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How to change which image from website is shown in Google search result?

You can indicate to Google which image you'd like used for your property using Schema.org markup. Here's a quick company website example: <script type="application/ld+json"> {"@context" : "http:...
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What are the friendly/rich URLs in Google Search result snippets called?

This is Google's Breadcrumb Markup, that renders this in the google search result rich snippet. More information can be found here: https://developers.google.com/search/docs/data-types/breadcrumbs
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Does text-shadow CSS affect SEO ranking by risking a cloaking penalty?

Google penalizes for text that is not visible to the users. White text on a white background can be used for keyword stuffing. In that case the keywords are put in the page source where Googlebot ...
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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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How do I get Google to mark my website as "safe" in the search results with a small green icon?

This looks like the output of a browser extension, which means only users with the extension installed will see the badge. For example, Mcafee SECURE Safe Browsing place a similar badge next to "safe"...
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How to change which image from website is shown in Google search result?

The issue you've cited is because Google is unable to determine which is your main image and that is why, it randomly pics an image on that page to show on the SERP result. It is also dependent on ...
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Why does Google change / mispell my very site name?

Radiom is not a term. Radio is. Google is using n-gram analysis and term ontologies trying to understand your domain name for semantic value. The best it can come up with is radio and M. If, for ...
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URLs with 'NoIndex` in robots.txt are being indexed by Google

"noindex" directives should not be used in your robots.txt file, instead a noindex meta tag should be added to any pages that you don't want indexed in Google. A NOINDEX tag looks like the below and ...
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Shall I submit sitemap containing all the bad (now 404) URLs after the spam URL hack?

You can submit a temporary sitemap with all the hacked URLs to Google as a method for getting Googlebot to come crawl all of them quickly. When you submit a sitemap of URLs, it will trigger ...
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How to customize a site in search engine results?

This is a really good question! However, the answer can be found relatively easily with a site:stackoverflow.com "A language-independent collaboratively" search. The first thing you need to know: ...
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Why is Google rewriting the page title with '[3]' in the search results?

It seems to have to do with duplication of words in the Title. I ran a screaming frog of your site and noticed many Titles have the same words repeated. Take a look at this search: https://www.google....
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URLs with 'NoIndex` in robots.txt are being indexed by Google

Note that Noindex is not part of the original robots.txt specification. Google supported it as experimental feature (see: How does “Noindex:” in robots.txt work?), but it’s not clear if that is still ...
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Shall I submit sitemap containing all the bad (now 404) URLs after the spam URL hack?

Leave it as is and hope for the best. Why you shouldn't list 404s in your sitemap.xml Your sitemap should only contain URLs you wan't indexed. URLs in your sitemaps should be clean -they should return ...
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Do search engines treat the new themed top-level domains the same as historical gTLDs?

There are no TLDs that Google finds preferential to others; they are all treated equally in rankings. There are some geo-specific TLDs that Google will default to a specific country and use that as an ...
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Why is Google indexing pages with ?utm_campaign query string

Reviewing your website as it is now, I am not too sure if this is a problem any longer / currently. The issue is not internal linkage on your website with the inclusion of UTM parameters (as another ...
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How to change which image from website is shown in Google search result?

As a Google Top Contributor on the Webmaster Central Help Forum I've seen a lot of questions and use-cases. This specific question about the thumbnail relates to other questions where Google can ...
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How to can I change the date displayed in Google Search's snippets to the modified date instead of the published date?

This is something that actually drove me slightly insane not long ago, I couldn't find anyone giving an accurate answer, almost like it was closely guarded secret ;) and hundreds of people looking for ...
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Google is showing a date from ten years ago in the search results when the page is much newer

If you translate the page to English (using Google Translate) then you have the text 01 مهر 97 at the top - that certainly looks like it has something to do with it. As @Stephen suggested in comments ...
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How do i add custom fields in google search results?

That happens automatically. Google extracts what it thinks are key bits of information from the page, without needing any special markup or configuration on the site owner's part. It's likely an ...
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Does server timezone affect SEO?

Does server timezone affect SEO? No. I understand that the geolocation of a server impacts search engine rankings. Only indirectly. Major search engines don't care where the files are coming from. If ...
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What kind of SEO work should be followed in order to be in the 1st place for multiple words on a page?

The answer to this question is basically a combination of a few concepts: Google often doesn't rank sites based on exact keywords but based on concepts derived from latent semantic analysis. So for ...
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Title tag different from title appearing in Google?

Yes, it happens sometimes, Google picks up the best title from your site and shows it in Google Search results. I've already asked this question on another forum. For example when I search for "...
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What factors probably contributed for this appearance in Google Featured Snippet?

To begin, please consider the terms influencer marketing are marketing terms and not SEO terms. What you are seeing is not necessarily from the knowledge graph. It is a featured snippet. More on that ...
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Google search keeps indexing hacked URLs

If Google is indexing these, it means they are resolving. Your domain is serving bad pages - possibly JUST to Search Engines if you've been hacked at the server level. They won't resolve or show up ...
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How to implement LiveBlogPosting schema?

You need to contact Google first (Click Express Interest Button at the end of article), to get approval, because fake news sites are everywhere. And if anybody just add live blog schema and Google ...
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How to tell Google that each subfolder is a different site? Otherwise, Google appends the main site's name to every other subfolder

Within another context I have given these examples of how to use hreflang and canonical links. For your purpose I added structural data in the head section of both examples with meta tags indicating ...
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How to tell Google that each subfolder is a different site? Otherwise, Google appends the main site's name to every other subfolder

We checked today on November 29th and the title in the SERP no longer has the - Foobar USA appended to the end. It is now just Foobar Korea (not Foobar Korea - Foobar USA). Here is what we did ...
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How to get product carousel in the Google search results that the Google documentation says is only for news articles?

If you access the page (https://auto.ndtv.com/honda-bikes/grazia) and run it through the structured data testing tool (https://search.google.com/structured-data/testing-tool) you will see that the ...
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How can I substitute our site name in the place that the URL usually appears in the Google search results?

For internal sections of the site, a navigation chain can be displayed in the snippet (with green color), revealing more information about the structure of the web resource and the position of the ...
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Can I delete sitemap.xml from my website, Will it have a negative impact?

I'm going to post a controversial reply that many will likely disagree with. Is sitemap.xml still necessary? It's no longer crucial, no. Is it good to have, and does it help? Sure. Should you delete ...
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