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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Multiple sites, same markup, different content, tier linkage = SEO penalty?

I've developed a site, and I'd like to apply the exact same theme with the same HTML markup but different CSS styling to multiple different sites on different domains. The sites will be related in ...
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Lazy loading images and effects on SEO

We are using the following technique to lazy load images in our site: For all images we put in the src attribute a url for a default img (i.e. a loader) and put the actual image url in the data-src ...
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What is a “back link” and how does it affect search ranking?

I have heard about back links but am not sure what they are or how they affect search rankings and search engine optimization.
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Multi Language URLs

I'm building an online store that will be supported in 3 languages: English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese. My question is whether or not it is a good idea to make language specific ...
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Domain or Subdomain: does the choice affect traffic?

If I run a blog or something in my subdomain like www.sub.name.net is it going to have any decreasing affect like decrease traffic through search engines or low ranking through on engines?
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Is the W3 standard a major factor when google decides SERP position?

I have a dynamic php website which index only has around 800 errors according to the w3 validator online. I have tried checking major websites like ebay, stackoverflow and others also, all with ...
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Do all the pages on a website help the homepage's SEO?

When it comes to SEO, I hear the saying "content is king" a lot, so I tried to create a bunch of pages on my site with good authentic content. However, does creating a lot of content on a page or ...
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Should <a> tags with href=“#” (or other internal links) use rel=“noindex, nofollow”?

For SEO purposes, should <a> tags with href="#" make use of rel="nofollow", rel="noindex", rel="noindex, nofollow", or does it not matter? I'm asking because I have some elements on my site ...
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Why is Google offering users the ability to block results from my site?

I was performing a search for a string and one of the pages was from one of my websites. However, I noticed something odd about the entry for my site: This was the only page in the search results ...
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Does registering a second domain name with the dashes help SEO?

If I have a site registered and running on ThisIssomething.com for example, does registering This-Is-Something.com and redirecting it actually help SEO? Or is it mainly to protect your brand?
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Posting old content on a new website. Which date to use?

I have been writing a sort of diary for quite some time (5 years) that I store locally on my computer. Now I have decided to make some if this content publicly available in the shape of a WordPress ...
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<h1> - Semantic impact vs. SEO impact

There's a lot of debate over the architecture of heading structure in html5. After reading various articles, I've come to three possible architectures that make logical sense to me, but I'm unsure ...
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Should I block Wordpress archive pages from search engines?

I use WordPress and /sample-post/ URLs for my posts and /yyyy/mm/ for the archives. Google has indexed the site fully. Since the archives currently display full posts I've thought that I shouldn't ...
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Which keyword should I use: colors or colours or a combination of both?

Well this might sound weird but yeah that's exactly what I want to know! Now as per US-English colors is the right word and as per British-English colours is the right word. Here in India we follow ...
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What is the minimum recommended page title from an SEO perspective?

What is the minimum recommended page title from an SEO perspective? Would there be any problems if I use a two words title? I know that there is a maximum recommended, but I did not find anything ...
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Does the number of visits matters for SEO?

Considering I have a website and I have millions of direct views (entering directly by URL, not by any other URL) and that there is no links to this site anywhere else (or that this views don't ...
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STRONG and EM tags inside H1 and H2 and SEO on database-driven website

I am trying to tweak the SEO of my Website, I have read a 400 SEO Bible PDF document that I came across. An aspect of my website that was not included in my SEO optimisation. The STRONG and EM HTML ...
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Will JavaScript (document.write) content be indexed by search engines?

I have an external JS file embedding some content inline in a web page. Basically it just does a document.write("my content") via a script tag and loaded externally with the src attribute. Any ...
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SEOMoz: Domain Authority Score

SEOMoz offers a metric called 'domain authority' which appears to be based on 'trusted' sites like wiki, .gov domains, and the like which link to your site. How seriously should this be taken and ...
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SEO Geolocation

Does anybody know whether the location of the datacenter affects the SEO value of a given website? In other words a site which has 100% of visitors coming from USA has to be hosted in USA for better ...
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SEO Removal Time?

I was searching about removing the a domain/site being listed in Web Search Results (like, Google Search) and i found solution, at here. I believe it will be the solution but what i still need to ...
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Do WordPress websites get indexed quicker by search engines than a regular website?

I registered a couple of domains with the names of categories of products we sell. I then installed WordPress in one of those domains and played around with it for a bit, and left it alone for about a ...
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SEO and multiple domains to same site

I have one website. I have two domain names that I want to point to the same site install. So whether you go to name-one.com or name-two.com you see the exact same site. Now, I can either set up ...
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Does google always downrank pages with hidden texts

I'm creating a FAQ for my page. To help the user to get a better overview I want to hide all answers and only display the questions. If the user clicks on a question the answer is set to ...
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What does “Other” mean for Traffic Source on Google Analytics?

I logged into Google Analytics today and under 'Traffic Sources' saw: "Referring sites", "Direct Traffic", "Search Engines" and "Other". I've never seen 'other' before, and it was small (only 0.5%), ...
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Does the “canonical name” in DNS make any difference to search engines?

Some of our sites are setup with an "a record" to an IP address and some are setup as a cname of a server that then has an "a name" to the same server IP. I want it to be consistent. Which is the ...
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Canonical Tag Not Being Recognized

I'm puzzled by the first Google search result in this list. The first result has the following rel="canonical" tag: <link rel="canonical" ...
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Should page contents be same all time for SEO?

I have a frequently updated website. That's why page contents change frequently. I mean the items that are on 1'st page become on 2'nd page a day after. Similarly 192'nd page which is my last page ...
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Google Keyword Relevancy

I hope this is the correct place to ask this question. I've got a few websites going, so i'm ok with the usual terminology and have looked in SEO and tried to implement it as best i can on my sites. ...
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How does Fedex and UPC code functionality in Google search work? Can my site get similar treatment from Google?

When I search for a UPC code in Google, on top of the screen there are two special links to FedEX and UPCDatabase.com. Obviously the way it works is that Google recognizes the strings as valid UPC ...
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Site restyling effecting Google ranking

I have to restyle a website in Drupal, and the client has a clear request: the site cannot drop its position on Google. If I build a new Drupal site, with the same URLs, the same meta and title tags, ...
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Abnormal Alexa score: the more popular site has a worse rank

I have 2 websites of ecommerce in France and for these websites I have a strange behaviour of the alexa results. Here are some statistics about the websites : Unique Visits January 2012 Website A ...
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How to recover my inclusion in google results after being penalized for receiving comment spam?

My website had very high search engine results, especially in Google. But I left the website for a couple of months and didn't notice the comments were full of SPAM, about 20k comments of SPAM. Then i ...
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Effect of adding link from PR1 site to PR0 site?

Site A and B are both new, with few incoming links, and no 'do-follow' outgoing links. Site A has PR1, and site B has PR0. I am curious - Can anyone predict what might happen to the respective PRs ...
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Two URLs pointing to almost the same content [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? What I would like to do is the following: I have a website at ...
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Page with 50 internal page links or 5 pages with 10 internal links each?

I would like to know if no. of internal links in a page affects its page rank or not? lets say: a page contains 50 internal links is better than 5 pages interlinked with each other having 10 internal ...
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Seo: Change the title of a page

Lets say my website looks like this: News -Hello world -Foo -Bar So the parent page will list the last 3 news messages. For each news message there is a sub-page. For the parent page I was thinking ...
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How to write content that uses keyword terms which are google stop words

The keywords for our site comprises of words which are google stop words namely: thank you Is it better to write this as: thank-you or thankyou or does it make any difference?
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Why does SEO seem to hinge on using wordpress?

Wordpress is the de facto seo weapon of choice. I get that. What exactly is it about wordpress that is so special? It's blogging software, with some plugins, right? Why can I not use any old ...
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Google has a hard time finding organization's official page

I have a website setup through WordPress on a custom domain that I control. It is registered in the Google Webmaster Tools, and pages will show up on Google, but not in the order I'd like. I am ...
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Images as hyperlinks and SEO implications

I manage several websites, one of which is an e-commerce site with a lot of images. At the top of some product category pages, there are image links to specific products (think image banners). I am ...
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Is an ampersand (&) in a company name not ideal for Google or SEO?

I am working on a site with a company name with an & in it. An alternative is using and instead of &. Does & have some disadvantages in a company name we have to know of? Does it effect ...
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Duplicate content concerns for directory listings?

I run a local business directory site with client profile pages structured geographically. I also have a media network to share our listings across other directory sites. Does having our client page ...
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Multiple domains, same content

Whats the best method in having multiple domains online with the same content so that it does not affect SEO. Say a www.domain.com and www.domain.com.au. The *.com.au domain has significant SEO ...
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How to move a single page of content to a new domain

I am trying to figure out best-practise for moving a single page of content from one domain to another in a way that will preserve search engine ranking. I have found plenty of instructions for ...
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What are the SEO Benefits of adding a Tumblr feed to a website?

A client of ours has a CMS driven Blog in his hotel site - he would like to use the blog to add depth top his site and add SEO benefits relating to the blogs content. The current blog is a basic ...
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Registering multiple domains vs. subdomains

We are currently planning on registering multiple domains for different parts of the website we own. For example consider that we have example.com as the main domain and have assigned all the ...
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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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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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Best Strategy for Exact Match Domain (EMD) Along Side Branded Domain

I lucked out and managed to buy a two word .com EMD for the most important key-phrase for our b2b SaaS startup. Shutting down our branded domain isn't an option, we've already got too much invested ...