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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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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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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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 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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Does Google consider W3C validation errors of a website? If so why www.google.com has 23 Errors, 4 warning(s)

Some SEO analysts says that fixing W3C validation errors of a website is an important On Page Optimization if so why www.google.com has 23 W3C validation errors, 4 warning(s)? Does Google consider ...
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What is Google's policy about separate content on same URLs in mobile and desktop versions?

I'm currently developing a mobile version of my site where users' devices are automatically identified and then displayed either mobile or desktop view of the same URL. For usability purposes, I ...
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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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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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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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Difference between alt and title of img - which one to use - and impact

For years I've been writing my HTML for images like this: <img src="picture.jpg" alt="my picture" > But I recently ran a audit of my site using Raven SEO tools and it reported loads of errors ...
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Is it worthwhile to pay for boosting SEO for a new wesite?

I have come across a couple of websites today that claim to boost your website index in a matter of days. There are 1000s of reviews and all of them seem quite positive showing off results and stuff. ...
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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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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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Sitemaps HTML and others [closed]

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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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. There'...
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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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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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New required mainEntityOfPage for article structured data

I had a look at the article structured data as proposed by Google and saw that there are a new required and recommended fields, they weren't there last week. Here is the link: https://developers....
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Is it possible to get Google to treat a .it domain as a generic top-level domain? [duplicate]

We have the option of using a .it domain which is a ccTLD (country code top-level domain). We don't want it to be specific to Italy though, we want Google to treat it as a gTLD (generic top-level ...
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Problems ranking in different countries for .com site [closed]

I've got something confused with Google.com My website is hosted in United states, and its language is English. However, when i search a keyword in India, actually my website naming keyword.com, my ...
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How can I provide star rating metadata to search engines?

Some search engines (including Google and Bing) display a star rating for things like movies and downloads on sites such as IMDB and cnet. How can I configure my site to provide this data?
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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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Tool to monitor rankings

I'm searching for a tool that can give me the page number (Google) and position a given web page scores for a given keyword. E.g. Searching for the term "foo" the tool will show third page, second ...
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Do search engines see comments in the source code as a backlink?

I would like to know if Google or any other search engine would regard a comment in the source-code containing a link: <!-- domain.com --> as a back-link. If yes how much weight is put ...
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Are CSS sprites bad for SEO?

Nowadays often what was accomplished with an <img> tag is now done with something like a <div> with a CSS background image set using a CSS 'sprite' and an offset. I was wondering what ...
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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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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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How do I get a list of all indexed links?

I am looking for a way to take every link that I have indexed by Google and export them to a CSV file. Recently I have had way more pages indexed by Google then I actually have and I want to find ...
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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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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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Migrating from a wordpress.com to wordpress.org blog without harming SEO

I've had a Wordpress.com weblog for 3 years. And its pages have a good pagerank and are shown in first search results pages. Because of the limitations, I should migrate to my own WordPress. How to ...
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Does duplicate content on another site affect my ranking?

A competitors set up a new site and copy and pasted some copy from our home page. When doing a comparison with a duplicate content tool the result was that the pages where 21% similiar. Does the ...
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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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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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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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Google Pagespeed tells me to leverage browser caching when caching is already enabled

Google Pagespeed Insights still tells me that I have to enable browser caching, but I don't understand what I'm missing. I'm using cloudflare with optimizations enabled. I see this HTTP header in ...
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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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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: http://m....
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Pros/Cons of Interlinked Landing Pages

Today on Google's Official Webmaster blog they posted about running multiple sites with similar content, here. After reading it and looking at the comments I noticed two things. First Google doesn't ...
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For SEO, should the path portion of the URL be localized?

I have a site that have localized content. I would like to know if it's really important to also translate the URL paths to access the content. For example: Today, I'm handling the URLS like these: ...
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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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Effect on SEO of lazy scrolling on HTML comments

I am thinking about using a JS script that lazy loads HTML when scrolling ( http://ivorycity.com/blog/2011/04/19/jquery-lazy-loader-load-html-and-images-on-scroll/). I am not too sure about whether ...
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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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Estimating where my competitor is getting most of their traffic from? Organic, PPC, or other?

I'm trying to figure out how/where a website gets its traffic. How are they successful with bringing in traffic? Via Organic, PPC, other? What is the best approach to estimating this? My thought ...
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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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SEO impact of text in the footer of a webpage that has little to do with its content

I am going to be developing a new site for a local company. I noticed in their footer (above the copyright) they have various keywords and cities listed that are terms that a person could search for. ...
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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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Best choice of domain name? (SEO)

This question is specifically about domain name choice. My client wants to maximize his site SEO, and he has two domain names, one of which he has for two years and is in the second page of Google ...
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Redirect based on country

Let's say I have a site that has multiple versions for different countries, e.g.: www.example.com/us www.example.com/uk www.example.com/ca and I want to use IP geolocation to redirect users who go ...