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A search engine is program that searches documents for specified keywords and returns a list of the documents where the keywords were found.

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How to deal with Google Programmable Search Engine for *specific search* |

I have created a search bar through "Google Programmable Search Engine". Now I want to make the searchbar working like specifically search for a website not the entire web. I have added some ...
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Blogger meta description not showing in search engines

Whenever I search for my blog in any search engine (tried Google, Bing, DDG and Yahoo), the blog description is the header of a post, instead of the description I have defined in the blog's search ...
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Is it beneficial or detrimental to delete and re-add Search Console?

My site was running well, suddenly the site had some server related issues due to which the search visitors of the site decreased from 22 November 2023. This has gone down and now I can't recover it. ...
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Same description shows dynamically on corresponding pages. Will it hurt SEO?

I am developing an Image Converter site. In their various conversation tools are available like JPG to PNG, PNG to BMP, JPG to BMP etc... So at converting page lets say you are in JPG to PNG page. I ...
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Effect on SEO when placing social icons on the footer

This is my first website that I am trying to create. I am reading the SEO guides for websites, but the question that I couldn't find clear answer is the following: Does keeping the social icons and ...
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Does dropdown navigational menu in smaller screen crawlable by search bots?

I am confused as a colleague of mine who is a SEO expert told me that navigational links such as (home, about, contact, etc.) inside dropdown menu (using bootstrap css) is not crawlable? Is this true? ...
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Does posting my work to other sites jeapodize my site's traffic?

My website primarily showcases artwork that I make. But I also post my art to other pages (such as Instagram, Artstation) to try and get a bit more traction (forums too, but that's also for community ...
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Warning in Google Console due to invalid items in Struture data

I have added Structured data for sporting event on website and this page started showing 5 valid items detected: All have warnings as i have five items in the structured data on Google Console (URL ...
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Remove or re-index content for DuckDuckGo?

Google has the "remove outdated content tool" to prompt it to rescan outdated content on a site you don't own. I have some content that I changed, and I would similarly like DuckDuckGo to re-index or ...
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Search result priorities

Say I have a couple of trivial products in categories. For example: Hair Products - Shampoo Food - Bread - Cookies URLs are friendly Rails slugs like /categories/hair-products/products/shampoo ...
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Two smiliar pages: Google index the wrong one

Good morning On my site I offer a product, let's say "Purchase a car" (obviously it's not that), I was ranked in second position on google for years, then I launched a more specific product (...
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Is having a "noindex" page that redirects to a "indexable" page bad for SEO?

I am building a "dynamic pages" system. I have a /page?slug=some-slug pattern. This page checks a database with the slug and if it finds some entry it will redirect with 301 to the found ...
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Can I show my website only in specific country including for search engine users?

How can I show a certain website only in specific country? This includes not showing on search engines outside of that certain country? Its not about blocking the access, but not showing / visible ...
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How to properly set up google search indexing for site which requires authentication

I was not sure of the best way to describe this in the title but my scenario is the following: Every page on our site requires authentication and will redirect unauthenticated users to a login page ...
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SEO of changing from .co.uk to .com

I'm a graphic designer, with a fairly niche specialism, based in the UK. Originally all my clients were based in the UK, but over recent years I've picked up a few clients from other countries, from ...
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how to seach the internet for my own website

I want to do an internet search for my own website, to see where it is ranking, as if I am a potential customer. Google ranks my site highly in the search terms I'm using. I've deleted my browser ...
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Change search URL indexing from www to non-www

In the Google Search Console, I submitted both URLs (www and non-www) for indexing. It seems that the www version got indexed first and the non-www got 'Google-selected canonical'. Is it possible to ...
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SEO Optimisation: 1.1/2" - One-and-a-Half Inch - 1.5 Inch - 1.5" ? What should I use?

TLDR: What is the best way to write this for SEO purposes? As mentioned in the title, I have some products with different sizes that I want to make sure the SEO is 👌 My particular concern is with ...
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CSS & Image Files Are Blocked by Googlebot after Rendering

When rendering my website in Mobile-Friendly Test, I saw that my sites' CSS + Images are blocked. The site is built on Elementor, there isn't a cache plugin. I disabled all plugins and it's still the ...
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Why does google keep deleting URLs from https in search console

Google search console has HTTPS section that I understand shows urls those are served over https. My whole site is https. I have noticed that when a new ad is created, that url shows up under https ...
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Not getting carousel in Rich Result SERP

My website contains profile pages, and each profile page has multiple videos. We have added the ItemList schema to every profile page. It has been a month since we added it, but we are still not ...
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Can randomly generated web page content lead to search engine penalties?

I have specialized pages with random content. Every time they are accessed or refreshed, different content is displayed. I have pages that contain randomly selected users of my website: I have pages ...
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Search engine setting for displaying only for desktop/laptop users

Is there a way to instruct search engines (especially Google Search) that a website is meant to be accessed only on desktop/laptop? One of my websites is not displaying properly on smartphones but ...
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How should I name my websites, URLs, usernames for better Google search indexing?

I want to change my username on GitHub, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter for better indexing. I want it to be in Google searches when I search my name or website. How should I change it? For e.g. ...
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Remove site from search engines for specific keyword

I know normally people want the opposite but I would like to know if someone here knows how to remove a site from search results for a specific keyword. Lately I'm getting a lot of visits from people ...
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Why website copy tools like Cyotek WebCopy and HTTrack cannot find files that search engines like Google can? [closed]

I would like to keep the target website private, but here are some details: It's a personal (as in single-author) public documentation / portfolio / blog sort of website It seems to be hosted using ...
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How do search engines treat spaces that are not U+0020?

Introduction A problem with writing HTML pages for agglutinative languages, is that search engines generally work poorly when trying to parse them. Often-times, searches with correctly written ...
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Citing or embedding a summary of a movie review from another website on my blog. What SEO issues might I encounter?

I'm stuck because I want to show summaries of movie reviews from various sources on one page of my blog. Giving a backlink to the original link so that people can read the review on that website. Is ...
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Removing subdomain from Google crawling

Our example.com and example.com/blog links to our web app at app.example.com. The issue is that app.example.com returns a 404 on an uncached load, but the correct page does load — it's a weird setup ...
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What does Google and another search engine do with sites that collect information

What do Google and another search engine do with sites that collect information and display it in categories? This information is not unique in the internet. How well those sites rank? Do they get ...
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Descriptive URL's from user generated content | Worth it? | How to handle in case of edit | Which of my ideas is good practise?

I am building a quiz site. User can create quizzes and choose a title for their quiz. I was thinking about using the title with the ID in the URL and here I have multiple ideas, which all have multple ...
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Do Baidu and/or Yandex publish the current IP ranges used by their site indexing bots?

I need to identify bots operated by search engine operators to index sites. I've looked at an existing question on this matter and the answers given there are too simplistic. The User-Agent header is ...
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Best way to allow search engines to index login-protected page

I have pages on my site that only make sense with a login. For example I have a user settings page at /user and a list of a user's subscriptions at /subscriptions. It would be useful to users if ...
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How to customize a site in search engine results?

Is there a cross search engine solution to customize the name&description of a site in search engine results without them explicit declaration on the index page? StackOverflow is displayed in the ...
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Are penalties applied if you have too many 404 errors on your site?

Do the search engines take the number of 404 errors returned by a site into account when calculating the site rank? For example I have 8,000 404 errors and I am thinking that that's affecting my SEO ...
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If I buy a domain based on my personal name and redirect it to a blog, will my domain appear when people search for my name?

I have a main webpage that ranks well in a specific city (myprofession+city.com). My problem is that I also want a personal domain (e.g., JohnDoe.com). So I was thinking if it's possible to buy ...
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Is there a way of lowering my search results outside of my business area (country)?

Situation: I run a tree farm in Alberta, Canada. I sell mail order seedlings all over Canada. Lately I'm getting lots of calls from the U.S. This is a nuisance, as the paperwork for cross border ...
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Why some search engines show address with www and some not, and how to tell which one needs to be shown

In some SEs our site is shown with www and in some without. In Heroku both domains are specified and lead to the same page, but we want to crearify address to be without www and trainling slashes
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Bing Site Scan; Redirecting to login page

My website apkeh.com is not getting indexed, it says violation of community guidelines. I don't know what guidelines, exactly I am violating. I tried a site scan and found that most of the links are ...
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Does Semantic Search also mean Semantic SEO?

I am doing a long essay on SEO and just wanted to be totally clear on the fact Semantic Search - the process of optimizing search engines to understand the query and display information accurately, ...
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Is it a no-no to have two sites with the same HTML and modify the content with JavaScript?

Let's say I have 2 sites /MergePDF?csharp and /MergePDF?java. They have the exact HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The only difference is the difference in content provided by the JavaScript. Is is it ...
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How do search engines identify keywords in domain names?

Do search engines identify keywords in domain names as substrings or special character separated strings, or both? For example: abcwidgets.com vs abc-widgets.com (obviously with "widgets" as the ...
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Do back links to a language subdirectory affect the rankings of all languages on the site?

Consider example.com as the root of my French site and example.com/en/ as the English version, and example.com/ar/ as the Arabic version. All language versions are generated manually (not IP-based ...
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Is it okay to duplicate website homepage with different URL and blocked from indexing to drive ads traffic to?

On my website, I have a landing page (only contains a call-back request form with no other data but the logo). And I am driving clients from ADs to it, but this page as clients say has low authority. ...
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Will bots crawl my page generated by javascript

I use simple javascript to generate pages based on thousands of products stored in a JSON object. The page URLs will be like /productList?keyword=XXX&page=x. The keyowrd is what uses input through ...
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sitemap in google search console showing "see index coverage" link disabled

In Google Search Console I observed that "See Index Coverage" is disabled. also it is not indexing 2 post from last 20-30 days what i have tried is delete existing sitemap and added new with ...
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Why aren't search engines indexing my content?

This is a general, community wiki catch-all question and answer pair intended to address any questions concerning the reasons a site or specific site contents do not appear in search engine ...
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How to determine what data visualisation tools are being used on a website [closed]

I help maintain a website that is housed in the Squiz Matrix cms. Because we have several Tableau public and MS Power BI reports embedded throughout the website, soon the Power BI reports will be ...
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Does a sites URL structure need to match its breadcrumb structure? [duplicate]

Suppose I have a page on my site with the breadcrumb order: Site Name --> Products --> Product 1 Should I have the URL be https://example.com/products/product-1, or should I have the URL be ...
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How to know when a new website comes into existence?

Is there a way to know when a new website comes into existence. What I mean is how crawlers such as search engines know if something exists in first place. So let's say a new website www.example.com ...

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