SERPs (or singular SERP) is an abbreviation for Search Engine Results Pages or Search Engine Results Positions. Most commonly it describes a page generated by a user's input for a given search phrase or word.

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Which special characters, if used in <title> tags, will be visible in Google SERPs?

Seems like Google doesn't display some special characters if they are used in <title></title>. What are the characters that will be visible in SERPs for site titles?
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Is submitting a sitemap an outdated technique for SEO?

I'm not getting more content or recommendations for sitemap practice in SEO. Is submitting a sitemap an outdated practice in SEO or is it necessary to submit a sitemap for SERP?
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Google is not treating two Australian schools as separate sites when both are subdomains of qld.edu.au

My question relates to two websites, each of which is a "Calvary Christian College", however in two totally different locations and unrelated to each other entirely (except by name, and thus domain). ...
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Informing Googlebot for deprecated pages

I publish timetables in my website. For example last year I published Number 2 bus Summer 2013 timetable. I has pretty good ranking on Google SERPs for number 2 bus timetable But this year I added a ...
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Can I redirect a new domain to a specific pg without affecting that page's search standing?

I want to redirect a new domaim (that has not been used before) to a specific page on a site which already has good standing in search results - I want to do this instead of forwarding because I need ...
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Why is Google omitting commas from the meta description tag in its search results?

I've recently improved the description meta tag for my website to be more descriptive of the visited webpage. Today I decided to check Google and see if it has begun picking up these changes. It has, ...
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Are there any problems with pages from the same site using different doctypes?

After a re-design of some pages in our site, we have the new re-designed pages with doctype HTML5 and all the rest pages (that are not yet redesigned) with doctype XHTML 1.0 Transitional. Does that ...
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Google is appending branded url to title in search results with undesired capitalization

I work for an organization with a website domain that is two words that are placed together. For branding reasons, we always display the url as Loremipsum.com or loremipsum.com and NEVER ...
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Google sitelinks [duplicate]

How can I get Google to display sitelinks under search results when my website shows up? When my website shows up in position 1 which it does for a couple of keywords it displays sitelinks, but ...
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Will using two different tracking codes affect my SERP

Hello everyone and thanks for your time! I am now facing a problem after a site migration. New site is basically an improved version of old site, with the same content and some extras. After ...
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New version of website jumping around SERPS

I released a new version of my one year old website a few days ago - the content was much the same but with more (and better) content on the homepage and a bit of optimisation on some of the poor meta ...
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Publishing content to different websites

I'm running a real estate website and need to publish my every content to different property listing websites through XML feed. Now my question is will Google consider this as duplicate content ? if ...
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Variation in Google Webmasters search queries and real ranking

Google webmasters Search Query Tool shows that my website is ranked for a particular keyword with an average position in Google, but when I type the same keyword in Google, I cant see my website ...
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My site indexed with my another domain in google

My site is indexed with my another domains, all of the domain are hosted in same hosting. When I search with site:sample.com it indexed the another domain like this sample.com/www.example.com. How ...
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Consolidating to one page when multiple pages appearing in SERPs

I've got a web site which for historical reasons has two or three pages that appear closely in serps for any given search term. The site is a spanish language site with two different but related ...
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G+ author image for blog posts not showing in search results, but does in rich snippet tool

I have registered my Google authorship e-mail, and my blog posts are on the same domain. Why is my G+ profile image not appearing in SERPs? I have e-mail registered and verified for Google authorship. ...
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Incorrect dates for downloadable 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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2 domain pointing to single website with different meta description and title in SERP [duplicate]

Let's say I have one website abc.com.my, and now I want to create a new domain xyz.my but with its own meta description and meta title which points to abc.com.my. So I need to create one index.html ...
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How to show different pages based on keyword search in Google?

Whenever I search with any keyword of my website it showing only the homepage result, why not it showing the related page for that keyword. For example: if I search with keyword Properties For Rent ...
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What should be the word count of an article for better ranking in 2014?

I know that SERPs depends on many factors like backlinks, page authority, keywords placement etc. But I noticed that Google also look for the word count of the article. In 2010,2011 articles with ...
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How do I see the exact position of my website in google SERP? [duplicate]

Whenever I search with keyword in my computer, it shows my website in first page and in reality(other computers) it is not showing what I see in my computer, I understand that this is because of I ...
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5+ items in Google SERPs?

I'm tinkering with a website and the search results page for a certain page it is showing this unexpected 5+ items thing (see attached image). Where does this come from? And how to fix it? Or is ...
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Deleted page still in Google results

I've asked a website to remove content about me and they did it, removing the whole page (404). In their sitemap, they tell bots that page changes weekly. A week ago they removed the page, but the ...
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How to see my site's problems with Google?

I recently made a website, which aims for the search query "Boun Schedule Planner" It was like 5th or 6th for a few days. But now it's not even in the first 3 pages. There are no warnings in ...
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Can site's SERP ranks be lowered by Google because of bad/toxic backlinks? [duplicate]

The site is not under Google's manual penalty it has no other warnings in GWT about something wrong going on, it is not out of the Google index. But the ranking positions on SERPs are lower than ...
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How does Google use social indicators, like +1, to affect its SERPs?

How does Google use social indicators, like +1, to affect its search engine results pages ? Besides,+1 it may include shares with or without a link.
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Hiding Menu Item with CSS - will Google penalise my site?

I want to hide some sub menu items, using the CSS class, and assign it to the specific menu item. For example the class is no display: /* Hide menu items */ .nodisplay { display:none !important; } ...
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Move subdir to subdomain for separate SERP listings?

I market a conference and we have two very distinct customers. Attendees and Exhibitors/Sponsors. Each customer has a different sales funnel. I thought it'd be best to separate these into ...
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Will your blog rank lower if you remove its comment section?

Yesterday I noticed a warning in my Google Webmaster Tools. It told me that one of the posts on my blog had a slow load time - a post which happened to be by far the most commented on. So, to rectify ...
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Can adverts on your site actually help SEO?

My current understanding of SEO is this: One of the ways Google determines a webpage's quality is by how many people click back onto the SERPs. For example, if loads of people click onto your blog ...
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How to efficiently let Google know that my subdomain now has a custom domain?

I have existing heavy traffic from my Tumblr page and 2 articles in the top search results. Today I purchased a custom domain to use on Tumblr. Before that, my site was already verified in Google ...
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Why use meta description, when we know, if we do not use meta description in a webpage, the Google will show the article text, in SERP? [duplicate]

Why use meta description, when we know, if we do not use meta description in a webpage, the Google will show the article text, in SERP? What role meta description serve?
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Duplicate content from a website still indexed by Google

My client used a third-party company that used duplicate link exchanges on their website previously. When my client gave their website to me to maintain it, I developed a different website that ...
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Is it bad to have a mix of HTML 5 and XHTML pages within one website from SEO perspective?

We are going to update our website from well-formed XHTML 1.0 Transitional to HTML 5. However, as I see, we will be doing this step-by-step. This means we will have some pages in HTML 5 and others in ...
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How can we fix the emtpy form action error reported by HTML5 validators for default ASP.NET 4 pages, and will this affect SEO?

We are in the process of upgrading our ASP.NET 4 website from XHTML 1.0 to HTML 5. The <form> tag is generated automatically as it is ASP.NET, and it looks like: <form method="post" ...
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Upgrading website from XHTML 1.0 Transitional to HTML 5: how can it affect SERP positions?

We have an enough old but still supported website which is XHTML 1.0 Transitional now. We are going to change it to HTML 5 to add some new features in the future (microdata, ...
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Can my website have an image and no date in its Google SERP? [closed]

The majority of the traffic to the website I am working on is organic. I was assigned to make updates so that our SERP shows an image to increase the click-through rate on our #1 result. ...
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Why is my homepage now ranking for my product page? [closed]

I've recently noticed the ranking for a lot of my clients' websites product page drop and the homepage rank higher instead, despite no changes being made. For example. Before Christmas, the product ...
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Google fetched a title from the body instead of keyword stuffed title tags - could that be a problem for SEO?

I have a website that contains keywords repeated in the <title> tag, so Google fetched the most relevant keywords from the body of the page. There is no problem so far and my website is ranking ...
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What causes a profile picture to disappear from author information in Google SERPs?

Does anyone know what causes the exclusion of a profile picture in the authorship information in the Google SERPs? For some reason, my profile picture has disappeared from the author information in ...
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How to find out successfull keywords in Google SERPs for a domain? [closed]

There are services and tools where I write domain name, keywords and it checks what position in SERPs these specific keywords are at How do I discover the most successful keywords, the ones that have ...
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Remove incorrect date from Google snippet

I saw another question regarding this, but it is dated two years back, and so I am hoping an answer is available now. I am a web developer at a website in which we are (and have been for years) the ...
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The wrong Twitter account is showing in Google SERPs when searching for my name

If you search for me by name on Google, the wrong Twitter page has started to show in SERPs. Check here. The offending Twitter page usually comes up about 10th in the results. My Twitter page is ...
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Strange title appearing in Google search results for a video

Google is displaying a strange result for my video site: I do not have any idea where it got my video's duration and why it's displayed in this way - take a look at the screenshot below: I don't ...
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Implemented wrong 301 redirect and now traffic is decreasing

Last week we migrated our legacy site to a new site created via WordPress. I implemented all 301 redirects, but a lot of them were done improperly by my developer. As such, a lot of pages were ...
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How can I remove duplicate SERP results for same domain?

When I search "example business near zip code" in Google, I get the following separate, distinct results for the domain: www.example.com/ny/new-york/10019 ...
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Multiple site URLs now showing up in SERPs

Recently when you search for me on Google several URLs from my blog have started showing up, instead of just the main URL. 1) https://scotthelme.co.uk/ 2) ...
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Multiple stores for the same niche

I started developing a new niche of products in my country about 3 years ago. That's when I opened my first store. Everything went fine, until a year ago, when someone I thought was a friend secretly ...
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Changing my site from HTTP to HTTPS - will google search results sort themselves out? [duplicate]

I've made all of my http pages 301 redirect to their https equivalents. I've also made sure that all of the URLs in my sitemap files are https. Lastly I created a new profile in GWTs under the https ...
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SEO for Google Maps applications? [duplicate]

I have a webapp that is a customized Google Map; it's an interactive map of the Paris Metro. In Google's SERP, the only thing that appears beneath the domain name is "Sorry, we have no imagery here", ...