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Ask Google to remove thousands of pages from its index after cleaning up from hacked site

Google will automatically remove pages that now return a 404 status. They will get removed 24 hours after Googlebot next tries to crawl them. If you want to speed up the process slightly, return "...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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The word 'behance' appears instead of my title in Google search results

I contacted John Mueller at Google about this issue. He had his team take a look at it and got back to me with the answer. The word "behance" is coming from an SVG image on your page. The image ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Using URL without query parameter for Sitelinks Searchbox?

Of course it should be possible to use any kind of URL design. It wouldn’t make sense for Google to exclude many sites just because they don’t use the URL’s query component for the search function. ...
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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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Is there any way to restore a deleted Google Webmasters property?

Adding or removing a property from Search Console has no effect on ranking, besides some minor edge cases (e.g. if you had set custom crawl settings or URL parameters). So any ranking drop you've seen ...
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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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How should I choose which URLs I want indexed to include in my sitemap?

The pages you most want indexed are your post pages such as /blog/post-1. Those text-heavy pages with article-like content on them are the most attractive to search engines. Collectively, those ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Google is displaying a URL in my site's index with the cache of that result being completely different

You have an error in your robots.txt file. On line 11 you have Allow: /, a robots.txt file doesn't say what files and directories you can allow, only what you can disallow. The only supported ...
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YouTube Videos: Google returns non-existant meta description and different keywords

Google will occasionally rewrite titles and descriptions to give people a more varied search result. It is true that the video you mention does not mention 'domain' in the title or the description ...
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Any recommendation after Google site search got discontinued?

You can use CSE. It is a platform provided by Google that allows web developers to feature specialized information in web searches, refine and categorize queries and create customized search engines, ...
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Search Console Shows "Indexed, Not Submitted in Sitemap" while The URL is actually in Sitemap

It can be that Google "found" the URL in a different way other than looking at the sitemap (following a link, for example). Google uses many different strategies to find and crawl content, the ...
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Does Googlebot crawl JS or JSON inside an HTML page?

Googlebot is likely to discover and crawl URLs found either in JavaScript or JSON. Googlebot has been doing this for many years, well before it could execute JavaScript. It appears it uses ...
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Should I exclude countries with poor page speed to prevent Google PageSpeed Insights using aggregate data?

No, you should fix your page speeds. Even 4.9 seconds to the USA is slow - you should be aiming for less then 2 seconds. Maybe start by looking at Google Lighthouse (built into Chrome) for what's ...
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Robots.txt Validation Failed?!? Can't find any error. What am I missing?

The "blocked by robots.txt" report within the Google Search Console shows all URLs that are blocked from crawling by the directives of your robots.txt file. If the URLs were blocked on ...
Tobias Schwarz's user avatar
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How can I find out how many times a specific term has been searched on Google?

Step 1: Sign in to Google Ads Step 2: Click on 'Tools & Settings' Step 3: Click on 'Keyword Planner' Step 4: Click on the box 'Discover New Keywords' Step 5: Enter a term and click 'Get Results'...
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search from Domain name , results showing lower case Title

This is because your Google search includes the domain name, or keywords that do not exist currently in your page title. Google only rewrites titles when the search doesn't have a 'search match', in ...
Simon Hayter's user avatar
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Why does Google Search Console think failed searches should return 404?

I have recently been getting a lot of errors in Google Search Console saying that my search page has a lot of soft 404s, because whenever it enters a search term into my site that returns no results, ...
Mike -- No longer here's user avatar
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How can i submit our website in AOL search engine?

AOL is powered by Bing now. So if you've submitted to Bing, you're good to go as far as AOL. Here's how to submit to Bing: https://www.bing.com/webmaster/help/submit-urls-to-bing-62f2860a
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Unpublishing content from google index

If you are migrating domain names, do not remove your old domain's content from the Google index or you will see your rankings drop. Leave it be in Google's index, and implement proper 301 redirects. ...
Maximillian Laumeister's user avatar
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Preserve rankings of moved page while reusing old URL for a different purpose

Obviously, the first thing that comes to my mind is: do you really need to reuse the old high rank URL for a different page? If you can avoid it, it seems that you already know what to do. But one ...
cbdeveloper's user avatar
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Acquired domain name linked to bad reputation on search engines due to previous owner

You need positive SEO to displace those bad reviews and forums. Ideally when someone Googles your business name, they get your website, your social media pages, and hopefully positive news about your ...
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Should I exclude countries with poor page speed to prevent Google PageSpeed Insights using aggregate data?

As others have said, the best solution is to work on your overall load-speed instead of targeting locations to exclude. 5-8 seconds is a really slow load time but also remember that the "score&...
Earnie Earns's user avatar
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Google search console says 2 redirect errors out of 15 pages using hreflang

First, <link rel="alternate" href="https://359north.com/index-fr.html" hreflang="fr" /> This is not a conventional way to specify a multi-regional/multilingual ...
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What should I use for a canonical URL for a search page that has a few search options?

Search pages should be disallowed from crawling with the robots.txt see John Mullers comment on What is a best canonical URL for a search result page? thanks dan!
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Google is using placeholder text from the page in the search results rather than the page title of "Home"

The problem is that "Home" is not a great title. Your page title should be something like: Kallpachay Summer Camp "Home" is a generic title used by lots of sites. Google is ignoring it because ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Is there a default or required filename and location for an Open Search file?

According to the standard the open search document can be placed anywhere under your web directory as long as it can be accessed by URL and you simply add the open search meta block to each page ...
Chris Rutherfurd's user avatar
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How to determine if I should hide a page from search robots

For each page you have three options: Noindex the page to prevent Google from including it Add content to the page and change keywords Do nothing and allow Google to index thin duplicate content ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Google Confused (Two Sites on One Server)

This is a common issue when setting up two sites from a single IP - Google appears to get confused when it attempts to resolve a site by IP only. Add both sites to Search Console, make sure they're ...
L Martin's user avatar
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Hiding search pages via robots.txt

Indexing search result pages isn't always the best idea - check this article from Matt Cutts quote: "Typically, web search results don’t add value to users, and since our core goal is to provide the ...
Dirk Ceuppens's user avatar
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Google Image Search View Image Redirect

They appear to be doing some User-Agent sniffing and serving the image to Googlebot (which helps it get indexed) - this may even be a lower resolution version than the one displayed on the page. (...
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