Questions tagged [keywords]

Keywords (or "keyphrases") are words which describe or refer to a thing. In the context of SEO, keywords are the metadata used by search engines to rank webpages.

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Why would a website with keyword stuffing rank higher than one without in google search results?

Like some other websites, I try to maintain a balance in keywords in comparison to other words. I ran tests of my (optimized) website as well as a (keyword stuffed) competitor website via this SEO ...
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Are keywords in URLs good SEO or needlessly redundant?

A coworker and I are locked in a debate over the value of SEO keywords in the URL of a page. She wants to change all the filenames of the HTML pages of a fencing company so they look like residential-...
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Does the order of keywords matter in a page title?

Stack Overflow has made a change to their page titles such that the most popular tag for a question appears at the start of the title. The change is being deployed across the network, so check out ...
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SEO on Single Page Website and Content keywords

I notice this is a popular topic throughout stack exchange in regards to single page websites and SEO. I have decided to go with a single page website for multiple reasons based on the user experience ...
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Improve Google ranking for general vs. specific keywords

If a keyword phrase contains another keyword phrase (eg. "one two three four five" → "one two three"), does improving SERP ranking for the shorter phrase "one two three" (using backlinks) ...
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How many times can I repeat a keyword without looking spammy to Google?

I have an eCommerce based on Opencart, but I have some doubts about how many times I can repeat the same word. For example, the keyword is present in the title, description, h1, h2 and is repeated ...
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Keyword phrases and links

Does a link on a page add any value to the page that it is on or does it only add value to the page that it is linked to? For example, let's say I have a page targeted towards a certain industry like ...
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What are some great tools to use for keyword research?

We've been told SEO is important and that we should conduct keyword research so that we can rank better? What is that and what tools will help me in the process?
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keyword stuffing in SEO

i have a web shop, and on some of the pages some keyword in used a bit more then on the others. For example: "hp toner" is used pretty much in the inscription of the product, in the alt tag, in the ...
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Which is good to target, singular or plural keyword?

Which keyword is better for targeting and on-page optimization, singular or plural? Like "baseball bat" or "baseball bats"?
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Do keyword-based filenames and URLs really matter?

We've developed a dynamic web application which uses URLs such as product.cfm?id=42 but our marketing team says we should use search friendly URLs and put our keywords into the URLs (so it would be ...
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Choosing a domain name with joined words is good for SEO?

I am going to choose a domain name for my business. For that I am going to use joined words in my domain name. For example, let's say my keywords are "painting" and "goa" and also that paintinggoa....
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Which keyword should I use: colors or colours or a combination of both?

Well this might sound weird but yeah that's exactly what I want to know! Now as per US-English colors is the right word and as per British-English colours is the right word. Here in India we follow ...
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Adaptive websites - considered keyword stuffing by Googlebot?

I work on a SEO-dependent content website, and we are in the process of making our site adaptive/responsive. More technically, we are using CSS media queries to apply different CSS styles as the size ...
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Is an ampersand (&) in a company name not ideal for Google or SEO?

I am working on a site with a company name with an & in it. An alternative is using and instead of &. Does & have some disadvantages in a company name we have to know of? Does it effect ...
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Brand name as keyword for a brand.com site. How to make it appear in search?

I am working on a website for a client, and even though the site ranks extremely well for various different keywords (which is good), if I search for the site's name the homepage does not appear even ...
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For SEO should you primarily optimize for “<city> <service>” or “<service> in <city>”?

Generally speaking, where should the name of a location be placed when optimizing for something that is geographic in nature? For example: las vegas plumbers plumbers in las vegas Assume that the ...
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Some other page of my website is ranking on search result even though I have the specific page created for the targeted keyword. Why?

Some other page of my website is ranking on search result even though I have the specific page created for the targeted keyword. Why? example : I means I have created a page for mango, but when i ...
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Estimating where my competitor is getting most of their traffic from? Organic, PPC, or other?

I'm trying to figure out how/where a website gets its traffic. How are they successful with bringing in traffic? Via Organic, PPC, other? What is the best approach to estimating this? My thought ...
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Use an aged domain or a new keyword rich domain for SEO?

This question is specifically about domain name choice. My client wants to maximize his site SEO, and he has two domain names, one of which he has for two years and is in the second page of Google ...
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Unwanted Content Keywords registering by Google

I've been working on a site for a new company that is in the tactical gear/survival gear niche and have ran into a hitch with the keywords that Google ranks for the site. Namely 4 of the top 5 ...
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is it a good seo practice to put relative keywords in a hidden div? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: hidden texts and page rank I was wondering what would happen if we put some (around 25) relative keywords in the page using a hidden div so that the actual user does not see ...
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What research methods could I use to determine the keyword(s) I should use for my site?

In England, some primary students sit for an exam called the 11-plus. I need to figure out what keyword(s) to use for my related site, but I'm not sure how to go about this. What keyword research ...
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Is it always better to include the focus keyword in your content?

Let's say I write articles for a small website, so I target long tail keywords (ex: how to bake an irish carrot cake) to not compete with the big fish that rank 1# on google. Would including the ...
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Is hiding content with JavaScript or “text-indent: -9999px” bad for SEO?

So apparently hiding content using "display: none" is bad for SEO and seen by googlebot as being deceptive. This according to a lot of the posts I read online and questions even on this site. But ...
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How do I improve the rate at which Google crawls my website?

Google is not crawling my website. I want to be in the search results as soon as possible. How do I get Google to crawl faster?
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Should I optimize the keyword density of a page OR of a site?

For example, I have a website to sell shoes. There are many types of shoes and many brands, so I will have many pages. In my main page, if I choose keyword "shoes" in my meta tag, it should be good ...
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Is splitting keywords with HTML tags bad for ranking?

I have a site that uses span tags mid heading to put a different style on the words. So for the sake of argument I have a keyword/phrase of knitting patterns: <h1><span>Knitting </...
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Can a website use multiple meta keyword tags?

Are these two equivalent? <meta name="keywords" content="first" /> <meta name="keywords" content="second, third" /> and <meta name="keywords" content="first, second, third" /> I ...
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Can keywords in the URL path be separated by commas for Google?

As we know, keywords in the URL are helpful with your SEO, for example, /keyword1-keyword2, or keyword1_keyword2. We know that Google is able to identify the two keywords. However, what if it was ...
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How can I get Google to index content that is written into the page with JavaScript?

I have a website that focuses on charts and graphs. The graphs on the site are drawn using JavaScript, but contain keywords that I would like to have indexed. For example, here is a screenshot of ...
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What is the difference between “(not set)” and “(not provided)” in the Google Analytics keywords?

In Google Analytics, I noticed that I have quite a few people coming in with a search keyword of (not set). I'm assuming this is simply when they came directly to my site without the help of a search ...
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Meta keywords single words or phrase?

It is acceptable or recommended to only use 1 keyword per delimiter? Or can we use a phrase? For example: car, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborgini vs Audi Car, Ferrari Car, Lamborgini Car What is ...
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What is better for SEO “-” or “()” to describe sub-contents?

Which of the following sentence is better for SEO - or () to describe sub-contents? Ru Ba Ru Feat Diljit - Dj Hans - 48Kbps.mp3 URL: /music/view/25577946?download=Ru-Ba-Ru-Feat-Diljit---Dj-Hans---...
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Does the order of a keyword combination matter in the title and URL? [duplicate]

If I wanted to rank for "Christmas Coffee" does it matter whether my title is A) 2015's Best Christmas Coffee or B) 2015's Best Coffee of Christmas How much weight is put into this?
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Could crosslinking using very general anchor texts be a reason for a drop in rankings?

I have crosslinked 20 sites and I thought I have been penalized for this, asked this question and some experienced members told me maybe that crosslinking may not necessarily be the reason. The sites ...
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Home page keyword cannot be in the URL

I have been looking into SEO for a few weeks now trying to perfect a homepage. Going through various sources such as MOZ, and other examples of checklists. I keep seeing that you should have your ...
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Should I start with less competitive keywords as a strategy?

The keywords I have been using are very competitive and this is resulting in terrible rankings. Would it be an acceptable strategy to start with some less competitive keywords so that my website gets ...
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Google initially ranks new pages for a keyword, but then reverts to ranking our home page

I have a WordPress site and every page we build under a specific keyword keeps getting exchanged for the homepage. We manually add every page to Google Search Console and a couple of minutes later it'...
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SEO and HTML semantics of putting H2 above H1 elements?

Here's a hypothetical from both an SEO and semantic HTML/content architecture perspective: Consistent code When building a multi-page site, adopting the following architecture on all pages is pretty ...
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Google finding irrelevant keywords on my pages?

I have a dynamic site with thousands of pages (database driven). Every page has a log in link up in the header. Not so unusual. All of my pages have a title which is an H2 (I am changing it to H1 ...
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Duplicate / Similar content across many articles

So I am building my website up, so far so good, only 2 categories and about 40 articles. Each category is different and several of the articles in each category are reviews. My question is this... I ...
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How to add near-synonymous keywords to a web page?

Say I'm selling software to calculate prime numbers. I'd like to have many similar keywords like "calculate" (prime numbers), "find", "discover", "create a list of", etc. since I expect people to ...
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Is a category based directory recommended in URLs?

From an SEO point of view, which of the two options are recommended? www.example.com/cell-phones-reviews/samsung-galaxy/ or www.example.com/samsung-galaxy-review/ I guess the keyword string in this ...