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 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 ...
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What are Sitemap content tags?

i have recently generated sitemap for google. I included following loc, lastmod, changefreq. My site is in two languages. Do i need to add some other tags for specifying languages too
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Multi Language URLs

I'm building an online store that will be supported in 3 languages: English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese. My question is whether or not it is a good idea to make language specific ...
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How to get tens of millions of pages indexed by Google bot?

We are currently developing a site that currently has 8 million unique pages that will grow to about 20 million right away, and eventually to about 50 million or more. Before you criticize... Yes, it ...
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Does having video on a website increase the quality of traffic coming to the site?

I was wondering if anyone had any actual statistics on this. I was curious if having a video on a website makes an exceptional difference to the quality of traffic coming to the site.
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Weird entry for robots.txt on a Naked Domain in Google Webmaster Tools

We own a .co.uk address and use an Internet hosting company that has made mistakes around DNS in the past. Our main site is hosted on www. and their reluctance to allow editing of AAAA records on-line ...
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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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Narrowing down my large keyword list for new PPC campaign

If I have a list of 100 keywords that are candidates for a PPC campaign (my list is actually 1000+). What is the best approach to narrowing this down to the top 5-10 keywords I should start with? ...
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Roughly, how strong is a soft vote versus a hard vote for keywords?

Say I'm going to link to another site using the phrase "banana split and chocolate sauce". Is my "vote" evenly split between "banana split" and "chocolate sauce" or is this much weaker than if I had ...
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Testing new changes to website while retaining ability to revert back to original - to protect SEO

If I'm making changes to site code, content, adding/removing pages, changing links, changing database structure, etc.. How do I safely test all these changes, while still maintaining ability to revert ...
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Domain or Subdomain: does the choice affect traffic?

If I run a blog or something in my subdomain like www.sub.name.net is it going to have any decreasing affect like decrease traffic through search engines or low ranking through on engines?
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SEO: Firefox addon/plugin to see Google results with a position number?

Do you know a Firefox addon that adds postion number to Google/Yahoo results. When I do SEO report for www.some-site.com by keyphrase "some-keyphrase" I usually show results in blocks of 100 results ...
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Does text in the title attribute of links count as page content?

I've been told it is bad practice to have keywords in the meta tags that do not appear in the page content. In this context, does text in the title attribute count as content? For example if I had: ...
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Analytics hasn't updated keywords the last week, what could be the problem?

The Keywords section under "Sources" in my GA account hardly updated at all. I KNOW I had more than 2 searches for a keyword, but GA doesn't show these? I have a GA account and I have a tracking code ...
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How much money globally is spent on SEO/SEM a year?

Wondering how big the market is for SEO/SEM, anyone have any fresh, trustworthy, hard numbers?
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In SEO, how do you estimate the age of a link?

The age of a domain has a value, and figure the age of a link does too. How would you estimate the age of a link, and would you limit the age to the age of the domain?
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SEO: Will Multiple Redirects (301, Permalink Plugin) affect ranking

I asked for help over at WordPress Answers StackExchange for doing a 301 Redirect for my website, which will involve a permalink structure change also. One of the suggested solutions was 301 Redirect ...
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My site in Spanish is not getting indexed by google

My site in Spanish is not getting indexed by google well. Could anyone point out some locale specific measures I could take to make my site search engine friendly. Regards,