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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Another website is mirroring my site

Question for you all. There is a site of ill repute known as thedirty which has completely mirrored my site and now has links appearing on Google at the #1 spot using my content. I checked my log ...
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Changing website Url - Am I making an SEO mistake

I have a webiste with a .com domain that is a year old. The business is a shop based in Ireland and I have purchased a .ie domain. I plan to move the website over to the new domain, SEO Good or Bad ...
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Google is re-indexing pages after redirecting URLs from HTTP to HTTPS incorrectly

I upgraded my site so that all pages have gone from using HTTP to HTTPS. I didn't consider that Google treats HTTPS pages differently than HTTP. I recreated my sitemap to so that all links now ...
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Ranking hit after site migration

I migrated my site from its old domain over a month ago. I followed Google Webmaster Tools completely, including 301 redirects from every existing URL to the new domain, and then submitting a change ...
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CDN caching my HTML pages too!

Recently I started using Amazon CloudFront to serve my site's JS,CSS and images via CDN. However, seems like with those, CloudFront serving my HTML pages as well? Thus http://mydomain.com and ...
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Addon domains and SEO

I have a shared hosting account with a main domain and many add-on domains. I don't actually use the main domain, it just has a landing page. Can I tell bots not to index the main domain WITHOUT ...
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Move old website with bad SEO to other domain: redirect or start from scratch?

I have an old website with very bad SEO and PR, but still with some visitors per-day. Lately I've rebuilt the app and the concept of it and I'm going to deploy everything in a new domain. I would ...
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Will removing unused query string parameters negatively affect SEO?

Will changing links to remove query string parameters that are no longer used have any negative impact on search engine rankings? Say I have a page about.php on my site, and all of my links to this ...
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Does having multiple URIs mapping to the same resource help SEO?

Let's say I have a site with products that have tags, if each resource is available at GET '/products/tagged/:tag_list/:product_permalink' Could that be better for SEO than just one permalink? For ...
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Yahoo search engine not able to index Ajax content?

Does Yahoo support crawlable Ajax? I'm about solution provided by Google (https://developers.google.com/webmasters/ajax-crawling). How to make my Ajax content crawlable by Yahoo search engine?
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SEO: does Google index search result pages?

I have a site with a search form. When someone searches, the url for the results page has PHP variables in it and looks like: ...
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What is the best way to have the same website in multiple domains?

I would like to have the same website to sell a specific product, in multiple domains , to take advantage of keywords matching the domain name, for several different searches. However, I understand ...
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Best way to redirect users back to the pretty URL who land on the _escaped_fragment_ one?

I am working on an AJAX site and have successfully implemented Google's AJAX recommendation by creating _escape_fragment_ versions of each page for it to index. Thus each page has 2 URLs: pretty: ...
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Hidden text and links appearing just on click for SEO?

I am working on a site that has neat clean/minimalistic design/layout. Menu items are "hidden" behind an icon, to see them, users need to click on that icon to get a javascript toggled overlay with ...
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As per SEO can we use 'CSS Ellipsis' to cut link title?

Few anchor URL are very big in my page, So can I use 'CSS Ellipsis' to hide/cut this? text-overflow: ellipsis; width: 200px; white-space: nowrap; overflow: hidden; Ex Name: Institute of ...
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Subdomains vs. URL Path in shareable links

I am building a web application for questions and answers. Each question/answer page has all the required metadata for Facebook and Twitter, and we encourage users to share these pages. I have a ...
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Site migration and SEO impact

I'd greatly appreciate a response on the following question relating to site migration and SEO impact. Here's some background on how my domain name and site is currently configured: My domain name ...
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404 code/header for search engines, on removed user content?

I just got an email, from a former user on my website He was complaining that Google still shows the contact page he created on my site, even though he deleted it a month ago This is the first time ...
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301 redirect the home pages but keep sitemap pages same

I have manually redirected my entire site. The only page that's left is the homepage. How do I redirect my homepage to the new site (http://example.com) but keep my sitemaps on the old domain ...
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Does CSS Positioning Affect SEO [duplicate]

If I positioned the very first content that appears in my code below the fold, would that content be given less weight and therefore be less effective with SEO? In addition, if I had a large image ...
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Dedicated IPs for each ccTLD

We are about to launch our web site in 3 languages: German .de, French .fr and Spanish .es All ccTLDs point to one server with one IP address. When I set the PTR record for this IP I can only input ...
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Make Offscreen Sliding Content Without Hurting SEO [duplicate]

On my website I have content which is positioned off the screen, and then slides in when you click a button. For example, when you click the news button, content slides in with news. It didn't occur ...
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Avoid pagination pages from appearing higher than real content in SERPS

I have a gallery-type website that has about 20k of pages and naturally it uses pagination. However, sometimes /page/2 appears higher in search results than /post/201339 for example. I'd like to give ...
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Several domains using 302 redirect to our domain

I am wondering what implications we can run into if one of our dealers is redirecting several of their domains using a 302 to our domain. The reason they are doing this is because they want to have ...
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Recovering from an incorrectly deployed robots.txt?

We accidentally deployed a robots.txt from our development site that disallowed all crawling. This has caused traffic to dip dramatically, and google results to report: A description for this ...
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Is there any research or statistics that show adding share links to your site content areas increases sharing?

Just wondering if there is any documentation out there that having share links to your content actually encourages and increases sharing of the content?
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Index page content identical to page 1 of a gallery-type website

I have a gallery type website, e.g. a site that lists blog posts or pictures in a paginated manner. However, I have 2 pages that have identical content: example.com/index.html example.com/page/1 ...
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Comparison of phrases containing the same word in Google Trends

If I compare three phrases in google trends : house sale house white house I get the following numbers: house -> 91 sale house -> 3 white house -> 2 The question is: Is "sale house" and ...
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Lost website rankings as a result of using a 302 redirect instead of a 301

I have an online store and during the last 2 days I noticed a big change in its SERPS for some keywords. The site is indexed in local Google for 5 keywords, and the online store is based on Magento ...
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Switching to HTTPS - redirect question

Following the recent Google announcements about improved ranking for sites running on https we have a number of clients asking about this. Is it safe to just 301 redirect all pages to their SSL ...
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Can I use Google Search to determine if my website contains original or copied content?

I have a few websites from customers that have (partially) the same content as other websites. I plan on rewriting all content that is not original, but how do I know if my websites have original ...
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Would this be considered duplicate content for a multi-language site, and is it necessary to redirect by language?

Our company now has 2 domains linked to one FTP: site.lt and site.eu In the .lt site, we show the content in the local language In the .eu site, we show foreign languages like site.eu/lv. 1). My ...
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SEO & Reordering of duplicate content

I am currently working on a website, and the designer wants a menu that is setup like this: Toplevel1 Toplevel2 submenu1 submenu2 submenu3 Toplevel3 Toplevel4 All menu items have a title and ...
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Add site to search engines, even though not ready yet

I'm building a website, and until it's done, visitors will see a "This site will launch on new year's day 2015", and a description of what the site is all about The domain is new, and nobody knows ...
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SEO consequences of fading in content after window load

We'd like to render a font stack from Typekit and paint a large cover image above the fold of our homepage after document completion. Since asynchronously loading anything generally looks choppy, we ...
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Impact of simplifying a URL structure

My website is a directory with an extensive URL structure with several location-based tiers followed by an establishment name. E.g. ...
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How long for Google to index all site maps?

We recently uploaded new sitemaps, as the old ones were out of date and we've also upgraded our forum which changed the URLs of a lot of our website (we're 301 redirecting of course). We uploaded the ...
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Changing main domain, redirect backlinks too?

I have a website and would like to rebrand. I have owned the new domain for about 2 years now and I do have about 40 inbound links from my clients that currently link to the old site. When going live ...
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Can different properties be on multiple domains or should everything be centralized on one?

In my case, I have a web design project for a funeral home. On their property they have a funeral home (for services, offices, ...) and a large cemetery also. Additionally, they own three more ...
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301 redirect doersnt work in SERP

I setup a 301 redirect on my root that points to a new domain. When I type the old domain URL into browser 301 works just fine. When I do a keyword search for my site and click on the link it still ...
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Microdata vs RFDa

I am wondering whether to use Microdata or RFDa to mark information for search engines on my Webapplication. Google supports and has documentation for both. But i was not able to find a summary ...
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Including Open Graph meta tags and Twitter card tags for SEO

I have used these tags before to share some content for user to preview on Facebook or Twitter before they actually go into the shared link/video. But when I was asked to include these tags only for ...
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Is it possible to regain a site's traffic after losing some to a transfer / merge?

After merging two sites to a third, using proper 301 redirects and transferring the domains in Google webmaster tools, overall traffic dropped by ~50%. One of the original sites was getting a plenty ...
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How to remove external backlinks? [duplicate]

Is there a way to remove or block external backlinks? There was a drop in the Google results from page 1-2 to page > 8. I am now looking at the external backlinks and I see now multiple domains that ...
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Is there a way to download the Google index for my website?

I have a client that's launching a new website on their current domain. I don't want to lose their SEO rankings, so I need to ensure that all the old, indexed content gets properly redirected to the ...
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Multilingual website Google bot

Introduction I'm working on a project where a website exists out of 2 languages: nl and fr. The website itself is developed in ASP.NET where every page only exists once where the content of the page ...
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Does Google penalize daily updated <lastmod> tags in sitemaps if the data is not daily updated?

I've got a sitemap that is generated daily with a lot of links to product pages. These products are imported daily from another data source. Because the update consists of throwing away all current ...
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Is it necessary/useful to build a sitemap for a small website?

I've created several small scale websites, usually for small businesses. They usually contain some information about the company, a contact form, and sometimes a few dynamic parts : news, pictures, ...
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Moving domains - Not allowed to use 301 redirests

Here's the situation - a client of mine has recently changed their company name and have changed their web address. They want to completely cut all ties with their old brand, so they have told me that ...
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Cleanup incorrectly indexed subdomains due to wildcard DNS

I have site www.example.com which someone previously configured with wildcard DNS records and with no 301 redirects. As you may have expected, Google's index is now full of garbage like w.example.com, ...