Questions tagged [search]

Search is used to look through a body of data, usually text, to find particular results that match some set of criteria.

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Need to add 30K new pages to a 10K page website - troubles ahead? (SEO)

We have a situation with a website where we plan to add a huge amount of new pages. The domain is over 10 years old, approximately 10 thousand indexed pages, and the planned addition is approx. 30K ...
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How to grep (or find) on cPanel?

How can I search for a specific string (function name or a variable name) in my files which are in various directories under cPanel file manager? I have been using a library directory and functions ...
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How can I get Google to index my PDF documents?

We are having troubles getting Google to index the PDF files in our site. There are about 50 PDF and range in size for 20 KB to a little under two megs. They are not protected, can be read ...
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Hide a Subdomain from Google/Search Engine SEO Result?

I have a subomain which I do not want to be listed in any search engine result. Let say I have: http://www.example.com http://child.example.com How can I hide all URLs of child.example.com domain ...
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Is Google a reliable document search engine?

I have a site with PDFs and Word documents that I know have been indexed by Google because they appear in search results with filetype:pdf (or doc), and if I search for some very specific terms with ...
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Is it a bad idea to use Google Search on your website?

If you have a web application with lots of records, is it a bad idea to use Google Search on your website? Instead of writing a search function and dealing with performance issue, you 'outsource' the ...
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Is the W3 standard a major factor when google decides SERP position?

I have a dynamic php website which index only has around 800 errors according to the w3 validator online. I have tried checking major websites like ebay, stackoverflow and others also, all with ...
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making a site searchable via Chrome search bar

I use Google Chrome. When I want to search Wikipedia, I type www.wikipedia.org into the search bar and then press tab. The screen looks like this: If I type some search words, it uses the actual ...
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Titles in Google results contain spammy prefixes

Over the past couple of weeks, we've noticed that the search results from Google for some of our drupal-powered sites are having their page titles hijacked somehow. An example would be: free ...
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Does the “canonical name” in DNS make any difference to search engines?

Some of our sites are setup with an "a record" to an IP address and some are setup as a cname of a server that then has an "a name" to the same server IP. I want it to be consistent. Which is the ...
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Free search tool for static website

I am looking for a free search tool for a website hosting html documentation files. the tool should display the results as listings of page title and few lines of text from that page. It should also ...
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Finally is it bad to mention words around sex in your page?

Among other I run a humor site, developed in php. I have a custom search built where people search for everything under the sun. I have noticed that it helps me to have a "Latest searches section" ...
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Google showing H1 text instead of page TITLE in search result?

I always thought Google shows page title (whatever is in the <title> tag of the page) as 1st line of each result. But looking at the search "orologi da collezione" below, it seems Google is ...
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What is a best canonical URL for a search result page? [closed]

I have read a Google guideline About rel="canonical" and I have known that A canonical page is the preferred version of a set of pages with highly similar content. I have a search page which URL ...
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Best practise for meta tags in various languages

We have a global site, all hosted on one .com domain (www.example.com/en www.example.com/es www.example.com/pt www.example.com/ru etc.) Each language sub directory is identical to one another, apart ...
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.htaccess rule to redirect from 404 to search results

When a user (or a bot) request on non existing page, I want to redirect him to the search results. I prefere to do it with the .htaccess file using something like: ErrorDocument 404 /recherche?...
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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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Does using a country domain (TLD) negatively effect a site's search ranking if the site content isn't country specific? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Google penalize .me or .tv sites? I have a website in which the content is not country specific. The TLD is currently .it but the company is hosted and based in the ...
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Strange text appearing before meta description in search results page

So I did a search for a site that we look after and there are some strange characters before it. I've done a search for those characters in particular and they've appeared in other results around the ...
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How do I get google to prefer one branch/directory of my site over another?

I write a software library that maintains "latest" and "beta" branches: gojs.net/latest gojs.net/beta Ideally all of this content would be available via Google search, so I'm reluctant to disallow ...
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How to determine if I should hide a page from search robots

We have hundreds of duplicates detected on our site but, these pages are not actually duplication's, they're just really thin content. Our site is an eCommerce site and these are product pages but ...
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Google thinks my domain doesn't exist or is misspelled when users search for it

I created a website for ecommerce, but am having problems with the Google search. My site link is "banilla.com.br" or "www.banilla.com.br", but Google thinks they are both misspellings (on either ...
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How to make Google index users posts when there are no direct links and the posts are loaded with infinite scroll?

In a website that has posts system similar to Facebook, where the user has option to: Keep his posts private (needs login to view) Make them public (anyone can see them) In case #2 I want to allow ...
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Images not being shown in Google Image Search after redesign

We launched a new website design late February and since then 99% of our large product images do not show up on Google Image Search. We monitored the Image impressions after the launch of the new ...
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Google Doesn't Obey Canonical meta-tag for cross-domain

I'm working on a website that's normally accessed trough a load-balance. But we also have direct URL to each server. Lately, Google started to index the direct URLs to our servers, which is bad ...
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Best approach to have Google index content primarily generated by Javascript

I'm developing an app where customers can drop in a Javascript tag onto their website, and it will generate content. What is the best approach to have Google index this content and associate it with ...
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The word 'behance' appears instead of my title in Google search results

I've just noticed that when I search for articles on my website in Google, the name of my website has been replaced with 'behance'. I have no idea who/what 'behance' is and how to correct this ...
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Wrong site name when searching

I have a site called "Gethis", but every time I search for "Gethis" it gives me results of "Get his". It only gives me the right results if I search for the URL: http://gethisweb.com/. How can I fix ...
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How to exclude a website from real-time Google search results?

Google bots have recently indexed my test web site which is not intended for users. How can i exclude my JSP web site from google's search result?
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SEO - Meta Description Tags Not Updating Search Result

I updated my meta description tag for my comics website about two months back now, but the search engine is still picking up my footer "Acceptable User Policy" text for some reason. I'm not even sure ...
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New site. Tons of traffic from Google. Nothing from Yahoo or Bing. What gives?

I've launched a number of sites recently (8-12 weeks) that are getting tons of traffic from google search at an increasing rate (both image and web), but they are getting absolutely nothing from bing ...
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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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removing robots.txt

Will removing robots.txt make the website 'searchable' again. Curious if you had a robots.txt to avoid indexing, but changed your mind and wanted to get indexed.
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Why does google.com search results show a newly published post as 2 days old?

We have just put up a post, less than 2 hours ago. We usually rank pretty well, including in this case. Regardless, when I search on google.com for the post by name, it comes up as the first result. ...
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Performance : Auto Complete Search for a large amount of data?

I have a table(mysql) containing around 20,000 records and I am trying to build a auto complete search box for my website. Someone told me that auto-complete search for such a large number of records ...
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Google Image Search View Image Redirect

If you Google site:fansshare.com, select an image then click "View image" you won't go directly to the image ex: http://www.fansshare.com/image.jpg. Instead, they have it setup so you are redirected ...
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Provide Search Across Multiple PDFs

I know there are probably many solutions, but what's the easiest and/or most user friendly way to provide search capabilities across PDF files? I'm thinking of a webpage that links to several PDFs and ...
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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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Google Webmasters tools search queries position

In my website account on Google Webmasters tools, some search queries show average position 1.0. This make me understand that it should be displayed as the first result. When I search for this query I ...
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Is Google Sitesearch better than internal search?

In terms of SEO is there any benefit about using Google SiteSearch over internal search (eg. Wordpress' own search engine)?
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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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How to make sure that Google indexes your site in less than a day?

I am thinking of creating a website where the content will be only useful for a max of one week. I am also assuming that I will be getting most of the traffic thru search engines basically Google. For ...
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the zen of adwords

I'm a hardcore developer gone freelance and I'm getting more and more requests for adwords from my clients. I've just started to read up on it, and of course I'm starting with wikipedia and have moved ...
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Any recommendation after Google site search got discontinued? [closed]

Google has discontinued sale/renewal of the Google Site Search since Apr 1 2017. The product will be completely shut down by April 1, 2018. Source: https://enterprise.google.com/search/products/gss....
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YouTube Videos: Google returns non-existant meta description and different keywords

I was doing some research for a client and came upon some strange results. I did a search in google videos and it returned 2 very strange results. Why are they strange? The video results in question ...
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Google is displaying a URL in my site's index with the cache of that result being completely different

Ok, this may turn out to be a silly question but I have observed Google displaying a URL in the index with the cache of that result being completely different when it shouldn't even be there in the ...
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document.referrer from google searches only showing “https://www.google.com”, no search terms

So I put this basic code on my website, and alert with document.referrer: alert(document.referrer); And when I do a search the link is: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=...
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What search queries give my site highest rank?

This is just a curiosity to me. Is there a reasonable way to find out what queries put my site near the top of search results? I know it's not really a solvable problem, since there's an unlimited ...
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Targetting website users by consumer characteristics or by product qualities, which is more effective?

I develop a website (shermanbrothers.com) that sells products (gasp). I'm trying to figure out whether it's more effective to create navigation that target my users based on their general ...
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What should I use for a canonical URL for a search page that has a few search options?

I read this post here: What is a best canonical URL for a search result page? and I have search page which can set more than one item like this: example.com/search/index.php?keywords=...