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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which URL should I chose for mobile?

I was looking everywhere (as well as on Google's blog) and could not find a straight answer to this question: which URL is the best for mobile from an SEO perspective? Is there a difference between: ...
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Wordpress installation - Subdomain or as folder? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Subdomain versus subdirectory I got a client portfolio website and he opens a Wordpress blog with articles related to his profession. What the best for SEO - install it ...
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is it a good seo practice to put relative keywords in a hidden div? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: hidden texts and page rank I was wondering what would happen if we put some (around 25) relative keywords in the page using a hidden div so that the actual user does not ...
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SEO considerations for multilingual websites [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get search engines to crawl my site and see a localised view of my data? I'm developing a website that will be translated into two languages: English and ...
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Google Doorway Penatly

Ok so i have been trying to figure this out for about a month now. The case: I have a blog network with unique content on each post and at the end of each post each blog links to ...
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SEO: Is forcing a request to WWW.domain.com from domain.com a bad idea?

I have an htaccess file that is forcing the URL request to www. instead of a bare hostname (this is to resolve SSL issues I'm facing that are fixed when you visit the site via www.) Is this a bad ...
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Language Specific URLs for SEO

I'm currently building a website that is not targeted to an English speaking audience. So my thoughts are that if I were to make the URLs in the language of choice (in this case Spanish) then would ...
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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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Move websites without losing search engine rankings

I have one company with 5 business areas. Each business area has a website. Recently we decided to have all these websites merged into one website, the group website. What is the best way to move ...
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How can I bring my website up in the google search result? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase your site's position in Google? I have developed my website few months ago and I added meta tags and described everything as much ...
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Can I do Google +1 for my own sites?

Is it safe to +1 my own sites with google's new +1 button. I've added this button to my web pages but would there be any detrimental effect of clicking this link myself and +1 my own pages?
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Removing date from Google SERP

We are going through our site analysing the SEO. I find that sometimes on a google results page, some results show a date, others don't. Example (from same query): I prefer the result not to have ...
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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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What's the importance of the “title” tag?

Talking with some other people recently, it came up an interesting topic. The core question at hand is: What's the real importance and weight of the <title> tag in a web site? For ...
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Quick Question, robots.txt Disallow: /*/ does what exactly? [closed]

A SEO firm suggested changing the robots.txt to: User-agent: * Disallow: /*/ Allow: /ims/ I'm not sure what that would do, but my guess is that is would tell all robots to index nothing but the ...
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Googlebot visit but no cache update - why?

I have made a new plain vanilla HTML website. I have been making regular modifications to it on an almost daily basis. The site is hosted by hostmonster and as part of their service they offer ...
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Ideas to tackle unwanted bad press/review on Google's SERP?

After Googling our company name to our horror we've found someone on Yelp.co.uk has reviewed our company. On the SERP your eye is immediately drawn to the 2 star review some complete stranger has ...
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SEO Service - Refresh SEO

I've been approached to possible take over SEO/marketting work for a site. The guy is currently using a paid service at http://refreshseo.com/ and paying around $80p/m. From what I can make out all ...
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How do I control how often search engines visit my site?

I've been using the following line in the <head> of my sites for years: <meta name="revisit-after" content="3 days" /> I recently discovered that it's not one of the meta tags that ...
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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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Difference in stats on the same domain - seo related

Recently i started to optimize my company's website. With a little help of market samurai. One of the adjustments was a www redirect to the prefered domain. We currently rank on #8 for our desired ...
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How to make the most of GWT's “Search queries”?

I've been looking at the "Search queries" section in Google Webmaster Tools recently, and it seems like there is a lot of potential there in finding which pages on a site need improvement. I'm trying ...
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Using Google Webmaster & Analytics, what data to look at to improve website performance?

Using data from Google Analytics and Webmaster tools, what data should I be looking at to improve my websites performance? I want to improve the SEO, usability and just general performance of my ...
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which status to put for temporarily inactive page

I was wondering if someone could help me how to manage temporarily inactive website in regards of SEO and search engine. the case is i managed a big ecommerce site, and sometime i need to put down ...
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Does Google use the Meta Description Tag for Description of Page?

When you do a Google search, there is typically a snippet of sample content from the page. I seem to recall that the Meta Tags can influence this choice of descriptive sentences. Is that correct(?) ...
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What Ranking Factors Are Used For International Search?

Google.com vs Google.ca vs Google.co.uk (etc) all rank their results differently. The intention is to return more locally-relevant content. What factors, other than the ones below, are used to ...
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Does Google Analytics data affect SEO?

I have several pages on my site that I did not include the Google Analytics code. Will it improve my site's Google ranking if I include the GA on all of my pages and increase the number of visits on ...
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SEO regarding using multiple <h1> tag?

Is is true <h1> tag should not have more than 1 on every page for SEO? Every pages on the header, it includes and <h1> tag. Website Name which show an image from logo class, like this: ...
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Can I use asterisks in URLs?

Are there any reasons I shouldn't use an asterisk (*) in a URL? Background: With asterisks, I could provide these nice and user friendly (or what do you think??) URLs: ...
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Content appearing under multiple categories; anything I can do to prevent duplicate penalty? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? I'm working with a CMS that allows me to post content in to multiple categories. So, I ...
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Looking for tool like google insights/trends but not limited to 5 comparison

Looking for tool like google insights/trends but not limited to 5 item per comparison + 50-100 request per account for 24 hours. My Task (not possible to do with google trends/insights): take 350 ...
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How Do Search Engines Rank Combined Keywords?

Suppose: A site that ranks very well (1st result) for something like 'best blue widget'. It also ranks very well (1st page) for 'blue widget'. It ranks not so well (2nd page) for 'widget'. ...
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What practices should I do to get better Organic Search Engine rankings “Google” in Africa?

I have this site that I manage, I've optimized the site and get good SEO results in South Africa, I however need to get better results from the rest of Africa, and I need to know are there any ...
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client website compromised, found a strange .php file. any ideas?

I do support work for a web development company and I found a suspicious file today on the website of one of our clients called "hope.php" which contained several ...
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How does Google interpret negative statements, like “this site is *not* for X”?

Suppose I setup a games website, and put a disclaimer on it, such as "This site is not for gold-sales or RMT (real-money-transfers)". How will Google (or other engines) interpret that? Will searches ...
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“Pay with a link” - ethical for SEO?

There are a number of "Pay with tweet" type services where you get access to a download (pdf/ebook etc) if you tweet or Facebook like. Are there any services that do similar for 'normal' links (Blogs ...
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How can I allow search engines to index my invite only website in ruby on rails?

I have a ruby on rails website that will be in invite-only mode for the next couple of months. Currently I have it set up so visits to any page performs an authentication: before_filter ...
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Page Rank / Github

I'm curious if anyone has any insight into something: Google seems to have recently changed their algorithm, and now Github repos have basically disappeared from the search results. If I want to try ...
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Do you need to crawl the whole internet to find backlinks of a URL?

Say I want to retrieve all the sites on the web that have a specific link on them. For example I want to know all the backlinks made to my blog, on other websites. There are services out there that do ...
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SEO techniques for a complete Flex Website

I am planning to build a website completely in Flex. All the contents will be static. No DB will be used. Unfortunately I am not building the website for PUMA or NIKE and so SEO is important. There is ...
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Does Google include the time to load images, for a single page, as part of the page speed?

we all know that Google's affects your page rank with the load time of a page. How? That's part of the secret sauce. But we know that page speed is a serious factor. So -> what is considered the ...
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Joomla + phoca SEO issues

I'm encoutering a problem in one of my sites that most recent keyword of my site is "jpg" in Google Webmaster tools. I'm using Joomla 1.5.9 and phoca for gallery. How to prevent image extenstions to ...
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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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Will PHP Meta hurt SEO?

If I use PHP to place my meta tags such as keywords and descriptions will that hurt SEO? Will the bots not be able to crawl through the keywords and descriptions?
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A bounce-rate attack to manipulate SEO?

This is a question to experienced people that might help us shed some light on the issue. We noticed a very strange behavior on our site, in Google Analytics. Some dude from Finland, namely, from ...
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SEO: Nested List vs List, Split Over Divs vs Definition List

From an SEO perspective which, if any, is better: Option 1: Nested lists with h2 tags <ul id="mainpoints"> <li><h2>Powerful Analysis</h2> <ul> ...
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Hoping to boost traffic to NFP site. SEO info? HELP! [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase your site's position in Google? I'm doing work for a not-for-profit looking to boost traffic to the site. I need to learn a ...
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How do I hide a 301 redirect from my root domain?

I was analyzing my webpage SEO using an online tool where I saw that my http status for my root domain name www.caliberequipment.com was resulting in a 301 redirect to ...
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Can I drop multiple URLs from Google's Cache using a wildcard in a query string?

I made a mistake with one of my sites and a whole bunch of data got picked up by Google before I caught it. I need to fix this relatively fast by asking Google to drop the cached copy of the pages ...
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Should I use nofollow on internal links that don't need to be crawled?

We have a product navigation engine that allow our customers to filter products based on attributes (size, color, etc.). We are implementing an upgrade that allows them to use "multi-select" ...