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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 "410 Gone" status for those URLs instead. Then they will be removed without the day grace period after they are next crawled. The only problem is that it ...


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Google's Matt Cutts has addressed this via video: It’s a fair question. I think we can handle it either way, so we should be able to process it. But if we see a lot of pages or a lot of things ranking on a site all of a sudden, then we might take a look at it from the manual webspam team. So if it doesn’t make any difference whatsoever to you in terms of ...


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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 is https://onceuponafoodblog.com/wp-content/plugins/simple-social-icons/symbol-defs.svg and it has a number of <title> elements in its source code, the ...


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It will take time and enough incoming links with gethis as the anchor text to get Google to assume people want gethis instead of a mistype on the phrase get his. Google is making the assumption that users want get his when that phrase is typed and 99.9999% of the time it is correct. In simple terms your site will have to gain popularity before it is ...


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You shouldn't simple add an extra page simply for an additional index, Google cares about quality not just quantity, so if the page offers nothing special and useful for your visitors then you should remove the page, however if the page is helpful then keep it. You should put your visitors first and the search engines last, with this logic its hard to fail.


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While it may be seen as a different question the answer has largely been dealbt with here Google thinks my domain doesn't exist or is misspelled when users search for it The fastest way to correct this is to make your site the authoritative for your company name. The sooner your site is seen by Google to be the destination for your (misspelled word) ...


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Using the inurl operator for Google should do the trick. Assuming your PDF files all have the .pdf extension, adding -inurl:pdf to your search will exclude those URLs. https://www.google.com/search?safe=off&q=site:example.com%2Fsubfolder%2F+-inurl%3Apdf


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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 indicator that the website is more important in a specific geographic region. But all TLDs are treated equally. Google's systems treat new gTLDs like other ...


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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. Did you check Google’s documentation? For the target property it says: "This must be a URL that points to an address on the same domain as the content being ...


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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 evolution of the list and table snippets which started appearing around 2011.


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Search engine robots don't perform searches on your site directly (i.e., using search forms). In order for them to crawl and index search results, the search parameters would have to be contained within URLs, like: example.com/search/index.php?keywords=fruits example.com/search/index.php?keywords=apple example.com/search/index.php?keywords=banana Then ...


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Sure there are concerns in dumping huge numbers of pages onto your site and whether it would be considered spam or not or have a negative SEO effect. I just want to give my perspective since I feel you are within a safe range of pages and likely have fair domain trust due to domain age and stability. My experience is this. My site can add over 3000 pages ...


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After some investigation it turns out that this is a problem with Google Maps. The red pin pointer is inserting some text on the page which is getting pulled into search results so it's not really something that can be fixed until Google look into it. Oh well.


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Yes. Although Google can submit some forms they generally do not do so. So any content that is only available via a form submission should be assumed to be hidden from search engines. Yes. This is functionally the same as an HTML sitemap. You can also submit an XML sitemap (although they don't guarantee crawling).


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A site needs to exist for a while and get popular before Google will recommend it for its brand name and URL. The good news is that Google is indexing your site and will show it in search results in "verbatim" mode: This indicates that Google knows about the website and will show it if you say "I really mean what I'm searching for, don't show me synonyms ...


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Google and other major search engines are pretty good at learning and returning brandings that are purposely mispelt. Even my own site spelt BYBE Google used to returning results for 'BABY' and 'BABE' for almost a year, other good examples: Flickr Reddit Digg Tumblr Mashbord Fiverr All purposely misspelt; Google will associate the correct and incorrect ...


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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 commands for the robots.txt file are "User-agent" and "Disallow". As the Disallow: /random command is after the invalid command it is possible the Google Searchbot ...


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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 within the source. However, YouTube as you know brings up similar videos in the sidebar, these may be very relevant, or slightly relevant. Google can rewrite ...


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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, based on Google Search.


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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 is almost certainly a coincidence. For the majority of data you see in GSC, Google collects that data whether or not there is an associated webmaster account. ...


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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 important thing is that the URL was found but you should still check that the exact URL submitted is the correct one (to make sure there are no canonical issues).


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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 pages are going to account for the majority of search engine visitors to your site. Users will typically find them when searching for some specific query about ...


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There is little you can do to control what search engines do, but here are some ideas. As for canonical links, this is a way to say to Google this is like that. Some argue that this is for identical pages while others recommend using this option for similar pages too. Either way, you are telling Google to take notice of one page and not the other because it ...


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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' Step 6: View results


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You can push data to analytics on search results site loading that way: analytics.js: ga('send', 'pageview', '/search_results.php?search='+make+' - '+model+' - '+year); But you need to get GET params from URL. Example: function get(key_str) { if(window.location.search) { var query = window.location.search.substr(1); var pairs = query.split("&")...


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Internal search results shouldn't actually be indexed. Google's Webmaster Guidelines state: Use robots.txt to prevent crawling of search results pages or other auto-generated pages that don't add much value for users coming from search engines. Matt Cutts weighed in when this was previously discussed on Google’s webmaster help group. I quite like the ...


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While all internal search result urls contain no unique information, they are for SEO purposes irrelevant and harmful. Making internal search with GET you produce search result urls, which you later should exclude from indexing (and from crawling, because of overspending of crawl budget for useless urls). But using POST on internal search you a single ...


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Regarding Comment Sections: Search terms used: comments section seo There are several considerations that need to be made before comment sections and ratings are to be implemented. General: Time it takes to moderate the comments Moderation must happen quickly or comments section will suffer Whether the comments reside on the site itself Whether ...


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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 this case you do not have JW Building Services in your META Title, therefore Google is rewriting your title, and obviously, its deciding that all lower case is ...


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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, the site returns a legitimate page with a 200 status code saying "No results were found." ... why is Google Search console treating these query ...


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