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SERPs (or singular SERP) is an abbreviation for Search Engine Results Pages or Search Engine Results Positions. Most commonly it describes a page generated by a user's input for a given search phrase or word.

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What are the most important things I need to do to encourage Google Sitelinks?

My website used to have sitelinks and now it doesn't. It's very possible that it's due to changing the website to a sidebar design instead of having an "interstitial" type landing page which limited ...
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Title tag different from title appearing in Google?

I'm just wondering how it is possible that IGN.com has this in its title tag: Video Games, Cheats, Walkthroughs, Game Trailers, Reviews, News, Previews & Videos at IGN while on Google its ...
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Why would a website with keyword stuffing rank higher than one without in google search results?

Like some other websites, I try to maintain a balance in keywords in comparison to other words. I ran tests of my (optimized) website as well as a (keyword stuffed) competitor website via this SEO ...
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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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My title tag doesn't appear to be getting crawled by Google properly [duplicate]

My title is: <title>School Management Software, College & University Management Software, Cloud ERP Software</title> However it's showing up like this in Google: Is there something ...
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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 ...
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How important is the domain name for SEO

Most people advice to buy a domain name that exactly matches your main business field. For example if you sell computers the best one will probably be computers.com but with millions(maybe billions) ...
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Rich Snippets not working (and working at the same time?)

We have an eCommerce site, and we have had rich snippets implemented (in JSON-LD) since January/February this year (2015). I have read multiple sources (including the Google documentation) and there ...
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Site URL being displayed before TITLE on SERP

Apologies if the question is a repeated one but I couldn't find a solution for this. I have following HTML code on the home page of my website. <head> <title>Sample title for ...
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Why are these sites cloning my content, and how do I stop them?

So I was searching for one of my own websites on Google: http://www.botlibre.com and to my surprise found some clones of my website, like: http://83waystowasteyourtime.adidas.com and: http:// ...
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How to change which image from website is shown in Google search result?

Can anyone tell me how Google decides which image to use when it shows an image with the search results (as is the case with mobile search, sometimes)? If you look at these mobile search results … … ...
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Product Snippets with JSON-LD + Schema.org - Are there any live examples in Google index?

** EDIT Feb 2016 - Finally JSON-LD seems to be working now in SERPS, with extremely fast changes-to-index time, assuming you have everything with Google merchant center feeds syncd and linked. Make ...
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What contributes to expanded company details being displayed in Google search results?

For some results returned in Google Search, on the right side it displays the company details, logo, contact numbers, etc... For example, see the following screenshot: I'd like to know what ...
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What should be the word count of an article for better ranking in 2014?

I know that SERPs depends on many factors like backlinks, page authority, keywords placement etc. But I noticed that Google also look for the word count of the article. In 2010,2011 articles with ...
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How rel=“next” and rel=“prev” helps in SEO if used for pagination?

How rel="next" and rel="prev" helps in SEO, if used for pagination? Is it really required ? i.e. imagine you're on page 2: <link rel="prev" href="http://www.example.com/article-part1.html"> &...
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How to remove a fragment / hash URL from Google search results?

My old site used to write the URLs without !. Eg: www.example.com/#/products But it has been more than 6 months since I changed it to include ! in the URL like so: www.example.com/#!/products But ...
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Using disqus for a website (question on SERP and backlink)

I am building a website and am trying to decide between writing my own commenting system and using Disqus. One of the main deciding factors is that (obviously), I want comments left on my page to be ...
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What factors probably contributed for this appearance in Google Featured Snippet?

I understand there might be many factors, but I still find it quite odd that a search for "influencer marketing" shows this knowledge graph item. What are considering as relevant factors which are ...
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SERP update frequency

Recently I changed my site improving the title and description metatags of many pages. Looking at Webmaster Tools I saw that Googlebot already crawled the new contents (and also found duplicate titles ...
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What causes Google to display a search result with a list of articles below

We have a web application on which users have profile pages that have a few details about the user, and then a list of blog posts that user has created. We're finding that in some circumstances Google ...
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How to tell Google to rank a child page of similar content higher than parent

I have created a fleet of location based sub-pages. These are sub-pages of a given category. The category pages rank really well and even out-rank the new location based pages for their given keywords....
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How to update the date on Google search results?

For a blog entry, I have this meta tags: <meta property="article:published_time" content="2015-09-07T21:54:43+00:00" /> <meta property="article:modified_time" content="2015-11-13T13:28:21+00:...
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Why is Google indexing pages with ?utm_campaign query string

Recently I have noticed that Google is indexing URLs containing utm_campaign, utm_source and utm_medium query string arguments. In the results, Google shows URLs with these query strings rather than ...
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html5 tags for SEO

I've a question for you. Are now the new HTML5 tags, like <header>,<footer>,<hgroup>,<nav>,... ... really usefoul for SEO? Is google and other search engines considering ...
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Google no longer showing link to cached result in SERP result

I was looking today to see which version of a page Google had crawled and cached, but when I looked, I could no longer see the place where Google shows the cached content. Is this a feature that ...
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Company name change and new URL - Google showing old company name in result title

I have posted this question on a Google Webmasters forum with no luck. I also called Google and spoke with a rep with no luck. Here is our problem. Overview Website launch for a client about a year ...
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Two websites, two domains, for one brand, SEO issues?

I'm doing SEO for a new real estate company, yet the developer had surprised me with this: The developer had created two websites with two domains for one brand: The first domain/website: ...
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Why has Google removed authorship images from its SERPs?

Recently I noted that authorship images from SERPs were removed by Google. You might think that it only happened to you, but type rel="author" in Google's search box and you will find that no one's ...
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After fixing problems with duplicate content, will my search engine rankings return?

Background: I have been making a new website design at www.example.com/new which has been uploaded for some time as I have been redesigning the site. This site shares most of the same content as my ...
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When does Google use article published date vs article modified date in SERP?

I have a website with a number of long form content articles that I keep updated. The page generates two date snippets from this: <time itemprop="datePublished" datetime="2014-04-29T14:08:40+01:00"...
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How long does Google take for the rating stars to show up in the SERP?

I have a rated page since 10 days ago, and the rating starts are still not showing in SERP. Google Structured Data Testing Tool is not showing any errors. Should I wait some more time? How long does ...
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Why does Google Search Results differ when logged in and logged out?

I have noticed when I am logged into my Google account and type my domain into Google search the results differ from than when I'm not logged in. For example when I'm logged in my site is 1st and when ...
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Exact Match Domain Extension Value

I'm looking forward to start a micro-niche blog. I have an exact match domain available in ".co" extension. If, for example, my keyword is "blue cone" so what would be a suitable domain name for me in ...
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Why are the same two web pages appearing on the first page of Google's SERP?

While searching in google.co.in for the keyword term "USA Boxing News", I found the same two web pages are showing on the first page of results. One result shows the IP address of the website, and the ...
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Getting Google to index main section instead of nav in SERPs

I have a problem here where Google shows my <nav> instead of my main section in the SERPs. On top of that, because my nav is made up of inline elements, the result gets really messy: example....
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Which special characters, if used in <title> tags, will be visible in Google SERPs?

Seems like Google doesn't display some special characters if they are used in <title></title>. What are the characters that will be visible in SERPs for site titles?
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Why is my domain name getting appended to the title in Google SERP? [duplicate]

Suppose my site is example.com. Now all the results for my site are displayed like this in Google search: How to make cookies - example.com However, my title is only How to make cookies, and ...
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Prevent Google using my site in featured snippet result

I have noticed in the past few months that traffic to the QA section of my site has plummeted. The vast amount of the 300+ pages here rank quite well in Google and I am not doing anything to cheat the ...
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Can I delete sitemap.xml from my website, Will it have a negative impact?

For some reasons, I want to delete the sitemap.xml from my website. Will it have a negative impact in Google SEO ranking ?
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Redirected urls show in serp, with the original permalink but with the title and meta of the target page

I have a problem which I have not encountered before. On a website I am working on, www.example.com, I have several affiliate links which are of the form www.example.com/out/blahblah The redirect is ...
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What value do comments and ratings have anymore?

I am developing a hit-and-run blog style posting mechanism for my already otherwise mind-bending HTML short-hand CMS schema that runs several of my sites. I am getting ready to start over on some ...
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Structured data: Google Data Highlighter?

We're working on adding structured data for a richer snippet on search engine result pages. There are two type of structured data that I can't figure out how they're done. They seem to show up only on ...
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Google shows “Widget tips” instead of “Widget” as title, but I don’t use this term anywhere

I have been working on one of the client's website from couple of months now. I have installed Yoast SEO plugin and titles was forced to put site name i.e "Widget" at the end of each post. But from ...
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Is it bad to have a mix of HTML 5 and XHTML pages within one website from SEO perspective?

We are going to update our website from well-formed XHTML 1.0 Transitional to HTML 5. However, as I see, we will be doing this step-by-step. This means we will have some pages in HTML 5 and others in ...
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Google is fetching body as title [duplicate]

I'm encountering a strange behaviour of Google. Pages in my site has the form : .. <title>Title of Article - mysite</title> </head> <body> <img alt='mysite logo'> .. ...
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Strange title appearing in Google search results for a video

Google is displaying a strange result for my video site: I do not have any idea where it got my video's duration and why it's displayed in this way - take a look at the screenshot below: I don't have ...
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Google doesn't use meta description on SERP [duplicate]

We changed the sites UI, CMS, link structure. Also Bought a new and better domain name. After we completed everything. We did below step by step; Created a new web application for old.com/page1.html ...
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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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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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How can I get my homepage to be displayed in my SERP instead of inner pages?

I have a website with couple of pages. In the home page I have fair amount of content with required amount of keyword density. Other pages are fine and having enough amount of content whereas contact ...