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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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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Are there any specific tips and tricks for optimizing a website for Bing?

Most available resources (even Bing community) promote the general principles for optimize a site in Google. My site is quite well optimized for a certain keyword combination in Google, yet in Bing it ...
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When is it time to make a “micro”-site for long-tail search content?

Patrick Mackenzie, of Bingo Card Creator fame, uses what I'll call micro-sites to dominate certain keywords. For example, search for "halloween bingo cards" and you'll see the first hit is ...
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Debating between different kinds of URL and see if one is more seo-friendly than other…

So something like domain.com\x\y\z\t and domain.com\x?var1=y&var2=z&var3=t (var1, var2 and var3 will be replaced by legit words that make more sense). Which one is more SEO friendly? For my ...
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Is it better to remove old URL from google via webmaster than 301 rewrite?

I have a site which changed from one shopping cart to another. Previously there was an .htaccess file which redirected all the old URLs to the homepage. I changed it to report a 404 for any URL not ...
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How can I rewrite an old URL using variables to a static html page?

I am an htaccess newbee I am trying to redirect the old URLS for my site to the new URLS for my site. The old site used variables in the URL but the new site uses SEO friendly URLs. When I try to ...
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How long does it take for a page to be assigned Google page rank?

The home page of my website has been indexed by Google more than 6 months ago. Some of the internal pages have received a page rank 6 or higher, however, the page rank of the home page remains 0. What ...
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What effect if any does “Google Instant” search have on SEO and SEM?

It been a little over a month since "Google Instant" has been released to the public, what effect if any does "Google Instant" search have on SEO and SEM based? RELATE LINK >> "Google Instant": ...
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Is a 301 redirect on the root domain bad for SEO?

I have a unusual set up with a website. Unfortunately I cannot serve the website source from the root domain i.e. http://www.example.com I've been forced to redirect to a subdirectory to display ...
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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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Google insight question

I am checking the word mobile on google insight. http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=mobile&cmpt=q I see a bar with mobile ]]]]]]]]]]]]] 62 Then on google help page - I get this. ...
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Cloning a site and avoiding SEO problems

I have an idea to use a (cc-by-sa) data dump from another site, where I will experiment with new ideas. This would still be a site with almost 99% of the data similar. I can see two "rules" that ...
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Which of this is search-engine friendly - google?

Which of this is search-engine friendly - Google? www.example.com/keyword www.keyword.example.com www.example.com/keyword1-keyword2 Please explain the logic behind while answering and rate them. ...
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Keyword research: 'docx converter' in Google

Why did not docxconverter.com show up when I type docx converter in google? The closest match is www.docx-converter.com. My question 1: What are the reasons for www.docxconverter.com not showing up? ...
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SEO and multiple product webpages

So here is a crazy example that represents a problem I have: I have a company that makes different applications for a specific type of business. I currently have awesomesoftware.com/coolwidget for ...
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Is there a way to specify meta keywords and descriptions with Drupal?

I would like to be able to specify some meta keywords and meta descriptions for some of my pages in our Drupal (version 6) site. However, there does not appear to be a way to do that within Drupal (at ...
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Does Google rate the webpage by amount of visits?

there is quite extensive discussion about this topic on another website and I am really losing my confidence. The thing is that I claim that the amount (count) of visits is NOT a criteria for ...
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How important is the domain name for SEO

Most people advice to buy a domain name that exactly matches your main business field. For example if you sell computers the best one will probably be computers.com but with millions(maybe billions) ...
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What to do if Google has banned my site?

What should I do if I suspect that Google has Banned (refuses to list pages for) my Site?
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Using CSS sprites and hidden text - effect on SEO?

I am using CSS sprites for buttons on my website, They are used for stop/play/download etc. If I'm using for example an <i class="preview">preview "track name"</i> play button with the ...
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Do subdomains help/hurt SEO?

If I have mysite.com, and blog.mysite.com, do search engines see those as 1 site or 2? Will using subdomains hurt SEO? I have some technical reasons why I can't use mysite.com/blog.
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Are page ranks for subdomains independent?

If I have a domain name say stackexchange.com and I want to host 2 sites X and Y as subdomains of that site. Will x.stackexchange.com help out y.stackexchange.com in page rank? Or will google treat ...
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Are there any significant disadvantages of forwarding a naked domain to the www. homepage always?

I have a website set up at www.example.com, and I have example.com set to redirect to www.example.com. The problem is that it's set to redirect directly to the homepage. For example, ...
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My site does not appear in the first 30 or more Google pages. What could be the reasons? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase your site's position in Google? I did this site about 2 months ago: www.pbg-bulgaria.com The problem is that I cannot find the ...
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SEO drawbacks of having paid links without nofollow?

I've just signed up to text-link-ads.com, which doesn't appear to use rel="nofollow" on the links. After reading a couple of sources it appears to be against their TOS to add nofollow to the links ...
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Possible reasons RSS generated content won't index

I built a digg-like clone at fantasybookmark.com. Google crawled the site, but only indexed about 21 pages out of the 2,000 or so (and growing) pages on the site. We use rss feeds to find and ...
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Optimizing with filtered results?

I'm finishing up development on a tourist information website that lists hotels, restaurants, bars, among other things for an up-and-coming tourist area in Cambodia: ...
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How do I rename a domain and preserve PageRank?

As part of graduating from Area51 and becoming a full fledged site we sometimes change domain names from http://topic.stackexchange.com to http://example.com. Aside from the obvious 301 redirect rules ...
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Will embedding YouTube videos vs. Flash videos make a difference for SEO purposes?

Looking to find a solid list of SEO benefits to using YouTube videos on my site vs. flash video or anything else for that matter? Clearly YouTube is owned by Google so that is a plus. YouTube is also ...
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Is it good to start a website with keyword very popular or not so popular?

I am planning to launch a website. However, it is still undecided as there are many keywords on google to begin with. My question is whether it is good to be a part of well established keyword with ...
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Does transfering an existing website similar to this to a Pligg Template hurt SEO results?

I have a website very similar to this that I made from scratch. It's called www.Citybeams.com. I already have decent Google search engine results for a good amount of keywords and question titles. ...
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How often should one submit a site map to Google for a site similar to this?

How often should one submit a site map to Google for a site similar to this?
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When choosing a domain does including your brand affect SEO performance?

I've been asked to build a "landing page" for a local branch of an international corporation. While the corporation has a well-established domain name, the local office wants to use a unique, ...
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How to markup non-human-language text in HTML?

Considering the needs of screen readers, browser spell-checking, search engines, etc. how should non-human-language text be marked up in HTML? Should it be wrapped in a particular tag? Is there a ...
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How quickly does Bing index URLs submitted through Webmaster Tools?

In Bing's Webmaster Tools, there is a Submit URLs page that allows you to "Submit URLs that are currently not in the Bing index or that should be reindexed due to recent changes." Does anyone know ...
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Google Shopping: beyond the basics, how can I optimize for high placement?

Of course, including keywords in the product page title/description and associated feed. But what else? Would be interested to hear your thoughts on: PageRank of destination page how product ...
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Japanese Hosting And Search Engine Rankings

I have a website that is currently hosted in Japan and has been for a number of years. Its well established in the search engines in both Yahoo Japan and Google Japan. For numerous reasons its become ...
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Placing links to own site in templates?

I wonder if its good or bad to put links to your own site when u design a theme eg. in Tumblr? I noticed this when i saw many links to my site from people's tumblr using my templates. Maybe i should ...
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Will googlebot index my index.php even with an htaccess redirect?

Using a redirect statement in my htaccess file, people who type the following into the address bar... http://example.com/index.php ...are redirected to... http://example.com/ I also have a ...
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File Download URL - Does is it matter for Search Engine Ranking?

Does is matter if I use this URL for a PDF attached to a posting: www.example.com/slug1/posting/xyz.pdf or www.example.com/downloads/xyz.pdf
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Good search engine friendly e-commerce platform on Microsoft technology

I'm looking for a good search engine friendly e-commerce platform built on microsoft technology. I know that Magento is maybe the best choice if you are on a LAMP stack but now i'm forced to make my ...
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What's the best way to put invisible for user but indexable link?

I have several sites on the same topic but still competitive to each other. I would like to put cross links on these sites in text so they won't be visible/"clicakble" but still indexable by search ...
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easy tool for creating XML sitemaps? (constantly expanding site)

Does anyone recommend either a php script that I can run as a CRON or somekind of thirdparty tool i can use to create sitemaps? My website is events bases and so the pages are pretty ...
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Wordpress Sitemap for MSSQL [closed]

does anyone know a proper sitemap plugin for wordpress that works with ms sql?
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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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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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SEO: 301 redirects and canonical tag

from the book "Art of SEO": 301s carry cross-domain functionality, meaning you can redirect a page at Domain1.com to Domain2.com and carry over those search engine metrics. This is not ...
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SEO: Is there a limit to how long titles/descriptions should be?

I am trying to fill up title and meta description for my Tumblr blog. The way I will do that is via the themes. For the title, it isn't too much of an issue, I can just get the title for the post ...
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Should I use a file extension or not?

I've always wondered about this and never found a good solution. But this question reminded me of it. When I have a URL on my website it can be displayed and accessed any of the following ways: ...
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SEO: Duplicate content caused by pagination/tag/index pages [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? I read that I should use a NoIndex tag for transitional pages like index, pagination, or ...