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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Index a 301 Redirect to help a user locate a page

On a site I'm currently working on, there is a 301 Redirect to redirect a nice short URL for users to type in when trying to find a particular piece of content - e.g. www.mydomain.com/apply -> www....
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How does Google interpret negative statements, like “this site is *not* for X”?

Suppose I setup a games website, and put a disclaimer on it, such as "This site is not for gold-sales or RMT (real-money-transfers)". How will Google (or other engines) interpret that? Will searches ...
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Duck Duck Go SEO

The search engine duck duck go has generated some interest, and there are a few people who use it. I was wondering if if would be worth while to optimize my site to rank better on duck duck go, and if ...
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Canonical Tag Not Being Recognized

I'm puzzled by the first Google search result in this list. The first result has the following rel="canonical" tag: <link rel="canonical" href="http://seatgeek.com/colorado-buffaloes-basketball-...
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How do Search Engines Segment Against Locale?

Assume I run a multi-lingual website. If I had a Spanish section, it should be included in Spanish-segmented search engines such as Google Spain Google Peru Google El Salvador and excluded in the ...
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Handling SEO for Infinite pages that cause external slow API calls

I have an 'infinite' amount of pages in my site which rely on an external API. Generating each page takes time (1 minute). Links in the site point to such pages, and when a users clicks them they are ...
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Is “no-index” necessary with extensive, white-labeled syndication?

For the purposes of this discussion, consider the following scenario: You have written a fair amount of quality, unpublished content that third-party websites wish to license from you and white-label ...
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Differences between google domains in different countries

We are currently trying to see if our site is being indexed successfully by google. Mind you we got millions of pages. A trick some people use is the google site: command. I always assumed that ...
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Adding meta tag keywords - the same or different on all pages?

I have 10 page php website. I want to add keywords to webpages. The website is related to hotel and having different-2 page like booking, rooms, places to visit etc. Question: Do we need to add same ...
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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 to tell Google Analytics to ignore case in Site Search Terms?

I currently have Google Analytics on my site, and one of it's useful functions is that it gives me a nice breakdown of all the search terms people are using to search my site (my site has it's own ...
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Why is Google showing up as a referral instead of a search engine in Google Analytics?

In Google Analytics, why does Google show up sometimes under an organic medium, and other times as a referral? (They frequently have the same landing page.) As I understand (and I'm just as likely ...
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Is there an easier way to implement 301 redirects when converting a site to WordPress

I have just converted a website to WordPress. The old site has hundreds of hard-coded html files, and the new site does not match the old site's directory structure or file naming system (bad SEO in ...
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Which is better for search engines, repeated phrases or different phrases with the same meaning?

When I'm designing an ads website I have two options: Let the advertiser to choose from some predefined lists to create the new ad. For Example: product list ( T-Shirt, Shorts, Suit, .....) Color ...
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Hide a site entirely from search engines (Google, Bing etc.)

My company is running a few internal websites that we do not want indexed by search engines such as Google, Bing etc. However, the websites still need to be accessible for our customers, and ...
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Solving “Googlebot encountered extremely large numbers of links on your site.”

I'm getting the following warning over and over again in google webmaster tools Googlebot encountered extremely large numbers of links on your site. The examples he's showing don't give me much ...
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Redirecting URLs when launching a new website - how to avoid dropping page rank

i have over 100 urls in my website which i need to redirect: E.g. /page/how-to-bake-chocolate-cookies/ will redirect to /cookies/how-to-bake-chocolate-cookies/ /page/contact/ will redirect to /...
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How to make sure an individual page from a website is not indexed by search engines?

I'm setting up a personal website with a blog that I would like to be indexed by search engines. But the blog will link to CV with personal information that shouldn't be indexed. Can it be reliably ...
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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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When, if ever, and how, would Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc will add the new gTLD to their search results?

New domain names like .photos .gallery .repair etc are being released every month. I tried running a generic search for some things, and I could not find any of those in the results. Any idea if ...
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Services using the “generator” meta tag for usage stats

I'm planning to release an open source cms and I wonder if there is a way to know if people use it. I added this line to CMS templates: <meta name="generator" content="My CMS - Open Source Content ...
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What is the most effective way to obtain SEO benefits from content while still protecting most of it behind a paywall?

I'd like for search engines to recognize the content that is hosted on my website, but I'd also like to protect most of it behind a paywall. Are there any proven strategies for doing this?
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Frequency to submit sitemap to search engines

I have went live with my site and being new to search engines and SEO fields not sure what should be the best way to handle sitemap.xml. I have created sitemap.xml and submitted it to: Google using ...
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Same page in different “locations” on same site - duplicate content? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? The same page, or rather the same content on a page is accessible from two very similar URLs, ...
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Page speed affecting ranking in practice

Articles like this one discuss Google possibly taking speed into account for ranking factors. Are there any other search engines which already take speed into account for search results? or perhaps ...
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Should I give a salesman who is selling to me access to my analytics?

An SEO sales web guy is asking for access to my Google Analytics so that he can "report back to me" with how he can help. I know it is just a sales tactic, etc., but is there any harm in doing this? ...
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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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Bing doesn't index my website correcty

I have a website with robots and sitemap which is working on Google. I created a bing webmasters and sent the sitemap some weeks ago, but whenever I search site:www.mysite.com I get only the root ...
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Where does the Google `site:` operator for site-specific searches get its information?

I have read in many places that one should use Google Webmaster preferably to the site: search operator. However, I would like to know where the site: operator gets its information from? Here is my ...
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What to do About Wrong Information That Has Propagated Throughout the Internet

Many years ago, someone made an entry into Yahoo! Maps for our small research library that contained the phone number of our librarian. Hundreds of sites accepted this information as authoritative ...
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what css styles are analyzed by search engines?

I know that Google used to do things like look at font-size and font-weight (or the equivalents from when Google first started) from their initial paper. But that was in the 90's. Does anybody know ...
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Why are Google and AOL results different?

AOL is powered by Google but I am seeing different results if I use the same search terms in each one. Why is this?
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How are the sitemaps of big MediaWiki sites generated?

This question is related to my questions about things the filesystem of Wikipedia and generating sitemap for Wikipedia. It is more general. Problem: Suppose a site on MediaWiki with about 10,000 ...
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How does Google show a web page's recipe photo inline with the search results? How'd they do that?

On Google, if you search for "chana dal recipe," in the middle of the search results page you'll see one search result with an image of the meal, taken from the underlying web page. It's the only ...
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My archives are beating my current content, how do I stop from competing against myself?

I've inherited a site with about 15,000 pages going back 16 years. Often current events are outranked by previous events. What are the best techniques to make sure that I'm not fighting against ...
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Do search engines remove pages from the index for any 400 range status code return?

Do search engines remove pages from the index for any 400 range status code return? We are using 400 range HTTP codes to differentiate messaging for different categories of pages when a particular ...
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HTTP response for deleted or disabled items on ecommerce store

What HTTP response should you send when an item/category on your ecommerce site has been disabled or deleted? 410 looks correct for deleted products but not sure about something that has been disabled ...
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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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Do directory names and URL's paths make a difference for SEO?

Using a very simple example with cars, this seems to make more sense: site.com/cars/audi/convertibles/red/ But since a person is likely to search for red convertible or red audi convertible, would ...
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Just overhauled our entire site. How do I keep Google, Bing and Yahoo from demoting us?

We just overhauled our entire site. The new site structure doesn't resemble the old one in the slightest. What do I need to do with Google, Bing and Yahoo to keep our ranking from sliding? We have ...
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Static HTML to Wordpress Migration SEO Implications?

Recently, I migrated a client's site to a new server and a new home within WordPress so they could more easily edit their website and start a blog section. The static site was 10 years old a was ...
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How to temporarily remove a website from search engines?

We are working on a new website and we forgot to disallow robots after putting the test version online, on a subdomain. Now we are already being crawled and indexed by bots (Google, Yahoo, and others) ...
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Reasons to use a custom 404 page that redirects with code vs a 301 redirect?

We are moving a website from Joomla to Mura and some of the pages are going to be located at different URLs. I can set up 301 redirects in the rules section of the web.config file in order to ...
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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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Is it better to publish poor content now than wait to add informative content later?

I'm working on a site and plan on creating dynamic information via PHP pages for each item in a list of approximately 10,000 titles. Right now all I have is the list itself, which IS kind of ...
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How to deindex image?

I have gallery of thousands of images. All of them at some point needs to be indexed. However after some period of time, some of them should be removed from search engine index while they should ...
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Block Google (and other) from indexing a domain

We want to open a new domain for certain purposes (call them PR). The thing is we want the domain to point to the same website we currently have. We do not want this new domain to appear on search ...
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Do search engine spiders send an HTTP referrer?

I'm modifying a site and it requires that, when a user comes from another site in the group, this site will be branded slightly differently. The best way of identifying the page they came from would ...
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Lower Google traffic after adding more pages?

I recently added a new feature to a website, which resulted in a few hundred extra pages being added to the site. I added these new pages to google sitemaps, with the hope that they would attract ...
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Moving to a new domain - what to do to minimize visitor loss

I want to move my website to a new domain. Would be nice if you can share some experience or suggestion to minimize loss of visitors. In google webmaster tools there is an option which allows to move ...

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