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Robots.txt, php.ini, .htaccess, etc

This will be my first website, so I am completely new to all of this. I cannot seem to find an answer anywhere, as to whether or not I should disallow configuration files like /php.ini or hidden ...
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How does googlebot indexing javascript mixed links (href & onclick on same element)

It's been about 5 years since google indexing javascript and I'm still confused about details. I read here ( Does Google perform onClick actions? ) basics. And then I know that javascript created ...
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Do search engines index folders and subfolders regardless of pages?

I know search engines first index the main page, then follow by its links and do the same with the pages by the links as the main page before. Ok, but what about folders and subfolders? Do search ...
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URL will be indexed only if certain conditions are met

I've got a few pages of my site that are coming up in G Webmaster Tools with errors. The pages are fully working, not restricted by noindex or robots.txt file. The pages don'r have a lot of content, ...
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How to improve Googlebot's indexing frequency? [closed]

I am experiencing low indexing issues on our website from several months. Google is not indexing the website fast enough. The changes we make take 1 or 2 months to get reflect in search engine. It's a ...
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Is it good for SEO to change an article's slug when changing its title?

I have the following URL view: example.com/article/{slug}-{id} If I change the title of the article, then the slug will also change so that there is no disagreement. Please note that the article ...
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How many levels of sub-pages do Google bots crawl to when fetching and indexing linked pages in Google Search Console?

Let's say I submit a sitemap page that contains all the links I want Google to crawl, but instead of submitting a sitemap, I fetch the page and linked pages and let Google index them. How many levels ...
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Does Google index ajax data that load after 1 second by setTimeout?

I use load Javascrpt and use Ajax for load content. And i should use setTimeout for run Ajax load function after 1 or 2 second(s). Does Google index and follow this content?
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Ampersand (&) in actual URL and sitemap

I have a sitemap (which is submitted to Google for indexing) in which I am adding URLs which have an ampersand (&) in it. Since in sitemap & has to be escaped I replaced & with & ...
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Redirected page need to make no-index on google

All images used in WordPress website have got a URL and WordPress automatically created a URL for a landing page using the image.php file. So protecting to index all images with dedicated pages URL I ...
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Why the Download Pages of our products are not indexed by Google? [duplicate]

I have a question about pages indexed, hope you can help me out, thank you in advance. Recently, we found our French site's two download pages are not indexed by Google. The URL of the French site ...
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Maximum time to cache HTTPS URL after HTTP to HTTPS migration?

We have migrated our site from HTTP to HTTPS. How much time will the Google crawler take to cache all our HTTPS pages. We have more than 50K pages in our website.
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Indexed pages dashboard: New or old, which is correct?

There is a discrepancy between the data in my "Index" dashboard in the new search console versus the old one and I am not sure which I should believe. Plausibly of more concern, the old one shows a ...
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Prevent “Fetch as Google” from creating a wishlist in the database of a Woocommerce site

Can anybody explain why when I 'Fetch as Google' and ask it to index a new page, Google creates a new Wishlist on the back end of the site? Is this normal? The site was built by Yell and we have had ...
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Link to product detail pages without allowing product list pages with many filter variants to all be indexed

I have a website for managing trading card game (TCG) collections which is built around a central search engine/filter system. This filter system is located on the cards page which lists all cards ...
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Google Search Console - Scan Request does not work

I have a problem with Google's Search Console. When I "Fetch as Google" and status is Complete, I click on "Request Indexing", fill in the Captcha and Submit. Nothing happens after i click on Submit,...
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How to make Google index users posts when there are no direct links and the posts are loaded with infinite scroll?

In a website that has posts system similar to Facebook, where the user has option to: Keep his posts private (needs login to view) Make them public (anyone can see them) In case #2 I want to allow ...
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Google is indexing different pages of the same list

I have a category page that is a paginated list of products of an ecommerce website and google is indexing: www.myshop.com/category-list www.myshop.com/category-list?p=2 www.myshop.com/category-list?...
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Google is indexing only the title and meta description of webpage on its first try

Recently I posted one article in my blog and Google indexed it the next day. However, they did not index the whole article, they just indexed the title and meta description. The content inside the ...
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Will Google remove links restricted by the robots.txt from the soft 404 list?

I have updated a shop system to a newer version. I now get huge number of soft 404 errors in the Webmaster Tools because of links that have been indexed in the old version of that shop. I could lock ...
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Indexing too many pages good or bad?

We have a football website, in the website each football match has a separate page (for match details), and we decided to make unique title for each match page. Now I find many of these matches ...
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Everything looks fine in the Search Console, but Google is not really indexing my site [duplicate]

I hope this question is not too generic. Some weeks ago, I set up a new Q&A site for my collaboration. I have added it to my search console dash board and I have submitted the sitemap. Google ...
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Cookie-based A/B testing on same URL - SEO impact?

we'll run a domain-wide A/B test comparing our old design with our new responsive design. Though the content itself remains almost unchanged, the code structure and especially the design differ much. ...
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Is it worthwhile to pay for boosting SEO for a new wesite?

I have come across a couple of websites today that claim to boost your website index in a matter of days. There are 1000s of reviews and all of them seem quite positive showing off results and stuff. ...
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Does Googlebot use hreflang for link discovery?

Does anyone know if Googlebot will follow and index web pages that are only listed in the head of a HTML page with a link-hreflang element? <link hreflang="fr" rel="alternate" href="http://example....
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Why is hidden content not always indexed?

I've read several blogs discussing the 'hidden content' issue. This article experimented with several options. It concludes that Google DOES index hidden content. The issues is also discussed here. ...
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Is it bad for SEO to submit a partially finished site to Google?

Hypothetical Situation 1: I have a plan for an amazing large-scale website with lot's of really cool features, animations and interactivity. This will take a several months to completely develop. ...
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deindexing a whole domain with robots.txt created problems in google webmaster tools

In my robots.txt for my domain that just hosts images, I used the following lines: user-agent: * noindex: / I thought I was doing search engines a wonderful favor by not having them crawl through ...
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Replace all images when search engine crawler visits site

I have written code that will detect when a user is a search engine and i dont include css files when this happens to save bandwidth. I was also thinking i could replace ALL images on the page with a ...
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Testing server indexed in Google [duplicate]

Assume our website domain to be www.example.com. And we have created a separate testing environment within our main domain: Say : www.project.example.com. So we have two versions within our main ...
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For webpages using jQuery, will the Googlebot index them on “page load” or after the “page ready” state?

Will the Googlebot index a webpage on "page load" or after the "page ready" state. The reason I'm asking is because I'm trying to change my h1 and h2 tags using jQuery on page Load.
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How do I prevent Google from indexing text that is generated by JavaScript?

Google is executing the JavaScript on my password creator website and indexing the random passwords that get generated by the JavaScript. The random text that is generated could look spammy to Google ...
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Conflicting test results when using The Mobile-Friendly Test and PageSpeed Insights

Our website uses an open source product to detect user agent and based on that, it servers mobile theme or desktop theme to users. I know the exact difference between mobile-friendly test and ...
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Changing headers for small screens - SEO implications

I'm changing some of my pages to better display in different devices (tables, smart phones etc). I want to figure out a good way of handling headings. So far my options are hide headings for small ...
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Does Googlebot (and/or search engines) index a forwarded page? [duplicate]

Let's say I have example.com domain, and I force the user to use the HTTPS over HTTP. The question is as browsers just accept and load the forwarded/new page (when the request for http://example.com -...
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Prevent XML sitemaps from showing up in Google search results

How do I prevent my XML sitemap files from showing up in Google search results like this result of a site: search query: I don't understand why Google would choose to show sitemap files in search ...
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Indexed webpages stopped rising, while Submited keep rising normally

Last months I have noticed a strange behaviour in Google's Webmaster Tools. Although I provide a valid Sitemap for my website, which is normally processed and without any issues from Google, while ...
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Odd/faulty page links being served to Googlebot

Yahoo recently bought Tumblr, where I write fairly long form scientific pieces. I noticed recently that a new script had been added to the end of pages, and it seems to be interacting badly with the ...
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Is it a problem for Google if robots.txt blocks URLs in the sitemap?

I had submitted my site's URL to Google Webmaster Tools. I am using OpenCart. I also have robots.txt file which is accessible to Googlebot. Now issue I am facing: Googlebot is blocked from accessing ...
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Google not indexing my Mediawiki's jpg files description pages

My website es.wikineos.com has been running for a few years with the MediaWiki Content Management System like the one they use at Wikipedia. Google seems to be indexing my site correctly at a quick ...
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Older post not indexed, new post indexed right away?

I have a post I created yesterday that was indexed rather quickly by Google. However, I have two other post that I created within the past 4 days that are not indexed and I cannot find a trace of ...
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How to make Google index all sitemap.xml records? [duplicate]

I have a sitemap.xml index fine with 3 XML files in it with around 120 pages for indexing. A year passed and I still have 1/3 of it indexed. All the most important pages for indexing are in 1st ...
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Can Google bots interpret hyphen separated words as a single keyword?

I have a french website which frequently includes the word rendez-vous. But, Google Webmaster Tools content keywords tells me the #1 keyword is rendez which is not what I want. Even worse, the word ...
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How do services that make subsites (ie. new subdomains) get those sites indexed by Google and other search enginex? [duplicate]

Services like tumblr, github pages, quora blogs, etc. make new subdomains when a user signs up or makes a site. So the subdomains are like: blogname.tumblr.com , pagename.github.io, blogname.quora....
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Can you use googleon and googleoff comments to prevent Googlebot from indexing part of a page?

I've seen code like for preventing Google from indexing part of a page: <p>This is a paragraph that will be indexed by Google.</p> <!--googleoff: index--> <p>This is a ...
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Need Google to recrawl the pages

I've changed the meta description tag in many of my site pages. Should I select Fetch as Google->Fetch->Add to Index->URL and all linked pages in GWT? Will Google recrawl the whole site faster than ...
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Will Google index a PHP header redirect?

I have a new domain which has an index.php file. Inside this file, I get user's IP, save it and redirect to another page on another domain. So there is no output, only header info. Will Google index ...
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How to make image only website friendly to googlebot? [duplicate]

so I making this portfolio site for some artist. She draw all the menus and texts manually(on paper), then scanned, some "post processing" in photoshop and that's how the whole layout was created. ...
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I don't think my site is being detected/crawled properly/having backlinks, and it's ruining SEO [closed]

This is really frustrating. I'm setting up a computer repairs business called Darley Tech. I have listed my site on many online directories to encourage backlinks. I have relevant and useful ...
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How do I get Google to crawl my content when it's only displayed when you fill in a form?

I have a webpage. It has a form and the "results" section is blank. When the user searches for items, and a list that pops up, he/she chooses one option from list and then the corresponding results ...