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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Does using a content template (similar framework) across my webpages harm the SEO in any way?

I have a website, where we have a similar structure across all our pages, what differs is the location and product type. Eg: When you buy marketing xxx database from us, we tend to provide you ...
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How to remove a page from the Google search results [duplicate]

Google says one can use the following method to remove a page from the search results: by putting -http://www.example.com/outdated.html into the sitemap. But what if the site does not exist anymore.
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Do Search Engine Spider's submit POST forms?

If I have content behind a POST form (a select box, in my case) will Googlebot, or other Search Engine Spiders be able to crawl the content behind that form? For example, if I were to have 4 ...
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Do search engines directly penalize bad grammar?

Let's say I have a web page with user-contributed content, which has good content but with bad grammar, slang terms, and an inappropriate tone. I know that bad grammar is also a problem, because it ...
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Are keywords in URLs good SEO or needlessly redundant?

A coworker and I are locked in a debate over the value of SEO keywords in the URL of a page. She wants to change all the filenames of the HTML pages of a fencing company so they look like ...
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Does repetition of same rules for each major crawler bot makes sense in robots.txt?

SEO is a bit of arcane topic and sometimes I encounter strange practics which seemingly aren't backed up by any advice but still persists. Now I mean something like this: User-agent: Googlebot ...
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Sitemap for a one-page site

I'm wondering whether it's worth the effort to create a sitemap for a single-page site. By single page I'm not talking about a webapp made with Angular or Backbone, just a presentation site/page ...
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What are best valid offpage SEO techniques? as per google's latest algorithm [on hold]

I am trying to find and use offpage SEO techniques for my website but most of search telling me that google has updated SEO algorithm and some offpage techniques now google is considering as SPAM. So ...
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Google Analytics is tracking iFrame content [on hold]

I have following scripts in my HTML <script> (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new ...
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Is a different sitemap per language OK? How do I tell Google about them?

The website is very, very large and I have created: sitemap_fr.xml sitemap_en.xml sitemap_es.xml Is this solution OK? If so, do I have to insert a tag to inform Google about the different ...
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SEO for image led search results

I currently work on a site that has a quite dated search results page. We're looking at refreshing the design and have been conducting user testing which indicates that price and photos are the only ...
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Prevent Googlebot from seeing or indexing common keywords such as “read full story”

I have a site that uses a lot of the same anchor text. For example, "read full story". When I do an SEO audit for my site, I find that these are my most frequent keywords, but I am not trying to ...
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Duplicated content - how to tell Google I am original author

Let's say I prepared an article I wish to publish on my not so popular blog. But I am afraid that this article is so good that much more popular site will steal it and publish it on its own. I am ...
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301 redirect all pages with a specific extension

I have a website that is not on ASP anymore, it's a Drupal 7 website now. I need to use an .htaccess file to redirect with code 301 all pages with .asp extension to the 404 page or a specific URL. ...
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Are there SEO problems when one site has two IP addresses?

My website now has 2 IP address. My current site is http://review4buyer.com which was registered in GoDaddy. I set the names server to Dreamhost, but in the DNS Zone manager of Dreamhost I point the ...
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How to properly link a blog to a website?

I've been twice in a situation where I had to create a blog alongside a website. We've decided to externalize the blogging platform to wordpress.com (no maintenance and security concerns, good ...
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Can you name your business in Google My Business as a search query term if your domain name is also named like that?

There is a competitor whose domain name is like this restaurantsinchicago.com and when I search at Google "Restaurants in Chicago" the first result is that site and it appears at the right side where ...
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How long should my HTML page title really be?

How long should my text within my <title></title> tags really be? I know Google cuts it off at some point but when? When I used IIS7's SEO Toolkit 1.0 I get error stating my title ...
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meta attribute, alternatives for SEO optimization [on hold]

I'm working on a web-site that I need to Search Engine Optimize for multiple-languages. I need to provide language specific keywords targeting the crawler. Someone suggested using <meta ...
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Will using a traffic exchange service affect SEO?

I use Google AdSense and I'm worried that I might be punished using traffic exchange services like MGID, Scribol, Crowd Ignite, etc...and if this will affect my site's SEO. Does Google frown upon ...
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How important is a unique number in URLs for inclusion in Google News?

Various SEO consultancies have recommended that to get a site included in Google News, the URLs have to conform to a rather strict, and non-obvious format namely that they have to: Display a ...
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Proper sitemap.xml setup

I have a dynamic site which has many (well, less than 50) users. Each user is allowed to create as many pages as they want. I know that there is a limit to how many pages you can be listed in ...
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Sitemaps HTML and others [on hold]

I am looking for the best resources on how to build sitemaps. I am currently aware of the obvious HTML sitemaps and the (google) sitemap.xml and (yahoo) urllist.txt Anyone know of resources for ...
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Impact of generated category pages on SERP [on hold]

So, me and the other developer in the company are working on a way of improving the search position of our website (about 100K pages, 90% of which use content of products from different stores, ...
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Redirecting a landing page from an established site to the new site

I have two sites that are are closely related in subject. One website is well established and has quite a bit of brand recognition. The second site was launched about six months ago and it ...
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Using Scheme Markup for Company Reviews

this is my first post in here, i was hoping someone would be able to help me out a little. I'm trying to get my head around using Schema markup for a company website to show their reviews of the ...
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Where do I get a list of attribute 'lang' values - what standard covers this, for SEO optimization?

I'm working on a web-site that I need to optimize for multiple-languages. I want to provide support in 3-4 languages, 'en', 'de', 'cn' - the trouble is, I'm not sure what Saudi-Arabia and the gulf ...
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Does using free webhosting affect a site's search ranking?

We have two sites, one which uses free hosting and one which uses paid hosting. The site with free hosting is taking a while to get indexed by Google, while the site with paid hosting was indexed ...
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Some other page of my website is ranking on search result even though I have the specific page created for the targeted keyword. Why?

Some other page of my website is ranking on search result even though I have the specific page created for the targeted keyword. Why? example : I means I have created a page for mango, but when i ...
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Publication date - only for articles? Can it be updated?

In Google's search results there are often publication dates of articles. Google finds this date on its own or takes it from "DC.date.issued" meta tag. Is this date only supposed to be displayed for ...
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Does the order of keywords matter in a page title?

Stack Overflow has made a change to their page titles such that the most popular tag for a question appears at the start of the title. The change is being deployed across the network, so check out ...
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Can multiple subdomains affect SEO results?

The question is there is one site named: www.example.com. But the issue with site is it can open after entering whatever instead of www. e.g.: xxx.example.com john.example.com micky.example.com ...
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Hurting my SEO : My pages DO exist still I am getting 404 status on few pages. Why?

I really need your help in resolving this, my ranking dropped, I diagnosed and it came that there were around 80 - 404 pages in google webmaster tool. They all exist.
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Will another site (a shop in shop) that shows our inventory then directs users to us to complete the purchase hurt our SEO?

My company has build a webshop (for jewels and watches in case that matters). We got contacted by another site, a shop-in-shop. The shop-in-shop site does the following: Collects feeds from ...
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How will search rankings get impacted if I move my mobile website to a single page application?

I have two different versions of my site: a desktop version, and a mobile optimised version. That is, for the same URL, the server renders different HTML for different user agents. I had been using ...
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SEO vs SEM for a large website [on hold]

I’ve recently started working for a large marketing website about 100K pages (90% of which use content of products from different stores, comparing them, giving reviews etc), and before I started we ...
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How should an expired content be handled?

Let's imagine this simplified case: An auction website has "auction detail" pages. A few weeks after the auction is over, the "auction detail" page is no more available. We are simply serving a ...
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Should Isolated Content appear in Sitemap for SEO purposes?

I have a website with some content that I purposefully want to leave isolated (no incoming internal links) from the rest of the website. I do however want SEO benefits from the content of these pages ...
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Google showing snippets from the corresponding English page when the search and page are in Dutch

I have a website that is in two languages, English and Dutch. The URL structure is the following; domain is like mydomain.nl and and English page has URL mydomain.nl/en/pagename and Dutch has ...
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Google crawl rate dropped after activating CloudFront

Previously we've been using Amazon CloudFront for our static content (js, css etc). But to be able to reduce load on our origin servers and to be able to give our international users a good user ...
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What is the SEO impact of using an anchor tag without a href attribute?

For better user experience, all top level items in the primary menu are set to an empty href so that they only serve as labels for navigation menu sections. They cannot be clicked on and lead nowhere ...
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Does SPDY benefit SEO rankings?

Google have stated that speed is a ranking factor: https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/site-speed/ Does implementing SPDY have any consequence for SEO?
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Canonical URL for a home page and trailing slashes

My home page could be potentially linked as: http://example.com http://example.com/ http://example.com/?ref=1 http://example.com/index.html http://example.com/index.html?ref=2 (the same page is ...
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SEO for social site [on hold]

I've made a page on Flickr.com and I'm wondering how I can apply SEO to this page. Is this possible, since I do not own Flickr.com? Which strategy can I apply?
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Two sites with the same postal address both getting indexed for the keywords on one of the sites

I have developed two websites with different domain names that are hosted on two different servers: Site-A and Site-B. Everything is different between the two websites, but only the geographic postal ...
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Is using an external blogging platform and URL bad for SEO?

I want to add a blog to my website to update the user on the new features. The rest of the website is custom code and does not use any CMS. For the blog, I want to use something like Blogger and put ...
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How does Google determine how long a visitor stays on a site?

I understand that Google uses 'Average Visit Duration' as one factor influencing ranking - but how does it determine how long a user has stayed on a certain page for? Is it as simple as registering ...
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Can canonical tags be placed in the sitemap rather than in each page?

We have canonical tags spread across our web pages. Is it possible to add the canonical tags in our sitemap instead? If yes, how?
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Should I make those links no follow or do follow? [duplicate]

Post Title : Top 10 WordPress Custom Post Type Tutorials I am going to link 10 WordPress custom post type tutorials blog posts which I found from the internet in to the above post. Should I make ...
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Backlinks in Webmaster Tools from a CDN - The CDN can no longer be crawled but backlinks remain

For our site we set up a CDN url using a CNAME pointed to our main domain. Unbeknownst to us, this caused a very large pool of duplicate content, since google could crawl the CDN and reach all the ...