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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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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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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Google displaying wrong title / Adds “First -” before the title

I have a website (wordpess) and the most important page of my website is displayed with a wrong title on Google search results. The title of the page is in this format: "Category name | Website ...
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Can we 301 redirect to a new page, but still publish the old content somewhere else?

We have a page on the site which ranks well for an SEO term (top 5) but contains old information. We have added a new page but Google doesn't rank it that well. Information on these pages is time ...
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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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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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Does Google offer reporting on use of the “Block all … results” feature?

Does Google offer a way to report on how many people actually blocked results from my site from showing up in their results? This question describes the behavior I'm asking about. I understand why ...
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Google Ranking for long tail search phrases

When using long tail search phrases for products (items to purchase), google generally returns multiple URLS for various ecommerce sites, but it hides additional urls for each site behind . Each ...
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Redirected urls show in serp, with the original permalink but with the title and meta of the target page

I have a problem which I have not encountered before. On a website I am working on, www.example.com, I have several affiliate links which are of the form www.example.com/out/blahblah The redirect is ...
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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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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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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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Significant drop in SERPs on 12th November 2011

Earlier this year I decided to have a look at the SEO of our website. We noticed almost immediately that we dropped significantly in the SERPs for the keyword 'probiotics' (plural) on the 12th ...
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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", ...
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How does Indeed.com make it to the top of every single search for every single city I search for? [closed]

I am very curious and want to understand how Indeed.com, the job board and job search engine company, is able to not only make it to the top of search engines for any city related job search but also ...
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How to track my site position in SERP based on keyword

In Google Analytics i can see that people have reach my website after search on a specific keyword. How can i check the results page number where my website appears.
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Do Blog Post dates really affect Google rankings? [duplicate]

Should I remove them. I've got a blog with evergreen content.
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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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What are the two different types of google search results called?

Google SERPs have search results that appear in two different ways: Single Search Result Single Search Result with Sitelinks Are there official terms for these? I know that a "SERP" is Search ...
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What contributes to expanded company details being displayed in Google search results?

For some results returned in Google Search, on the right side it displays the company details, logo, contact numbers, etc... For example, see the following screenshot: I'd like to know what ...
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SEO Impact of using Responsive Design and the serving of different content on the same URL

We are currently working on redesigning our site and making it responsive. It is a search intensive site with complex functionality, a lot of search filters and a lot of content. Our mobile versions ...
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Are SEO and SEM click through rates correlated?

If not, why; and how would you estimate click throw rates for a SERP?
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How would Google respond to redirecting visitors clicking on SERP to another page, but not the Googlebot?

This page has a good PageRank on Google: http://www.example.org/myrankedpage.php Many users search on Google and land on myrankedpage.php However, I would like for those users to be redirected to ...
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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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Meta description tags appearing in Google search results even though they had been removed

I recently removed all the meta description tags from my website and uploaded the files to my host company's FTP server. However, Google search results still show the old meta tags even though the ...
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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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Google removing full path in search results

Just noticed something strange and would like to see if anyone knows why this is happening. On my own website and the BYBE blog the pages that appear in Google's search results do not return the full ...
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site:domain.com search doesn't show index page as 1st, how to fix that?

If I enter site:domain.com in Google search I see the index page of a site but it doesn't go as #1 result in SERP, but rather 3 or 5th... What does that mean, why other pages outrank the index page ...
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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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SERP update frequency

Recently I changed my site improving the title and description metatags of many pages. Looking at Webmaster Tools I saw that Googlebot already crawled the new contents (and also found duplicate titles ...
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Japanese Hosting And Search Engine Rankings

I have a website that is currently hosted in Japan and has been for a number of years. Its well established in the search engines in both Yahoo Japan and Google Japan. For numerous reasons its become ...
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Google cache for home page shows the the Facebook page instead

I have a very weird and kinda crazy problem with Google caching one of the pages on the website. At first, I thought I got hacked or something similar, I also talked to my host and they said there is ...
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Does more traffic to my website improve SERP? [duplicate]

I have a few very popular blog posts that rank highly on keywords I am not focusing on. My question is does my website's SERP benefits from this high traffic? Is there an official information out ...
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Google+ brand display in SERPs

Until very recent past, when someone searched for our brand name on Google, our G+ page preview with latest post showed up on the sidebar of SERPs. However, it has just disappeared and we have ...
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After fixing problems with duplicate content, will my search engine rankings return?

Background: I have been making a new website design at www.example.com/new which has been uploaded for some time as I have been redesigning the site. This site shares most of the same content as my ...
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Can a news site with posts from press releases avoid being marked as duplicate?

I am building a news site about cultural events. Most of the posts that are published are about events (theatre, music, arts etc) and are taken from press releases that are distributed by email by ...
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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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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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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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Google is fetching body as title [duplicate]

I'm encountering a strange behaviour of Google. Pages in my site has the form : .. <title>Title of Article - mysite</title> </head> <body> <img alt='mysite logo'> .. ...
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Google Webmaster Geographic target: Increases or Decreases Traffic?

My website is an english video streaming website that gets visitors from all over the world (about 70,000 per day). 35% of my traffic is from the US. Now, in google Webmaster, if I were to set my ...
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Why do Google FreshBot crawled and indexed pages disappear from SERPs? Will they come back?

Sometimes a page on our site will show up in the Google SERPs that was previously not indexed (yet) due to a news story or blog posting on another site that points to it. From what I understand, the ...
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Google incorrectly offers to “translate this page” the homepage. No issue for other pages

First off, this is probably a duplicate of: How can I prevent Google mistakenly offering to translate a page? But the question above was posted back in 2010, things might be different in 2016. ...
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How can I use a blog to improve domain authority for a multi-domain business?

Over the past two years, I have had great success with my local, service-oriented business in building domain authority and climbing in the SERP rankings. I believe this success can be at least ...
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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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Do we really need Google Analytics for better SERP positions?

We have been using Google Analytics on our main website for years, but recently we have tried another local stats system (Yandex.Metrica) and we are very happy with it - more than with the Google one. ...
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SEO: Twitter outranks personal site?

For some reasons, even though I websites has pretty great onsite SEO I thinks, my Twitter profile "outrank" personal site consistently in Google/Bing SERPs on different computer around country and ...
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Google Webmaster Tools -> URL-Parameter after Migration from Magento

After migrating from magento to a different e-commerce system I can find lots of URL-Parameters with millions of monitored sites: Is it safe to reset those? Or better leave them? We already had a ...
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Why does Google show different search results when viewed by 10 versus 100 results per page?

Most of the time I have seen that when I enter my query in Google's search box and view the results by 10 per page, and then with the same query I view the results by 100 per page, the results are ...
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Dead URLs from old CMS showing up in SERP. Wordpress not serving 404 when old links are accessed = old URLs won't die

Dead URLs from the previous CMS on this domain is displayed in SERP, most likely due to people still trying to access them through bookmarks or browser history. This traffic is picked up by Google ...