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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Geotargeted subfolder questions (Portugal/Brazil and Switzerland)

We are at the beginning of the process to get multilingual versions of a website. We will be using subfolders working off the core domain (eg mydomain.com/fr/), set the geotargeting at Webmaster Tools ...
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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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Will duplicate international (i18n) content hinder SEO rankings?

Google clearly states that duplicate content within a single, or multiple, domains is not advised. This is understood, but I am not sure of any exceptions for sites with region-specific content that ...
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Is it possible for a script tag to be perceived as an inbound link for SEO?

My company has <script> tags on a lot of sites, some of these sites have very high page ranks. Right now the <script> tags have a src of Microsoft's blob data. We want to move away from ...
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How to link subdomains to main domain to get SEO benefit

How can I link subdomains to my main domain to get the SEO benefit? I've seen examples using all sorts of clever redirects and PHP where you get the subdomain's content on the main site...but what I ...
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Does the Instant Preview in Google webmaster tools takes Robot.txt in account?

Is that the way to go If I want to visually see what the googlebot see? I'm trying to check a folder which I have just blocked in my robots.txt. If I fetch the folder as google bot, It fetches ok, ...
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301ing a 301 URL to yet another 301, bad for SEO?

I am working on a website that has a huge amount of 301s in it due to new versions of the website being roled out and thus different URL structures being used. I have noticed that some of the old ...
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Pages crawled with Cloudflare

I activated Cloudflare on my blog a few days ago and in their Analytics it shows me that there are 255 pages crawled by Bing, 16 by Yandex and only 1 by Google. Why only one page for Google? Should I ...
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Disable outbound links without letting others know that

Is there a way I can tell google not to follow external links ( pointing to other sites) without letting other know. I know you can disable outbound links by putting rel=nofollow or something in ...
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How to deal with tabbed content which rewrites the URL in terms of SEO?

Scenario We have several pages that utilize tabs controlled by JavaScript. All the content of the entire page is loaded in the HTML document, but portions are hidden and shown based on the tab that ...
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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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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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Content keywords are unimportant in Google Webmaster Tools

When I check Google Index > Content Keywords in Google Webmaster Tools, it shows lots of unimportant keywords like: to, is, are, from, in, on, we, you and etc. That's very natural these words are ...
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How to properly implement 300 Multiple Choices pages for SEO?

At the moment, when a URL isn't found, I'm serving a 404 page which shows a list of partially|fully matched alternative pages that the user is may looking for, without saying that is an error page. ...
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Bing search results shows an HTML encoded ampersand instead of an actual ampersand

I've looked through Bing Webmaster Tools to see if there is a way I can fix this, but I haven't found anything. Here is an example in the search results. The first link is the one in question.
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How do I redirect a large number of pages in Wordpress when changing plugins?

I have had a WordPress site for two years. It is hosted on a typical WAMP server. I would change it's theme but the one I have chosen doesn't work with the qTranslate or mqTranslate plugin. I'm ...
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Should I split the site by language for better SEO when the English site has low quality content?

We have two versions of our website English and Arabic. Arabic is in a sub-directory (not a sub-domain). When we started looking at SEO, we found that most of our articles are plagiarized from ...
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How to tell Google to ignore URL parameters and forget about any already crawled?

Is there any way we can delete Google URL Parameters? I know in webmaster tools that there is no option to delete the URL parameters that were crawled by Google, but is their any other way we can take ...
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How does Google's SafeSearch affect SEO?

Sorry, I am using a profanity below. I am observing the following behaviour: SafeSearch ON, search "fucka": amazon.com is a first result. SafeSearch ON, search "a": amazon.com is a sixth result. ...
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Does translating just the navigation but leaving the content untranslated lead to duplicate content SEO problems?

Imagine there is a page with video, it has hreflang tags setup, to lead let's say German visitors to /de/ folder. So, on that German version of page, everything like menus, navigation and such are in ...
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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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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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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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Single page not appearing in Google Search

Description I have a static franchise website which has various sub pages each dedicated to an individual franchisee. For each franchisee the page, the only thing slightly similar between all of ...
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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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Different blocked URLs stats in Google Webmaster Tools

Just want to know I got different blocked URLs stats at Google Webmaster Tools. I blocked entire site for revamp and latest builds implementation. Here are different stats Under Health tab > Blocked ...
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Incorrect Dates for Downloable files in Google Snippets

We have a website which create publications and newsletters. In most (if not all) the search results for our downloadable files, the Google snippets show dates which are less than when those files ...
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seo optimization

I have submitted several pages to Google through Google Webmaster Tools by using a sitemap in XML format. Several pages are indexed by Google as well but the rank of those pages are in 400-500 as my ...
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To have multiple sites with similar content on the same server but different IPs?

I have 7 different sites on the same dedicated server. Two major sites have different IPs, and 5 small share the same IP. About first 2 they have similar content, but not the same. Basically ...
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How long does it take for Google Webmaster Tools to notice links that have been removed?

In order to comply better with Google's guidelines, we've gone to a lot of effort to remove links to our website. However, sites that no longer link to us still show up in our Google Webmaster Tools. ...
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Requirements for Google HTML snapshots

Are there any requirements for a HTML snapshot for Google other than: .. must contain the same content as the dynamically created page .. found here: ...
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Facebook share in Hebrew messed up

I have a WordPress website in Hebrew. Using Yoast for SEO and AddThis for sharing. Recently a lot of problems with Facebook sharing: Some posts share in "Gibbrish" - no image, no title and messed up ...
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Make Google crawl ajax contents but not link to them directly

I noticed that Google search results for one of my sites link directly to ajax request pages, so I put them on robots.txt. However, doing this makes Google not crawl the contents at all (checked using ...
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Schema.org snippet for thumbs up-down reviews

I'm deep into the Schema.org meta-tags implementation for the reviews on my website and I'd love to know how do you think I should implement it when I have Positive-Negative reviews as opposed to star ...
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phpBB SEO memberlist pagination error caused by Ultimate SEO URL plugin

I have recently installed following mods on my PhpBB board (version 3.0.12): Zero Dupe Ultimate SEO URL Related Links Gym Sitemap The problem is that the pagination for memberlist.php is broken ...
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How to handle URL encoded parameter separators when responding to AJAX crawled _escaped_fragment?

I've been reading about how to handle Google requested URL here There is an example from Google : Pretty URL: www.example.com?myquery#!key1=value1&key2=value2 Ugly URL: ...
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Problem with submitting URL to index for Ajax crawlable URLs

My site contains lots of dynamic data, so I am using Ajax crawling to crawl it properly. When I use the "Fetch as Google" tool in Google Webmaster Tools it's working perfectly, but the "Submit to ...
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Does Google Analytics Content Drilldown Mix Pages With Directories in Results?

I didn't set up this GA account and therefore don't have my custom setup that breaks the numbers up better. I just want to verify I'm looking at this correctly. On the Content > Site Content > ...
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Does google use transliteration when crawling page URLs and indexing them?

In a generic search Google understands transliteration and if I wrote some words using Latin letters but in a non-English language ( for instance phrase "red cat" in Russian using transliteration will ...
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Can I use a list of blog ping services for a portal?

I'm setting up a list of ping services for a portal. It has a blog, forum, articles, restaurants, hotels and many other information, so it is far beyond a blog. I have a list of standard ping ...
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From 302 to 508 rediect, how is Google indexing it?

I'm working under an IIS environment. I would like to put up a splash page for our site maintenance, however, the splash page (app_offline.htm) has to be served on a separate site, since our ...
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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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adsense for lightbox

i have image gallery and i am using lightbox to display images but to my surprize google ads are being shown for first 4 photos after that it is now showing . i assume that google thinks that i am ...
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Paging next/previous links with Google escape fragment

I have paging URLs below and the page uses AJAX to do paging. Do I need to add _escaped_fragment_= to the URL below or are those URLs fine? <link rel="prev" ...
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Does image mime-type affect SEO?

I have uploaded images as mime-type application/octet-stream, they are served well if sourced from an image tag but Chrome for example cannot open them directly, always asks for download. The question ...
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Why does Google keep hitting only one MP3 file?

I have a bunch of Mp3 files on my site, and all if them are in the sitemap to allow search engines that log mp3 files to know about them. For some reason, every day or two, Google keeps hitting the ...
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Should I Approve WP Commenta From Twitter's Tweets?

I have my self-hosted WordPress blog, and often I approve my own tweets appear as comment's moderated list. Not sure of the terms, I supposed that is a bounce-back (Correct me if I'm wrong) Now, ...
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Why does AVG complain with Exploit Blackhat SEO type 1703

I installed "AVG internet security", opened a page in internet explorer, and AVG complains about "Exploit Blackhat SEO (type 1703)" for object name Action sports stock footage with no further ...
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Google Webmaster Tools reporting duplicate page titles despite recently adding a noindex

I have a problem with duplicate content on my blog, according to webmaster tools (GWT) I have 828 duplicate title tags and 835 duplicate meta descriptions. Looking through the duplicates I noticed ...
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Google authorship verification issue

I'm trying to get my blog content author verified so my face gets into the Google search results. I managed to achieve this a few weeks back - When testing my content in the Google authorship testing ...