Questions tagged [search-engine-indexing]

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 did my site which placed in the 1st in search result disappear from Google SERP? [duplicate]

everybody. I built a wix site since 3 months ago, conducted seo works for 2 months, after all my site placed the 1st in search result of my purpose keywords. However, 5 hours ago, my site disappeared ...
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International SEO with different TLD's, and some same language - HREFLANG question

My business is located in Asia although 50% of my clients are from the UK, 27% from Australia and the remaining in the country i am located. After doing research i have concluded that i would like to ...
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Would adding links between pages help Google index more of our site?

We have a hotel search website. We have identified some concepts that we would like Google to index, for example, we have a landing page for "Boutique Hotels in Chicago, IL", Given number of cities in ...
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Is there any evidence that Google prioritizes indexing for more urgent topics?

I'm curious to know if there's any evidence or comments from Google indicating they prioritize page indexing based on urgency of the topic? For instance, there's lot's of COVID-19 information that is ...
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Why do google snippets change depending on on searching the contraction of my full company name?

Been really struggling at how to word this. I'm a beginner in SEO and Website content. My employer Melbourne Satellites actively uses the contraction Melbsat in marketing material as customers found ...
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Can I use a wildcard rule to prevent Yandex from indexing all tag and date URLs created by Joomla K2?

I have a site based on joomla and K2 component. I use K2 Tags and Calendar, but i have problem with pages indexing When yandex.ru begin to index it i find out that it index my tags and SEO test sites ...
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Google Search Console: issues detected “Top Errors” Server Error (5xx). BUG?

Just got this email from Google Search Console: This were the issues: But when I inspected those live URL's (using Google Search Console tool) they came back as "available to Google" and one of them ...
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Need help: crash indexing problem after the review: Mention message type [WNC-608000]

On December 15, I received a message - a security notice that my site contained insecure content - uncommon downloads - "rarely downloaded files." The "example.com" site contains, among other things, ...
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Google Search Console Warning: “ Indexed, though blocked by robots.txt ” (BUG)

Two days ago I've got an email with a warning from Google Search Console, telling me that 3 URLs from my site where indexed, but were blocked by robots.txt. Since I first deployed my website, I haven'...
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How to make google find all my blog posts

I have a website, blog.example.net. A blog post is accessed by using get query parameters. To find blog 0, the URL is http://blog.example.net/?page=0. I have registered my website with Google, but ...
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Is there something like anti-seo techniques? To NOT be found by certain keywords? [duplicate]

I wonder if there is something like anti-seo techniques, enabling me to make a website less findable for certain keywords? For example: I manage a massage website. This website is purely for massages ...
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How to efficiently update the sitemap without losing previous indexes?

I have a sitemap uploaded for my web application. The webmasters has indexed 10% of all the URLs in sitemap so far and marked the remaining as excluded(discovered not indexed). I have made some ...
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Do subdirectory URLs need to work for SEO if there are other URLs within that subdirectory? Does time of indexing subdirectory matter in search result

I have a website where I built a sub-folder structure on my links, like this: /category/city/postname Does it matter if /category/city doesn't have a page, even if there is no link to it on the ...
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getting google to index anchored URLs with one dynamic image per anchor tag

Background I have a site (https://example.com) that shows a slideshow of images. The site uses a single <img> tag in the DOM. On page load, the JavaScript loads the 30 or so total images into &...
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How can I prevent Google from indexing documents stored on Microsoft Azure blob storage?

I have a PDF stored in Azure blob storage. When I search the name of the document on Google search engine, the full link of my PDF appears in the result. I don't want this happen. Can I get Google ...
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New Domain but Old Title displayed in Google SERP? [duplicate]

One customer changed its domain name (new design, new brand...). All urls correctly redirected form old to new website. All title and descriptions tags added and checked on new website. Search ...
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Is it normal that URL's are getting crawled in Screaming frog Still they have a no-follow and no-index tag on them

I'm getting a lot of URL's in screaming frog where the URLs are no-follow no-index but, they are still getting crawled in screaming frog. Is it fine or should I change anything in this?
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Favicon not showing on new google search result Format [duplicate]

I tried all instructions from google forums but nothing worked. I have also added favicon on the root of website still it's not showing on the google search page.
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How to tell Google to show a webpage only in specific countries

I have a website with product information, let's say for example that the product URL is www.example.com/product. How can I tell Google that I want that product page to be shown only in specific ...
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Will “data-nosnippet” attribute work for inserted tags?

Google says that "data-nosnippet" works with div, span and section. But will it work for inserted tags? For example, will it work in this case: <div data-nosnippet> <p> Some text i want ...
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How can I created tracking redirects that are neither crawled nor indexed?

I have tracking redirects on my site. I use server-side tracking on them. They are used for things like: Advertisements Social media sharing The URLs are of the forms: /ad-click?id=12345 /...
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Can I verify a WordPress.com free site with Google Search Console?

I have created a free website at wordpress.com and I want to get it indexed in Google's search engine. I came across a video saying, you need to verify your website in "Google search console" in order ...
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How will geo-ip redirects affect which geo-targeted pages Google indexes?

We are an Indian company and have an online store. We sell in India as well as abroad. The products are sold at different prices in India and abroad and there are two site versions for Indian prices ...
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How to deindex an URL with specific parameter?

While I was doing an audit of my website SEO, I found a warning for a page that is most of the time blank. Basically, this page serves for storing articles for visitors who would like to read their ...
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Why is my noindex tag not working? [closed]

I've implemented a no index tag in my staging website header because I've realized it was being indexed. But when we run this page in screaming frog or this tool here to verify the noidex is present ...
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Google shows “General HTP error” fetching sitemap and no pages indexed from my site

I am working on a project that just rebranded. Using Google Search Console I am getting some weird errors. Despite my sitemap_index.xml and robot.txt working properly, google cannot seem to fetch it ...
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How does the google search 'verbatim' option work? [closed]

I know what it does (finding original content), but what I wish to know is if two pages are the same how is determined what is the original one ?
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SEO effects of redirecting from top level country domain to subdirectories on gTLD

I am developing a website which has 6-7 translations, the client owns the top level domain (.fr, .de, etc.) and wants to use these domains to direct users to the gTLD subfolder. I will be using ...
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Is there any advantage to naming the home page: homepage.php?

For a while now I have been redirecting my index.php page to homepage.php for the sake of my home page actually having homepage as the filename. A disadvantage I am seeing in Google Search Console ...
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Using `noindex` for recently purchased domain we are migrating to

We recently purchased the .com version of our domain. So we are migrating from oursite.org to oursite.com, but this will take several weeks. The site was previously indexed, and a Google search ...
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Can I be notified when Google indexes a web page (either mine or a competitor's)?

Is there a way to be notified by Google (or someone else) when Google indexes a new page on a website? I have a few websites that I want to keep track of and be notified when they add new products ...
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The website is facing a Japanese keyword hack issue. What to do? [duplicate]

We are currently facing a Japanese keyword hack issue on our website (https://example.com/). The issue is faced on 25-11-2019 when we got the mail that shows someone is the new google search console ...
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Why would Google Search Console report many times more indexed URLs than a Screaming Frog crawl finds?

I've just crawled my website in Screaming Frog and I have around 6K Internal URLs and 4K external URLs. Then I looked in GSC and saw that Google indexed 50K pages. How is that possible?
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Prevent Google from indexing images

I have a site where all my images are stored in a specific folder, for example /images/984728176386375837629856e.png but I don't want this page to appear on the SERP. Can I disable the indexing of the ...
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How do i add custom fields in google search results?

I want to display custom fields like how search results pointing to wikipedia. For example, try searching Tesla on Google and check the search results, One of the search is like this, See the ...
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If a web crawler get a 404 error, will it not index that url?

Say I have a page page.example.com/page. In my (python) server, you only get served html if you are logged in, which you can do at page.example.com/login. If you aren't logged in, the server responds ...
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Can a JS redirect to a not found page work in place of a real 404?

I need assistance with some issues on a Big Commerce site. To preface, it is not my site and the IT team has a complex technology stack being utilized to build the site. The issue is that adding an ...
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How can I stop pagination URLs from getting indexed? [duplicate]

I want to prevent pagination URLs from being crawled or indexed anywhere. When I check site:example.com, the search results looks like this. /blog/page/69/ /blog/page/55/ I have not listed this ...
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How to check if a page is indexed for getting a backlink from it?

I have been creating backlinks for a website for the last 2 months. However, I am unable to see any improvement in rankings. How can I check before creating a link on any website, whether or not ...
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In a sitemap, should I update the lastmod tag of a url based on the text content or html content? [duplicate]

Imagine I have this blogging / ecommerce website with 1000 posts / products. And I've built a sitemap for it, which is dynamically generated. Basically it's a list with a bunch of <url> and <...
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Why might “fetch as Google” be taking longer to index submitted pages than it used to for my site?

I am not new to webmaster tools. I have long used "fetch as Google" to index my pages within 5 minutes. I don't know what happened to the index timing, but it is taking much longer now. Is anyone ...
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Google has more than 500k cached indexes of my ex website. How can I remove them? [duplicate]

My client's ex website was full of copy-pasted news and the website's reputation was 0. Also, he wanted to get rid of Wordpress, so we re-developed his website and did not use old data. But Google's ...
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Move a site from a subdomain of another domain when we won't be able to obtain a redirect

Good morning, I'd appreciate if you guys could help me with a situation I have at the moment with the company I work in. We're an online newspaper focused in Technology articles, so have our own ...
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Recover from an SEO report with lots of issues or start over with a site that hasn't yet been found by search engines?

I am hosting an unhealthy WP site from which I was only supposed to receive the theme. Instead it includes content that I foolishly corrected rather than restructuring the site for SEO and friendly UI....
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Proper way to avoid Google from indexing wordpress attachment pages

I recently noticed that the attachment pages of my friend's website appears in Google search. I applied the Yoast plugin solution to redirect those pages to post itself but I want to guarantee that ...
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Display only the Post title by avoiding site name?

I am using wordpress. How i can remove the site name from search result. I want to show just the title of my post. Below is an example.
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Google Search Console reports my site is only appearing in the search results for 8 keywords

Google Search Console is only showing 8 keywords in the search analytics report. It's been more than two months since last keyword appear there. I want to know the reason why that report isn't listing ...
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Do search engines consider the length of longer percent-encoded URLs or shorter non-English character URLs for SEO?

Do search engines consider the length of non-English characters or do they consider the length of percentage-encoded characters for an SEO score? For example: http://example.com/%d8%b1%d9%88%d8%b3%...
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Is it OK for SEO to remove 10 of 16 translations of our site in subdirectories?

Our website has 16 different languages, each in a subdirectory. hreflang is not implemented. We are now trying to redesign the website and we want 6 languages to be active. The rest of the languages ...
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How can I indexing sitemap my website?

I want to optimize the sitelink on my website through the search console / webmaster I want when searching on Google that appears are certain menus. for example menus, a, menu b and menu c I am ...

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