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How do I get a list of all indexed links?

I am looking for a way to take every link that I have indexed by Google and export them to a CSV file. Recently I have had way more pages indexed by Google then I actually have and I want to find ...
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Geographic location settings

I am building a website and it uses a Netherlands (.nl) domain. This domain is being found when using the Netherlands Google. I'd like the site to be found on all Google's not just country speific ...
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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 stop Google indexing both www. and no-www versions of my website

When I do a search of my site in Google it shows both: mydomain.com www.mydomain.com In my .htaccess file I added code to redirect the non-www version to the www version, but both versions are ...
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Why is Google rewriting the page title with '[3]' in the search results?

Some of our pages in Google search are showing with a [3] in the title of the page. When this happens the title of the page is <page name> - [3]<domain name>. When it's not happening it'...
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Understanding CTR in Google Webmaster Tools

I've got a site that's showing a 9% CTR for a phrase in Google Webmaster Tools, but the average position for my site is 14th (this includes 7 local results for this phrase). I was a little confused ...
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Why do search engines “lie”?

It's a question I wouldn't have asked 10 or 15 years ago but now I notice it's being generalized... at least on the search engines I'm using or have tested, namely Google, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo and Bing. ...
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Why is Google.co.in showing and highlighting antonyms of a keyword in search results?

When I was searching for the sentence "SEO interview questions and answers for experienced" in Google.co.in I found so many results with the title "SEO interview questions and answers for fresher", ...
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How hard is it to get back in the search results after being offline for a long time?

My website has been returning a 403 error for a very long time as it was still under construction. It's online now, so I wonder: is it harder to get back in the search results now? Will Google crawl ...
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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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Can I import or show reviews from a different site on my Google search results?

I've been tasked with building out our search results page and after including the basic things in the side bar: Here is the current search (blacked out my logos/names to avoid self promotion claims) ...
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Does Google search prefer PDF files over HTML files in its search results?

I have noticed for some time, that when I search for something using Google search, I gets lots of hits that are all PDF links. (I know I can tell it not to find PDF hits using -filetype:pdf) But the ...
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Has Google reduced the meta description length with a recent Update?

Only one month ago I changed all of page's of the meta description from 155 (old) to 300-320 (New) characters. However, now Google is showing only 155 characters meta description in the search ...
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Two sites with the same postal address both getting indexed for the keywords on one of the sites

I have developed two websites with different domain names that are hosted on two different servers: Site-A and Site-B. Everything is different between the two websites, but only the geographic postal ...
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How to hide addon domains folder paths from search results

I have a hosting account with domain.com and we are hosting about 5 different websites. I have 5 folders in the hosting account each one with a unique folder name and of course 5 different domains ...
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How can I specify the title for a Google results entry for a PDF linked from my site?

I maintain a small personal website,which is indexed by Google, with one PDF document (a curriculum vitae) generated using LaTeX. Currently, the PDF and the site homepage are the top hits for my name, ...
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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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Do Google results differ between states? Sales are not coming from expected regions despite appearing to rank

I manage a website that sells snow-related products. It ranks pretty well in Google. Oddly though, of the states that typically receive snow in the US, in 2015, only people from 2 states have ...
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Is my robots.txt working as it should?

I want crawlers to have access to http://www.example.com but not http://www.example.com/ My robots.txt is as follows: User-agent: * Allow: /$ Disallow: / My site is in Google search results, but I ...
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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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What are common reasons to disallow crawling on pages with unique and rank-able content?

I'm trying to figure out the right strategy to differentiate between content I want to appear in search results, and content I don't. I've found example in which a site has unique content, which has ...
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Bing search results shows an HTML encoded ampersand instead of an actual ampersand

I've looked through Bing Webmaster Tools to see if there is a way I can fix this, but I haven't found anything. Here is an example in the search results. The first link is the one in question.
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Consolidate search results from site that gets accessed from multiple domains

I have a site hosted on Windows Azure, and I have a domain pointing to the site, so I can access the site using both mysite.cloudapp.net as well as mysite.com. Now for some reason Google indexed ...
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Google cuts my page title on search results [duplicate]

It seems that Google cuts my page title on search results. Is there a best practice to provide titles? The page www.currenttime.tv/content/article/27236953.html should have this title: Кто такой 'бог ...
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Prevent mobile webpages from showing up in desktop search if mobile page doesn't have a corresponding desktop version

For example, if I have a long single page desktop site and I break that site down into 3 individual mobile pages, do I say that the single desktop page is the desktop version of every mobile page? If ...
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How to add a Google Search Box to search results? [duplicate]

I would like to add a search box to the Google search results, just like Stack Overflow seen here. I have been trying for several days but no luck. How can I add this to my own site?
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Why would Google's ranking algorithm move a search result due to quotes?

Yesterday at 10AM, the Google search: "Submitting values of "jQuery Editable Invoice" into a MySQL DB using PHP" came up with stackoverflow.com as the 8th result on the page. The first was a ...
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Do search engines treat the new themed top-level domains the same as historical gTLDs?

Since the new themed top-level domains (e.g. .photo, .club) surfaced online, I have rarely seen them in the search results. I know that some businesses use these new gTLDs, but it seems that ...
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Google search results showing up a URL on its search which doesn't exist on the website

I am using a keyword to display a website page on google search. After entering the keyword, on the first page of google, I am redirected to a page, whose domain is exactly similar to the website ...
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Preventing Google from indexing “.com” instead of “.com/fr” or “.com/en”

I followed the recommendation of Google concerning multilingual website, I have: www.example.com/fr in french www.example.com/en in english www.example.com automatically redirects (header) either to ...
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Why don't social news websites like Reddit or Hacker News show up more in Google results?

It's well known that Google tends to favor user generated content, so Wikipedia, StackExchange and so on often come up as the top results. However, I've noticed that I rarely ever see Reddit or Hacker ...
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Fixing website title on Bing

I have recently created my own portfolio website, and the title meta tags specify the title of my front page as: "Thomas Russell's Portfolio and Blog", but when I search for "Thomas Russell's ...
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No date/time shown before my page in Google search results

I know that by changing the meta description of my webpage, I can control the texts shown by Google in the search results. However I do not know how I can control the text shown just before the ...
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Google removing full path in search results

Just noticed something strange and would like to see if anyone knows why this is happening. On my own website and the BYBE blog the pages that appear in Google's search results do not return the full ...
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Deleted posts don't seem to be completely removed

I asked a webmaster to remove some posts on his website where some pictures and content referring to me appeared. He removed pictures and content but they still appear as results on google search, and ...
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Google continues to index Word documents and PDF files that were blocked by robots.txt and have been removed from the server

I've been having some issues removing some content from Google's search results. I have some word documents and pdf files in public directories that I have since password protected. When you try to ...
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HTTP links still in Google's SERPs after moving to HTTPS

I've moved my WordPress site from HTTP to HTTPS almost a month ago. Here are the steps that I've taken: Replace all the internal links over the site like navigation etc. (HTTP links still there in ...
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Why are Library of Congress searches treated as live sessions?

Something unusual happened yesterday. I was asking a question in another SE, and had searched, in another browser tab, the Library of Congress (LoC) for the book title, programming the Z80. As I was ...
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Logo on Google AMP cards is not displayed in Google Search results

Recently I started working on this news portal http://tichyseinblick.de. Its desktop and mobile/responsive version are quite bad in terms SEO and performance (inline scripts, non-progressive/...
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Why use “SearchResultsPage”? Are there any rich snippets effect on SERPs?

I am curious about why use SearchResultsPage? (See the definition SearchResultsPage - schema.org.) In 2007, Matt Cuts said that Google Search does not like to index search results in websites (ref: ...
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How to make Google Search results show these links for my website?

Does anyone know how to get my Google results as below? Are there any specific rules I have to follow like microdata, etc. ?
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Is there a way to emphasize on a single word of a phrase in google search

Example if I am searching "How to enable a google chrome extension only in incognito mode" It shows results from "How to enable a google chrome extension in incognito mode" Obviously this is not ...
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How to get Google to index site site search result pages?

I'm looking for a white-hat method of getting Google to show a local site search result as a Google search result. For clarification: There is a page filled with names of certain people. Each of ...
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Google changing my SEO title via Yoast

I'm currently developing a website in wordpress, with just two pages, homepage and gallery. I'm using the plugin Polylang for multiple languages, and Yoast for SEO. My homepage in my native language (...
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Does Semantic Search also mean Semantic SEO?

I am doing a long essay on SEO and just wanted to be totally clear on the fact Semantic Search - the process of optimizing search engines to understand the query and display information accurately, ...
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Find out index date of Google search result

Is there any possibility to get detail information on when I specific page that appears in the Google search results, was indexed? Background: I have been contacted by a company that claims that I ...
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My website URLs have fake search term query strings that are appering in Google search

A few days ago I was informed that my website appears when searching some random terms with a URL that, as far as I know, does not belong to it. My domain: example.com Search terms: "olympic" Result ...
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How to invalidate Google Search results?

Due to a misconfiguration all HTTPS traffic to a specific server showed the wrong content for a while. Google indexed this content including urls that don't exist in the affected sites. For example: ...
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Crawl coverage and Page rank effect if few website pages has broken links

We have millions of pages in our website and most of the pages have indexed by Google. Few days before we generated few pages which have few broken links (showing 404 pages). For example, if page ...
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Using canonical links to eliminate “similar” search results in google

In our site, we have links as such: /{{category-name}}.html - will display all products /category-name/filters/{{some-filter}}.html - will display filtered products The problem we are facing is ...