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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Do heavy graphics and/or a high load time affect a site's search rankings?

Does the use of heavy graphics/images (with img tag or in the CSS) effect a site's Google ranking? Sometimes sites are heavy because of the images used or Flash or lots of JavaScript - making the ...
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hide some area (sidebar/footer) from googlebot. causing any SEO problem?

For example, I have a product page http://www.myshop.com/product/iphone.html in this page, normal users will see: content area (about the iPhone itself) sidebar links (links to other products: ...
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Two URLs pointing to almost the same content [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? What I would like to do is the following: I have a website at ...
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Can owning a domain name for each city improve search engine optimization?

My boss asked me and I wasn't sure exactly how to answer. I'd like to get some advice from others that have hit this issue before. Scenario: We are wanting to purchase a new chain of domain names ...
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Similar URLs for same page

I'm working with a site that uses slightly different URLs for the same content. The sitemap lists the pages as: www.website.com/webpage.html If you surf through the site the same page is found at: ...
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How do search engines treat domains created out of country codes (e.g bit.ly)

I have a site that has a domain name that is a word created out of a country code (like bit.ly awe.sm favo.rs) My question is how do search engines handle these. For example, would a search on ...
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Targeting Multiple Zones in the US best URL method required

This is kind of a newbie question, but my boss asked me and I wasn't sure exactly how to answer. Id like to get some opinions from others that have hit this issue before. Scenario: We are wanting to ...
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What keyword should come first in a product page's meta tags?

Working with ~100,000 products. Currently the way I'm using has the following priorites (most to least) Model information such as name and model number of a given product Product line's associated ...
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My Blog not not showing in Google Search Results [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I cannot see my website in google Hello Everyone, yesterday, i created two blog entries and published them on blogger but it is not showing up in google search results. ...
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duplicated text on site and seo

I have on my website hundreds of pages with a help text in it. This text is the same for all the pages and is long compared to the rest of the texts on the page. Because i want better user experience, ...
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Duck Duck Go SEO

The search engine duck duck go has generated some interest, and there are a few people who use it. I was wondering if if would be worth while to optimize my site to rank better on duck duck go, and if ...
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How do keywords in Google Webmaster Tools affect search results?

I've checked the keywords list on the Google Webmaster Tools account for my website (which is a message board), and I noticed that the top keywords are things such as "topic" and "forum". I'm guessing ...
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Does favicon have any impact on SEO?

I'm looking for advice about favicons and their impacts on search engines. Recently I noticed a site which changes its favicon every time you load another page without losing overall recognition of ...
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301 redirect: Is this good or bad for 2 domains?

Since i couldn't find any appropriate answer to my specific question, I wanted to ask you. I've read alot of things about the 301-redirect for moving pages and so on. A customer of mine has booked a ...
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Are HTML sitemaps important from a SEO perspective?

Are HTML sitemaps (like this one http://www.google.com/sitemap.html) important from a SEO perspective, or is uploading an XML to Google enough? Beside from visualizing a data structure for the user, ...
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Actual page load time vs. perceived one

You know how all around the web, people are pushing for smaller and smaller page load times ? They do so with good reason, especially with Google now factoring it in in their way to rank pages. It's ...
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Problem with homepage's SEO when using subfolders in a multi language website

After watching a hundreds of threads about multilanguage website I haven't found an answer to my specific problem, so I think its not a common issue and I must have done something terribly wrong ;-) ...
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One page website - Effect on SEO

I'm considering re-designing my personal website to promote my web services in my local area. My issue is whether to do a one page website with a scroll-to navigation system. What effect does this ...
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Do UTM-tags in a backlink affect SEO

Do UTM-tags (Urchin Traffic Monitor) in a backlink affect SEO? E.g. 1) http://www.domain.tld/ 2) http://www.domain.tld/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss Both links are ...
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Is SEO and sitemap really important?

Is the sitemap really important? I ask this because I couldn't see the sitemaps of big websites such as Twitter, Facebook and others... The sitemap should be at "/sitemap.xml", "/sitemap.xml.gz" or ...
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wordpress.com vs wordpress.org SEO

I keep reading that the SEO will be much better if you have a self-hosted wordpress.org blog versus a wordpress.com blog. The main concepts that I know of in SEO are: Relevant keywords in the text ...
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Effect on Google rankings if my site is down?

What happens to my Google rankings when my site goes down for a short or long period of time?
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SEO - Moving site to subdomain without losing SEO Ranking

My company has operated a blog site on our primary URL (e.g. www.company.com) for about 4 months. Over this time, we have built up significant SEO ranking through daily posts and articles. Our primary ...
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What kind of algorithm is Panda [closed]

Matt cuts said in a Tweet : Short version is that it’s not data that’s updated daily right now. More like when we re-run the algorithms to regen the data. In my opinion, it tells us two things: ...
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What HTTP code to use when redirecting to random page

I have an URL domain.com/random, which will redirect to a random page. What would be the correct HTTP code for this? Plus, I'm inserting the link like this: <a href="/random" rel="nofollow" ...
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What is considered the optimal placement of a link to an RSS feed for SEO?

When do I want a search engine's spider to run across my RSS feed link? Before the heading (not saying header tag..) During the heading During the main content During the footer After the footer ...
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Will Google's New +1 Count For SEO

I read somewhere that google's new +1 feature is going to affect google's search results. Apparently the more +1s you have, the better your site will rank in google. Is that true? And if it's true, ...
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Do search engines index text contained in SVG elements?

Example: <svg><text>Hello World</text></svg>?
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Apache: Virtual Host and .htacess for URL Rewriting not working

I have configured a virtual host in my local machine and every thing is working fine. Now I want to use SEO friendly urls. To achieve this I have used the .htaccess file. My virtual host ...
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domain name suggestion tool (SEO friendly)

I'm looking to purchase a domain, and of couse the one that I really want is taken, what would be best way to find an alternative domain that would rate good for SEO?
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Will changing SHTML files to PHP change effect how search engines index my site?

I have a lot of SHTML pages. If I change these to PHP to add some more functionality (obviously changing stuff like includes to PHP where necessary) will this effect how search engines index my site? ...
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Starting from scratch xxx.yyy.com or www.xxxyyy.com (any SEO difference?)

I know there are lots of answers both here (e.g. this and this) and elsewhere which deal with subdomains and their impact on SEO. However, often the questioners are either asking about subdomain ...
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Do Search Engines Crawlers Read CSS?

Making something bold makes it more important for search engine ranking and even improves readability for humans. To get the search engine ranking benefit, do we need to use <b> or ...
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web widget and SEO [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How good is it for SEO if you have a widget that lives on other sites? I'm designing a voting widget that other people can put on their websites, and the widget will ...
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Return all links from a google search

We just relaunched our website and I need to remove all of old links from googles index. I did a site:ourdomain.com search but I don't really feel like copying and pasting all of the links that way. ...
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Site Returned HTTP Code:301 - link exchange

Hey there, I have a link exchange script, and for a few weeks - after it verify's a site i'm exchanging links - the script tells me: Site Returned HTTP Code:301 What does that mean? TY
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Increasing the pagerank to my blogs index page, removing the links to posts

I want to increase page rank on my main index blog page and categories. If i remove the links to my posts from my index page and have only links to categories, will that help? Anyone tried it? Ty
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Directories with web site submission

I am not SEO field person and pure java/j2ee based person so while reading i came to know that we need to submit website to some well known Directories over internet, not sure how much truth in this. ...
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Search result priorities

Say I have a couple of trivial products in categories. For example: Hair Products - Shampoo Food - Bread - Cookies URLs are friendly Rails slugs like /categories/hair-products/products/shampoo ...
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Is link trading a recommended method of SEO?

I've read in some places that link trading is a good way to get in-bound links, but read in other places that link trading is punished by search engines. Should I use link trading or is it ...
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Does 301 redirecting all pages in an existing domain exempt a domain from the sandbox period in Google?

I have a domain I use for my blog that had originally been intended for a short lived project. As the domain doesn't really suit for a blog, I have been thinking about changing it. However, some ...
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Better SEO from sub-directory or sub-domain? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Subdomain versus subdirectory I'm working on a site that will act as a sort of companion site or sub-site to my main site. Is there a difference in SEO of setting it ...
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DIsplay none and SEO [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How bad is it to use display: none in CSS? So i have a nav with tons of stuff and we want to scale back a few of the a tags in the nav but still have them on the page. ...
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What hoster offers automatic Wordpress upgrades (like Dreamhost) and _also_ spreads your sites over range of unique IP addresses? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find web hosting that meets my requirements? I just love the One-click-install and automatic Wordpress upgrades at Dreamhost. However, I am looking for a hoster ...
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Google Search to link to a Query String

How to get Google Search to link to a Query String for your page when no physical page Exist. I notice when I do a google search for some keywords I get back some website hits that do not link to a ...
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Pre-launch Disallow in robots.txt?

My team is launching a new site soon. Is it worth blocking spiders from indexing the landing page right now? What effects will this have on my long term SEO results. Is this question even ...
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Search engine friendly? index.php/path/to/page

Some content management systems have one entrance file e.g. index.php and depending on what comes after in the URL path, the system knows what data to pull. My question is if search engines index ...
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How long will it take for seo optmization to bring improvements

How much time do you expect seo optimizations to enhance your search results?
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Does anyone use meta keywords besides google?

Can anyone tell me if there are any services that use meta keywords, and if so, what those services are? I know that google doesn't use them, but I'm wondering if anyone else does.
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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?