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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of web content in search engines using an understanding of search engines' processes and algorithms. Also known as "natural" or "organic" search, it is distinct from paid web advertising.

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Fetch as google Content-length: 0 when using IIS with active request routing (ARR)

I'm very new to this and just had a new issue dropped on my desk which I could use help with. Basically all requests for domain name www.example.com are routed through an IIS with active request ...
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“prev. next.” text in Google search results meta description

Strange things happend when I check my website in Google search results. I'm using Wordpress and Yoast SEO plugin. Meta description of site was typed in Yoast SEO plugin so everything is fine but at ...
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Google search results snippet for our site is a warning about not being able to play HTML5 video

All of a sudden, without any change in the index.html, our site is showing up in Google search results (on multiple browsers and devices) with Google Preview text that, instead of giving a summary of ...
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Is it harmful to have irrelevant xmlns attributes in a sitemap urlset element?

For example, if a site has absolutely no videos and is not a news site, is there any negative (or positive) impact to having a sitemap urlset element like this: <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps....
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What to do to recover after deploying a new shopping cart / site and Google smacks you?

I recently deployed a reworked online store that was previously built with a system that suddenly went out of business. It was a rush and I ended up with new URLs for all products with even some ...
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Why is my meta description blank in SERPs?

My client's site, which runs on Nuxt and Vue, is not showing meta descriptions on Google SERPs. They used to and as of last week they don't. Any idea why meta description tags would be stripped from ...
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Pantheon Dev Site Trapped in Google Index (with injected robots.txt)

We have a bizarre scenario I'd like opinions on. A site at example.com is being built on pantheon, using their example.pantheon.io staging / dev URL*. Pantheon's development platform injects a ...
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HTTP redirection target has Content-Disposition header so browsers show the redirecting URL. Does that affect SEO?

www.example.com/fpdfile/ gets a 301 to www.othersite.example/filepdf/ and there we have attached Content-Disposition header. The user sees only the www.example.com/fpdfile/ in address bar, but the ...
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Can you move content to a new URL when Google is using it in instant answer box?

If you move content that currently appears in the instant answer box in SERPs to a different URL on the same domain, do you risk losing that position? Not sure how big a role page authority may play ...
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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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unique page URLs for FAQ page content and SEO goodness

I'm looking for guidance, options and ideas for an e-commerce site that is currently in production and is selling well. We sell primarily one product, but the business has three general categories of ...
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WordPress Yoast SEO canonical tag trailing slash on custom post type categories

In my theme is a custom post type for events. On the category pages for these custom post types no trailing slash is being added to the URL in the canonical tag when there should be. What could be ...
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HTTPS migration: thousands of “Duplicate without user-selected canonical”

I migrated a website of 500,000 URLs from HTTP to HTTPS in 2017 (through a 301 redirection via htaccess). Today I've been checking the 'Coverage' section of the old HTTP property (within 'Google ...
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How should I restructure my URLs to make development easier while preserving SEO?

I am trying to fix the URL structure of an ecommerce site that has about 90k part pages. The site has no URL directory structure. Thus, all 90k pages are under the root like example.com/part-page-one. ...
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Numbered lists using <h2> and <h3> tags

I have several blog posts with list or a series of steps. I.e., 1. First Item/Step blah, blah, blah 2. Second Item/Step blah, blah, blah 3. Third Item/Step blah, blah, blah These steps are ...
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If I remove the date part from my blog URL using code, do I need to resubmit the sitemap to the Google search console?

If I remove the date part from my blog URL using code in blogger, do I need to resubmit the sitemap to the Google search console? And I redirected my old URLs to new URLs. And does removing date from ...
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Average position and click through rate (CTR) improved after Christmas

I'm newbie with SEO and I have observed that around Christmas, my CTR% and average position for my website decreased considerably. Before Christmas, at the beginning of December, I updated my sitemap....
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Google is indexing my website pages with hash bang fragment parameters not used in my web application

In the Google Search Console I have a lot of "Alternate page with proper canonical tag" (34k for 46k valid pages) with these weird fragment identifier parameters: https://example.com/somepage#!&...
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Are there any negative implications of redirecting a URL on one domain to a URL on a different domain?

For context, my company uses a 3rd party website to house Instructions for Use manuals for the products we manufacture. We use a 3rd party to house these manuals as they are very large and often need ...
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Would there be any SEO or accessibility repercussions for having a blog article title appear twice in the HTML markup but only once visually?

On pages where I display a single blog post, my HTML markup structure can be broken down into the following: <body> <header><h1>Site Header</h1></header> <...
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How does geo targeting affect SEO if I set it or leave it unchecked in Google Search Console?

I have a tech blog which is aiming to get a global audience just like the gsmarena (popular tech blog) does. Do I need to set any specific geolocation or leave it unchecked? I don't want to rank ...
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How do I redirect thousands of WordPress URLs to a subdirectory?

I have a WordPress website and it has almost 22,000 blog posts. It has been running with good SEO for the past 6 years. The contents are scattered in almost all social media and backlinked in a lot ...
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Google showing pages for old out of date events rather than pages for the current events from our site

I manage a website for a company that offers classroom training in a niche topic. Our training page is well optimized and ranks on page 1. The page lists our upcoming sessions. We have json-ld ...
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Is it possible to programmability ping search engines for specific updated pages?

I spent a lot of hours into making my website useful to the user and extremely friendly. However, Google seems to not update the indexed content and is not indexing new pages fast enough. The website ...
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Make search engines show related businesses(by name and otherwise), in the search results

So, I manage the website of a restaurant, "ABC". They have recently opened another outlet in a different area. They called it, "ABC Express". Both restaurants have their own Google My Business pages. ...
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SEO nexj.js vs MPA difference?

I'm thinking about a new stack for the project and I don't know if there is any difference between SEO web apps with next.js and classic multi-page application, including the price when engaging a ...
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Dynamic Pages & SEO Friendly URL in sitemap

I have a website built with C# that has some dynamic pages. And I've recently added some code to allow using SEO friendly URLs. (if you know C#, I'm using Context.RewritePath(....) to do it) For ...
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How ensure that user lands scrolled down to the section of the page as shown in Google's featured snippet or description?

I have observed that google picks content from our page and shows it as a featured snippet. But once the user opens the link, the content in the featured snippet is at the bottom which would make it ...
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Removed development subdomain still listed in Google site: search after several months

When building websites I always do this on a test domain. This domain was subdomain of the main one. Now I have an issue. I forgot to make sure that bots wouldn't crawl the web page while developing. ...
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For SEO can a paragraph contain headings rather than using headings above paragraphs?

Instead of the usual form <h1>header1</h1> <h2>header2</h2> <h3>header3</h3> <p>paragraph containing header1 and header2 and header3</p> would it it ...
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What's the impact of HREFLANG pointing to a redirected URL for EN-US?

I'm doing some international SEO work on a Drupal site. I noticed this on the EN-US home page: <link rel="canonical" href="https://www.example.com/" /> <link rel="alternate" hreflang="en-us"...
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Which One has more chance to rank in google image post vs text post?

Which post will rank in Search Engines such as (Google, Yahoo, Bing)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. I Know that ...
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How can I change description Google shows in the search results for a 301 redirect URL?

We transferred our domain from our old CMS to our new one but we still have the same domain. Let's say our domain is now example.com. I Googled our domain protein powder and a page from our old site ...
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Is it safe to do a htaccess rewrite for mobile traffic to amp pages?

I have a requirement to use the same URL for both desktop and mobile devices. On mobile, I want to serve amp HTML while on the desktop I want to render normal HTML. In such case is it safe (from SEO ...
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Is it necessary for all the keywords in a meta keyword tag to be included in the page's content?

I heard from a guy at work that it's forbidden to add keywords to a keyword meta tag that do not exist in the page's content, and that hurts your SEO ranking, which sounded pretty odd to be honest. ...
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HTTP Impressions increasing in Search Console since move to HTTPS

In August last year I moved a site to HTTPS. I have recently noticed that I am still getting impressions for HTTP pages in Search Console. In fact the number of clicks and impressions seems to be ...
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Do Content-Security-Policy errors affect SEO rankings?

There is a website that allows users to post content and embed images from external links. This website has a Content-Security-Policy that allows only a small list of other websites in img-src. If a ...
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Shrinking site's size by removing pages from sitemap and from internal links

We are an eCommerce site with about 50,000 pages. We decided to focus on about 2,000 so google will crawl our site better. We planning to remove 48,000 pages from the sitemaps and from the site links, ...
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Crawled page's screenshot is blank in the Google Search Console

I set up a SPA page through Angular, and achieved the effect of Server Side Render through Rendertron, In the facebook debug tool, I could get my dynamically generated Meta data, but the preview of ...
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Competitor websites in the “recent” results for a Google search on my business name

I try to keep aware of my online presence with things like Google Alerts & checking for mention of my business name within the past 24 hours etc. Recently I noticed two competing websites appear ...
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Moving homepage to subfolder without affecting seo

I have website that focus in first time in negociation techniques. I have invested a lot to make homepage well ranked on Google. Now I want to make site bigger. I want to extend it to be about ...
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Would a JavaScript redirect for location based on the IP affect SEO?

So, we've got 2 separate-but-identical sites (one for US, one for the rest of the world), and were planning on redirecting visitors to their correct one, provided we can guess their location by their ...
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Will crawlers index my paginated collection of items using just rel=next and rel=prev?

I have a list of items that I have to paginate. In <head> I added rel="prev" and rel="next" links. At the moment I have a built-in pagination component where the buttons to go to a certain ...
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SEO for a single page application with next and previous - Canonical strategy. I am using vue.js

This is not a SPA (single page application). It has different pages for categories but the filter on left (like amazon) is used for searching. It shows 10 results in one page and has a previous and ...
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Avoiding distortion of Google Search impressions

I'm primarily a software and web developer, but a client asked for SEO help with his low-traffic site. So, using Google Search, I could see their ranking for various search terms. But, doing so will ...
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What is the recommended way to make inline SVG images indexable?

On pages that have many SVG images, it would be desirable to inline all the svg images since this will reduce the number of HTTP requests and significantly reduce the size of all SVGs combined because ...
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Putting an ampersand (&) in a webpage's path (via WordPress Yoast) can be problematic?

I consider putting an ampersand (&) in a webpage's path (via WordPress Yoast). I have a webpage with the h1 of "Questions and answers" and I'd like the webpage path to be just q&a (like ...
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Should be there nofollow vs. dofollow backlink ratio?

Ratio of No-follow & Do-follow Backlinks asked about obtaining backlinks, I am asking about giving backlink. Most of my posts are list posts like "Best Forums", "Best Sites to Learn Photoshop", "...
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How can I add add a site to Baidu webmaster tools when I am not in China?

I have a site and want to submit it to Baidu console but unable to do so. How can I do that with step by step process? I already tried with by Indian contact number but I've been unable to create a ...
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How can we change a subdomain to a subdirectory when we can't host on the same server

I have a client that have a site: https://www.example.com. He has a blog on an another provider with a subdomain: https://blog.example.com. The SEO on the two is divided, so I'm wondering what is the ...

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