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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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Why are these sites cloning my content, and how do I stop them?

Okay. This is a rather odd one, but not as tragic as you would think. I am not sure what the payoff would be. This makes absolutely no sense to me as to why someone would do this. I cannot see an ...
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Title tag different from title appearing in Google?

Actually, the answer above is incorrect. You would need to read the question carefully. In this case, the title tag is too long and Google decided to use what it determines as a brand which is simply ...
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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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Why would a website with keyword stuffing rank higher than one without in google search results?

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 ...
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My title tag doesn't appear to be getting crawled by Google properly

Bare with me. I will explain what changes Google has made followed by how Google decides how to make the SERP link and what specifically happened in your case. Google has been changing the look and ...
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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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Is submitting a sitemap an outdated technique for SEO?

We have another question here that ask why items in the sitemap are not ranked better: The Sitemap Paradox. Google's John Mueller has this to say about common SEO misconceptions regarding sitemaps: ...
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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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How rel="next" and rel="prev" helps in SEO if used for pagination?

Pagination with rel=“next” and rel=“prev” Much like rel=”canonical” acts a strong hint for duplicate content, you can now use the HTML link elements rel=”next” and rel=”prev” to indicate the ...
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Is there any way to determine how often content gets one-boxed by Google?

You can't really find out how many times your links show up in a One-Box result but you can see how much traffic is coming in from those links by using the ved parameter in the referrer query string. ...
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How hard is it to get back in the search results after being offline for a long time?

I'd say that once you submit your sitemap and request a recrawl then Googlebot should start crawling and indexing again as you hope. From our point of view, once we're able to recrawl and ...
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When does Google use article published date vs article modified date in SERP?

Historically, Google said they ignored structured data which was not used to markup visible content. Because your snippet shows both date published and date updated as visible on-page content but the ...
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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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URL appearance in Google results

Google does not display http://, it does however display https:// and does this to indicate to users that the site uses SSL. Sites that do not force SSL will display with no protocol. Google is ...
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My WordPress site's breadcrumbs are appearing twice in Google SERP

It's likely due to the fact that the breadcrumb meta data is included on the page twice. As you can see in the source code from your website, the breadcrumb RDFa metadata is included twice, at two ...
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Why do search engines "lie"?

"They" [that means google, everyone else mirrors the methods hoping to mirror the success] are factoring in two things (quite interconnected to each other actually): Users' true intent: sometimes ...
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Product Snippets with JSON-LD + Schema.org - Are there any live examples in Google index?

Update 2016: The documentation got updated and it no longer contains the note. So now JSON-LD seems to be supported for the Products Rich Snippet. Google’s documentation for the Products Rich Snippet ...
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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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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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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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Shall I submit sitemap containing all the bad (now 404) urls after the spam url hack?

In addition to @StephenOstermiller's answer, to further expedite the removal of these URLs you should: ensure they return a "410 Gone" status (rather than simply a 404 Not Found - which is ...
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