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The process of recording where particular words occur. In the web context search engines crawl the web and make a list of which pages have particular words - this is the index.

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Why only 35 of 758 links are indexed by Google in my sitemap.xml [duplicate]

In the Google Webmasters Tool, there is a sitemap indexing status page: There are 758 pages in my submitted sitemap.xml file, why only 35 of them are indexed? Is there any place that I can check the ...
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Can I list multiple sitemaps inside one sitemap.xml and specify that in my robots.txt?

The sitemap engine I'm using generates a strange sitemap.xml. I need to add blog and shop sitemaps for those URLs too. Now in robots.txt I specify this path https://example.com/sitemap-shop.xml, but ...
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Why the number of indexed URLs in Search Console dropped?

A few months ago I saw there were 14 URLs reported as indexed in Google Search Console. As of a few days back, it's showing that only 3 URLs have been indexed. Do I have to request that it index 14 ...
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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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Adding HTTPS to our site created duplicate content that Google is indexing with a drop in traffic

Our tutorial platform is example.com - it was online with non-www version. i.e. http://example.com We added SSL(https) certificate and now there are issues that are affecting my site. Now there are ...
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Image still appears in google search results in spite it has been removed from original source

I have reported an image to google for removal under "remove outdated content" and in search console it says "This content is no longer live on the website", however the image still appears in google ...
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Google is not returning my site until I search for my whole URL [duplicate]

I created a sitemap, added my website for indexing on Google's console, but still my website is not showing in Google search results until I search for the whole URL of my website. Anyone know why it ...
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What is the difference between the searches site:http://example.com and info:http://example.com?

What is the difference between the Google site indexing search tools of site:http://example.com and info:http://example.com ? The reason I ask is that site search shows hundreds of pages for my site; ...
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Google is reporting only 5% of our site's pages as indexed after one year

Our sitemap contains roughly 750,000 paths to discrete pages and only around 30 thousand are reported by google as being indexed. I am trying to figure out why this is. The content of our pages is ...
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Does including images in a sitemap.xml as unique pages have any negative affect on SEO?

So I know that the correct way of identifying pages in a sitemap is like this: <url> <loc>http://www.example.com/</loc> </url> If I want to include images in the sitemap, ...
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How can I prevent Google from indexing my Google+ page posts instead of the copy on my website?

I own a website and recently I have noticed that Google has indexed a lot of posts which I shared in my Google+ page for obtaining traffic. And when I type in a search query related to my website ...
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What was the “data dip” that Google reports for webmaster tools data on May 15th, 2016?

The Google Webmaster panel index says: Update: As of 5/14/16, Index Status data precisely reflects the specific URL variant for your verified site (e.g., http://www.example.com data is distinct ...
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AngularJS and Google SEO Indexing

I am not a specialist in SEO, and some time talking to one told me that Google indexes, which is in the view-source, I wonder if this is really true? I am developing an application and took Angle and ...
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Is text that use CSS “user-select: none;” indexed and ranked by search engines?

As I understand this CSS property it is used to prevent the user from accidentally selecting text and other elements that are used for stylistic reasons, or are part of the user-interface (e.g. a ...
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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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Error HTTP 404 can eliminate indexing of a page?

In recent weeks I'm recording a decrease of indexing my site: In 10/09/2016: Submitted => 921 Indexed => 654 Yesterday 23/09/2016: Submitted => 1129 Indexed => 598 Two months ago I created a ...
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Images not being shown in Google Image Search after redesign

We launched a new website design late February and since then 99% of our large product images do not show up on Google Image Search. We monitored the Image impressions after the launch of the new ...
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When will my new sitemap be indexed by Google?

I generated a new sitemap for my (WordPress) website with the Yoast SEO plugin. However, Google shows the old sitemap in search results, so how long do I need to wait to see the new sitemap indexed?
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Google doesn't index my pages managed by session

My website has an architecture like this: em1 sub1 sub2 ... em2 sub1 sub2 ... em3 ... ... All elements "em" has the same "sub" associated. The difference only resides on the content in the "...
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Why is my staging site not listed on search engines?

I support a website, www.questionexample.com, and I also have a test site setup for staging, staging.questionexample.com, on another server. They are essentially the same site and are not new. For ...
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Should I submit both mobile and desktop domain names for indexing on non-responsive sites or is that bad for SEO?

I have a desktop version of my site using yourwebsite.com and a mobile version using m.yourwebsite.com. Should I treat them as one site and only submit the desktop version along with its sitemap and ...
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301 redirected page indexes with old URL still

It has been months since I redirected some pages and the URL has not updated in Google's index. I am also unable to see a cached version of the site. I found these pages using the site: feature ...
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How do I exclude a WordPress site from search engines and make it accessible only via password?

The goal is to have a simple WordPress site for company employees to retrieve information that can be sensitive. The site is supposed to be online so it can be access by me from home, but needs to be ...
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Google is indexing my site as HTTPS and HTTP

I went to search my site to see how Google is indexing it and it is for some reason all jacked up. I am seeing some pages indexed as HTTPS and then the same pages as not. Also the meta description is ...
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Google Search Console only showing one page in index status, while many pages indexed in sitemap

I am using Google webmaster tools for my site. I recently have changed address. Now, I wonder why the number of indexed pages in Crawl -> Sitemaps and Google Index -> Index Status are different?
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Google search engine not removing old pages [duplicate]

I have a website and yesterday I renamed all the HTML files to appropriate names to help them show up in searches better. For example one of my pages was called logic.html now its called ...
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SEO for out-of-stock products [duplicate]

How do you do SEO for sold out products? Please share your approaches: for products, which are unavailable for a limited time frame (seasonally) for completely sold out products, which will be never ...
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Might category noindex prevent indexing of other pages on Yandex?

On my website I put noindex on my category pages but not the pages under it. Even though two weeks passed, the only indexed page is my home page which is not under any category. When I look at ...
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Google Websmasters - How to provide last updated date [duplicate]

One of my e-commerce sites with daily product uploads has sitemap listed has below. Recently we notice that google index rate has slowed down. <url> <loc> http://urllink </loc> &...
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Best way to let Google index page with tabs - SEO

Let' say I have a /pets page with 4 tabs on it: All Dogs Cats Owls The All tab displays all the pets on page load. Each of the 3 other tabs holds a list of dogs/cats/owls, respectively - loaded ...
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Host duplicate student webpages without letting them affect SEO

Overview: I am looking to host webpages that students make on our main website. (i.e. www.example.com) Question: Since all students created the exact same website as their project. We do not want to ...
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Wrong page indexing for keyword phrase even when search in “quotes”

Is it possible to index a page for a phrase that is solely in a URL? The page comes up for a phrase that does not even occur on the page. The only spot "keyword phrase example" occurs is in the ...
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Prevent Google from indexing a duplicate content subdomain without a valid security certificate

I have an SSL for a subdomain. The now www version of the website works fine subdomain.example.com. But the www version is a problem www.subdomain.example.com. The issue I have with the www version ...
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An old 301 Redirect Causing the Wrong page to come up for keyword terms

Background: 6 months ago, I did a website migration. The old website had a products overview page, the new website does not. I decided to redirect the old products overview page to Product #1. This ...
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Google indexes a completely DIFFERENT title for my web site. What can I do?

I have a strange problem. I have read about this problem in other questions but mine is different in a strange way. After a back up at my web hosting company, Google indexes my website with tags such ...
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Adding Google Analytics and Indexing

I have a particular website that I want to add Google Analytics to, however I don't want it to get indexed because of that. Will adding Google Analytics make Google start indexing my site?
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Should I optimize back end pages?

My website is an e-commerce based site and therefore has a few back-end duplicate content issues that im trying to fix. I have added the canonical tag to the majority of my back-end category pages ...
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Will search engines index content in video caption files?

If I put an HTML5 video player on a web page and it has an associated caption file (WebVTT) using the <track> tag inside the <video> tag, will it affect my search results in a positive way?...
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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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404's from nonexistent URL

I've been having some indexing issues that I've had a development team working on trying to fix for a week but no progress has been made. The site has an overwhelming amount of 404 errors as ...
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Is it possible to get search engines to index hundreds of thousands of personal profiles from my site?

I have a database of several hundred thousand profiles that include names, careers info, and contact info. I was thinking of creating a teaser webpage for each profile that could be indexed by search ...
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Google just un-indexed 8000 of our URLs, what could be possible reasons? [closed]

We went to our sitemaps and discovered a fall in the number of indexed pages, while the submitted pages remained more or less the same. Some sitemaps look like this now: In the following sitemap the ...
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I have two websites , one has over 8000 pages indexed the other has less than hundred,why is this happening? [closed]

Both sites were created with the same platform and have similar layout , their age is only a few days apart but one site is having problem getting indexed above 120pages out of the 18000+. I have ...
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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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Will meta setting Meta=“NOINDEX” eventually remove page from Google index?

I am in the process of moving domains I still have alot of visitors coming to old domain (who are familiar with brand) so don't completely want to 301 it, but I would like pages from the old site to ...
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How to get precise indexed page number from a certain domain or a certain site?

When conducting competitor analysis, we use "site" command to get the indexed page number from a certain domain or a certain site. But it seems that I cannot get the correct(or precise) number. For ...
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Use of no-index-meta-tag on pretty URLs?

By now I am fighting through the world of SEO and run into a problem, I think. Let's say I have a page like www.example.com/i-am-a-pretty-url, which is re-written by .htaccess from i-am-ugly-url.php ...
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Why indexation raised a lot but visits didn´t?

My website raised its indexing ten times from a day to the next one literally. It went from about 500K pages to 5 million but the visits have not been increased: absolutely nothing. They even went a ...