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Action to get a position in results of search engines (for a web site or a web page).

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What are the best ways to increase a site's position in Google?

What are the best ways to increase a site's position in Google?
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How to diagnose a search engine ranking drop?

There has been a significant drop (90%) in traffic from Google to one of my well-established sites (6+ years) in the last week. Searches show that the top 3 wide keywords all dropped 4 spots. Searches ...
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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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SEO preference: does a site with WWW rank better than without WWW?

After having read various articles on this site about WWW or Non-WWW website setup, here, here and here, and after having setup a correct redirection rule in .Htaccess to at least eliminate duplicate ...
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Does a site's bounce rate influence Google rankings?

Does Google consider bounce rate or something similar in ranking sites? Background: here at Stack Exchange we noticed that the latest Google algorithm changes resulted in about a 20% dip in traffic ...
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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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Preserve search engine rankings while shifting to new domain name

We have to shift our web-site to a new domain due to some unavoidable circumstances. The portal has been up and running there since 2009. It has good index in various search engines and we are ...
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Is hidden text bad for search engine ranking?

I am using hidden text on one of my websites for better search engine ranking. However, many articles suggest it is better not to use hidden text. Does using hidden text with keywords in the webpage ...
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How to retain/transfer ranking when updating/redesigning website?

What steps do I have to take in order to make sure that I keep my search engine rankings after I redesign or update my site?
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Does an entry in DMOZ significantly help the ranking of a web site?

I have read that getting your site listed in the open directory (DMOZ) can significantly help boost your site's ranking in major search engines. Is this an 'old webmaster's tale' or does it really ...
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Are temporarily hidden elements bad for search-engine rankings?

I've been reading a lot of information saying that hidden elements are bad and that search engines penalize pages for using them. I started to get really worried about it when I realized that MOST of ...
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How to get new site indexed and ranked by Alexa?

When I search my site on Alexa, it says "Alexa Traffic Rank: No Data". I've read that to get a site indexed, you have to click "crawl my site" on the webmasters page. However there is no longer a ...
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Google's 200 ranking factors

When doing research on SEO you most probably stumbled upon Google's statement there are approximately 200 ranking factors. I think it would be nice to have a list of all these 200 factors. Does ...
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Estimate of Hits / Visits / Uniques in order to fall within a given Alexa Tier?

I was wondering if anyone could offer up rough estimates that could tell me how many hits a day move you into a given Alexa rank ? Top 5,000 Top 10,000 Top 50,000 Top 100,000 Top 500,...
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Tool or online service to view Google PR of thousand sites from a list?

Any suggestion would be appreciated. Maybe a tool (or online service) that you used at least once. I have list of webistes in a txt file. I need a tool or an oline service (possibly free) that finds ...
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Does Google rate the webpage by amount of visits?

There is quite extensive discussion about this topic on another website and I am really losing my confidence. The thing is that I claim that the amount (count) of visits is not a criteria for ...
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Why does Google show sitelinks for our brand with an “s” at the end, but not when it isn't plural?

The name of our company is G2 Builders - What is happening is that if you go to google and type in "G2 Builder" with no "s" at the end, our website has sitelinks. When you type in our name with the "...
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How to improve the Alexa rank of my website?

I have good number of visits to my website, but my Alexa rank is as low (in the millions). How can I improve my Alexa rank?
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Does bold text really improve your search engine rankings?

SEO plugins like Yoast for Wordpress and in YouTube videos recommend using bold text for your keywords to improve search engine rankings. Does bolding your text actually work for SEO? What about bold ...
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How to know that my site is getting index/rank by search engine

As per subject, anyone can tell me how to check that my site is getting index/rank by search engine(e.g. google, yahoo)?
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What Ranking Factors Are Used For International Search?

Google.com vs Google.ca vs Google.co.uk (etc) all rank their results differently. The intention is to return more locally-relevant content. What factors, other than the ones below, are used to ...
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What is Google's policy about separate content on same URLs in mobile and desktop versions?

I'm currently developing a mobile version of my site where users' devices are automatically identified and then displayed either mobile or desktop view of the same URL. For usability purposes, I ...
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How does moving a site to a host in an other country affect my google ranking?

If I move my website, which is hosted in Europe, to a host based in Asia, could it hurt my ranking in Google search? I will keep my domain registrar in Europe, so my guess is that the ranking will ...
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Tool to monitor rankings [closed]

I'm searching for a tool that can give me the page number (Google) and position a given web page scores for a given keyword. E.g. Searching for the term "foo" the tool will show third page, second ...
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Does Google serve different result according to responsive design?

Say a website implements responsive design in order to display a proper user interface according to the screen width of the device (smartphone, tablet, laptop...). Does Google display different ...
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Does duplicate content on another site affect my ranking?

A competitors set up a new site and copy and pasted some copy from our home page. When doing a comparison with a duplicate content tool the result was that the pages where 21% similiar. Does the ...
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SEO for naming images

I have a website with many images embedded within articles. I do not want to miss traffic by image search. It is easier to save images with numbers, but will this affect SEO rank? I mean image search ...
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How to determine if a site has been punished by Google?

I had a site that ranked in the top 3 positions for one keyword and in the top 6 positions for another. At the beginning of October, both terms dropped radically from the search results. I had ...
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rel=“nofollow” SEO effect

Google Webmasters Tools shows rel="nofollow" links as a backlink. I believe that rel="nofollow" helps SEO and PageRank but according to many people it is not. What is your idea about this? Did you see ...
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Sudden SEO rankings drop for a specific domain of a multinational site [duplicate]

EDIT 19/6: the issue is apparently solving itself Unfortunately I cannot see any indication of what worked. It could be the spammy-looking domain which we disavowed links from, but it can also be a ...
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SEO - switching domains on an established site to a brand new domain

I made a new site for a client that is a huge improvement in terms of asset optimisation, page loads, on-page SEO etc. Rather than use the existing domain that has decent authority he wants to move to ...
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Is page age a ranking factor?

My website is quite new, only about an year old. I publish one post per day. I am seeing a pattern where pages start getting SEO traffic 15 to 30 days after posting. Is this normal for new sites? If ...
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Does responsive Web Design affect SEO?

I have watched the Webmaster Central 2013-11-18 hangout that is now on YouTube. According to John Mueller, a site will benefit in terms of SEO if it will be optimized for mobile devices. He said that ...
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How can CTR (Click-through rate) affect SEO & web site rank

I heard lot of "CTR affects SEO and makes site's rank better". But i can't understand how! If some one click links of my pages from my other pages or another site but the Search engine itself; How the ...
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Can outbound links increase PageRank?

We all know that the backlinks increases the pagerank of a website. Do outbound links affect PageRank?
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600 visitors per day, 20 backlinks but still not referenced by Google

i've launch a website on wednesday (9 August) There's already in 4 days 12,000 viewed pages 1,400 visits 20 to 25 backlincks a sitemap.xml (130 URL) english language / french language - url like ...
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Since Google reduces the value of links alongside nofollow links, what is an alternative?

Since 2009, Google counts nofollow links also as outgoing links, and thus reduces the value of the other links. What are some alternatives to stop Google counting outside links from my page? If I ...
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Are “m dot” sites a valid solution to Google's new “mobile-friendly” ranking algorithm?

Given a site which is not optimized for mobile (and not responsive), Google's new ranking algorithm, which is set to go into effect April 21, 2015, will result in a lower ranking. If the site does ...
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Will a 301 redirect help in maintaining proper page rank?

I have http://www.example.com/article Due to rampant content development by authors in my site, http://example.com/article has also been widely indexed by Google. Now, both are there roughly in ...
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Is it possible for a script tag to be perceived as an inbound link for SEO?

My company has <script> tags on a lot of sites, some of these sites have very high page ranks. Right now the <script> tags have a src of Microsoft's blob data. We want to move away from ...
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Can a subdomain interfere with the ranking of a root domain?

We have recently added a free subdomain for SEO purposes. We are getting a high position in searches, but the problem is Google is not showing our main website in some of our keywords any more. I ...
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Do accented words affect page rank?

I'm from Argentina and we use accents in words. Is this URL is worst for pagerank: /técnico-en-computación/ VS /tecnico-en-computacion/
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Is 100-150 words content enough for a web page?

I have some 20 different combinations of canonical pages featuring images in different categories. Is 100-150 words content okay for a page considering I use rel=canonical on their copies? I mean how'...
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HTTPS or HTTP based on previous records

I hope i'm not the wrong guy asking this in webmasters.stackexchange.com Based on google webmaster records, in the previous month, I found improved ranking in google SERP. When I turn the website into ...
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Proper way to create and work with a subdomain?

My site got effected by Panda, and I am trying to see if making a subdomain would work. The site is comehike.com, and I created a subdomain which is currently empty at hiking.comehike.com I have a ...
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Multisites Network SEO::Can self-referencing canonical tag(rel=“canonical”) inside article improve google rating?

Can self-referencing canonical tag(rel="canonical") inside article improve google rating? The Case: Company have 40 sites with original content and 1 main site with some of 40 sites articles. Main ...
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How to appear on the new local search carousel?

Google have rolled out a new layout for local search — a carousel: This is similar in appearance to the "frequently mentioned on the web" results which are based on Google's knowledge graph database. ...
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How do I contact Google after my search result rankings got heavily downgraded?

I have a website with lots of traffic from 5+ languages, and today suddenly I found that every keyword (every one of them, not just in one language) got downgraded. Many of my keywords on the 1st ...
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Merging two active (distinct) domains

I'm an SEO rookie. My company has two websites. One for the main company, and one for a recruiting aspect of that company. Normally I'd say the recruiting content should have been a sub-directory ...