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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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Minimum characters per word when evaluating keyword density

I'm trying to please as many robots (particularly AdSense) as possible by keeping my keywords in check on my website and I've been using keyword density checkers as well, and I'm not sure what the ...
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Does crowded HTML markup between actual content affect SEO?

On our pages the content consists of multiple entries (similar to forums) and those entries have lots of html such as three social share widgets, like buttons, favorite buttons and so on. When you ...
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Can I put content on a subdomain for search engines to index while leaving the main domain parked?

I registered a domain example.com. I created a subdomain sub.example.com. I submitted this site sub.example.com to search engines. The main domain example.com is still parked and is not on internet. ...
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How to make my website top ranking on Google? [duplicate]

I am searching this question on Google but I couldn't find any suitable results. Now I am posting this question on Stack Exchange as my last options. As we all know that Google is the leading door of ...
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Optional query string specification with “Disallow” in robots.txt

I'm creating a robots.txt file for my website which now has a lot of pages. I'm disallowing all the pages that I do not require to crawl by so: Disallow: /folder/file.aspx I've quite a lot of ...
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As a webmaster what is the purpose of using a web crawler for your site?

What benefits would using a web crawler give you as a webmaster?
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Advice on URL structure [duplicate]

I'm looking for some advice on my URL structure for a project I'm working on. I'm a web developer so my SEO knowledge is relatively limited. My website's purpose is to essentially provide specialised ...
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Google Webmaster Tools reports first page presence on major search term but no sign of website on Google

On a major search term Webmaster shows that it has achieved an average first page presence of 3.5 over last 28 days (250 impressions - no clicks) But when I search this search term on Google the site ...
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How to Fix this specific Google “Fetch as Googlebot” error appearing on my Webmaster Tools?

Good day, I'm currently finding out why I have lost all of my website's rank in google. I don't even appear in google results by the domain. But other sites do link me and they appear in the google ...
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Are clickable Category Badges good or bad for SEO?

Im running a wp magazine with a lot of posts (over 50 post) on the front-,category- and archive page. Each thumb and title are linking to the single-post and some posts are additonally showing up ...
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Is buying domain names for property addresses and redirecting them to a realty website a viable SEO strategy? [duplicate]

I'm a Linux engineer, and I know quite a bit of programming languages, and can create a website pretty easily, but what I suck at, is SEO. That's an art all by itself, and that's what I need some help ...
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WordPress - Ignoring Parent Category and SEO

I use WordPress for my site and I've just run into this dilemma. I have five major categories on my site and each categories have five sub-categories. Usually, the posts are published under one sub-...
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How should you inform search engines of the location of an XML sitemap?

There are 2 ways to make search engines aware of a sitemap's location that I know of: Include an absolute link to it in robots.txt Submit it to them directly. The relevant URLs are: http://www....
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Is it possible to ruin your SEO by cross-linking, overly structuring a website?

We're trying to categorise our website data more and more. This will lead us to have many many categories for differect setions of information. Can doing too much of this lead to bad SEO? My ...
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Does Google.com show UK websites to UK users

Example: I have a website: www.example.co.uk And www.example.com which redirects to the former. Let's say my niche idea has only 20 competitors in the world. All of these competitors are in the US ...
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how to set Meta “expires” if I am not sure of expiration date?

I have an ad website. Users can post ads, and they can also renew them (renewing their expiration date). I setup delete rate on user items at 3 month after expiration date, but if users have renewed ...
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Are there any meta tags I can add to my website to make it more discoverable by search engines?

I am quite a beginner at website design, and in fact so much of an amateur that I don't like paying for hosting/higher search engine results. Are there any meta's that will simply make my website a ...
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Is there a “soft redirect” for search engines?

On our website we have a bunch of old pages preserved for historical record. (These are older versions of the manual.) Most people, however, would be best served by the newer versions of these pages. ...
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Have I been penalized for my URLs change?

I have moved my site from an old CMS to a framework and as a consequence my URL patterns have changed, so some of the URLs are now throwing 404. I could setup redirects on some of the pages, but not ...
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Can I define the letter case of a Domain Name?

I want to purchase a second level domain (on the web platform Altervista.org) with the .com extension. Since within the domain verification process I can type characters in both upper and lower case ...
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Multiple images on one page: best ranking practices

I have several images related to one object and they all should be placed on one web-page. I'd like to know how do I place those images among the page body and its text. I can not do it manually to ...
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How do spiders find your website in the first place? [duplicate]

This is just a question of curiosity. Let's say I register for a new web domain and purchase a hosting account. I set up a website, and soon search index bots are visiting the site to learn more about ...
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Stop search engines from trying to crawl old sites on subdomains which are no longer available

A few years ago I had couple of sites. Then I closed them. Back then, the search engines had added those sites of mine into their databases. Specifically Google and Chinese Baidu know about them. Now ...
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Is there a way to guess the keyword traffic for a specific URL using just search engines and page source?

For example, is it possible to guess which keyword searches are driving people to https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-and-use-postgresql-on-ubuntu-14-04 using just search ...
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Help! My articles are not indexed correctly by search engines

Something is seriously wrong after I updated my site with new templates, moved to a new server and started writing on English rather than Norwegian. I know from Google Analytics, that most of my ...
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Prevent search bots from indexing server (sub)domain name

A web application I wrote is hosted on an in-house server with the name myserver, which is under my university's domain (department.uni.edu), resulting in the server's address being myserver....
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How to maintain SEO when taking over a domain name?

I am working with a client to redo their website. The website is simple and just displays information. My question is with regards to the SEO. I have only just started learning about SEO and on my ...
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Why is bingbot / msnbot appending %2Findex.php to my urls?

My logs are showing bingbot / msnbot appending %2Findex.php to some of my urls. Any idea why? This makes them invalid and if any users were redirected with it, it would not take them to the correct ...
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Does linking to dead resources give you a SEO penalty?

I've been wondering about this for a while, but cannot find any articles on it. When your website contains a dead link to a resource that is either not there any more, or was never there to begin with,...
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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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My website ranks well but my blog subdirectory keeps getting de-indexed

My website, let's say www.example.com ranks fairly well ranking 1-5 for 6 keywords. On the other hand, my blog on the same website keeps on getting de-indexed. The Website is HTML (www.example.com)...
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Changing pagination, and having more sections per page

I'm upgrading an old website, from having 25 results per page (40 pages), to having 50-100 per page (5-10 pages) This will change the pagination, and maybe affect search engines in a bad way.. So I'm ...
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Is there some kind of API for submitting a site to Google for indexing?

I have a client that is insisting there is a method to send a URL automatically to Google to get it indexed quickly. Here are the methods I know of to tell Google about your site for indexing: 1. ...
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How do I disallow variable parent directories and subdirectory with robots.txt?

I want to disallow robots to index some pages of my site. For example, I want to disallow the following pages: /category/name1/page/1 /category/name1/page/2 /category/etc/page/3 But I want to allow ...
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How Google crawler behaves when the HTML page is 1.6MB? [duplicate]

Is it possible that Google crawler doesn't fetch all the content on the page when it's size is 1.6 MB? How does Google treat big documents?
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Why can't I find a certain text on my site in Google?

I can't find certain text on my site in Google, even if I'm searching specifically on the page that this text in on: site:mysite.com/page.html hidden text I tried searching just for "site:mysite.com/...
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How bad is cloaking for my site's search engine rankings?

My website is very JavaScript-heavy. All the content of the site is loaded asynchronously using JavaScript. So my developers implemented cloaking - server sends a static version of the webpage if it's ...
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Hide content from search engines (legitimate, not SEO related)

I have a website which contains famous and original (made by users) quotes, poetries, and such. Recently many of our users start to complain because their name is searchable on Google since we have a ...
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Preventing some parts of the pages of a site from being indexed [duplicate]

My website has links like: <a href="messages.aspx">Messages<span>3</span></a> Well google indexes these links as: Messages3 I have read some articles for preventing google ...
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Using rel=canonical with syndication

I work at a site which allows syndication of content (via API's and data dumps). We are finding that a number of sites which republish our content are appearing higher in Google search results, even ...
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How to make sub-directories appear in Google Search Engine? [duplicate]

I want to know how to effectively SEO manage my personal websites. For example, I have http://www.janedoe.com/ and in the meta data I have: <meta name="keywords" content="jane doe"> along with ...
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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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Can Searchbots Find Web Pages That Aren't Linked To? [duplicate]

I have read this which claims that the listed search engines are not able to show the unlinked doc&XML in its results. My questions are Have any one else experimented like this? This information ...
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Google Position Ranking for Specisific Keyword and Domain

How i can now my website position ranking for specific keywords? example my website is gusdecool.com and i want to know my position ranking on Google search for keyword Rapidleech How to do that? or ...
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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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What dangers await if I block non-standard, non-major-usa search engine bots from my USA only website?

I noticed tons of bandwidth being used by non-USA search engine bots, so I began blocking them in an effort to save bandwidth and cpu cycles for actual users and the search engines they come from (...
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Search engine ranking of paginated categories, subcategories and tag pages

Suppose we have an E-commerce domain with the following structure: domain/items - contains all items. domain/items/category - contains a narrower spectrum of results than above. domain/items/category/...
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Is image metadata valuable for SEO?

Do search engines read image metadata like copyright and author? Is adding metadata to site's images valuable for SEO?
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How do canonical tags work when you have multiple versions of a website?

I apologize for how vague the question sounds; I was not able to write the complete question in the title because I ran out of characters. Before the duplicate monsters close the question, please read ...
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Do search engines index and rank text content in external SVG files (not inline)

I am under the impression that Google and other search engines understand the text content within SVG, however... I unable to find a source that indicates that Google rewards the content found in SVG ...