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 bold text really improve your search engine rankings?

SEO plugins like Yoast for Wordpress and in YouTube videos recommend using bold text for your keywords to improve search engine rankings. Does bolding your text actually work for SEO? What about bold ...
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Make Google index over 80,000 user profiles

I have a large amount of user profiles hosted in this schema https://example.com/stats.php?player=name (It's not the prettiest URL, but .htaccess dramatically slows down my site and I don't understand ...
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Moved sitemaps to a different subdomain and losing search referrals around the same time. Red herring or correlation?

We started to lose search referral traffic around the same time that I moved some of our sitemaps to a subdomain. Could this have hurt us? I followed Google's steps to creating a sitemap under a ...
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How should I structure my URLs for both SEO and localization?

When I set up a site in multiple languages, how should I set up my URLs for search engines and usability? Let's say my site is www.example.com, and I'm translating into French and Spanish. What is ...
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Can I use words like “Facebook”, “Twitter” in my site navigation?

I have a website where one section of website has top menu links in this manner <li><a href=../memes/index.php>MEMES</a></li> <li><a ...
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Do SEO activities on a certain webpage affect the whole domain or just that one page?

I recently read an SEO blog post where the author was giving examples of how to improve the SEO of an e-commerce page. One of the points the author made was to have a blog, such as blog.example.com ...
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Could Google detect Cloaking if I displayed content to Google user agent using PHP

PHP is server side and all Googlebot would see is the output HTML, right? if (strpos($_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’],"Googlebot")) { // do some functionality }
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Would the same template page that loads different posts be considered duplicate content?

I'm creating a portfolio site where I have a set of links on the home page and each link calls its respective post via Ajax. When a post is called, a hidden div gets populated with the response and ...
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SEO for infinite scroll homepage with sorting options and content previews [duplicate]

I have a site which shows an infinite feed of post previews (with the option to read full text using javascript). The page allows users to click through to the full-text of any post, and change the ...
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How to get out of the Google Sandbox quickly?

My blog has been penalized by Google and it remained in Google Sandbox until now. Unfortunately, I don't know hot to escape the Google penalty box. Please help me.
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my website has dropped off google completely and suddenly [on hold]

I've been working helping a friend to get her site appearing on Google. I did a few basic things like getting the correct keywords in, setting meta tags and primarily using webmaster tools to browse ...
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How to increase the CTR of website? Is in 2015 google is going to give SERP on the basis of CTR alone? [on hold]

I have heard from many people since the ending of 2014 that google is going to be more focused on those blogs or sites which are having good CTR rate. I want to see the genuine views from you ...
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Are HTML encoded symbols allowed in meta description? [duplicate]

I am using HTML-encoded symbols like &mdash; or &amp; inside the meta description field. Will they be displayed properly by Google and other engines or should I correct the text to have only ...
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Google and display:none for multilanguage content

I know that there are a couple of question about the effect of using display:none on the Google ranking, but none of those answered my specific question, so hear me out please. I'm currently working ...
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Question about choosing name for Facebook fan page

I'm in process of creating new site which must be on domain xyz-backgrounds.com (assume that xyzwallpapers.com, xyz-wallappers.com and xyzbackgrounds.com are already used). Search term which is ...
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Google Search, acronyms and SEO

How can I achieve a high search ranking for a site where the business name initials relate to an understood acronym, without the business having anything to do with the area related to the acronym, ...
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Are questions about SEO off topic here? [migrated]

Are SEO questions considered off-topic on webmasters?
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Where do analysis tools get their social metrics from?

Where do analysis tools like Ahrefs.com and TrafficTravis get their social metric data from? They show my site as having lots of Google +1s but I just added a Google page and it only has 1 follower. ...
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Can externally hosted sitemaps work with Google and Bing?

I am using a "cloud" hosting provider (Heroku) to host my webapp. Since I don't have access to a permanent file system, I am storing my sitemap.xml in Amazon S3. I wanted to know the SEO implications ...
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Will Google relate keywords to those listed?

Our company offers service in all of the surrounding areas but I don't want to "keyword hoard" so I can't list each location and each type of service offered there in the meta keywords. But, we do ...
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Would 1000 links on the home page be preventing internal pages from ranking well?

We have a webpage with links to 1000 internal pages (scientific paper abstracts). Google indexed the site as can be verified by their Webmaster Tools but the site is practically non-visible if you ...
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Can we repeat same keyword on different pages?

Can we repeat same keyword on different pages? For example a site has tv show "example" and I am adding its 10th episode so will go with "example episode 10" keyword. Can I use the same "example" ...
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Overriding nofollow rules with meta tag

I'm using a blog that automatically nofollows links in spite of manually dofollowing links in the HTML code. so I decided to put this code: <meta name="robots" ...
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Google search results showing up a URL on its search which doesn't exist on the website [duplicate]

I am using a keyword to display a website page on google search. After entering the keyword, on the first page of google, I am redirected to a page, whose domain is exactly similar to the website ...
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Is subdomain bad for SEO? [duplicate]

I did some reading before asking this question as those readings didn't answer my query, including this one: Do subdomains help/hurt SEO? I intend to leap into a variety of business but my initial ...
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Is a link once disavowed never counted again?

Just suppose you disavowed a link by uploading your disavow file. Even google warns that one should use the tool carefully which is logical, since it can do a lot of harm to ones ranking, it still is ...
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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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Dealing with usernames in the URL

This is my first question on here so let me know if I have not followed any rules. I run a website Audibase that has the usernames in the URLs for example: https://audibase.com/grungecake ...
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SEO for filename of images that are uploaded using Ruby on Rails

I'm use RoR 3.2 and carrierwave gem for upload images. I want will do SEO optimization for uploaded images filenames. For example I have model Car(attributes: :id, :name, :avatar(carrierwave image ...
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Google search results showing up a URL on its search which doesn't exist on the website

I am using a keyword to display a website page on google search. After entering the keyword, on the first page of google, I am redirected to a page, whose domain is exactly similar to the website ...
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Is path before actual filename important for SEO optimization? [duplicate]

https://img.mysite.com/mybucket/jQQnkjCV1Sqg1oX_MYSITE%20STILL%208.jpg/seo-firendly-image-name.jpg vs https://img.mysite.com/mybucket/seo-firendly-image-name.jpg Is there any difference according ...
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Is using only HTTPS bad in a SEO perspective?

I would like to set up a new business site. I plan to direct www.example.com to example.com and only use that domain. My plan is also to only use HTTPS and not HTTP. Does this affect the SEO for the ...
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How hard is it to get back in the search results after being offline for a long time?

My website, let's call it example.com, has been returning a 403 error for a very long time as it was still under construction. It's online now, so I wonder: is it harder to get back in the search ...
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Relevancy of the context while link building [closed]

I hope this is the correct forum... Google always suggests that too much out of context linking will negatively affect website ranking. But recently I came across handful of websites, engaging in ...
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Multiple Domains pointing to one site

Newbie here so please excuse me if this has been asked in a different way. My friend has 3 domain names lets say example.com, example.net and example.org. They were not using the .com and .net. I was ...
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Should I use a canonical tag on both Landing Page and Product Page of my E-commerce site?

I manage an e-commerce website that has both a landing page (designed to 'sell' the product/convince an upper-funnel customer to purchase) and a product page (obviously where you actually buy the ...
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How many monthly pageviews does it take to have an Alexa ranking of 100,000? Or 50,000 or 10,000?

Currently my website gets about 60,000 visitors per month and has an Alexa ranking of 350,000. I'm curious if there's any data on what a website that has an Alexa ranking of 100,000 gets for monthly ...
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Site migration using new and old subdomains 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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Managing which version of a website appears in Google's SERP

I've recently started up a website: example.com. I want to drive all traffic from Google to https://example.com. I've added all 4 variants of the site to Google Webmaster Tools ...
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Why does Alexa's Android app show a red exclamation point for my site's “Rank in Indonesia”?

There is a red exclamation mark for my website when I view the it from Alexa Android app. The mark appears above "Rank in Indonesia". What is causing that red exclamation mark to appear? A few ...
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Hiding H1 from user but making it visible to search engines? [duplicate]

I have h1 tag in a page. I do not want to display it to user but want to make sure that its content will be used for SEO. What is recommended way of achieving it these days. I can think of: in css: ...
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SEO implications of using different content with the same URL for campaign purposes

I'm assessing the feasibility of serving up slightly different content based on the campaign ad that is clicked on. In many aspects, this will be similar in approach to serving up different languages ...
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Help Google to recognise forum threads

I have seen some cases where Google search results can actually tell you how many posts/replies there are in a topic, how many pages there are, and I think I even saw it tell me the specific author of ...
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Moving from http to https - Google webmaster tools | Bing webmaster tools

I'm moving from HTTP to HTTPS for my entire site. The site is currently added to Google Webmaster Tools as www.example.com and all the pages are indexed without using SSL. How do I go about moving to ...
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Detecting Browser Features, displaying upgrade advice and not bothering google

I have a website that is pretty demanding in regards to required browser features. Currently, the site does not indicate this in any way to visitors when they access it with an old browser. I want to ...
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How does the Google Images preview panel work, and why is it not showing my image?

In Google Images, when an image is clicked in search results, an "image preview" appears with a blurry image (basically the cached low-res version) and then an updated, clearer version is swapper in ...
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How to influence the info column in Google's search result? [duplicate]

Google often shows an info column next to the search results, if it recognizes your search query to be directly related to a "thing" they know. Example: You search for "beatles" and get a box with ...
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SEO for a website with a commercial and a residential versions that use the same images and mostly the same text

A website I'm currently working on requires there to be both a residential and commercial version of the website. The two versions will be quite similar across the board, but the copy will have some ...
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Does not having enough real, text based content “above the fold” hurt SEO rankings?

We recently redesigned a site for a client. The old site was done in early 2000s and built in tables and designed for a time when screen sizes were averaging 800x600. The new site is responsive, built ...
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Will providing an internal graph allow the Google bot to index my site faster, and update it more often?

A programmer, but a very inexperienced webmaster here. I am building a social site that gets content generated literally every day. On top, the content of my already indexed pages changes quite often ...