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Will adding 100 meta keywords to the same page hurt or help SEO?

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 ...
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Twitter card [summary_large_image] not displaying image

In most cases this can simply be Twitter's card cache. It is very slow to update, up to a week. To force refresh it, see here: https://stackoverflow.com/a/58842765/2873507 Go to https://cards-...
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11 votes

What's the difference between og description and meta description?

Meta Description = Search Engines, OG Descriptions = Social Platforms Meta Description is used by Search Engines Bots, while the OG (The Open Graph protocol) is used by Social Media Bots, therefore ...
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Is there any difference between writing meta keywords with or without space?

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'...
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Should <meta property="og:image" content="..."> have an alt tag?

No, you do not need an alt attribute on that meta tag. In fact, it is not even allowed as others have already said. However, (today) Open Graph specifies and even suggests to provide the image alt ...
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Twitter card [summary_large_image] not displaying image

In case this is useful for anyone else, my issue was using a relative path instead of a full URL. For example /images/example.png I had to change it to https://example.com/images/example.png.
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Is <meta name="title"> redundant?

Yes, <meta name="title" ../> is superfluous. It is clear, after reading the HTML specification of the meta tag: The meta element represents various kinds of metadata that cannot be ...
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Twitter card [summary_large_image] not displaying image

In my case my image path had an extra forward slash, which worked fine in-browser, but wasn't picked up by Twitter. It was a one character error that was hard to spot. E.g. check for this: https://...
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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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Why does it cause issues to use robots.txt and a meta robots tag at the same time?

The robots.txt standard controls whether the bot can view foo.html under any circumstances. Just because the bot sees a link to it from a different site doesn't give the bot permission to sneak a peek ...
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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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How should I correctly use the <meta name=“author”> tag?

author, as one of the standard metadata names, is defined in the HTML spec: The value must be a free-form string giving the name of one of the page’s authors. There is nothing else to its ...
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What are HTML meta tags date, search_date, and DC.title?

You can read about the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_Core It is a set of fifteen "core" elements (properties) for describing resources. DC:title is ...
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Is the meta name="author" tag actually good for SEO?

Google doesn't currently use meta information about authorship. At one point Google used authorship markup to provide rich snippets in the search results. However, Google stopped using authorship ...
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6 votes

How can I replace my site's domain name on search engines with its business name?

You can make a strong suggestion on what Google should use by implementing Website Schema. This isn't a directive - Google is under no obligation to use your suggestion - but it usually works if you'...
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Foreign text on English website

You should use the lang attribute (e.g., on the html element) to declare the language, not a meta tag. This allows you to overwrite the language declaration for other parts on the page (note the lang ...
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Meta tags position for SEO

No, the position of these tags within the head does not affect SEO. In fact - these tags don't directly affect search engine ranking at all (at least on google where they are not a Ranking Factor), ...
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What is difference between robots.txt, sitemap, robots meta tag, robots header tag?

While X-Robots-Tag and meta robots are equivalent, robots.txt is different. The former is about indexing, while the latter is about crawling/visiting. Tell bots not to visit a URL by using robots.txt....
Maximillian Laumeister's user avatar
4 votes

Twitter card [summary_large_image] not displaying image

I was scratching my head on this because I had done everything right. It turns out that my page was cached from when it had no meta property tags on it. The card images showed up straight away on ...
Shane Hastings's user avatar
4 votes

Twitter card [summary_large_image] not displaying image

I had the same problem, and I tried a lot of things. I checked the robots.txt, I checked the meta tags, I checked the image specifications on the twitter documentation (aspect ratio of 2:1 with ...
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Does rel="next" have to be in the HEAD?

The specifics of Rel next and Rel Prev can be found on the google blog here: https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2011/09/pagination-with-relnext-and-relprev.html The link attributes, <link rel="...
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How frequently should I modify my title tags and meta description tags on my web pages?

When you encounter one of the following: Your content changes rendering the current title incorrect/incomplete You've learned how to phraze it better (e.g. experience, or A/B tests) SEO rules ...
Martijn's user avatar
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Website metadata SEO: Schema.org, Open Graph, Dublin Core and standard meta vs. duplicate meta?

I read somewhere that duplicate metadata is considered harmful for SEO This is nonsense. I don't suppose the article you read referenced an authoritative source for this? I recommend treating with ...
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Should the name attribute of the meta tag be "description" or "meta-description"?

"meta-description" is a notation that means: meta element with the description name. (I’m using it for example in this answer.) So you don’t use meta-description as name (which would be invalid ...
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Can the content attribute of <meta name="robots" /> be left empty?

option 3. Nothing is by far the best approach. If you mean that the robots tag should be omitted entirely, then yes, that would be the best option if you want the page to be indexed and followed. ...
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Are there only 12 directives for <meta name="robots" />?

There would seem to be only 8 mainstream directives for the robots meta tag (or X-Robots-Tag HTTP response header) that really matter. Google includes 9 directives in its list of valid directives, ...
DocRoot's user avatar
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Getting Gravatar to appear in email Inbox

I think I should clarify an erroneous misconception you may have about Gravatar. Gravatar isn't for displaying an avatar next to your email address, rather it is for associating an avatar with your ...
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Google is ignoring meta tags and robots.txt

First, robots.txt Disallow is not compatible with meta noindex tags. Because disallowing in robots.txt prevents crawling, it means that Googlebot will never see the noindex and may continue to index ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
4 votes
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How to modify Social media sharing thumbnail grid?

You need a very small image - the sharing thumbnail has to do with the size of the image/aspect ratio and can be very inconsistent. For Facebook the rule is to use a minimum of 600x315px to display ...
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How do Google and Yahoo fetch content for pages behind a paywall or registration wall?

For Google to be able to fetch content from a paywalled site, that site's server software needs to be configured to serve up that content for free when it detects that the visitor is Googlebot. In ...
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