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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Is it bad for SEO to forward multiple top level domains to just one domain? [duplicate]

For example, I registered myName.com and I also registered the .net, .info, and .org extensions for myName. I'm wondering if it will hurt my SEO to forward these other TLDs to myName.com?
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Buying a top level domain specific to my industry, will it improve my seo ratings?

Currently we run a few websites selling products in the travel industry using .com and .co.uk extensions. Would our search rating improve if we were to buy one of the .travel domains ? So we would ...
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How can I force Yahoo to recrawl a site

I have a site that was hacked (someone hid a bunch of Viagra links and text on my pages). I cleaned it up a few weeks ago, but the Yahoo results are still displaying the Viagra text in their ...
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SEO: show all content to Google for infinite scrolling

I have a search results page that paginates content loading through infinite scrolling. Now Google recommends not putting rel=next in this scenario. Does it make sense to show Google everything ...
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Alternative to the deprecated Google Web Seach API

This question is slightly related to the question located here. My current solution is using the deprecated Google Web Search API - but since it's deprecated, qeuries to the API is now limited. This ...
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What happens if the Canonical URL is the same as the actual page URL?

I might be asking a trivial question here, but how do the search engines treat loops created via rel="canonical" tag? My scenario is that being a site having dynamic content, I have URLs as follows: ...
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How long it takes for google to refresh the page information? How can I achieve to make it faster? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long before Google will update search terms matching my website? I have a webpage, and I have updated it with meta descriptions and keywords. I would like this data to be ...
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Is it possible to have a stop word list for distinct html pages?

Let's say I have a simple html page with some text and the text foo is a single word whereas foo bar are two words somewhere in it. Is it possible to prevent search engines from finding the page ...
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Are meta descriptions important for pages that are not indexed by search engines?

I have read about meta descriptions here on the webmasters forum. Is it necessary or important to have description on pages that are not being index by the search engine? Like for instances, pages in "...
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Slashes in URLs and SEO

My question is simple: Is there any disadvantage (in terms of SEO and search engine behavior) to using / instead of other delimiters in URLs like http://example.com/en/items/1234/page3? I vaguely ...
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What is the Google link equivalent in Yahoo and Bing?

The link: directive in Google will find all pages which link to a given site. E.g. putting this in Google: link:stackexchange.com returns a bunch of sites linking to Stack Exchange. Is there an ...
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Changing links names and search engines

I was wondering If I change all my links names which is about 2000 links will it effect my seo score and search engine rankings? And how should I warn search engines? I want to change my links from. ...
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Search engines that do _not_ respect robots.txt?

Are there any search engines that do not care about robots.txt?
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Problem with description of my site and google search

My HTML page : http://www.faressoft.com <meta name="description" content="فارس سوفت الاسم الرائد في عالم البرمجيات العربية" /> When I search for my site name "فارس سوفت" using google, the ...
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Preventing appearance of certain directories/pages in google search results

I have my personal homepage, and I want the main page itself to appear in search results. But I do not want a certain directory and its subdirectories to appear in google search results. How do I do ...
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How do I tell Google to ignore an entire fourth level wildcard subdomain with several sites?

I have multiple servers which host several sites, some of them being QA environments. Unfortunately, Google has found its way to some of them, and it is displaying results which are in fact competing ...
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Redirect first time visitors to an introduction page without getting penalized by Google

I am working with a client that wants an automatic redirect to a special "intro" page for first-time visitors to his site. We are using a website builder platform that does not allow any access to the ...
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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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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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SEO and JavaScript since Google admits JS parsing

We're planning on building a HTML snapshot creation service to provide the Google crawlers with static HTML of our JS driven single page application. Is this still necessary and/or encouraged since ...
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SEO : Understanding Duplicate Content & Low Quality Content

We know that content of each page should be unique and useful for users. Google will penalize thin websites with low quality content and duplicate content. What I want to know is what is the exact ...
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What is the definition of “Avergage Monthly Searches” in Keyword Planner

Is the number represented in Average Monthly Searches the number of searches for that specific keyword and the maximum amount of possible clicks to my site? It seems the answer is obviously yes, but ...
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Will a search engine lower the rank of my page if i have hidden iframes?

As a praxis, all external content on our site is put in iframes to lower the risks of any external parties injecting stuff to our users. We also do it to make sure our content shows up before banners, ...
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Preventing high bandwidth usage from Yandex

Although I put a row for Yandex into my robots.txt file, sometimes Yandex indexes my website aggressively. So I hard coded a part and check for user agent, and serve cached file if user agent is like ...
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how the search engines interpret the exclamation mark in the url

I wonder how the search engines - Yahoo, bing, google ... - interpret the exclamation mark (!) in the url: www.site.com/product!651031 www.site.com/category!651031 I could not find documentation on ...
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Hide content behind login screen but show to search engines

Is it OK to have a page that will not show content to browsers unless they are logged in - but will recognise a search bot and show it the content regardless? I.e. googolebot get the content - normal ...
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ajax paging - duplicate content - seo

Assume you have a blog post at example.com/blogid/title and then you have 500 comments on that post. Your blog page shows your post and 10 comments, and then you page comments using ajax. I was ...
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Where can I find a list of search engine crawler user agents and their domain names? [closed]

I'm trying to follow stackoverflow's approach of using a white list for the sitemap. I have tried to find an extensive list of search engine crawlers (and other crawlers) to use in my white list but ...
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Does an image post or a text post have a better chance of ranking in Google?

if I create two posts ,one is with the full-page image with alt tag and title tag and another one with full text-based, which post will rank in search engines such as (Google, Yahoo, Bing)? I know ...
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Licensing tag for allowing indexation of website

Is there a standard or something in the making that allows the inclusion of a license that will allow indexation and publishing of a website, citation and sharing of the links? Some meta tag for ...
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Is there a way to indicate that a web page may have “disturbing” content for OpenGraph/Google etc

I am working on a website that hosts medical imagery. Some of those images might be considered "explicit" or "disturbing", e.g. surgery or diseases. We would like to add metadata to those web pages ...
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How to safely test SEO impact of rearranged content

I'm currently managing a website for a client which has a high position in the search engines and also relies very much on that high position. About 80% of traffic comes from them. Currently the most ...
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Will Dynamically added alt tag and title tags to image or any tag counted in SEO crawling

In my page I need to add alt tags and Title tags from JavaScript after the DOM is loaded. So I would like to check whether these dynamically added values will be considered during Google SEO audit. ...
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For Google, should you show an error for pages that will exist in the future, or redirect them to an error page?

I have a product view which shows a product if a it exists at a link like: www.example.com/products/product-name If the product does not exist, an error page is displayed instead of the server ...
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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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Ping Sitemap or Individual URL

On self hosted wordpress blogs when you update a post it automatically pings services such as pingomatic etc. This sends the URL of the updated post and not the xml sitemap. What's more beneficial? I ...
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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 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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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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Directing crawlers to content in language per language sub-domain

I have a site with multilingual website with many pages (40M). The site has UGC, and each translation is actually for the titles. Each sub-domain points to the same content with different titles per ...
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What is more preferable, creating dedicated domains for mobile apps that shares different content or associate them with folders in one domain?

I want to consult you in an SEO matter which I am completely lost with. I've built a social mobile application that allows users to share text content and made all the content that appears on the ...
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Percentage of users that get to business website by searching vs typing business url into address bar

My friend's company(lets call it SomeThingsAreWorthTheMoney ) has been affected by a competitor's cybersquatting attack. SomeThingsAreWorthTheMoney is primarily an offline, real-world company that ...
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SEOs: mobile version using AJAX: how to be properly read by crawlers?

Before anything else, I'd like to emphasize that I've already read this and this. Here's what I can do: First choice: create classical web version with all products in that page - http://www.myweb....
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A particular url on a website suddenly disappeared from google search results - why?

I have a website which had a particular page url that was indexed in google search results - in the first 10 results. Suddenly it disappeared. Now that page is not even in the first 100 results. What ...
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Submitting multiple websites to search engines

There are many services that submit your website to multiple search engines. Are there any that allow you to easily submit multiple websites to multiple search engines?
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New META TAGS with positive effects for seo ranking in 2011 and beyond

I'm trying to make an up to date chart of meta tags, for all of us, with their purposes, their use and their good (or bad) effects on search engines and being found. Also any body knows new or ...
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Does pinging the page on social bookmarking sites whre your site has been bookmarked help SEO?

If you bookmark your site on say, delicious, does it help to then ping the url on delicious that contains the bookmark to your site?
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How do I differentiate 404 messaging with no dynamic language ability on the web server?

Depending on the type of page visited (for example, “static” content vs. product page), we have a requirement to show different error messaging when the page requested is not found. Given that we are ...
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Submitting sitemap to Baidu [duplicate]

I've created a Baidu account to submit my sitemap.xml file to Baidu Search Console. I've also verified my phone number & email address. But when I try to submit my sitemap, they want the name as ...
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What factors help in getting a site indexed by Google fast? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase a site’s position in Google? What should I do to get a site indexed on Google, fast? Taking example of Super User I just did a quick Google ...

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