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Force Using SSL on Site now?

I am starting to see a majority of websites starting to use SSL as a standard practice for viewing the website securely now thanks to the revelations of Edward Snowden about the NSA surveillance that ...
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Should Schema.org Organization data about my company be on every page?

We have added JSON-LD structured data to our website, so Google knows information about our company (company name, url, logo, address, etc.). We worked from the template on Google's documentation. ...
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One longer page vs. several targeted subpages?

We're working on a site and have come to a choice between one long (not too excessive) main page and several subpages. The subpages would have custom meta/title/h2 elements and the content that ...
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Are “trustmarks” such as McAfee Secure worth the cost?

There are a number of services that will scan a website for vulnerabilities and allow the display of a trustmark image if the site passes their tests. This allegedly increases the level of trust a ...
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What is good URI design?

How should a good URI be designed? What are the factors to consider? What are the pros and cons of the variants? Factors that makes up a good URI Stability over time Short Give the user an idea what ...
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How did this website get a custom search bar listed under their search results?

Observe the following results for searching the text "dictionary" on Google: Notice that there is a custom search box at the bottom of the listing for dictionary.reference.com. Is there any ...
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Retrieve Facebook Like count after changing URL structure for entire website

I just changed the URLs for my entire website. I have set up 301 permanent redirects for all old URLs to new URLs. Rel=canonical are set to new URLs. All Facebook Like buttons count have returned to 0....
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How to prevent negative SEO?

Negative SEO can harm your website rankings, that's why a rival might decide to use negative SEO techniques against you to try to penalize your website rankings, and thus obtain higher positions on ...
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Our website was copied 100% and mirrored on a different domain

One of our websites was copied word for word all 400 pages by someone who used a special program to clone the site. We saw the program in the code. This was done in early April and soon after that ...
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Can a mobile version of site be considered duplication by Google if the page is the same only the css is different?

Hearing about the problems with mobile browser detection I plan to add a button to my site which enables the users to switch manually between normal/mobile version of the site. The button sets a ...
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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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What are the best ways to start driving traffic to a new website?

Would you try for SEO, Adwords, or other ad programs? Why? How cost effective is it?
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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 can I find the IP address for my visitors in Google Analytics Universal reports?

Does anyone know if/where I can find IP addresses of my visitors in Google Analytics Universal reports?
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Should my URLs be lowercase?

According to Understanding SEO Friendly URL Syntax Practices I should change http://example.com/Hello-Dolly To http://example.com/hello-dolly The reasons given are: URLs, in general, are ...
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Advantages of country TLD vs. .com

I want to get a domain for my site. The site's topic would be about Vienna, but the content will be in English. I was thinking, if I should get .com domain or .at domain. .at is both much cheaper ...
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Forcing SSL and www in .htaccess

I'm looking for a way to force SSL and www. I've been able to force both separately but together I keep running into redirection issues. The following code works when handling a URL in this format: ...
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SEO of <span> in <h1> header

Does the <span> element have any SEO side-effects? Are there any semantic preferences between the following two or parsing differences between search engines? Clean <h1>: <h1>...
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Absolute vs relative links for search engine crawlers and SEO

Our site's navigation links are currently in relative form: <a href="/section"> The SEO company I mentioned in my previous question recommends we change them to absolute links: <a href="...
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How many times can I repeat a keyword without looking spammy to Google?

I have an eCommerce based on Opencart, but I have some doubts about how many times I can repeat the same word. For example, the keyword is present in the title, description, h1, h2 and is repeated ...
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Are there any specific tips and tricks for optimizing a website for Bing?

Most available resources (even Bing community) promote the general principles for optimize a site in Google. My site is quite well optimized for a certain keyword combination in Google, yet in Bing it ...
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“https://” refers to random site, “http://” is broken, but “http://www” works

I'm running a website which is acting extremely strange. At the time of writing, this link works: http://www.example.com This link doesn't: http://example.com But it does work if you copy/paste it ...
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SEO for Dynamic website

For static websites, I always made a Sitemap.xml file and submitted it to search engines like google, bing etc. But now, I have made a website in Asp.net MVC which has 3 dynamic pages which yields ...
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Purchasing a Domain from a Domain Squatter

A few years ago, I purchased a .org domain. Presumably, the .com version was taken by a domain squatter because it was registered the day after I registered it and it only hosts one of those typical ...
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Is it better to have an ErrorDocument 404 redirect back to the homepage or a standard 404 error page?

We run an ecommerce site that was setup by a third party ecommerce software provider, basic shop with product pages, basket and checkout. The third party vendor set up the htaccess file so that if a ...
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Hotlinking: what is it, and why shouldn't people do it?

What exactly is hotlinking? And why do people say you shouldn't do it?
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How long is the redemption period on a domain?

There is a domain that I would like to buy that has a status as follows: Registry Status: redemptionPeriod I presume this means the current owner has a grace period during which they can repurchase ...
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Benefit of date in URL segments

I was curious about the date in URL segments, is there any SEO point of benefit? For example the following URLs: http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/18/netflix-will-launch-in-the-netherlands-later-this-...
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Does Google penalize daily updated <lastmod> tags in sitemaps if the data is not daily updated?

I've got a sitemap that is generated daily with a lot of links to product pages. These products are imported daily from another data source. Because the update consists of throwing away all current ...
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Robots denied by domain is still listed in search results

So, on all of our sites that are not search facing we've applied a robots.txt file (per How to exclude a website from real-time Google search results?, or any other similar question). However, if ...
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SEO - Reducing significance of irrelevant kewords

I have some irrelevant keywords high up in my Google Webmasters Tools Keywords list. Unfortunately it's stuff that needs to be on the site. E.g. I'm getting words like log (from log-in), copyright, ...
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htaccess redirect non-www to www with SSL/HTTPS

I want a rewrite rule that redirects everything to https:// AND www. For example http://example.com should be going to https://www.example.com This is what I have: RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{...
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How important are headings in SEO

I have a website that sells music artists posters. Each artists has a page containing a small bio, and a list of posters we are selling representing the artist. Currently our HTML looks like that &...
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Problem integrating Adsense with Google Analytics

(Cross-posted to Web Applications) I've posted it once to the adsense ad forum, but as usual Google does not respond to help requests, and I got no real answers. I am having issues integrating my ...
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Ideal word count per web page?

Are there any kind of standard word limit's based on SEO for web pages? I've read around and I've seen advice saying that pages should aim to be no more than 500 words to maximise the SEO benefits. ...
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Why doesn't searching for the unique name of my website bring the site up in a top position on Google?

I have a website with a unique name, already indexed and with a perfect SEO. Although there are no websites with the same unique name, when I'm searching on Google I found my homepage listed on the ...
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Should search engine validation meta tags be removed following validation?

Should validation meta tags for search engines be left on the site following validation? For example, should I leave my msvalidate meta tag after I've validated the site.
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Google Search Console emailing “New Mobile Usability issue detected” but live test shows “Page is mobile friendly”

I have a site with 20,000 URLs per language. Each language is added as a separate property in Google Search Console. This month Google started emailing me about each of the properties due to "New ...
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When the root URL of a domain doesn't have a specific site, how should visitors be directed to language folders?

My question is not technical (how to do it using X technology), it's about choosing proper approach that is good for SEO. Description Let's say I have a website example.com. It's a multilingual site,...
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How to get Google PageRank (from the toolbar) to increase from 0?

I have an issue with the Google PageRank of my site, the PR of this site is 0. I've tried many ways to increase the PR: I submitted the site in webmasters created sitemap.xml filled all meta ...
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Redirect everything from old domain to new domain

I need to (permanent) redirect all of the following: www.example.com www.example.com/folder sub.example.com sub.example.com/folder Basically, all URLs that are reachable without being intended to: ...
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Is it worth always geotargeting your site?

Since, if you don't geotarget your TLD website, Google will make assumptions about its location based on IP address, browser info etc. would that not suggest that it is in fact ALWAYS worth ...
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Repeat use of Schema.org / Rich Snippets markup i.e LocalBusiness data

I am unable to find official wording and I'm hoping that some Rich Snippets/Schema Guru can give me some insight into proper usage of repeated content when it comes to using markup. I'm building a ...
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Ratio of No-follow & Do-follow Backlinks

I know that when it comes to obtaining backlinks, a no-follow is pretty much worthless. However, does Google (or other major search engines) penalize for sites that have nothing but do-follow links? ...
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Google excluding site for queries for its exact name

I have a client site with a unique name (not just the FQDN, but the company name that the site is for) that simply will not appear for Google searches using the company name. It's a very simple and ...
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Is it feasible to run a public-facing website from my home network?

I have to a get a very simple data entry website up and running. This website will be accessed by only a few people at a time (at most), but usually only one person, and not very frequently - maybe a ...
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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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Does www and non-www suffer duplicate content penalty?

Do you know if I should use <link rel="canonical" tag, or 301 redirect from: http://example.com to http://www.example.com ...to avoid a duplicate content penalty in case other pages link to the ...
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.htaccess permanent redirect to www

I have a WordPress installation that is not redirecting URLs not starting with www. Example: http://example.com/dir/ doesn't send to http://www.example.com/dir/ instead goes to http://example.com/. ...
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Geographic location settings

I am building a website and it uses a Netherlands (.nl) domain. This domain is being found when using the Netherlands Google. I'd like the site to be found on all Google's not just country speific ...

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