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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Does character length of domain affect seo rankings?

My domain : CreditCardPaymentGateways dot in even after 6 months is not ranking well. Could it be due to length of it? Also I've blocked backlinks to some directories( without nofollow) using ...
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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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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: ...
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Closed Captions vs Transcripts of the video: Which one is better for SEO?

I have a few videos I have transcribed. I'd like to know how I'd better include them in my blog posts. Should I caption them (e.g. in Youtube) or just include the transcript at the end of the post. ...
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SEO Guide/Webinar for the Non-technical

Does anyone have a good resource for SEO guides, videos, or webinars that focus on optimizing the content of a website, rather than the actual code? I've been asked to find this for a few employees at ...
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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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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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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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Knowing your online Competition how to reveal 301’s directing domains

I truly believe that any webmaster entering any niche should investigate their online competition beforehand to know what they're up against and to see if their goals are realistic and affordable in ...
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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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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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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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Why is loading speed of a website important for SEO?

I see everywhere on the internet how to optimize loading speed of a website but no one says why it's important for SEO. Inevitably, there are reasons why Google has decided to take this factor into ...
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Is this a good approach to image Lazy Loading for SEO?

For images loaded via AJAX, or that I don't want indexed, use the data-* attribute approach: <img data-src="path/to/image.jpg" class="js-lazy-load" /> The javascript maps the data-src ...
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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? ...
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How to handle canonical url changes like Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow sites all have pretty urls which include the question title. In the HTML it also have canonical url for that page. I just found out that when I change the question title, the url is ...
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Does it make sense to return a 410 instead of 404 when some page has been permanently removed?

Does it make sense to return a 410 instead of 404 when some page has been permanently removed? In this video, Matt Cutts says that Google treats them the same, but are there other reasons to implement ...
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How do you 'do' SEO past on-page optimization?

This may seem like a fairly trivial question, but in it's most basic form - How do you do SEO? To go into a little more depth, presume the website in question that we want to optimize is 100% ...
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Which symbol should I use in Meta Title: “|” or “-”?

So there are two way of writing a site's page title. For example: Meow | Photo Magazine or: Meow - Photo Magazine Which one is better (for SEO and for users)?
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Free SEO tools for competitor analysis? [closed]

Are there any free tools for competitor analysis? I want to find out keywords that a site is optimized for by typing in a URL I want to find out competition (a number) for a given phrase or keyword ...
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Pagination, Duplicate Content, and SEO

Please consider a list of items (forum comments, articles, shoes, doesn't matter) which are spread over multiple pages. Different sort orders are supported (by date, by popularity, by price, etc). ...
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What's a landing page?

The marketing team says I need a landing page. What is that and why should I bother?
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Are HTML tables bad for SEO?

A lot of designers discourage the use of tables but I have a layout where I'll use more div structure to achieve something made simple with a table.. Are tables bad for search engines? edit: I will ...
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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 ...
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Is google submitting my search box form?

In my ecommerce application we store all searches that customers have made from our search box. I've noticed in the last month or so though that the dominant search term in the stats is the term which ...
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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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Combine websites without hurting SEO

I have a friend that I'm helping out with some web design. Basically, the guy owns a few businesses that are all complementary of each other and he wants to combine them all into a single site. ...
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Sitemaps HTML and others

I am looking for the best resources on how to build sitemaps. I am currently aware of the obvious HTML sitemaps and the (google) sitemap.xml and (yahoo) urllist.txt Anyone know of resources for ...
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html5 tags for SEO

I've a question for you. Are now the new HTML5 tags, like <header>,<footer>,<hgroup>,<nav>,... ... really usefoul for SEO? Is google and other search engines considering ...
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SEO implications of hosting a UK-based site on an EC2 instance based in Ireland

Our core business is based in the UK and our public website is also hosted in the UK. We're considering leaving our current hosting provider and moving the website to an EC2 instance, using the EU ...
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My website has sitelinks but doesn't have a search box below it; is there anything I can do?

See for example this google query for wikipedia; the first result has both sitelinks and a search box to search within the website. My site only has sitelinks. Is there anything I can do to make the ...
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How does Google treat hash fragment inside a canonical URL

I have seen many websites using slugs in their URL to boost SEO such as this: http://example.com/article/1543/how-to-boost-seo/ I was thinking if I could do something like this instead: ...
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Moving from a static site to a CMS with new URLs and meta-data for pages

I am in the process of rebuilding a site from static pages to a CMS which will be using mod_rewrite to generate new page URLs. In this process our marketing people and myself have decided to tidy up ...
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Google indexing pages with #! although we don't have any

Our company has developed a Single Page Application using AngularJS and its routing. Google indexed our site decently with JavaScript but it did not index some pages very well so we have developed an ...
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Does adding external images or javascript to a website affect its SEO?

When adding images to your site, is it bad to use an image located on another site: <img src='http://www.some_other_site.com/image.jpg'> The same goes for javascript, is it bad to link to ...
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SEO for naming images

I have a website with many images embedded within articles. I do not want to miss traffic by image search. It is easier to save images with numbers, but will this affect SEO rank? I mean image search ...
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Would redirecting to a new home page affect SEO?

I'm currently working on a new landing page for this site. I want the landing page to replace the existing front page of the site. However I don't want to lose the Page Rank of the current front page ...
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What to put up during development? “Coming Soon” page is bad for SEO

I've purchased a domain. I'm in the process of creating the website for that domain. This may take about a month. In the mean time, what is the smartest thing to do with that domain, in terms of SEO? ...
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Are subdomains (for mobile-specific pages or localization) bad for SEO?

You have a website: http://www.mysite.com You want to serve up mobile-optimized pages for mobile devices. I've seen a lot of companies redirect mobile devices to this type of subdomain: ...
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When selecting the language of a web page solely with content negotiation, will a search engine ever see different languages?

I've done a simple, small site which basically only consists of a single page. Simplicity and no clutter are very intentional here and (imho) work quite well for this from a UX standpoint. Now I'm ...
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SEO/Architecture for multiple related websites

My question is two-fold, but first, a short background. I have a client that is a regional franchise for a service company and each physical site has its own domain and the main "corporate" physical ...
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HTTPS best practices for SEO and usability

Consider a page, http://example.com, which can be viewed both publicly and when a user authenticates. Now suppose you enable HTTPS for every page when a user logs into your website, but only when they ...
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Google Authorship image only visible to author

I have a website where all the links have an authorship tag added. It used to show up in the Google results properly, but for the past couple of days, it is not appearing for other users. My photo ...
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How to increase Google page rank of your website/blog?

OK so as far as I know to have good PR your website must have Good content/articles Many back-links Good HTML code. What else? What should one do to increase his/her website's Google Page-Rank?
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Uses of LINK tag

The <link> tag appears to have many uses aside from stylesheets. For example the W3 suggest using it for previous/next/index pages. I know that Opera also has a Navigation toolbar that will ...
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Is making AJAX site crawlable AND degrading gracefully with JS turned off possible?

According to this spec, making AJAX site crawlable by Googlebot means that you have to use hashbang (#!) links in it which means it won't degrade gracefully when JS is turned off. This might mean that ...
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SEO optimization multiple region site, domains and multilingual site

I am taking SEO of our website to another level. I read a lot about it and study all aspects of how to properly handle multiple domains and languages. For now we use three domain names www.myurl.eu, ...
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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)?