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Can I have multiple Google Site Verification TXT records on one domain?

Adding multiple TXT records will function correctly. You can see some high profile companies doing that e.g. microsoft.com $ dig -t txt @8.8.8.8 microsoft.com ; <<>> DiG 9.10.6 <<&...
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Google Search Console is making up URLs which don't exist in my Sitemap and then complains that these pages have error

You have a misconception of what a sitemap is. The sitemap is used to audit the site crawl by the search engine bot. The sitemap and crawling a site are two different and independent things. Google ...
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Do search engines perform JS rendering while crawling?

Google and Bing now render JavaScript when crawling websites. However, there is a lot that can go wrong in that process. The first step you should take in debugging the problem is to sign up for ...
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Shield Icons on Google Results Page

I am almost certain that those shield icons are not a Google Search feature, as I have never seen or heard of them before and cannot find any mention of them on the internet. If my hunch is correct, ...
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Google Search Console is making up URLs which don't exist in my Sitemap and then complains that these pages have error

Closetnoc is correct about sitemaps. Don't expect them to limit what URLs Google will crawl and index. In fact sitemaps have little to no influence over SEO. See The Sitemap Paradox Google won't ...
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Google Search Console Removal Tools Consumes 20 GB of RAM

...to remove information from Google's cache. Not a solution to your immediate problem, but if the issue is with Google's "cache" (rather than the index per se) then maybe you should be ...
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How can I identify which text within a page is "too small to read" as reported by Google Search Console?

If you run a Lighthouse Audit in Chrome, under the "Document doesn't use legible font sizes" report it will show you the exact CSS selector that is causing the small text issue, and the ...
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Shield Icons on Google Results Page

This looks similar to the Avast Browser Extension, as mentioned on Sitepoint: Only people who have this extension will see these shields. If I recall, it's not difficult to accidentally install this ...
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What can cause "Discovered - currently not indexed" in the new GWT

It is just part of the process. There is nothing for you to do until you actually get errors. To understand the categories, you need to understand how indexing works which is something that is done ...
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How to resolve Google "Indexed, though blocked by robots.txt"

Google isn't crawling your page, but it is indexing the URL. It isn't indexing the content of the page, just the URL itself, possibly along with anchor text of links that point to it. Google says: ...
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Could a brand name called "Error 404" cause SEO issues?

You will be able to get your most of your content indexed, but there will probably be some SEO issues associated with that brand name. Google uses heuristics to determine if the page is an error page. ...
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Can Googlebot discover URLs that are not in an anchor?

Yes they do crawl everything that looks like a URL. I have made a test (in German, but red="not crawled" and green="crawled"): http://www.sirpauls.com/welchen-links-folgt-google-ein-experiment/ ...
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Google search keeps indexing hacked URLs

I got the same problem once with a website with an old version of Joomla, the server was safe but the pages were generated by an hack on at PHP level that I was not able to discover fast. In the end ...
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Why does Google recommend the 'HTML file' verification method?

I like the HTML file verification method. I use it myself. There are several reasons to prefer it: It is the oldest verification method. For a long time Google only supported this method. It is ...
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Shield Icons on Google Results Page

Traced them to AVG! According to their Getting Started guide: The AVG Online Security browser extension displays information about the browsing quality of the websites you visit based on ratings from ...
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Fetch as Google returning "Partial" not "Complete"

Partial just means that there were resources that couldn't be loaded. You cropped the picture to remove the list of resources, but below your cropped screenshot should be a list of resources that ...
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Is meta name="verify-v1" essentially google webmaters verification meta?

The meta name verify-v1 used to be associated with Google Webmaster Tools, it is now deprecated and has been replaced with the meta name google-site-verification, which now works across Google's ...
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Find pages that link to another URL?

Webmaster Tools has a feature that allows you to see which sites link to your site. https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/external-links It should be a comprehensive list of all links that Google ...
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How do I "noindex" a text (.txt) file?

The solution is the same as for X-Robots noindex a folder of PDFs and Prevent XML sitemaps from showing up in Google search results. You use the X-Robots-Tag HTTP header rather than a meta tag. ...
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How come my Search Console report doesn't show position of a keyword?

You have to click the checkbox next to "Average position" for the column to show.
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How to get tens of millions of pages indexed by Google bot?

I've had experience of just this sort of site. I ran an article directory many years ago and the % of pages indexed and more importantly actually performing was pretty much directly correlated to the ...
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How do I disavow a domain with foreign characters?

Use any Punycode converter tools to find normal domain name for this type of domain names. I'd recommend punycoder.com. Then disavow the new displayed domain name (xn----7sbbbh0au1bathasd.xn--p1ai).
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How to access the "Fetch as Google" tool?

Google retired the "Fetch as Google" tool and replaced it with the URL inspection tool. Specifically you want to use the "Test Live URL" option and then "View Tested Page." You can also get into the ...
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After verify site ownership is it ok to remove html meta tag from index html file?

After verifying site ownership, is it ok to remove the <meta name="google-site-verification"> tag? No. If you want to remove it and remain verified, you'll need to use another form of ...
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X-Robots-Tag: noindex on an HTTP 302 response to remove subdomain

As of December 2022, Google will respect a X-Robots-Tag HTTP Response header that comes as part of a HTTP 302 response - Google Search Console will report: "Indexing allowed? No: 'noindex' ...
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Leverage browser caching on GitHub pages

USE A CDN (CLOUDFLARE) By the far, the more efficient way to increase your score is to use a free content delivery network to serve your site. I recommend the free version of CloudFlare because of ...
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Is Google Webmaster Tools useless?

No it is not. What's the point of using such a tool if it's so unreliable? [...] why use it at all? Shouldn't Google be giving webmasters accurate data on the performance of their website? First of ...
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What is an acceptable "Time spent downloading a page (in milliseconds)" in Google Search Console?

That report shows how much time Googlebot spends downloading each page on your site, not including linked resources such as JS, CSS, iframes, and images. It is less important to optimize your ...
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Google Search Console's keyword list: where did it go?

Content Keywords was removed from Google Search Console at the end of November. Google Webmaster Central Blog - Saying goodbye to Content Keywords
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Are backlinks shown in GWT dofollow or nofollow?

The links shown in the "Links to your site" report in Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools) shows both dofollow and nofollow links (but it's not possible to distinguish between them)....
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