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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Should I submit my RSS feed as Google Sitemap?

I currently have no sitemap for a website I'm creating. I do have an RSS feed which includes the N latest updated posts on the site. It doesn't include everything on the site though, just blog posts. ...
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Is it positive or negative for the average website to allow search engines to index user comments?

I've been trying to answer this question myself by researching and searching on google but I haven't been able to come with a final answer. I have some hypothesis I would like share anyway: The ...
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Does the number of visits matters for SEO?

Considering I have a website and I have millions of direct views (entering directly by URL, not by any other URL) and that there is no links to this site anywhere else (or that this views don't ...
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What does “Disallow: /search” mean in robots.txt?

In my blog's Google Webmaster Tools panel, I found the following code in my robots.txt of blocked URLs section. User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow: /search Allow: / I know that Disallow will ...
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Do tabs, spaces, and line-breaks in HTML markup affect search engine optimization?

I am looking for information regarding tabs, spaces, and line-breaks in HTML/XHTML markup and whether it affects SEO. I have found sources which state that extra white space hurts search engine ...
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What are impressions in Google Webmasters?

I see that Google Webmasters give me some numbers as impressions, and of course, I know impression literal meaning. But can anyone please explain what impressions are in the context of Search Engine? ...
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Should search engine validation meta tags be removed following validation?

Should validation meta tags for search engines be left on the site following validation? For example, should I leave my msvalidate meta tag after I've validated the site.
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Moving large website to new CMS - URL changes

I was wondering if you have any tips on the following situation. I'm going to move a large website to a new Content Management System (CMS), here are some details on the site: online news magazine ...
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How to customize the 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 it's explicit specifying on the index page? StackOverflow is displayed in ...
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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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What document types can be included in an XML sitemap?

AFAIK, Google accepts sitemaps which are about ordinary URLs (text/plain), images (image/png, image/gif, image/jpg, etc.), and videos (video/avi, video/mpeg, etc.). My question is, how many Internet ...
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How long does it take for Google Webmasters to index site after submiting sitemap? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why isn't my website in Google search results? I have submitted my website's sitemap to webmaster's tools. The status on the sitemap says OK and it shows that 12 URLs ...
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Easiest way of submitting your website to various search engines

A few months ago I saw a video where someone explained a website where when you submit your link, it would be submitted to all mayor search engines. It looked like a pretty nice website. I thought I ...
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Microformatting questions & answers - Semantic Web 3.0?

With the introduction of the Semantic Web we (SEOs) have the opportunity to mark-up our content in such a way that robots/crawlers have a better understanding about the meaning of our content. And, we ...
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Will Google and other search engines follow IP address only sites (i.e., no URL)

Will Google and other search engines follow links to and index sites that don't have a URL, but instead just use their IP address's (obviously they would need a unique IP) ?
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Narrowing down my large keyword list for new PPC campaign

If I have a list of 100 keywords that are candidates for a PPC campaign (my list is actually 1000+). What is the best approach to narrowing this down to the top 5-10 keywords I should start with? I'...
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What effect if any does “Google Instant” search have on SEO and SEM?

It been a little over a month since "Google Instant" has been released to the public, what effect if any does "Google Instant" search have on SEO and SEM based? RELATE LINK >> "Google Instant": http:/...
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How can I inform search engines that the usefulness of some content on my site has a limited shelf life?

Let's say that I run a forum dedicated to computer hardware. Naturally, people are going to ask questions like: What is the best laptop for running [os] Or What is the best video card for under ...
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Will JavaScript (document.write) content be indexed by search engines?

I have an external JS file embedding some content inline in a web page. Basically it just does a document.write("my content") via a script tag and loaded externally with the src attribute. Any ...
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If I have a breaking news and I am the first to publish the story how can I ensure Google indexes it fast and ranks it top

If I have a breaking news and assume that I am the first person to know. How can I get top place in google search?
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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 to remove old robots.txt from google as old file block the whole site [duplicate]

I have a website which still shows old robots.txt in the google webmaster tools. User-agent: * Disallow: / Which is blocking Googlebot. I have removed old file updated new robots.txt file with ...
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Do free TLD's affect SEO?

Does a free top level domain such as .tk or .ga affect your websites SEO? If it does: Why does it affect SEO? How does it affect SEO?
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Preserve search engine rankings while shifting to new domain name

We have to shift our web-site to a new domain due to some unavoidable circumstances. The portal has been up and running there since 2009. It has good index in various search engines and we are ...
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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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SEO and external sites that serve responsive images (like Re-SRC)

Re-SRC is a tool that allows you to automatically serve responsive images for your website from their cloud servers. It delivers a new image file each time the browser window (viewport) is resized. ...
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How to handle URLs with diacritic characters

I am wondering how to handle URLs which correspond to strings containing diacritic (á, ǚ, ´...). I believe what we're seeing mostly are URLs where diacritic characters where converted to their closest ...
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Using article published dates effects SEO?

In my blog I publish articles with date below under it. My questions are: Using dates will have positive impact or negative impact? After few years of publishing the post, since my post age is old ...
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Preventing search engines to crawl on specific folders

I have set the robot.txt of my website as follow after seeing lots of errors in google's webmaster tools. Mainly because of the Smarty template files. So I changed my robots file as follow: User-...
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Stack overflow like SEO - How is it done? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: StackOverflow and Google search this is a question purely for learning purpose. I have noticed that this site has an incredible power of appearing in search engines. ...
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How to recover my inclusion in google results after being penalized for receiving comment spam?

My website had very high search engine results, especially in Google. But I left the website for a couple of months and didn't notice the comments were full of SPAM, about 20k comments of SPAM. Then i ...
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How do you prevent web pages from appearing in the Google search index?

I have some web pages that Google has indexed. I have now added a robots.txt file to exclude them, but should I also add a noindex tag? If so, then how do I do so?
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Is there any way to find out how often a certain query is sent to a search engine?

For example, let's assume a string 'green apple'. Is there at least one SE (or, maybe 3rd-party site) which provides its statistics on how often do users search this concrete string?
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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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Do search engines understand multiple rel values?

I need to have hyperlinks on my page that will look something like: <a href="/someurl" rel="prettyPhoto[main] nofollow">Link</a> So basically the rel attribute has two values. I know it ...
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How to check pagerank of all pages of a website?

How can I check Google Page Rank of all pages of a website without installing any tool on my machine?
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Where does Google get the description text from when it's not in the page body?

The tutorial I am reading claims that the description of a web page (the little blurb google does about your site when you see it as a result in a search) is stored in a metadata tag as so: <...
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Impact of dropping www from main URL on SEO

A client's website is currently at www.example.com, with example.com redirected there automatically. I've suggested that they reverse the redirection to drop the "www", so I can set up a subdomain ...
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How to display an image in google search result

I managed to do it with my blog like this: by using google+ (found it somewhere on the web): <link rel="author" href="https://plus.google.com/115170983146246266025/"/> UPDATE: This is the ...
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Do WordPress websites get indexed quicker by search engines than a regular website?

I registered a couple of domains with the names of categories of products we sell. I then installed WordPress in one of those domains and played around with it for a bit, and left it alone for about a ...
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Should we allow HEAD requests?

Our web application is predominantly read-only. As such we only allow GET requests. However, we regularly get errors in our logs because of user agents making HEAD requests. I've seen these come from ...
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How can I prevent Google from mixing different languages in my sitelinks?

I have a web site in two different languages (English and Spanish). It is indexed by Google but, when searched, sitelinks below my result appear mixed with Spanish and English subtitles. Each ...
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SEO Removal Time?

I was searching about removing the a domain/site being listed in Web Search Results (like, Google Search) and i found solution, at here. I believe it will be the solution but what i still need to ...
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Multiple Businesses at The Same Physical Address - SEO / Google Places

I was wondering what kind if there would be any negative effects to have multiple businesses having the exact same physical address on their website. Currently we have five businesses at the exact ...
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Best Way to “Launch” A Site That's Being Developed

I am currently developing a website that will be officially marketed for and "launched" months from now. This site has minimal content at the moment but will soon start having more and more content ...
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How to optimise the url for search engines?

I have a php template which has one index.php and all the different pages (content1.html, content2.html, etc) are shown on the index.phppage. So for example I can open www.example.com/index.php?...
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Would having a './' in a URL cause any trouble with search engines?

For code simplicity, some of my URLs in my website might contain a ./ For example: www.example.com/./something The ./ is automatically stripped-out by the browser, and the resulting URL is: ...
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Should RSS feeds be disallowed in robots.txt?

I have RSS feeds on my site. I've decided to follow Stack Exchange and disallow my RSS feeds in the robots.txt. I don't want search engine to display the RSS feed page to people, that's not really a ...
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How do we get our sites' sections displayed under the description in a Google search? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the most important things I need to do to encourage Google Sitelinks? For Example, if I Google "Stack Overflow" the site comes up but also links to the main sections ...
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How do you implement Rel=next & rel=prev in infinite scroll for SEO?

Based on this article I have a SERP that does infinite scrolling to load results greater than 10. How do I go about implement rel=next & rel=prev for that?

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