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How do websites appear in Google for terms not present in the website's text?

I have been doing some searches online to try and figure out where my website ranks and how to improve SEO. I have done a lot of work to improve code quality and add relevant keywords into my text. I ...
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Why is a query string appearing on my URLs in the Google search results?

When I enter a URL from my site into Google search, I get back that URL but with an added query string in the results. For example when I search for https://example.com/blog/blog/2013/02, the search ...
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Are images with non-standard extensions (such as “.ashx”, instead of “.png” or “.jpg”) bad for SEO?

Certain CMS' running on IIS like Sitecore do not give image files appropriate file formats like .png or .jpg by default, but instead link to images as: <img src="/media/Some Folder/EX-IMG.ashx" ...
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How to get your Google profile in the search results when searching your website

Check out this link: http://www.google.com/#q=codinghorror.com How come his profile is chowing up in the search results?
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Is having a landing page for multi-country websites detrimental for search engine ranking?

I have a multi-language / multi-country website which uses a single domain name. The url structure is as follows: country-name.example.com/language/ Ex: ca.example.com/en/ ca.example.com/fr/ uk....
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Schema.org or Data-Vocabulary.org for breadcrumbs?

Google and other SEs support Schema.org for marking up structured data, but it turns out that for breadcrumbs Google recommends using Data-Vocabulary.org instead. Which should we use for having ...
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How do you use 'site:' to search Google for just the domain without all the other subdomains appearing?

When I use the site: operator to search for domains, it returns all the other matched subdomains as well. However, I only want to see what's indexed for the main site. For example: site:google.com ...
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SEO - Hidden content before main site content

I have a two hidden divs before my main site content, one with the login form and another with the signup form. I then have login and signup buttons within the page that use JQuery to show or hide ...
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home page of my site is not appear in google search, when I type site:example.com

I am totally confused, when I place site:example.com in google I see every page of my website in serp(search engine result page) except the home page. I don’t know why it’s happening but I check ...
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Google-bot sees “Sorry, we have no imagery here” on pages with Google Maps

I have a site with Google Maps on most of the pages. When inspecting content keywords in Google Webmaster tools, content keywords identified by Google-bot for the site include "imagery", "sorry" and "...
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Does having a Google “stop word” in a domain name have less SEO benefit than not having it?

Let me explain. Let's say my keyword I want to optimize is "green giraffes". But the domain greengiraffes.com (singular, plural, no hyphen, hyphen, etc.) is not available. I know that the search ...
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Google search preview shows content not on the website

My website google search entry is messed up. In the preview in google search results, I get things like cracks, serials, random ip addresses. I scanned all files and my computer for viruses and ...
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Why Google put a nofollow tag on their homepage?

Why did Google put a nofollow tag on their homepage? Find an ATM near you is a nofollow link. They own the content on the same domain name. If it is a different domain name then it may make sense as ...
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Is it true that the Google Spider gives the most relevance of a search result to the first 68 characters of the <title>?

I am reading documentation about my CMS and it states that an HTML page <title> tag is really important in SEO. It states that the Google Spider gives the most relevance to the first 68 ...
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301 redirected an entire website 4.5 months ago; still showing up in Google search results?

Consolidated two websites on December 9, 2013; a site wide page-to-page 301 redirect was implemented which redirects site A to site B Website A (the one being redirected) is: Still showing up in ...
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What is the maximum size of an HTML file that Google will crawl through?

I have a 10MB HTML file. Will Google crawl through the entire file, or does it only look at the first X MB?
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How to tell Google I'm doing a search from another city than mine

Based on the assumption that the search results of a query on Google vary from a location to another, I need to test the search results for the website of a shop in a city far from mine. I can find ...
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Why doesn't searching for the unique name of my website bring the site up in a top position on Google?

I have a website with a unique name, already indexed and with a perfect SEO. Although there are no websites with the same unique name, when I'm searching on Google I found my homepage listed on the ...
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How do Search Engines handle Singular vs. Plural?

In a site's main menu, one link points to the page containing a list of links to several software packages. By following this link in the main menu, the user's action can be seen from two different ...
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Ideal title size for Google Search

Is it true that Google Search can’t read more than 70 characters of a webpage title?
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Aggregate Rating not displayed in Google search results

I have applied structured aggregate rating to my website using Schema.org but after a couple of months the 1 to 5 rich snippets are not displaying for the given set of URLs in Google. Here is an ...
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Will it have a negative influence on search engine ranking if my main site is working over HTTPS but my blog isn't?

Suppose I have domain working https like https://www.example.com/ and my blog is working without https like http://blog.example.com/. Is that wrong from SEO or Google point of view?
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How does Google decide when to bold synonyms for query keywords?

When you type keywords in the search, Google will bold the requested keywords as well as their synonyms. For example if you type Japanese cars, the synonyms like vehicles will be bold as well. But not ...
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Will Google omit my site from mobile search results if I do not have a mobile optimized site?

I have heard rumors that if I do not have a mobile-optimized web-site (whether through responsive design or redirection to a mobile version of the site) that Google will not show my site when a user ...
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How reliable is the number of hits provided by Google site: command?

A partner of my company (not sure whether i can tell their name here - i´ll use example.com instead) asked me yesterday, why there is such a big difference when they enter the site command at google ...
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A couple of links to our products and 10 pages of crack/keygen/torrent/etc

If you try searching for our company and product name you'll get two useful links and 10 pages of hacker sites where eventually you can download the cracked version of our products. How can we clean ...
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Choose the Google Sitelinks that are shown when somebody searches for my website

How can I remove Search for product, About us, Log in, etc. which are displayed in Google Search? And how can I add particular categories like Automobiles, Mobiles & Tablets, etc.?
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How does Google detect duplicate content?

have a quick question about duplicate content. How does google work this all out? In that on my pages I have a form on each page with the same bit of text explaining it, is this going to count against ...
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Will Google Search penalize a sudden increase of reviews?

I have a site with reviews / ratings. Now I have a lot of ratings to import from a gdocs survey and I need to update the total of aggregate ratings to include this new data. Today I have, let's say, ...
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Why is Google rewriting the page title with '[3]' in the search results?

Some of our pages in Google search are showing with a [3] in the title of the page. When this happens the title of the page is <page name> - [3]<domain name>. When it's not happening it'...
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Where should I put Site Name structured markup?

Google documentation suggests to use http://schema.org/WebSite to provide a Site Name. They provide this Microdata example: <head itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/WebSite"> <title ...
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What's the benefit in using Schema.org markup as Google already knows all the information

I was wondering if it was worth the effort of adding Schema.org markup to an existing local business website when it seems to me that Google already know most (if not all!) of the information I am ...
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My website URL is weird in Google Search results [closed]

I am new to SEO, I have generated sitemap for my website and kept robots file. When we searched my website in Google, it is showing different URLs with my domain name. For example, my site URL is ...
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Sites scraping my site, serp rankings lost, what can I do?

2 weeks ago I found out that some domains were proxying or scraping my site. So when you accessed theirsite.com/some/parameter they would render exactly the same as mysite.com/some/parameter but ...
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AMP Pages on HTTP or HTTPS?

Next month Google Search will integrate AMP pages. These are pages that are designed to work rapidly on mobile devices even when using a poor network connection. Should I host these AMP pages on a ...
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How to handle SEO for brand that has a special character in the name

I am building a website (small online retail store) for a company whose brand name has a special character in it. The name of the brand is actually a legitimate Polish word that has an Ł, which is an ...
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Does button size affect Google ranking?

Recently I was told that button sizes are important for SEO. Google recommends that buttons should be 48px tall. https://developers.google.com/speed/docs/insights/SizeTapTargetsAppropriately ...
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Make website appear in infobox

I wonder how it's possible to set my website as infobox on google results? Do I need special meta tags, special structured data? For example, this website: It actually doesn't hold no special meta ...
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Best way to redirect users back to the pretty URL who land on the _escaped_fragment_ one?

I am working on an AJAX site and have successfully implemented Google's AJAX recommendation by creating _escape_fragment_ versions of each page for it to index. Thus each page has 2 URLs: pretty: ...
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Why Author Information isn't showing for all pages in google search result?

As you can see on the image, the author information is being shown only for one page, not others, why not all pages are showing the author information? Do I need to do anything additionally to get it ...
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UK/USA Exact Copy English Causing Error “Duplicate submitted url not set as canonical”

starting around February 25th, 2019 we have been having pages excluded from indexing for our UK website with the error "Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical". We have not had this issue ...
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Would could Google not index an AJAX news feed after 1 month?

I have a website that in page1.php uses a news API from other website. It has JS calling a PHP method like this: <script id="mdval" src="http://example.com/parvazproject/parvaz.php?c=...
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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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HTML snapshotting services [closed]

Are there any services out there that will trap Googlebot and serve a html snapshot, rendered by an actual browser, of your website? This is pretty much needed if you want to implement the ajax ...
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My site is down everyday for about 15 minutes, how does this affect SEO?

Will this affect the site's ranking with Google and if so, how?
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Special characters from ISO-8859-1 encode website come out mangled (�) in Google search results

My website encoding is ISO-8859-1. ISO-8859-1 is defined as charset in the web pages and Google Search results have always looked good. However, for several weeks now, special characters (é, à, è, â, ...
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Does Google really care if your WordPress site has a “blog page” or not?

I'm developing a WP site with a blog. I want to show the blog posts by assigning "blog" as a parent category to all posts and using that category archive page to show the blog posts. I would not use ...
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SEO and duplicate content for default document

SEO experts sometimes demand that default document, e.g. www.site.com/index.html redirects with 301 to www.site.com, so: Is that really necessary? Does Google really penalize that?
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Why does Google change / mispell my very site name?

Until I saw it with my own eyes, I wouldn't believe it : users reported that in some of their searches, my website's name was appearing in a certain way, changing its meaning. The website name is ...
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How to remove “Did You Mean:” from Google Search?

I don't know much more about SEO, but it's interesting to learn about it. When I tried to search my website with an associated keyword or you can say with the exact name of the domain, I got some ...

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