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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 HTML for plain html css website

This isn't really a programming question, but I couldn't think of a place where people can better answer my question then here. I allways had a joomla website, for me it's good, but it's not very ...
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Should I let Google index tag archives on wordpress?

I'm working on SEO for my WordPress page, and I'm having second thoughts about having my tag archive indexed. I'm not using categories at all, so I've set robots to noindex, follow for category ...
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Using RVsitebuilder

Does anybody have knowledge of using Rvsitebuilder to build a site? Would love some advice!
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Clarify “canonical” word: Can someone please list the various uses of this word in SEO context, and point out correct or incorrect uses of it?

I think the authoritative use of the word "canonical" in the SEO discipline dates back to this 2006 blog post by Matt Cuts on cononicalization: ...
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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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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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Replacing well ranked e-commerce site with a CMS site and new e-commerce site & maintaining as much SE ranking as possible

I am looking for advice on the steps to take to re-structure my website. We currently have an osCommerce based site in the root of the site (i.e. mysite.com/index.php). Our plan is to have a CMS ...
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SEO for e-commerce, how to keep links in each page to a reasonable number?

After reading this: "Keep the links on a given page to a reasonable number" [Googkle official site] And this: "Users often dislike link-heavy pages too, so before you go overboard putting a ton of ...
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When creating HTML for _escaped_fragment_ AJAX pages, how correct does it have to be?

I have a javascript heavy site (It really couldn't be coded in any sensible way with progressive enhancement) and I am using Google's advice for making AJAX websites crawlable. (i.e. use ...
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Non-direct page link behavior in website

There is a mechanism I plan to implement in one of my websites. Let's say the links in my website don't directly refer to the page they are supposed to but they all refer to a single PHP page and ...
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What is technically correct with Link Wheel and Mininet [technique], looking past the ethical (aka “blackhat”) nature?

Because of the importance of backlinks, and the way that "authority" is calculated, black hat SEO has proliferated LinkWheels and Mininets. In my opinion, we now have a situation that was like ...
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Hide content behind login screen but show to search engines

Is it OK to have a page that will not show content to browsers unless they are logged in - but will recognise a search bot and show it the content regardless? I.e. googolebot get the content - normal ...
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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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Will seach engine determine the page title and meta tags content dynamically generated in a CMS

Although i asked about SEO for dynamic pages, and got right answer, I seriously forgot to mention the most important thing that i want to know. Suppose i have following php line of code ...
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Webmaster tools with Google, Yahoo and Bing

I am currently using Google webmaster tools. I submitted my sitemap using their tool, etc. I am aware of the fact that Yahoo and Bing offer theit own webmaster tools section. Can I use all three ...
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What font technique is being used here?

While I was attending this event (http://worldtour.fogcreek.com/) I noticed this page had custom fonts for the Address part in the top left corner (i.e "Fog Creek Software 55 Broadway Fl 55....") When ...
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SItemap for site with translations

I have a domain.com which I translated all of the pages in my domain to several languages, all on their own subdomain (e.g. es.domain.com, cn.domain.com, ru.domain.com ...). The top level domain ...
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SEO for pages that load from database

I have a very stupid question. I developed a website that has only one page at the public html directory(index.php). all content are dynamically loaded as different pages. How can i SEO my pages ...
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Big Gorilla Company Compared to Highly Successful Small Company

I am a big fan of 37Signals, and out of curiosity wanted to see the difference between their CRM app (Highrise) and SalesForce's app, in terms of google search rankings and general visitation. ...
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How do I get images containing text to be indexed by search engines?

I am building a small portfolio website for a friend, and being in advertising and all, she hates the standard fonts and wants everything written in a custom font. As CSS font-embedding is not really ...
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Does the Google spider render JavaScript?

Does the Google spider knows how to render JavaScript, or only HTML?
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ajax paging - duplicate content - seo

assume you have a blog post... domain.com/blogid/title and then you have 500 comments on that post. your blog page shows your post and 10 comments, and then you page comments using ajax. I was ...
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Does rel=“nofollow” link helps in SEO

I have read that links to rel="nofollow" doesn't help in pagerank or SEO. I used google webmaster tool to find out the external links pointing to my website. In results i found some links from ...
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How do I follow up on the comments made in my site using Facebook comments plugin?

I installed Facebook's social plugin - Comments. I thought that it would encourage people to comment on my articles and by doing that I will get (at the end) more traffic. After installing it to my ...
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Google not following “canonical” directive for a certain type of URLs

a few months ago we set up canonical URLs for many page types such as http://www.wowhead.com/item=50362/deathbringers-will. This worked very well and google picked them all up. A few days ago I ...
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How can I create links in javascript that are crawlable by search engines?

If I use JavaScript + jQuery, for example, does links inserted in $(document).ready() will be available for crawling? How can I insert crawlable links in JavaScript?
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What does a complete rebrand/focus change do for a domains SEO?

I have a client that launched a webstore a while back and for example, lets say he sold apples on it and the domain was called www.fruit.com The webstore is not doing so well so he has decided to do ...
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Dynamic sitemap file

Does it matter if I serve sitemap.xml as a dynamic page? e.g., use .htaccess to rewrite sitemap.xml (or whatever static URL I submitted at the Webmaster Tools) to a PHP file. The PHP file will call ...
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Sitemaps index submission

I have two questions regarding site maps: 1) Currently my site has around 5,000 pages. However, in the future it will contain more than 50,000 pages. Should I start using sitemap-index with only one ...
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How to provide Google reviews information?

In some search results Google displays nice stars and total reviews on particular webpage, it looks pretty cool, and I would like to know how does Google know, how many reviews this website has and ...
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Overriding link action with ajax - SEO

If I override default link href with onclick and ajax, for example link <a href="/mypage">, so onclick I load mypage through ajax, if javascript is disabled, or its a text browser or bot, I let ...
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HTML comments and SEO

Is there anyway that too many HTML comments in a document can effect SE rankings? Do the spiders ignore all of them?
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Local SEO Strategies

What are your strategies for local SEO? For example, if you had a web design company in Lincoln, Nebraska, what would you do for your website from an SEO perspective?
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Do new lines in the title tag affect SEO?

I is common thing that if you have some login that creates the title tag content to finish with several new lines in it. For example: <title> Title | Category | My Site Name ...
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List of Article Submission Directories

I used to have a link to the top 50 article submission directories arranged by PR, Alexa, and maybe some other factors. Anyone have this link (and others), that show a ton of article submission ...
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SEO: adding an unecessary description key in dynamic url is it good or not?

in the typical DB driven cms/ecommerce site you will have items pages at urls in some form similar to: http://www.domain.com/item.php?id=36 1) Is it good for SEO purpose to add a sort of ...
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Redirecting dynamic pages to static pages URL

I decided to convert all my dynamic pages to static pages URLs. I used to have "/contactUS.php" and now I want the page to be served as "/contact-us". I used to following rule n .htaccess: ...
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Drop in traffic, but same rank position - Why?

My traffic dropped recently in the last week. The most recent change was when I moved the entire server too another server. Could that affect my seo some how? What could have possibly happened? My ...
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Does Rel=Canonical Pass PR from Links or Just Fix Dup Content

One of the issues with duplicate content is that links can be split across several versions of your page, it was my understanding the a 301 redirect is really the only option for retaining some of the ...
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Does tagging content affect SEO?

Tagging content (i.e. categorizing content using "tags") is a sensible way to group content on a web site, but does tagging actually affect SEO? From an SEO standpoint, how does tagging content ...
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tabs and seo issue

my customers are eager in showing news categorized in tabs and i recently developed it for them. as my experience in web designing display:none is used widely in implementing tabs. and as i know it is ...
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Given the choice is it better to have somekeywords.com, somekeyword2.com or myotherwebsite/some-keywords, myotherwebsite/some-keywords

Hello I'm thinking of creating a family of websites which use the same engine, but target different topics. Given the choice is it better to have somekeywords.com, somekeywords2.com or ...
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How many keywords can I put in my page for google spiders

How many keywords can I put in my page for google spiders ?
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ecommerce item deleted by user, 301 redirect to HOME PAGE or 404 not found?

I know this question is someway similar to this one where they recommend using 404, but after reading this other one where they suggest to use 301 when changing site URLs (in the specific case was due ...
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404 page needs meta description (just to make Google happier)?

I'm fixing some minor things on the 404 page for all my websites. My punctiliousness makes me unable to sleep well unless I get an answer to this question. :) Does a 404 page need a meta description ...
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SEO and Changeable-But-Optional URL's

Is there any sort of downside for a URL being changeable? Take any stack exchange question for example. The URL looks something like this: ...
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SEO and http-redirect headers?

Similar question but different on key points. I have the following setup: example.com requests forward to example.com/landing/re.php with a 301 permanently moved. /landing/re.php evaluates cookies ...
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H1 as an inline element

If I use H1 as an inline element (since it fits the design better) will it be treated the same by the SE crawlers, or will it hurt its effectiveness? Thanks, Joel
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URL rewrite - should I write a fake file suffix (.html) or something more realistic to the platform? (like .asp or .cfm)

First, I'd like to preface this question by stating that I insist upon publishing a file name suffix, but only on the outer most entity of our site, the detail pages. I do realize the suffix is not ...
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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 ...