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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Ranked for main keyword on Bing and Yahoo but not on Google

My website is indexed by google (29000 pages indexed), I am not ranked at all for main keyword in google although: I am ranked in top 10 in Bing and Yahoo I am ranked for other keywords! I have ...
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Should article preview pages be crawled and indexed by search engines?

I have a page called "all articles" that loads previews of articles using AJAX. Because of that, the content won't be visible to search engines, so the page would be considered "poor content". Since ...
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How to make Google index users posts when there are no direct links and the posts are loaded with infinite scroll?

In a website that has posts system similar to Facebook, where the user has option to: Keep his posts private (needs login to view) Make them public (anyone can see them) In case #2 I want to allow ...
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Deleted website still appearing in Google search results

We deleted a website from our server around 3 weeks ago and the pages are still appearing in Google search results. Unfortunately we don't "own" the property in search console, so we can't suppress ...
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Will Google remove content such as images with canonical headers to other non-indexed content?

I've set a canonical (.htaccess) header from an image to another one. For instance: site.com/image-small.jpg has a canonical header to: site.com/image.jpg (Original image). However the website ...
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No results in google SERP [duplicate]

My website is showing 245 pages indexed in Google Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools), but in Google SERP it is showing no results? My website is 2 months old, in GSC there are no crawl errors, ...
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Index content from a Bootstrap modal

I am using Bootstrap modal in my homepage. The content from the modals is not indexed by Google, while almost all other content in that page is indexed. How can I index modal content?
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Google Search Console “Indexed Pages” spike and traffic loss after image CDN switch

Back on 2/7, we changed CDNs from Amazon Cloudfront to StackPath for the images on our popular sports website. We ticked off the "use canonical headers" option when doing so. Starting on 2/12, we ...
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Does the below-mentioned server header impact google indexing?

Date: Sat, 04 Mar 2017 06:26:50 GMT Server: Apache/2.4.7 (Ubuntu) X-Powered-By: PHP/5.5.9-1ubuntu4.20 Expires: Sat, 01 Jan 2000 00:00:01 GMT Cache-Control: post-check=0, pre-check=0, max-age=0 Pragma: ...
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SEO friendly URL: hyphen vs forward slash [duplicate]

For example, I have a webshop where each product has its unique ID and I want to build SEO friendly URL for a product page. An old-school way that is mentioned almost in every article looks like this:...
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Geographical landing pages not showing up on Google search results [duplicate]

Problem we have: One markets' geographical landing pages do not appear on search results. Few months ago we discovered that robots.txt are blocking Google from indexing that markets' pages. We fixed ...
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Prevent indexing of image or file

I understand that you can do the following to generally prevent images or pages from getting indexed. Add to the page's meta section: <meta name="robots" content="noindex" /> Edit the robots....
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Which one is more SEO friendly Dynamic pages or static pages for blogging website

I am new to web development and I am developing a Blogging website. While working on its architecture from the SEO point of view, I came across a problem that whether I should create a seperate page ...
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Is it possible for Google to disregard my canonical tag?

I was wondering if it is possible for Google to disregard the canonical tag, if for example they decide it is wrongly put based on behavioral data. On my blog's individual blog posts there is a ...
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Do search engines consider GUID in indexing?

I've been reading the WordPress's codex recently, and noticed that WordPress is using a term called GUID. According to codex: The term "GUID" stands for "Globally Unique Identifier". It is a field ...
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Does rel=“next” have to be in the HEAD?

I'm trying to improve SEO on a platform i'm working with, and was advised to add rel="next" and rel="prev" links to my pages to make it clearer to google which URLS are paginated. My question to you ...
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Implementing 301 redirects won't work without an existing file. Will that matter to Google or is there a better way to implement redirects?

I just published a completely revised version of a website (static site to a Wordpress powered one) without changing the domain or the web server. In the old site the URL structure was example.com/...
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Will “rel=canonical” pages be indexed?

So to give an overview of my application, I will have pages of various businesses (parents) and then each business will have additional pages of each business location (children). The plan is for ...
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Drop in XML Sitemap Index Numbers in Google Search Console? [duplicate]

what is going on .. my sitemaps aren't index anymore... I have a really sudden decreasing in sitemap index
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Bing indexed pages decreased from 2400 to 2 in 5 days

Bing indexed pages decreasing rapidly.. Previously bing indexed pages was 2400 in search. Then I submitted sitemaps. After 4-5 days of submitting site maps .. Bing index starts decreasing from ...
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Why only 35 of 758 links are indexed by Google in my sitemap.xml [duplicate]

In the Google Webmasters Tool, there is a sitemap indexing status page: There are 758 pages in my submitted sitemap.xml file, why only 35 of them are indexed? Is there any place that I can check the ...
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Can I list multiple sitemaps inside one sitemap.xml and specify that in my robots.txt?

The sitemap engine I'm using generates a strange sitemap.xml. I need to add blog and shop sitemaps for those URLs too. Now in robots.txt I specify this path https://example.com/sitemap-shop.xml, but ...
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Why the number of indexed URLs in Search Console dropped?

A few months ago I saw there were 14 URLs reported as indexed in Google Search Console. As of a few days back, it's showing that only 3 URLs have been indexed. Do I have to request that it index 14 ...
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Google indexing duplicate content despite a canonical tag pointing to external URL. Am I risking a penalty from Google?

I have a website. It has content that already exists somewhere on other sites. I have added a canonical tag, nevertheless Google index those URLs. I'm not concerned about these pages being indexed, ...
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Google is indexing different pages of the same list

I have a category page that is a paginated list of products of an ecommerce website and google is indexing: www.myshop.com/category-list www.myshop.com/category-list?p=2 www.myshop.com/category-list?...
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Google is indexing only the title and meta description of webpage on its first try

Recently I posted one article in my blog and Google indexed it the next day. However, they did not index the whole article, they just indexed the title and meta description. The content inside the ...
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Adding HTTPS to our site created duplicate content that Google is indexing with a drop in traffic

Our tutorial platform is example.com - it was online with non-www version. i.e. http://example.com We added SSL(https) certificate and now there are issues that are affecting my site. Now there are ...
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Image still appears in google search results in spite it has been removed from original source

I have reported an image to google for removal under "remove outdated content" and in search console it says "This content is no longer live on the website", however the image still appears in google ...
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Block third domain from being indexed

We have a web application that handles many websites that have test and production environment. This application has only one folder and it's hosted with IIS. We already have noindex nofollow, index ...
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Google is not returning my site until I search for my whole URL [duplicate]

I created a sitemap, added my website for indexing on Google's console, but still my website is not showing in Google search results until I search for the whole URL of my website. Anyone know why it ...
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What is the difference between the searches site:http://example.com and info:http://example.com?

What is the difference between the Google site indexing search tools of site:http://example.com and info:http://example.com ? The reason I ask is that site search shows hundreds of pages for my site; ...
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Google is reporting only 5% of our site's pages as indexed after one year

Our sitemap contains roughly 750,000 paths to discrete pages and only around 30 thousand are reported by google as being indexed. I am trying to figure out why this is. The content of our pages is ...
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Does including images in a sitemap.xml as unique pages have any negative affect on SEO?

So I know that the correct way of identifying pages in a sitemap is like this: <url> <loc>http://www.example.com/</loc> </url> If I want to include images in the sitemap, ...
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How can I prevent Google from indexing my Google+ page posts instead of the copy on my website?

I own a website and recently I have noticed that Google has indexed a lot of posts which I shared in my Google+ page for obtaining traffic. And when I type in a search query related to my website ...
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What was the “data dip” that Google reports for webmaster tools data on May 15th, 2016?

The Google Webmaster panel index says: Update: As of 5/14/16, Index Status data precisely reflects the specific URL variant for your verified site (e.g., http://www.example.com data is distinct ...
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AngularJS and Google SEO Indexing

I am not a specialist in SEO, and some time talking to one told me that Google indexes, which is in the view-source, I wonder if this is really true? I am developing an application and took Angle and ...
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Is text that use CSS “user-select: none;” indexed and ranked by search engines?

As I understand this CSS property it is used to prevent the user from accidentally selecting text and other elements that are used for stylistic reasons, or are part of the user-interface (e.g. a ...
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Will Google remove links restricted by the robots.txt from the soft 404 list?

I have updated a shop system to a newer version. I now get huge number of soft 404 errors in the Webmaster Tools because of links that have been indexed in the old version of that shop. I could lock ...
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Error HTTP 404 can eliminate indexing of a page?

In recent weeks I'm recording a decrease of indexing my site: In 10/09/2016: Submitted => 921 Indexed => 654 Yesterday 23/09/2016: Submitted => 1129 Indexed => 598 Two months ago I created a ...
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Images not being shown in Google Image Search after redesign

We launched a new website design late February and since then 99% of our large product images do not show up on Google Image Search. We monitored the Image impressions after the launch of the new ...
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When will my new sitemap be indexed by Google?

I generated a new sitemap for my (WordPress) website with the Yoast SEO plugin. However, Google shows the old sitemap in search results, so how long do I need to wait to see the new sitemap indexed?
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Google doesn't index my pages managed by session

My website has an architecture like this: em1 sub1 sub2 ... em2 sub1 sub2 ... em3 ... ... All elements "em" has the same "sub" associated. The difference only resides on the content in the "...
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How robust is court ordered content removal from Google search?

Do search engines like Google remove content from their search results (after a court or a person asks to) from the index? If the same content is uploaded in other IP address does Google ...
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Google Indexing URL First?

Does Google index a website's URL link first before the rest of the website? For example, if I search for "FedEx" on Google, is it safe to assume that Google will index "www.fedex.com" and display it ...
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Why is my staging site not listed on search engines?

I support a website, www.questionexample.com, and I also have a test site setup for staging, staging.questionexample.com, on another server. They are essentially the same site and are not new. For ...
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Should I submit both mobile and desktop domain names for indexing on non-responsive sites or is that bad for SEO?

I have a desktop version of my site using yourwebsite.com and a mobile version using m.yourwebsite.com. Should I treat them as one site and only submit the desktop version along with its sitemap and ...
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301 redirected page indexes with old URL still

It has been months since I redirected some pages and the URL has not updated in Google's index. I am also unable to see a cached version of the site. I found these pages using the site: feature ...
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How do I exclude a WordPress site from search engines and make it accessible only via password?

The goal is to have a simple WordPress site for company employees to retrieve information that can be sensitive. The site is supposed to be online so it can be access by me from home, but needs to be ...
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Google is indexing my site as HTTPS and HTTP

I went to search my site to see how Google is indexing it and it is for some reason all jacked up. I am seeing some pages indexed as HTTPS and then the same pages as not. Also the meta description is ...
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Google Search Console only showing one page in index status, while many pages indexed in sitemap

I am using Google webmaster tools for my site. I recently have changed address. Now, I wonder why the number of indexed pages in Crawl -> Sitemaps and Google Index -> Index Status are different?