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Google doesn't put much (if any) ranking weight directly on the keywords that are in the URL right now. Any effects on SEO with or without them are caused indirectly through user interaction and usability. From a better usability standpoint: Keywords in URLs can increase the clickthrough rate (CTR) from the SERPs. Check out these two search results for "...


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Since 2009 it is Google's official statement that they don't use the meta keywords tag for ranking purposes: https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2009/09/google-does-not-use-keywords-meta-tag.html They in fact even that they sometimes use it as a spam signal, especially for webmasters that enter a great number of keywords in it. In terms of inserting keywords ...


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Google knows different spelling for words (synonyms and use of accents/diacritics), it knows "Pokémon" can also be spelled like "Pokemon". That being said google will return either "Pokemon" and "Pokémon" results if searched for "Pokemon" and do the same for "Pokémon". However, it does give them a different ranking. This is based on the IP-address of the ...


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This is an easy one. Keyword density is a myth- sorta. At least it is now. What is important to note is how the terms are used and not how many times the terms are used. SEOs like to intentionally confuse the issue to keep you dependent upon them and paying for tools and advice. P.T. Barnum used to say that there is a sucker born every minute. In SEO, the ...


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Don't use strong tags inside an already bolded sentence. It looks spammy. It is something that you are obviously only doing for search engines and not for users. Google hates it when it finds that sites are trying technical tricks as opposed to doing something that also benefits users. If anything, I think this is more likely to lead to an over-...


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It's not the technique, it the reason why you're doing it that matters. Based on your question you're clearly doing this to manipulate your search rankings. So whether you use JavaScript or CSS it's still cloaking and still against the terms of service of the search engines. Cloaking gets you banned if you get caught. So, instead of trying to cheat the ...


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Meta keywords have never been removed and probably never will be (they are still included in the HTML5 specification) because they're too useful. Just because they're no longer used by search engines for ranking websites (because contextual keywords are more reliable for that purpose) doesn't mean they don't exist or have been removed. Meta data is used by ...


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If they are different views for the same product they should have a custom alt attribute that describes what the image shows. After all, that is the purpose of the alt attribute. So one showing the back of the product could say, "Rear view of the Blaster 3000". A close up of a part of it could say, "Big red shiny button on the side of the Blaster 3000". ...


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Be careful. Most SEO advice stems off of old advice that was just plain wrong when it was written. It seems that much of the SEO world cannot grasp that SEO has become much closer to what it should have been all along. As well, this is a follow the leader industry even as the lemming leap off the cliff. I will give you a quick SEO rundown. For each page, ...


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This question is very subjective, but anyway... Is it possible to rank higher than Google for the keywords "webmaster forum". Yes, I imagine it's possible, but extremely difficult. You're going to have to build and market something that's bigger and better. Millions of people use Google products, millions of people have queries regarding those products ...


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I use manual - simply because I want to be in control, especially when it's my clients money. When manual, it makes more sense to control what times, or if the advert appears over a whole day or until the money runs out. If money is not an option, go with automatic. We (web users) click impulsively and so sometimes being position 1 is not best but why would ...


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It is the process of reducing each word to its stem. E.g. "searched", "searches", "searching" all become just the root word (or stem) "search" in a search index. In terms of websites, this is frequently used for search functionality. I.e. enabling any form of the search term to find all variations of the supplied keyword. It can significantly improve the ...


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It's good but not as good as you might think. Google recently devalued exact match domains so they no longer carry a lot of weight in their algorithm. So your on-page factors and off-site factors (incoming links) will have a greater effect on your SEO efforts.


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Stick with me. This all makes sense I promise. Google when it indexes your content pages, does not just look at words, but proximity of words, phrases, language, style usage, and so forth. They do this for each page and each site and over time, certain patterns begin to emerge. You may, without realizing it, use a phrase that is heavily Germanic that is ...


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In HTML5, keywords is one of the standard metadata names. It defines steps that user agents must follow to obtain the page’s list of keywords. One of these steps is: Split the value of the element's content attribute on commas. As the linked definition of "split a string on commas" explains, "leading and trailing whitespace" will be stripped: Strip ...


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Latent Semantic Indexing, they may have words like low price which are related. Google displays websites that are relevant to the topic of the search. This is clearly visible with terms like buy, cheap, for sale and etc.


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That wont make any difference for crawlers only for users when reading, bold/strong is used to mark the "main" point in your text. If you want to assist crawlers you should include your keyword in: Beginning of the title Meta Description As early in the text/content as possible (not multiple times) 2-3 different keyword variations in text/content H1 The ...


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The practice of truncating terms to a root (not necessarily singular or plural) for search indexing is known as "stemming" and is employed by most advanced search engines. In the context of the word "download" (which may be either a noun or a verb) there is a possibility that the heuristic will treat the term differently depending upon its context, however, ...


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Google search algorithm has progressed so that it look at latent semantic indexing, where it creates buckets of similar keywords that it will infer as having a shared meaning, particularly when used in conjunction with one another. Whilst slightly outdated this article covers the way Google's synonym algorithm works and says that over 70% of searches are ...


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The order of the keywords in a domain name and content does affect search results. Just Google "chuck norris jokes" and "jokes chuck norris" and you'll see the results differ especially as you move further down the results.


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I can't speak in terms of SEO, as I am in no way shape or form a SEO Expert, but I would say things that don't directly have to do with your business, should be on a different site. Business sites really should only be about the business. You can have an About Me section of the site that discusses your interests, but I would recommend breaking it up into ...


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Here's my opinion: You can choose one keyword for your website, for example "colours" to follow British English word. I think having the same word on your website is good think. Using two terms in website is kind of weird for visitors (who can be confused). However, for backlinks campaign, you can mix two terms. There will be good to change anchor text of ...


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Yes, that is horrible keyword stuffing. Think about it from a searcher's perspective. Let's say they search for "Moscow Time" and land on your site. Initially they think "This is great, lots of world clocks, let me see which one is for Moscow". Unfortunately, you don't say which clock is for Moscow. In fact, you appear not to even show the correct clock ...


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It's no secret that Google put more trust in sites and domains that are aged, if you had asked the same question 1-2 years ago then I would of told you pianotuningtoronto.ca however times have changed and Google cares little for EMD 'Exact Match Domains', so there is little to no benefit in actually using keywords in the domain name. So while both are valid ...


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If you have little text on your home page you are limiting the number of keywords that you will rank for with that page. For most sites, that is probably OK. You want your home page to rank for your brand name. Google can determine that from: The title of the home page The site URL Inbound links to the home page Beyond the brand name, searchers are ...


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Here's my spin on it! Let's pretend for a moment that Google works of a radio signal, now to increase your signal strength you can use things such as header tags, title, text content and so on! Now with less content your effectively making your signal have less strength... Now the term less is more is kinda a well used phrase when it comes to website ...


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Google views "keyword stuffing" as using keywords ways that are not natural. Placing a list of keywords at the bottom of a page is certainly not natural. You wouldn't be doing that if you weren't trying to rank for those keywords. On the other hand, a small list (less than ten) of relevant keywords is unlikely to get you penalized, so your approach isn't ...


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Why don't you use a <title> like this: Mitchell's Ice Cream - restaurant in Los Angeles You just need to add to the <title> the category and the city of the business. You can do it easily (getting with PHP or your server language for example) by forcing the user to indicate the category and the city of the business when he creates his page. ...


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Throw keyword density out of your mind. That is soooooo 2008. Single page sites can be a bit of a problem. This is because if not done right, all of your content looks like a single ever changing page to the search engines which really fouls-up SEO rightly. (Sorry, I should mute SkyNews- it is bringing out the Scots in me. That's bloody well better!) What ...


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