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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What is linkbaiting?

I have been wandering around some SEO sites this evening and have been seeing this term linkbaiting. The word bait kind of makes it not sound so great. What exactly is linkbaiting and how does it ...
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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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What's the maximum length of the meta keywords tag?

Could you please tell me that what is the maximum length for meta keywords?
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Ars Technica .ars URL suffix — Vanity or SEO Benefit?

The Technology website Ars Technica has adjusted their URL rewrite rules to end with a .ars. Traditionally, sites have taken advantage of this URL rewriting capability to completely eliminate file ...
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Is DMOZ still 'active'?

I understand that having a listing in DMOZ isn't necessarily a 'good' backlink to have due to the 'weight' of links from fully categorized listings, but I was wondering if anyone could give any solid ...
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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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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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Advantages of country TLD vs. .com

I want to get a domain for my site. The site's topic would be about Vienna, but the content will be in English. I was thinking, if I should get .com domain or .at domain. .at is both much cheaper ...
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Does an image's filename affect its seo?

When I name my image files, I always use a descriptive file name such as red-mercedes-slk.jpg. I've always done this without thinking, but I wondered if it actually benefits my rankings in any way. ...
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Is content inside a <noscript> tag indexed by search indexes?

Is content inside a <noscript> (HTML4, HTML5) tag indexed by search engines? (Inspired by this question)
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How are Google search results ordered when prefixing a search with “site:”

If I use the "site:" prefix on a google search to see all the indexed pages for a particular domain, for example: site:kickasscupcakes.com Results: https://www.google.com/#q=site:kickasscupcakes.com ...
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Website “theft” - what is the best way of dealing with these individuals?

I was doing a duplicate content search on the web for our site content and found that someone has downloaded/mirrored our entire website and is hosting it on a subdomain of their own main domain. When ...
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Coming Soon Pages & SEO

I am setting up my personal website, and I have designed a simple "Coming Soon / Under Construction" page which basically has nothing but a small notice for the users. What kind of SEO can I make on ...
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How do i analyse my website in terms of seo

what are the tools that can be used to analyse the SEO score and other seo facctors that helps in promoting websites in search engines
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I want to test major changes on my website without hurting SEO

I want to replace all my website files for new ones on the server and to test if they work alright but I don't want to be crawled while this is happening or if I am, I don't want the crawler to be ...
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Absolute vs relative links

Our site's navigation links are currently in relative form: <a href="/section"> The SEO company I mentioned in my previous question recommends we change them to absolute links: <a ...
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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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URL path structure for a website with several directories

I am making a website with several directories that will have a high amount of content. For now I have separated the URLs into categories so that they’re like this: www.example.com/student/ ...
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Which meta “robots” tag gets preference?

My wife works at a high school in Germany. I recently noticed that it's extremely hard to find that school's homepage using Google. I looked at the source code of the page and I believe I've found the ...
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Does a 303 status code pass page rank?

I'm doing an audit for a client who has a 303 redirect on his site from: example.com to example.com/en/. I personally would have used a 301 redirect, but I want to know if a 303 passes page rank the ...
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link rel=“alternate”, multiple languages and canonical urls

Context: We've got a website which is available in multiple language versions. However, the content is the same. Each translated version of the site is available on a distinct subdomain. On some ...
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Is using H2s instead of H1s a big deal?

Basically, the way the development of a site I am working on has happened, virtually all pages use H2 instead of H1 as the "root" title (and then H3-5 are used appropriately). Since Google pays such ...
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Google Webmaster tools “Time spent downloading a page”

In Google Webmaster Tools -> Diagnostics -> Crawl Stats, there is a chart Time spent downloading a page (in milliseconds). What is that chart measuring? Is it the time to fetch the HTML text only, ...
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Duplicate content on the same page - SEO ramifications?

In certain situations, I've seen Responsive Design websites with duplicate content on the same page. The pages had duplicate HTML structure and content in some parts of it due to Responsive Design. ...
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Page Speed Online vs Chrome Extension

In optimizing a content blog of mine with the goal of achieving the highest page speed score possible for obvious reasons (user experience, SEO, etc..), the results I'm obtaining are throwing me for a ...
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Alt attribute for SEO recommendation

If I want my site to be no.1 for a particular keyword search, would it harm me or help me if I put alt="keyword" in all of the images I have in the site?
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Subdomain versus new domain

I'm adding a blog to a site. Would it be better for SEO to put it at blog.example.com or at www.exampleblog.com? I already own www.exampleblog.com . Would combining the words together to exampleblog ...
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Does Google value links to a page's named anchors (#) as equal to links to the page w/o the anchor?

Occasionally my site gets links directly to a sub-section of a page via a named anchor, e.g. /mypage.html#section1 Does Google give this link equal weight as a link to /mypage.html?
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What research methods could I use to determine the keyword(s) I should use for my site?

In England, some primary students sit for an exam called the 11-plus. I need to figure out what keyword(s) to use for my related site, but I'm not sure how to go about this. What keyword research ...
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Cropping images & SEO

So I have a page with a bunch of images with largely varying sizes. Also the layout of the page is such that the images are all in the shape of square tiles, so just resizing will cause distorted ...
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Canonicalization for www/non-www URLs and IP/domain on a Windows server

I have checked my website using this SEO tool and the results report 2 issues: Test your site for potential URL canonicalization issues. Canonicalization describes how a site can use slightly ...
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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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Removing “www.” from domain name and SEO

We are doing a big redesign work on our website, and at least 50% of the website folders will be moved to new places with different names (i.e. many URL will be changed). Sure, Google will need some ...
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Is placing one or two keywords in the URLs still good for SEO?

My urls do not seem to have my main keywords in them. Is this bad for SEO? Should I include them? Of course I do not mean actually writing one keyword after each other, but have an organically / ...
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Flat vs. Hierarchical Tree Structure

I'm a developer in the middle of the development of a medium-sized website. A requirement that we just received from the resident SEO person on the project is for all the URLs on the site be just off ...
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Are there benefits of receiving external links from PR 0 or 1 sites for SEO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Effect of adding link from PR1 site to PR0 site? I'm thinking to do some link exchanges with PR0 or PR1 sites which have the related contents as my site. And my link ...
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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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SEO - which URL's are the best?

I'm using .htaccess with RewriteRule to create SEO-friendly URL's. However, I have a few questions about this: First of all, I noticed many websites end their URL's with .html (or another ...
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rel=“nofollow” SEO effect

Google Webmasters Tools shows rel="nofollow" links as a backlink. I believe that rel="nofollow" helps SEO and PageRank but according to many people it is not. What is your idea about this? Did you see ...
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Best approach to have Google index content primarily generated by Javascript

I'm developing an app where customers can drop in a Javascript tag onto their website, and it will generate content. What is the best approach to have Google index this content and associate it with ...
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sitemap that contains millions of links/URLs

I am currently working on a shopping / auction website. The involving party who's doing SEO consultancy is insisting to generate URLs for every single combination of products listed on the website, ...
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Is image metadata valuable for SEO?

Do search engines read image metadata like copyright and author? Is adding metadata to site's images valuable for SEO?
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How to display an image in google search result

I managed to do it with my blog like this: by using google+ (found it somewhere on the web): <link rel="author" href="https://plus.google.com/115170983146246266025/"/> UPDATE: This is the ...
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How similar can 2 pages be before Google de-indexes one of them?

Using Similar Page Checker (http://www.webconfs.com/similar-page-checker.php), you can check if a web page is similar to other one. Is there any rule of thumb how high a percentage similarity is ...
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Does using spaces in a URL affect SEO?

When creating URLs for my website I need to use a space, for example http://mydomain.com/start home I've seen some sites using + or -, what are the advantages of using space, + and - (dashes) in SEO? ...
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Facebook comment and other commenting system for SEO

Lately i see some of big websites begin using Facebook commenting system in their wordpress websites. There are also websites that stick to commenting system like Disqus, IntenseDebate and Livefyre. ...
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Non-international domain names and SEO

My current domain name is meow.fr. However, the website is in French AND English (we can switch the language, and it's not automatic translation, it's truly a multilingual website). Still, the ...
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To change URL to user friendly URL

I'm refactoring my ASP.net application from ASP.net 3.5 to 4.0. Also I'm changing the URLs to user friendly URLs /product.aspx?id=100 to /product-name/100. All my pages are indexed by search engines ...
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Is it worth paying for a domain with a PageRank of 6?

I am looking to start on online magazine and I don't have a special name for it yet, and I am intending to monetise it through adds. I found a good domain that has a PageRank of 6 for 600$. is it ...
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Are domain hacks advisable? and how do they affect SEO?

I'm interested in creating a domain hack, using the .es ccTLD. If the website does not target Spain, is this advisable? I've seen URL shortening services use ccTLDs to provide shorter URLs, however ...