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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Why is loading speed of a website important for SEO?

I see everywhere on the internet how to optimize loading speed of a website but no one says why it's important for SEO. Inevitably, there are reasons why Google has decided to take this factor into ...
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Do we still need to avoid using frames and iframes for SEO?

I thought frame and iframe were bad for SEO, but today I was doing a search for "numismatica" on Google.it. The 3rd site is lemonete.com which is all made with frames. A competitor site (nummus.com) ...
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Is it a problem if someone disavows my site? I'm getting threats that other sites will do that if I don't remove links

I've been getting to many of these emails: My name is John Doe web manager of www.somewebsite. This is our 3rd and final request to you to remove links from your website to ours. If we don't ...
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Are keywords in URLs good SEO or needlessly redundant?

A coworker and I are locked in a debate over the value of SEO keywords in the URL of a page. She wants to change all the filenames of the HTML pages of a fencing company so they look like residential-...
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Overuse of <h1> was bad, but now, with HTML5?

We know that the overuse of <h1> can lead to an over-optimization penalty, but now, in HTML5 it's allowed to use multiple <h1> in the same page (inside nested sections). What will Google ...
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Should my Title tag be the same as my H1 tag?

I have read that I should make the contents of my <title> and <h1> tags the same. Is that the case or is does Google look at the content of those 2 tags separately?
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Do search engines crawl PDFs and if so are there any rules to follow when making them

The website I am working on has a few hundred PDFs in it. I don't think I have ever seen any of them come back in a search but there are linked to directly from out site. They are also full of ...
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How to correctly mark up different versions of the same document which are non-canonical

The use case is a document which has multiple versions which are all simultaneously available. For example, documentation on a product for each version of that software: /v1/install-guide /v2/install-...
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Using rel=canonical with syndication

I work at a site which allows syndication of content (via API's and data dumps). We are finding that a number of sites which republish our content are appearing higher in Google search results, even ...
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Do search engines index text contained in SVG elements?

Example: <svg><text>Hello World</text></svg>?
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What can cause “Discovered - currently not indexed” in the new GWT

The new GWT shows sitemaps links divided into new categories. Two that confuse me: 1. Discovered- currently not indexed 2. Crawled - currently not indexed What are the possible reasons for this, and ...
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How do I get images containing text to be indexed by search engines?

I am building a small portfolio website for a friend, and being in advertising and all, she hates the standard fonts and wants everything written in a custom font. As CSS font-embedding is not really ...
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How do I disallow an entire directory with robots.txt?

I have two sites I am currently working on which is a shopping cart and another shopper. Both are under the same domain name so for example http://example.com/first_url http://example.com/...
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How to diagnose a search engine ranking drop?

There has been a significant drop (90%) in traffic from Google to one of my well-established sites (6+ years) in the last week. Searches show that the top 3 wide keywords all dropped 4 spots. Searches ...
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SEO Tips and Tricks for web developers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best ways to increase your site's position in Google? I know most of the Users of Stackoverflow would have knowledge about Search Engine Optimization(SEO).. ...
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What's the maximum length of the meta keywords tag?

Could you please tell me that what is the maximum length for meta keywords?
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What is the difference between “nofollow” and “noreferrer” link from SEO perspective?

I want to know the main difference between "nofollow" and "noreferrer" link from SEO perspective.
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Self-referential hreflang attributes for single language website?

I've been told by an SEO company to add a hreflang attribute to every page on a single-language website (ie. 'self-referential' tags), but everything I've read about the hreflang tag, including Google'...
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How do I prevent Google from serving a cached version of my site?

From what I understand I can tell Google to remove pages from their archive if I add the header: <meta name="ROBOTS" contents="NOARCHIVE" /> But won't this also remove the page from search ...
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SEO - Responsive Website and Duplicated Menus

Whenever I create a Responsive Website I usually create 2 menus: 1 hidden and used for mobile and the other displayed as the main menu, then hidden to show the mobile menu. Whenever it comes to SEO ...
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Are CSS sprites bad for SEO?

Nowadays often what was accomplished with an <img> tag is now done with something like a <div> with a CSS background image set using a CSS 'sprite' and an offset. I was wondering what ...
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Do shorter URLs benefit the pagerank and overall SEO value of pages vs. a longer categorised url showing the site structure

We are coming to the end of a long project in which we are upgrading our client's site from a custom built CMS to the latest version of Umbraco CMS whilst also making their website responsive. As part ...
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Is it possible to slow the Baiduspider crawl frequency?

Much has been made of the Baidu spider crawl frequency. It's true: "Baiduspider crawls like crazy." I've experienced this phenomenon at sites I work with. In at least one instance, I've found that ...
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Do search engines see comments in the source code as a backlink?

I would like to know if Google or any other search engine would regard a comment in the source-code containing a link: <!-- domain.com --> as a back-link. If yes how much weight is put ...
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Many Stack Overflow users' pages have no Google PageRank and they are not indexed, why?

If you go to my user page on Stack Overflow and you check it with the Google Toolbar, you can see it has no PageRank at all (this does happen for almost any user page, even people with much higher ...
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Will putting a clock display on a website boost SEO?

I've read that putting a dynamic clock or meteo widget on the page could boost SEO because each time Googlebot visits the page, it thinks the page has been updated with new content. It seems to me ...
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Do CSS class names have any effect on SEO?

I have seen some of our competitors using keyword-rich CSS class names. As an example, if I were in the pet grooming business, I would name my #menu as: #menu.pet.grooming.moreKeywords.etc { ... } ...
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Order of HTML meta tags

A SEO company suggested we change the order of our HTML meta tags so that <title> and <meta name="description"> are the first two. They say this is to ensure search engines can utilize ...
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Why don't websites have a “description” meta tag in the head section?

I expected to see something like this in the <head> section of stackoverflow.com, for example: <meta name="description" content="A language-independent collaboratively edited question and ...
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Are there any downsides to starting a domain name with a digit?

In response to my domain name suggestion on meta, Kris said: Something about having a domain name begin with a digit just feels ... off to me. Does it affect site ranks on search engines? Do you ...
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Google's 200 ranking factors

When doing research on SEO you most probably stumbled upon Google's statement there are approximately 200 ranking factors. I think it would be nice to have a list of all these 200 factors. Does ...
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Does it make sense to return a 410 instead of 404 when some page has been permanently removed?

Does it make sense to return a 410 instead of 404 when some page has been permanently removed? In this video, Matt Cutts says that Google treats them the same, but are there other reasons to implement ...
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Is it better to use slash or hyphens for SEO

I have a website with url like that : www.xxxxxx.com/card/wow/20-euros In term of SEO is it better to use slash or hyphen? www.xxxxxx.com/card-wow-20-euros Even though it will be trickier with ...
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What are the Consequences for using Relative Location Headers?

According to the spec, Location headers used in a redirect require a server name HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently ... Location: http://example.com/foo/baz/bar However, in 2012, most web browsers will ...
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SEO preference: does a site with WWW rank better than without WWW?

After having read various articles on this site about WWW or Non-WWW website setup, here, here and here, and after having setup a correct redirection rule in .Htaccess to at least eliminate duplicate ...
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What does Avg Position from Google Webmaster really mean

I have a website I am tracking on Google's Webmaster tools. When I look at the Search queries page it shows me a graph of Impressions and clicks per day. Underneath that there is a table showing ...
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What is the difference between “nofollow noopener” vs. just “nofollow”?

I use the WordPress plugin Ultimate Nofollow to easily make links as nofollow. So I expected that plugin will add rel="nofollow". But it added rel="nofollow noopener" Is there a difference between ...
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Correct image dimensions when using Schema.org's logo/image

What are the correct image dimensions when using Schema.org’s logo/image (e.g., for a Brand)? I want to create a logo for the brand with correct dimensions so that it doesn't look too distorted when ...
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How good is it for SEO if you have a widget that lives on other sites?

I made a widget that would ideally live on other sites. Here is an example: http://www.comehike.com/outdoors/widget.php?type=hike&hike_id=108&width=500&height=500 I guess since the ...
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What is the best way to redirect my naked domain?

I have example.com, which points to web server using A records, I want to redirect all traffic from www.example.com to example.com. As far as i know these are methods, 301 HTML redirect from www to ...
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pros/cons of hash navigation from SEO perspective

I'm working on an application that implements navigation based on hashchange events. Content is mostly loaded through ajax calls after hash changes (and displayed by DOM injections). From a SEO ...
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What is the best placement for the ID in a URL for SEO?

I would like to know what's the best location for an ID in a SEO optimized URL: http://www.example.com/123/slug-title http://www.example.com/slug-title-123
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Proper usage of <title>, <header>, <h1> and <h2> in a HTML5 website?

I have been studying this subject for several days and have found many conflicting suggestions with regards to search indexing. I am working on a project which has a lot of different pages ranging ...
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How Google reacts on display:none for CSS media query?

According to Google Webmaster guideline "Hidden text" is not acceptable. Which means I do have a dov containing some good amount of title or paragraph with link or images if I make it display:none in ...
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Google indexed site's address by accident. What do I do now?

I was making a site for a friend of mine and he wanted to be able to see my progress as I worked on the site, so I decided to put the site on a server on my computer and enable access by a domain name ...
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How can I find out what other websites are hosted from my website IP address and why is that important from SEO point of view?

I heard that is important from a SEO perspective what other websites are hosted on the IP address on which my website is stored. Do other websites hosted on my server/VPS affect my search results in ...
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Is Alexa Rank a true representation of growth?

I handle the SEO of the company's website. Last month we peaked at a national Alexa Rank of around 30,000, but in the past 3 weeks it has gone down to 50,000. The executives at my company consider ...
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Does changing web hosting affect search engine rankings?

I have been hosting in a server from last 2 years. I am planning to change the hosting server. Before I change the hosting server I would like to know whether it affects my site's rankings or not?
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Is DMOZ still 'active'?

I understand that having a listing in DMOZ isn't necessarily a 'good' backlink to have due to the 'weight' of links from fully categorized listings, but I was wondering if anyone could give any solid ...
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How do I get Google to show links to my site hierarchy in search results?

I have recently noticed that for some websites, Google is linking to different locations in the site hierarchy instead of just the destination page URL. For instance, searching for "Malibu Rum Drink ...