Questions tagged [search-engines]

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 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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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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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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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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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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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 to preserve Search Engine Rank after domain change with 301 Redirect?

Before you mark this question a duplicate, read the question properly. I have had a domain http://muzic.asia and because of low quality TLD it's SEO rankings were less (For some keywords it ranked ...
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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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Structured data for website that shows tours from many operators

I have a website that lists tours from many different tour operators. Each tour page has pricing, location, ratings and reviews, and may or may not have tour dates (some tours run every day, some run ...
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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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Removing/Adding Google Listings

I have a site with user generated pages where the user can make their page "published" or "unpublished". My problem is, their pages are often indexed high on Google (usually in the top 3) and so when ...
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Custom content outside The_content loop

I have inserted code in single.php to get custom fields and custom taxonomies. That is something like; <?php the_title()?> <?php the_content()?> [custom fields] [Custom ...
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How post or page of facebook, twitter, forum or classified sites (HIGH PR) show instantally in google or other search engines

My question is about SEO. How post or page of facebook, twitter, forum or classified sites(HIGH PR) show instantally in google or other search engines. As i know google take few days for crawl. Then ...
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Any SEO advantage of Schema.org address entity for brand pages?

For a fairly typical e-commerce site, we've had an SEO consultant tell us that our brand pages (brand-specific product list/browse pages) would rank higher on Google and receive more traffic if we ...
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Does button size affect Google ranking?

Recently I was told that button sizes are important for SEO. Google recommends that buttons should be 48px tall. https://developers.google.com/speed/docs/insights/SizeTapTargetsAppropriately ...
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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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Train search engines to learn domain names that are not spelt correctly

I'm in the process of building a web app called Vybecast. I brought vybecast.com (and various other vybecast.tld's) a while back. Since then I've managed to secure and purchase vibecast.com (and also ...
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How to see the searched terms that refer to my homepage

I have put the google analytics script in my page, but I need to know the search terms that users use in order to refer to my page. How can I use google analytics to find such terms? (For example ...
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limit access for search engines and user on an online development version of a site [duplicate]

I have a situation where I am having difficulties with setting up an extension for a website on my local development version of a projects. I have reached out to the support and we could not ...
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Preserving search engine rankings when old domain name is lost

We have a client with the unfortunate situation of losing access to their current domain name "A". We've just finished finished setting their website up on domain "B". Both websites on "A" and "B" ...
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Is Google “Not Provided” only affect non-SSL website?

Based on this blog post, Google Analytics may not be providing keyword referral data anymore Google not provide their search keyword to insecure website. Since the keyword is Not provided, looks ...
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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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Cleaning up web results after SEO spam attack

A while ago my Wordpress-based personal site was hacked with SEO spam. I've since cleaned it up (removed and reinstalled wordpress, manually checked through all files, manually checked database ...
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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 ...
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Is it legal to create a search engine and name it similarly to an existing popular search engine?

I have my own search engine with meta search crawling capacity. I installed it on a website and called it Ving. Is it legal to have a search engine with the name Ving that is similar to Bing?
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What algorithms are used by search engines to rank videos for a search query?

I want to know about video SEO. How does a search engine determine the relevance of a video to a search query? Do they look at individual frames of the video, or does it determine the popularity of ...
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Buying a domain SEO friendly or the brand name? [duplicate]

I have the company name SOME COMPANY and my main keyword some keyword. What is more clever to do, to buy somecompany.com or some-keyword.com What is the best approach? In the old days i would use ...
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What can I do to show my app on google results? [duplicate]

I uploaded my website to the server 2 days ago. I'm already being indexed by google and bing. I have a sitemap that they can read as it's confirmed in my g-analytic report and webmaster tools. Robots ...
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How can I figure out how a search engine is finding hidden pages?

We have a system hosting many websites for our customers, and inside that system there is a method that non-live customers can view their sites before we turn them on. Say the link is something like ...
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How do search engines handle protocol-relative links?

With many sites supporting but not requiring HTTPS now, there's an increase in protocol-relative links. A protocol-relative link is one where the protocol is not specified, and the browser redirects ...
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time for my website to get content updated with new content.

It has been 2 months after we launched a website with original content. During the first month after the launch, we have edited the content so many times and lastly fixed the required content with ...
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Website is being targeted by mail bots

have a small website. When I perform a netstat is shows a lot of traffic from .p.mail. I think this is some kind of mail bot, trying to harvest email addresses from my website. How can I prevent this?...
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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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Some other page of my website is ranking on search result even though I have the specific page created for the targeted keyword. Why?

Some other page of my website is ranking on search result even though I have the specific page created for the targeted keyword. Why? example : I means I have created a page for mango, but when i ...
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How can Iframes be optimized for search engines?

If my site has an Iframe. What is the best way to optimize this for search engines? We want to keep the Iframe. I have read that blocking Iframes in robot.txt is a good way to go, but this seems ...
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Is using an external blogging platform and URL bad for SEO?

I want to add a blog to my website to update the user on the new features. The rest of the website is custom code and does not use any CMS. For the blog, I want to use something like Blogger and put ...
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Will multiple url's pointing to slightly different content rank poorly with search engines

Background We currently have a site that displays information about our products, the product is known by a different name and has different branding in different states within the same country. This ...
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Can product pages be created to rank in search engines for inventory from a local store?

My website integrates with the inventory of local stores. A store could have hundreds or thousands of products. I'm considering having a product page for each inventory item, given that it is ...
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How to optimize a dynamic website [duplicate]

I know there is already an answer on Webmasters to a part of this question (SEO for Dynamic website) , which has been very helpful with How to build a controller that creates an xml sitemap? on SO ...
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Is hidden backlink blackhat SEO?

See below link. It will create a huge backlink for me if I put it on dynamically generated blog posts. Is it a blackhat SEO strategy? <a href="http://example.com" style="display: none;">Example&...
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Where is the best place for page's ID in a user friendly URL? [duplicate]

I searched within the site but none where addressing exactly my question, So I ask it here: Which one of these structures for a user-friendly url is the best with regards to search engines and user ...
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How to tell the search engine to fill in the blanks?

Google has an awesome feature to allow you to search for search terms where you don't know one or more words but Google guesses it for you: Fill in the blank (*) Add an asterisk within a ...
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Giving search engines physical location of a business?

I'm wondering if it's possible to set the location of the business a website is about with a search engine, so the search engine could include it better in local results. Is there a meta-tag or some ...
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How not to display the date on certain WordPress pages?

On most posts on my website the date is displayed. There are however some posts where I would not like to show the date. Would it be better to use display:none; via css or actually remove the code ...
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How to remove a website completely from search engine indexes except the home page?

I want to de-index all the pages of my website except home page. This is because it is an exact match domain (EMD) and I'm getting traffic on website just because of Domain name. I want to restart ...
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Redirect Old PDF file to a new PDF file

I have 6 PDF files that have been updated and will use a different file name. All files are in one folder. Old PDFs have been indexed in the search engines. I saw one solution but I think it only ...
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Would publishing a canonical, consumer-facing article feed for our white label editorial content help our clients?

We deliver syndicated content to our clients' sites. In our articles, we often link to blogs. We recently received a complaint from a blog that our link to them hurt their Google ranking, likely ...
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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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Lower SERP rankings when signed in [duplicate]

When I check one of our site's rankings when signed in, I get lower rankings for my own site than the rankings I would get while signed out. If anything, it should have been the other way round? Any ...
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AOL search engine bot name?

Can somebody tell me the name of the AOL search engine bot? I need to allow only this bot in robots.txt.