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Google's Matt Cutts has addressed this via video: It’s a fair question. I think we can handle it either way, so we should be able to process it. But if we see a lot of pages or a lot of things ranking on a site all of a sudden, then we might take a look at it from the manual webspam team. So if it doesn’t make any difference whatsoever to you in terms of ...


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Google indexes certain documents like PDFs and Word files perfectly fine. But it places a much larger weight on regular web pages. This is mainly to avoid "breaking the web" by forcing the user into a different program (Adobe Reader etc). Cross-platform compatibility is an issue too. The best way to get your documents ranking higher in search engines is to ...


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I can understand the frustration when you don't have access to SSH. Below is a simple PHP script that you save in a file in the root folder from where you want to start your search. For example, I wanted to find all files that have the HEX color code string ecebeb under the ../public_html (or the www) folder. Retracing the steps here. Login to ...


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Yes, the latter one is better. Yet, if applicable, /john-smith is better than /johnsmith


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Ironically the answer is on this page and every other Stack Exchange site :) You have to define an OpenSearchDescription for your site. If you look at the source code of this page you will see in the header: <link rel="search" type="application/opensearchdescription+xml" title="Pro Webmasters - Stack Exchange" href="/opensearch.xml"> And if you ...


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In the root of the directory of the subdomain website, add a file called robots.txt containing: User-agent: * Disallow: / This will tell web crawlers not to index the site at all. They do not have to obey, but the main ones will.


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Page title The first line of any search result is the title of the web page. This text is generally taken from the contents of the tag for that page (which is also the text that appears in the title bar of your browser. Occasionally (generally when the title tag is not meaningful or the page is not crawlable) Google will pull the title from ...


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You should ask for it to google through Google Webmaster Tool (first you must register your site, then ask for the reconsideration)


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For purposes of this answer I'm assuming you are talking about Google Custom Search/Site Search and not the Google Search Appliance which would be a VERY good idea, albeit an expensive one. Outsourcing your search to Google Custom Search is not a bad idea but it may not be the best fit for your site/business model/whatever due to Google's ...


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First of all, this isn't happening on bing or any other search engines. Also, when I view the pages, like you said, the bad titles don't appear. Therefore, what I think is happening is that your site has became infected with a virus that causes google to see a different version of your page than what other people see, with the bad titles. This is easy to ...


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It will take time and enough incoming links with gethis as the anchor text to get Google to assume people want gethis instead of a mistype on the phrase get his. Google is making the assumption that users want get his when that phrase is typed and 99.9999% of the time it is correct. In simple terms your site will have to gain popularity before it is ...


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Content, content, content, headlines, links, content, content, links, content, content, and perhaps meta keywords.


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Andrew Goodman is one of the best authors on the subject of AdWords. His book "Winning Results using Google AdWords" (now in the second edition) is a must read and there's a shorter free guide available on his site at http://www.pagezero.com/publications/google-adwords-guide.php You could also check out the PPC Hero blog at http://www.ppchero.com/ as it ...


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Yes, this site has many questions and answers about SEO - http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/seo.


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Use google sitemaps. We use them where I work, you can specify how often pages change, etc: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=156184&from=40318&rd=1 You cannot guarantee that they will crawl today, but for a small enough site, it will help them find your content faster.


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If you don't mind starting from scratch, giving up all your links, bookmarks, people who remember the url and pagerank then sure you don't need 301 redirects. If you want to keep any of that then you are going to need to keep the old domain running and 301 redirect the important urls to the same pages on the new site. Since importance is based on links to ...


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You shouldn't simple add an extra page simply for an additional index, Google cares about quality not just quantity, so if the page offers nothing special and useful for your visitors then you should remove the page, however if the page is helpful then keep it. You should put your visitors first and the search engines last, with this logic its hard to fail. ...


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While it may be seen as a different question the answer has largely been dealbt with here Google thinks my domain doesn't exist or is misspelled when users search for it The fastest way to correct this is to make your site the authoritative for your company name. The sooner your site is seen by Google to be the destination for your (misspelled word) ...


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You have an error in your robots.txt file. On line 11 you have Allow: /, a robots.txt file doesn't say what files and directories you can allow, only what you can disallow. The only supported commands for the robots.txt file are "User-agent" and "Disallow". As the Disallow: /random command is after the invalid command it is possible the Google Searchbot ...


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Google and other major search engines are pretty good at learning and returning brandings that are purposely mispelt. Even my own site spelt BYBE google used to returning results for 'BABY' and 'BABE' for almost a year, other good examples: Flickr Reddit Digg Tumblr Mashbord Fiverr All purposely misspelt Google will assoicate the correct and incorrect ...


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Yes. Although Google can submit some forms they generally do not do so. So any content that is only available via a form submission should be assumed to be hidden from search engines. Yes. This is functionally the same as an HTML sitemap. You can also submit an XML sitemap (although they don't guarantee crawling).


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After some investigation it turns out that this is a problem with Google Maps. The red pin pointer is inserting some text on the page which is getting pulled into search results so it's not really something that can be fixed until Google look into it. Oh well.


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A site needs to exist for a while and get popular before Google will recommend it for its brand name and URL. The good news is that Google is indexing your site and will show it in search results in "verbatim" mode: This indicates that Google knows about the website and will show it if you say "I really mean what I'm searching for, don't show me synonyms ...


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Sure there are concerns in dumping huge numbers of pages onto your site and whether it would be considered spam or not or have a negative SEO effect. I just want to give my perspective since I feel you are within a safe range of pages and likely have fair domain trust due to domain age and stability. My experience is this. My site can add over 3000 pages ...


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As JCL1178 mentioned in their answer, Google will only return results for what it has indexed. Not only does this mean that some of your results may never appear, but if your site is ever de-indexed for some reason, you've lost the search from your web site. Having something as important as search rely on an unsupported 3rd party service is dangerous. Since ...


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If your exact search term is going to be the full 'John Smith', I am pretty certain that you are indeed correct and that having /johnsmith would be better as you are targeting a more refined search term and the extension matches up completely with the search term, which we can only assume is a good thing.


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This is deliberate. To quote from this post on the Official Google Webmaster Central blog: "Starting in April, for browsers with the appropriate support, we will be using the "referrer" meta tag to automatically simplify the referring URL that is sent by the browser when visiting a page linked from an organic search result. This results in a faster time ...


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20,000 records is not a lot at all. It's not uncommon for a table to have millions of records and, if your database is designed properly, still be very fast. So using Autocomplete with a table of 20,000 or even one million records is definitely feasible and shouldn't be slow. If it is you need to revisit your database design and SQL queries to make sure ...



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