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Acronym for Portable Document Format, a file format created by Adobe Systems.

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Are they ways to detect that a user is likely a bot?

The content on my site is largely PDF. I am using awstats to gather stats, knowing full well the limitations of a server log based analyzer, and that a lot of downloads are generated by bots. Please ...
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Can bots create click events?

The content on my site is primarily PDFs. I would like to get more accurate information as to whether actual humans are accessing them. I thought to add a javascript click handler on the links that ...
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SEMRush Site Audit can't crawl PDFs on my site, is this an issue with my server?

My agency uses SEMRush, and we especially find the Site Audit function helpful for spotting potential issues with our SEO and UX. However of late, SEMRush has been flagging PDFs quite frequently, ...
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Upload PDF to Google site

I have created a Google site with my custom domain (www.example.com) How I can add a PDF file without having to uploaded to Google drive. I want to have a link with my PDF like: www.example.com/file....
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If Both Article Page and PDF File Have the Same Content, Will It Cause SEO Problems?

I have a blog page and I publish articles on this blog page. You can download these articles as PDFs by clicking the download button on that article. PDFs are the same content found in the article. ...
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How to stop automatic download of PDF in mobile browser

I have created a website (still under development). While I am directing to a PDF link in the mobile browser it is automatically being downloaded instead of opening in a new window like desktop ...
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Is there a successor to PDF that is page-agnostic?

I would like to give my users the ability to download the content but I am reluctant to use PDF. I believe that PDF these days should long be treated as an archaism for its focus on being purported to ...
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Are links from PDFs nofollowed by default?

I have some PDFs on my site and those PDFs have links to my HTML pages. It looks like all the links from the PDFs to HTML pages are nofollowed. My assumption is that all links from PDFs are nofollowed ...
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Problems with my sitemap.txt in Google Search Console for indexing PDFs [duplicate]

Here is the contents of my sitemap.txt http://www.merrittnet.org/Papers/ http://www.merrittnet.org/Marmot/ in these 2 directories are around 50 PDF files it has been around 5 days now and when I ...
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Why is Chrome losing some background images in a PDF when retrieved remotely but not locally?

I posted a 9.1 MB, 58 page, PDF to our website. The staff member who created the PDF reported to me that the image on the next to last page was not showing up, displaying a white background instead. ...
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How to host a PDF on a Wix website using a SEO-optimised path?

I just created my first website with Wix. I want to add a PDF file to it. Wix suggests to upload the file to the Wix and then add a button/icon for users to open. The problem is, the path to this file ...
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Should I replace fillable PDFs?

I work for a company that has hundreds of forms in fillable PDF format on our website. We run into issues constantly because web browsers love to open PDFs in browser instead of opening the files in ...
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PDF files still indexed when X-Robots-Tag noindex set in .htaccess

I am trying to analyse the .htaccess file of a website, specifically the following piece of code: <FilesMatch ".pdf$"> <IfModule mod_headers.c> Header set X-Robots-Tag "noindex, noarchive,...
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Google image site search doesn't show the images I'd like to have indexed, instead mostly pdf images and video thumbnails

On my magento 1.7 site, the images aren't visible on Google image search. When I search for site:example.com, I find mostly PDF images and pictures from videos. How do you configure Magento to for ...
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Acrobat PDF loses interactivity in native mobile viewers - what to do?

I created an interactive PDF in Acrobat with footnote links and back buttons for figures referenced in the text. It's on my site as a download and it works fine when downloaded to desktop but when ...
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How to let search engines index form-locked PDFs

I'm using download manager, that locks the downloading of PDF until the user fills out a lead form. But the data in PDF is valuable and should be indexed by search engines. Any idea how can I achieve ...
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Form-locked PDFs in JSON-LD

I'm setting up downloads functionality with form-locked PDFs - available after the user fills-out a form. I want the PDFs to be indexable by search engines though. Im trying to create a JSON-LD markup,...
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What is the equivalent of a meta description for a PDF file to get a snippet in the search results?

What PDF metadata does Google take as description into SERP snippet? Is it always the subject or has somebody experienced something else like author, keywords, or first text paragraph?
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HTTP redirection target has Content-Disposition header so browsers show the redirecting URL. Does that affect SEO?

www.example.com/fpdfile/ gets a 301 to www.othersite.example/filepdf/ and there we have attached Content-Disposition header. The user sees only the www.example.com/fpdfile/ in address bar, but the ...
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Get the pdf doc url indexed [duplicate]

I have a URL to a PDF document which I uploaded to the public_html/docs folder. How do I get search engines to index this link and PDF document? When I submit the URL to the search console it does ...
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Should links to PDFs have the 'nofollow' attribute?

I have some PDFs on my site. They contain relevant content to the site and are legitimate documents people will want to read (especially as the site is written in English and the majority of the ...
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No cached date in Google cache for PDF files

Google displays no cache date in their cached version of PDF files. Does somebody know any way to determine when a certain PDF file was cached?
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Giving alternate to pdf which is a duplicate to Web page

I have a webpage namely - https://example.com/url/ I have generated a pdf with the same content of the above webpage namely - https://example.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/url.pdf. I have given ...
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Are there any issues with using the contents of a PDF file on my web pages?

When I search for an item, results in PDF format are suggested by Google. How does Google identify PDF content? And is there any issue with using the contents of a PDF file on my website? Will the ...
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How can I specify the title for a Google results entry for a PDF linked from my site?

I maintain a small personal website,which is indexed by Google, with one PDF document (a curriculum vitae) generated using LaTeX. Currently, the PDF and the site homepage are the top hits for my name, ...
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Bing returns garbed text for PDFs

Bing Search results that include this PDF... http://www.uawtrust.org/AdminCenter/Library.Files/Media/501/HealthWellness/Docs/Prevention/depression.pdf Look like this (wrong title - "Deei" instead of ...
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Installing mPDF PHP library for website without root access

I would like to install mPDF for use on my website. However, I don't own my own server, and am using shared web hosting. I can log in using FTP, but AFAIK I do not have access to a terminal nor root ...
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PDFs on site as image files: how to get them seen by search engines?

I'm entirely new to SEO, and have just launched a personal website. I have a number of writing samples on the site that I put in as images. It seems obvious that a search engine won't be able to parse ...
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PDFs with same file name do not appear chronologically in Google's search results

I have PDFs which are being updated occasionally. The problem is, I want to make the older versions appear in Google's search results , preferably chronologically. The current version should appear ...
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The impact of broken links in PDFs - how it affects site ranking

So I know that Google frowns upon broken links on web pages. But how does Google feel about broken links inside PDFs on my website? What I'm trying to figure out is if my site's ranking will be ...
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How to link PDF and PS for best indexing while still maintaining proper design?

Assume that you are having a single web page with several links to your papers: ... Author list 1, Paper Title 1 [PDF] [PS], publication venue 1, year 1 Author list 2, Paper Title 2 [PDF] [PS] [DVI], ...
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How can you get a thumbnail when you share a PDF on Facebook

One of my clients writes cookbooks. Some time ago, he wrote an article about the origins of Boston Cream Pie, which he has on his site as a PDF on a page of links to various articles he has written. ...
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Will search engines index the content of PDF loaded with XHR by PDF.js?

I'm using the PDF.js viewer. After the page loads, it executes an XHR to get the PDF. Will the contents of the PDF be indexed by search engines like Google?
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Overwriting a File To Avoid Link Updating

CRM: WordPress I'm updating a pdf file on our website, and would like to know if overwriting the old content with the new content would prevent the need to re-establish the links on the site that ...
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PDF download fails because of...what?

On trying to download a pdf file my Firefox downloads a file without file ending and means it would be an application/octet-stream file: Only after a manually add to the file the ending pdf i become ...
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Is tracking pageviews on a PDF possible with UTM tags?

I have a client which has a large amount of PDFs. I know that these do not have a tracking code on them, and have assumed we could not track pageviews and visitors landing on these pages. However, I ...
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rel="canonical"/"alternate" and PDF documents and SEO

I am working on a website where some pages link to a pdf. Here is the high-level description of the current set up: Page A - This is a normal web page, lets say, a page that talks about instruction ...
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What files does AWStats track?

Scenario: A have a client who has a small WordPress site (separate domain, but not multisite) within his hosting account that holds specific research information. The small site did not have Google ...
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Free online viewer for a PDF brochure? [closed]

I'm looking for a free online PDF viewer with basic functionality: page flipping, zoom in and zoom out. Flash-free solution would be great. Any suggestions?
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Does viewing PDF pages in a browser send multiple HTTP requests to the server?

The person in charge of the metrics analysis in our organization has told me she has to do some filtering on requests for PDFs to separate views of pages in the PDF (in the browser I assume) and the ...
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Google not indexing site, robots being blocked

I have a small static website which allows customers to purchase a PDF containing some data based from an input from them. The PDF's are a page or two and follow a standard template, and various ...
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Google PDF search - return page number?

I have a collection of about 150 PDF documents hosted on a site that are all rather long, 80-500 pages each. Google indexes and searches these no problem (Google Custom Search) - they are all linked ...
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Is it OK for SEO to host product manuals from the manufacturer myself, or should I link externally?

I run an eCommerce website and I have been thinking about adding PDF downloads to my product pages. These manuals and product sheets are typically hosted by the product manufacturer, though not all ...
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Do links in PDFs hosted online count as backlinks

Do links in PDFs hosted online count as backlinks, and if they do does hyperlink text in a PDF count as anchor text for that backlink ?
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Converting PDFs into HTML with pdf2htmlEX: is the output SEO friendly?

My team and I are implementing the pdf2htmlEX conversion to convert and display over 200k pdf documents (available in our database) on our website. The HTML produced by pdf2htmlEX will be placed "in ...
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Indexing protected PDF files

It is my intention to use protected PDF files on my web journal, the type that does not allow the text to be copied. I would like to know if this will affect its indexing on Google Scholar, and if ...
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Issuu - PDF - Duplicated Content

I often write newsletters and publish them on my own site as PDF's. To potentially drive more traffic to my site, I was thinking about publishing the same newsletter files through sites like Scribd ...
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PDF file sizes when attached to a webpage article and hosted on own server

When you host a PDF on your own website and server, and then link to that PDF in an article, does the size of the PDF file matter? Or is the size only a factor when clicked, because of the time it ...
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What are the htaccess mechanics of preventing search engines from indexing PDF files?

There are already a variety of posts on how to block certain files (in my case, PDFs) from a search engine like Google. The most relevant for this post was here: How to protect PDF file from indexing. ...
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Keywording PDF's on a website and searching for PDFs internally by using a search engine

So, I have been tasked to do several things on my work experience. There are currently PDFs uploaded on the company website. These are troubleshooting and technical/release documents are titled by the ...
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