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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do search engines crawl PDFs and if so are there any rules to follow when making them

The website I am working on has a few hundred PDFs in it. I don't think I have ever seen any of them come back in a search but there are linked to directly from out site. They are also full of ...
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How to prevent a PDF file from being indexed by search engines?

I have a link to PDF document on a public web-page. How do I prevent search engines from indexing this link and PDF document? The only idea I thought of is to use CAPTCHA. However, I wonder if ...
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Academic papers (PDF) not being indexed on site [duplicate]

I administer an academic website that has many journal papers in PDF format which are hosted on the site and can be accessed by links on the "publications" page. It's a Wordpress site where thing are ...
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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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Chrome's built-in PDF viewer won't display our PDF forms

On our web site, we have numerous Acrobat PDF forms. When users click on those forms, if they are using Google Chrome, they get this message: Please wait... If this message is not eventually ...
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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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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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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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HTTP Header broken? Browsers don't open our pdf, but open all other pdfs [closed]

My Firefox and Chrome usually open PDF files very nicely, without asking and within the browser window. When clicking on a link to a PDF on our own website: Firefox asks if it should download them, ...
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Provide Search Across Multiple PDFs

I know there are probably many solutions, but what's the easiest and/or most user friendly way to provide search capabilities across PDF files? I'm thinking of a webpage that links to several PDFs and ...
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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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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] ...
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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 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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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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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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Can I convert my post to a PDF without worrying about content duplication?

I have got a very long post that got very popular and I am contemplating converting it into a distributable ebook. Should I be worried about content duplication?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to restrict the download of all files in a folder?

I have several .pdf files, which should be viewed on my website by clicking a link on a page. But when a pdf file opens, in the address bar the directory where all .pdf files reside is visible. So if ...
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How can I get Google to index my PDF documents?

We are having troubles getting Google to index the PDF files in our site. There are about 50 PDF and range in size for 20 KB to a little under two megs. They are not protected, can be read ...
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How to convert an HTML tree to PDF?

How to convert an HTML tree (actually this one) to PDF?
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Are links within SlideShare presentations indexed by search engines?

I have created a PDF presentation including links to a site I own on the last slide. So far, such links are not reported in Google Webmaster Tools. When I search Google for the presentation, I can ...
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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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How to track opens and pageviews in PDFs?

I know how to track clicks in links to pdfs and pfd's downloads. But I need to track how many times a PDF is opened after being downloaded and if possible track how many times certain pages are ...
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Tracking PDFs properly on our website

I'm looking for the proper way to track pdf downloads from both emails and our site links. If I have many pdfs on a single page, how do I track the pdf downloaded? I found an article on Moz ...
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Opening PDF files in Internet Explorer

I have a webpage which has a link to a PDF file. Every time I update the PDF file, Internet Explorer will not load the updated file; it keeps showing the old file, even if I refresh the page. At this ...