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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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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Prevent indexing of image or file

I understand that you can do the following to generally prevent images or pages from getting indexed. Add to the page's meta section: <meta name="robots" content="noindex" /> Edit the robots....
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DMCA service on Bing search engine

Does Bing offer a similar service to the one Google search engine offers below? https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-notice?hl=en Thanks.
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SEO effect of “You are leaving this site” page for outbound links?

The problem I am working on an aggregation website that collects reviews about specific products from various websites. The site has many thousands of outbound links (with "nofollow" attributes) to ...
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SEO: Moving articles from one domain to another

Currently I have articles up on a website (site A) that is not mine (but I can remove the articles.) The article's aren't faring well (not only due to the recent Google changes) but because they ...
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Should I block search engines with robots.txt on my Facebook app?

There's a few subdomains on my homepage where I tak advantage of robots.txt to block search engines for indexing their contents, like my images and downloads subdomains as I don't want the direct URLs ...
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Search engine pessimisation: Can I tell search engines not to rank legacy pages above live ones?

I maintain a website for an organisation. It has undergone a couple of rebuilds, and each time the pages of the old site have been kept available for historical interest. It has been brought to my ...
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I want search-engines to prefer newer version of my webpage (301-Redirect and Canonical ignored)

I've a very curious problem with the index-status of my webpage. It's a little difficult to explain. I launched my webpage in summer 2008 with around 8K sub-pages. Until 2012 all of the 8K pages ...
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Google's image search… but for video

The company I work for is preparing a user-submitted video contest. One problem that we're concerned about is that someone might download another video from Youtube/Vimeo/whatever and pass it off as ...
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What is the best way to ensure individual blog posts are shown as top results in Google from a blog?

I like to show full posts on my index pages, so they are convenient for visitors to read and they don't have to click "read more" links to read the full post. However, with this setup Google often ...
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Does having same IP & some same content effect my SEO?

A client of mine came to me with a unique question that I wasn't sure of the answer to. He wanted to know that if he has a number of different websites (let's say 500 sites with their own domain name)...
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Impact on social interactions after URL change [duplicate]

Every article URL on a website I work on will soon be changed. 301 redirects will be set up to ensure inbound links still arrive at the correct destination. However, social interactions (Likes and ...
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Which URL is SEO friendly?

I have to choose between two usernames, one comprises of just my first name i.e. http://example.com/john while the other comprises of full name i.e. http://example.com/johnsmith. Which of the above ...
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URLs - Hyphens or keywords?

Let's say I have an online database. The domain names somethingdatabase.* are taken. seomoz says that Hyphens detract from credibility and can act as a spam indicator and also says that ...
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Is it helpful or harmful to create SEO filler pages?

I'm not sure exactly what these "filler pages" are called, so I couldn't do a proper search. If I have a business, say a plumbing/heating company in NYC, and I created these HTML pages: New-York-...
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How to add favicon to robots.txt

How can I disallow this URL: http://www.example.com/assets/ico/favicon.png? Would these lines in my robots.txt work? User-agent: * Disallow: /blah/assets* Disallow: /blah/assets/ico/
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Regarding SEO, is repeating some content in different pages considered as keyword stuffing?

We know that repeating keywords in one page is spam and Google calls it keyword stuffing. But, if we repeat some content in all pages of a website to help users, is it keyword stuffing too? For ...
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Linkpushing for SEO, real or fake?

While I was googling today, I noticed this site: http://linkpushing.net/ this ensure you to be pushed at the top of the google research's stack, by creating random reference to your sites on random ...
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Googleability on StackExchange questions?

There has been a recent discussion on the AskUbuntu StackExchange site about including the word "Ubuntu" in questions to provide better "googleablility". While I assume this is wrong, I don't know ...
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Add site to search engines, even though not ready yet

I'm building a website, and until it's done, visitors will see a "This site will launch on new year's day 2015", and a description of what the site is all about The domain is new, and nobody knows ...
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Specifying a website to appear in certain search engines and not others?

If you want a website to appear in DuckDuckGo for example and not Google, is this possible? Can you specify which search engines for a website appear in?
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Google shows “search instead for” when searching for our website

Our website is new and the name is similar (only one letter different than another website) completely different type and company though. searching for xxxxxA works OK in Google and we find ...
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Google Indexing Pages with noindex meta tag

I got a message in Google Webmaster Tools about "Googlebot found an extremely high number of URLs on your site" with a long list of example URLs. For some of the pages listed, there was nothing to ...
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Remove user avatars for search engine crawler?

I recently found out that especially my forum pages are loading slowly (it doesn't feel like it for me, but google's webmaster tools mentions 5s and more). I was wondering if this could be because ...
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Session per User (LTV) calculation?

I have one diagram in google analytics: and others as: My question is how Day 0 is calculated as 1.09?
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How to prevent a search engines from indexing a section of a page?

I have many pages with lots of text in it. But I will always have two sections of text and I want to prevent one section from appearing in search results, the other section must be indexed. <p ...
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How do minor changes affect a page?

If an image file size were to change from 80kb to 100kb every couple of weeks, would the search bots notice this change and how would a minor change be interpreted? The page consists largley of text ...
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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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Website Name shown at the end of HTML Titles

A google search for site:cnn.com cnn returns results like Kenyans one dance away from semifinals - Sports - CNN.com Health News - Medical, Mental and Dental Treatment ... - CNN.com Is it possible ...
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nofollow in a form action

Imagine I have a page on my website that I don't want to be followed by robots. So I put a rel='nofollow' on every link to that page. Now imagine I have a form on another page which action is a link ...
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How reliably does Google determine a user's region, in order to pick the right hreflang option (specifically en-gb vs. en-nz)?

We have a website that serves content for New Zealand and most of the world. The same content is picked up by another subsidiary website and served to the UK, with our permission. We would like ...
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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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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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Timed redirects and SEO

When it comes to SEO is it ever a good idea to do a timed (countdown) redirect? For instance: I have a thank you page, but it just seems logical that you would want to redirect the user off that page ...
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is it a good seo practice to put relative keywords in a hidden div? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: hidden texts and page rank I was wondering what would happen if we put some (around 25) relative keywords in the page using a hidden div so that the actual user does not see ...
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Google crawl on uncompleted site

I am preparing to have my web application in a private beta. The application when fully live will have a lot more content than in beta. Currently our plan is to release it to limited users with ...
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Dealing with broken links and dead pages on search engines

I recently had to reconstruct the way my website runs. Along with that I have to change the way my urls are formatted. My website is not terribly popular (hoping changes will fix that) but I do have ...
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Indexing search results

Is this good for SEO? I see some sites doing it, I find their results on Google and click on them, do they do work right? Given a site search, someone searches for: 'Peanut Salad' The search is ...
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How can search engine rankings be checked if search engines personalize search results?

I see this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filter_bubble So if I search for keywords related to my website to check the actual rank will the results be biased?
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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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How to disappear from the first page of search engines' search results?

I finished building my website a few days ago. I built it just for the purpose of having a presentable branding, and don't want people to contact me frequently. But now it's already appearing on the ...
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What is Anchor text in Search Console?

In Google Search Console i have seen some keywords under "How your data is linked". when i click more there is a huge keywords under "Anchor text". What are those keywords? What is the significance ...
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Splitting an Existing Large Webpage into multiple pages

My website is 5 years old. Each page is big. The content of pages are cached by google and other search engines and showing in search results. I want to split each large page into small pages for ...
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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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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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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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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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Static Sidebar on All Pages - Harm SEO

I have a static sidebar on all pages of my website which I made completely myself (it's not a widget or WordPress feature) so I don't see how Google would distinguish it from any other part of the ...
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Is it possible to exclude being found by search engines by certain words?

Say I have a page about strawberries and unicorns. I do want this page to be found by the word strawberry, but I don't want it to be found by the word unicorn - though both words are mentioned ...
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Can you create a private website without password protection that would not be indexed?

I'd like to create a "private" website that clients can visit by typing in the provided direct URL (on a business card, for example), but is not password protected and would not be indexed by search ...

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