Questions tagged [seo]

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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Right canonical pages for encylopedia-style site

I have a website that contains a lot of short (150 word) descriptions of key concepts. The concepts are organised hierarchically so a description of Cheese will be a subsection under the heading "Milk ...
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Creating a new site for media content that exists on another site

So I've looked around on this site, and read up on Google's duplicate content policy, etc., but haven't found an answer specific to my problem. This is going to be a bit long, but I think it's an ...
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Best SEO practice for static pages: having “index.html” or not?

I'm trying to SEO optimize my blog, and I'm not sure which method is the best SEO practice. I seem to google conflicting results. Some say 1. is best because of days old, other says nowadays index....
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Best way to get improve SEO ranking for image-based site

How do I best approach common SEO techniques for a website with images as the main content? The problem here is the content is all image based, so other than Friendly URLS, H1/H2 tags, Sitemap, RSS ...
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Adding 'jump to' link to specific section in the page inside search result description

I've noticed Wikipedia has many direct links to specific sections in their pages in search results descriptions. For example when searching for 'stackoverflow history wikipedia' the first result that ...
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Domain/IP address blacklisted

I started a website last year and did not realise that the mail server was enabled. As a result the domain has been responding to EHLO/HELO requests with localhost.localdomain which Composite ...
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When aquiring a company and website, how should their website be redirected?

A few months ago the company that I work for acquired another company along with their website. Recently we took their site down and simply redirected the url of the acquired site via DNS to ours. ...
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Best way to go International if ccTLD's are not available

When going international with SEO, I know there are multiple ways to do this. Acquiring ccTLD's is the best option but, if the brand name is already taken with a different ccTLD what is the best route ...
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Will Google lower my rankings for boilerplate titles?

Will Google lower my rankings for titles with one-word difference (AKA boilerplate titles)? For example: Title #1: "Keyword A - Keyword 1 Included | Example Website" Title #2: "Keyword A - Keyword ...
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Multiple domains (for multiple brands) redirecting to different pages of a website

A "digital agency", call it Acme.com, provides a broad range services from web applications through to copywriting. It wants a single website with separate areas for each department/service area, each ...
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IP of my site in the shared hosting got changed and did not reflect yet. what will be the SEO concequence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Effect on Google rankings if my site is down? My hosting company changes IP in the range of 6 months... May be either the change the servers or the IP. So for the past 20 ...
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Does having video on a website increase the quality of traffic coming to the site?

I was wondering if anyone had any actual statistics on this. I was curious if having a video on a website makes an exceptional difference to the quality of traffic coming to the site.
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Structured data and visible content revisited

Structured data (like schema.org markup) should traditionally be used on visible content (a search on here will confirm that) and Google and others have said as much. However, schema.org is now ...
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How to recover organic position in Google results after server down?

I have several sites that were doing quite well in terms of organic SEO rankings. I have the important sites setup in Google's Webmaster tools. Long story short, the system was down for about two ...
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Why can't I find a certain text on my site in Google?

I can't find certain text on my site in Google, even if I'm searching specifically on the page that this text in on: site:mysite.com/page.html hidden text I tried searching just for "site:mysite.com/...
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Will a spammed forum subdomain that is now gone effect my main domains rankings?

I created a subdomain forum.example.com I opened the forum and went on holiday for a month, and when I came back to my shock I found 100 (1000's) of spam links posted to my subdomain's forum. My ...
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Google rich snippets not showing in SERP but was detected in Webmaster Tools

My rich snippets don't show in Google SERPs but Google Webmaster Tools detected that I have more than 2 thousand pages that shows my rich snippets. I can see the snippets at Google rich snippets ...
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Schema.org: errors on UserComments tags

On my site, http://whatgoeswiththis.co, I'm getting persistent errors found by Google Webmaster Tools for my markup of UserComments - it's saying that at each instance I'm missing location, name, and ...
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How to achieve SEO for XHTML pages which load data in DOM using a JQuery-AJAX service calls?

I have a simple website (5-8 XHTML pages and a payment gateway to be done) with about 1500 products having a fix SKU/product code. sample URL for the query: http://www.domainname.com/product-detail....
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What are the best SEO practices when changing domain names?

I'm using the Yoast SEO plugin on a WordPress site on a new, more memorable domain to replace an old static HTML site with no SEO. I've followed Google's documentation for moving a site, set up 301 ...
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Remove indexed IP address from Google

I developed my website under /var/www/html (for the development part) so I can consult the website when I enter the server's IP address into my web browser. On the same server I have the same products ...
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Republish / Change Publish Date Of An Article - Any SEO Help/Harm?

My sites has some old tutorials, which I am planning to update according to the latest version and change the publish date so that visitors can see it as a fresh tutorial. I am just concerned whether ...
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Using request_uri instead of Query string affects SEO

Out of curiosity only. If I used (see below) https://www.example.com/index.php?blog/game/free-mmorg-review will it affect SEO rankings? The above url clearly give a simple hierarchy of the web. So I ...
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same company names, different domain extensions, similar focus

I registered a .com domain in 2014, 2 months later someone else registered .org. Though my website was not up, I was curating content with name on a content curation platform. The .org owners later ...
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Microdata reuse within another item

My intention is marking up my site with Microdata in a way I won't need to re-declare items that already exist in the page. For example, my header will always contain info regarding the "...
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How to notify Google about changes to my website so that it updates the search results right away?

I have tried notifying Google via "Fetch as Google" & via "Google Ping", but I have seen no effect on Google search engine result. I have done some changes to my website. All the updates are very ...
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Removing / pushing down an image in search results

There is an image of one of our staff that pops up in search results that is in relation to an old business that we don't really want featured. Is there an approach to remove or try to push an image (...
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Redirecting broken links (from external site)

In webmaster tools we found that a bunch of sites are linking to non existent pages on our site. So far I can see 50,000+ links. Is there any downside to redirecting all of these broken links to a ...
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Adult website crawlability issue

I got a mission and asking for some help with this scenario for a new website. The site is an adult escorts advertising service. It is developed fine, works and looks good, but the issue is with ...
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Can canonical links and noindex be used with iframes?

We have implemented canonical links to our website in order to prevent the indexation of parameters. Some of the pages are also used as iframes. From the the little info I could find on 'iframes and ...
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SEO issue when migrating to wordpress – changing urls and file names etc

I get an issue with the SEO of my website. Before I was on top of Google with "Icecom", but I migrated my website on WordPress. All my urls have changed and the body too... What I did for my new SEO: ...
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Linking product and offer schema on different pages

I have two pages: View Product <div itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Product"> .... </div> View Pricing <div itemprop="offers" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Offer"&...
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Duplicate content in Top Level Domain and country specific website

I have myproduct.com which is my master product page. For UK I also own myproduct.co.uk which is a copy of myproduct.com with some localized content: landing page, promotions, prices, and specific ...
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Can changing internal URLs and implementing redirects risk an SEO penalty from Google?

I have the profiles of my website users indexed on Google: example.com/username I want change profile URLs to: example.com/profile/username/id All the previous indexed profiles redirect to new ...
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Is this a correct robots.txt file?

I would like to allow Googlebot and Mediapartners-Google (AdSense useragent) to crawl my website. So I have written below code inside my robots.txt file. User-agent: Googlebot Disallow: User-...
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Google Ignoring Canonical - Asking for Advice on Alternative Option

We self-host video content on our site and allow other sites to embed our videos using IFRAME. Up until a few months ago, we used to canonical the iframe page to the video listing page on our website ...
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can google index/crawl random subdomains that aren't linked to from anywhere

Me and a friend are having a debate where she claims that every and all subdomains will get crawled/indexed by google unless you specifically tell it not to, and I'm saying that if a page isn't linked ...
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Duplicate meta descriptions & title tags

I have website and have some issue with duplicate description and title. Can any body help me to solve this error in easy and simple words?
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SEO: h1 with text vs. h1 with bg image and hidden text

Having an h1 with "real" text in it is just as good for SEO as having that h1 with an image background and the same text, but set to be indented to -9999px and ltr?
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Crawl Budget economy: what to do with URLs with tracking parameters?

So, a site has inbound links to a lot of important pages and these links have URL parameters. These URL parameters are basically used just for tracking purposes, similar to the way Amazon links to its ...
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SEO and HTML semantics of putting H2 above H1 elements?

Here's a hypothetical from both an SEO and semantic HTML/content architecture perspective: Consistent code When building a multi-page site, adopting the following architecture on all pages is pretty ...
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Webmaster Tools, www and no-www, duplicate content and subdomains

My company has two websites a main one at www.example.com and one at subdomain.example.com which is a subdomain of the first and is our self hosted blog. The way Google sees these with the www or no-...
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SEO- redirect www or no-www and where?

TLDR: should I redirect www -> nowww or vice versa? Also should I do in dns file using CNAME or in HTTP Server? I want my website to be accessible as both www.example.com and example.com May I know ...
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Big discrepancy in number of known pages in Google Search Console and ScreamingFrog

In a technical SEO audit I used both Google Search Console and ScreamingFrog crawl to review the status errors, however there is big discrepancy in the number of pages that Google knows about, and the ...
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Move to SSL and have 2 x domains, make one canonical or not?

This is an updated version of 2 x domains for same site in Google make canonical or not and I am posting it again as A) there is a new SSL aspect to the question and B) it's nearly 4 years old and ...
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Is leaving meta description tag empty beneficial?

Recently I have been searching for different things in google search engine, bower save flag manage bower cache The first results for these two different queries were same page https://bower....
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Is CDN bad for image SEO?

I found a blog post on Shopify about image optimization with the following statement: By placing your images on a CDN, you are most likely removing the image from your domain and placing it on the ...
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SaaS Platform and multiple possible domains

I have a SaaS platform where people can create their own white labeled job boards. My main product domain is www.myproductdomain.com When clients sign up they automatically get clientname....
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Can I register and redirect a domain that is similar to my competitors to my site to rank when people search for my competitor?

Can I register a domain similar to my competitors and rank higher in google? For example, my competitor uses competitorwebsite.com, can i use competitorwebsite.news and redirect it to my actual ...
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Does Google hate capitalized words?

I've read around in the past that Google frowns on all caps like "THIS IS MY WEBSITE". But, I wanted to know if they also frown upon capitalized words in general, like in a case like where a name is ...