we detect which search keyword used for a particular interaction?

Imagine we have a loan application website. We want to understand out of these loan applications, the ones the go through all the way, from what search keywords did they come from? The ones that ...
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How to handle www and non-www? [duplicate]

tl;dr : For SEO, should I redirect from one to the other or list both on the DNS records? It seems that most experts think that both www and non-www should exist. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.) ...
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How to control what appears on google search results?

So I have just built a site and all is well... but I want to control what appears on google search results. Lets say I google for "thefwa", first what comes is the link to www.thefwa.com, then ...
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Schema.org in a directory website

Is it possible to introduce Schema.org markup (using JSON-LD) in a directory website? My website shows restaurants from a region, but the restaurants are not mine. I'm thinking to introduce address, ...
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Question about paginated based URLs and category URLs with XML sitemaps

I have a blog site that has this URL structure: http://website.com/category/ http://website.com/category/page1/ http://website.com/category/subcat/ http://website.com/category/article_title A flow ...
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Local TLD vs. .com and .com/nl vs .nl

I basically have 2 questions about local TLD vs .com. First question: There already exists a website "keyword.nl" with a crappy website, no SEO optimisation. Is it possible for a website "keyword.com"...
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Use of hgroup tag and how much well for SEO it is?

I used hgroup tag like as in section. I want to know that it's well for SEO or not and this is a correct use of hgroup. HTML: <section> <hgroup> <h1>CCTV Camera's ...
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SEO: Where do I start? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase your site's position in Google? I am primarily a software developer however I tend to delve in some web development from time to time....
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Does registering a domain for 10+ years help search rank?

I've heard that registering a domain name for a very long time, say 5 to 10+ years, can help with your search rank. This seems at least plausible to me, since a fly-by-night, massive domain name farm ...
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How long should my HTML page title really be?

How long should my text within my <title></title> tags really be? I know Google cuts it off at some point but when? When I used IIS7's SEO Toolkit 1.0 I get error stating my title ...
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Why don't websites have a “description” meta tag in the head section?

I expected to see something like this in the <head> section of stackoverflow.com, for example: <meta name="description" content="A language-independent collaboratively edited question and ...
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Using rel=canonical with syndication

I work at a site which allows syndication of content (via API's and data dumps). We are finding that a number of sites which republish our content are appearing higher in Google search results, even ...
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What's the importance of the “title” tag?

Talking with some other people recently, it came up an interesting topic. The core question at hand is: What's the real importance and weight of the <title> tag in a web site? For instance,...
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Status of Crawlable Ajax?

I saw that Google had a nice proposal/standard for making Ajax applications crawlable, via #! (hash bang). http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/10/proposal-for-making-ajax-crawlable.html ...
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How should I study a competitor's off page SEO?

What are the things I need to do, and with what tools to know what a competitor has working for him/her off-page (free and paid tools -- please suggest both)? First of all, I'm supposing I want to ...
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Should I always use HTML5 Microdata for SEO?

So I've been looking into this HTML 5 Microdata, but I'm not sure if or when it is appropriate to use. I know that if used with rating and you search a website it will pull up things like video rating ...
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Should I have both example.com and www.example.com?

I used to have a website which could be addressed by both example.com and www.example.com leading to the same page. Now, I moved to another server and only the example.com works. I got an email from ...
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Overuse of <h1> was bad, but now, with HTML5?

We know that the overuse of <h1> can lead to an over-optimization penalty, but now, in HTML5 it's allowed to use multiple <h1> in the same page (inside nested sections). What will Google ...
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Can anyone recommend a Google SERP tracker? [closed]

I want to track my website's position in Google's search results for around 50 keywords/phrases and I am looking to a nice web service or Windows application to automate this process. Ideally, I want ...
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Basic SEO Optimization [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase your site's position in Google? What are the basic things a webmaster can do to make it's site SEO optimized? I know of adding page ...
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Is it possible to slow the Baiduspider crawl frequency?

Much has been made of the Baidu spider crawl frequency. It's true: "Baiduspider crawls like crazy." I've experienced this phenomenon at sites I work with. In at least one instance, I've found that ...
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Is it really worth submitting to DMOZ anymore?

This question stems from here. This guy sounds like he's getting a bit annoyed with DMOZ, but I was wondering if it's even worth submitting there nowadays. Does anyone still use it as a search engine? ...