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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 "...
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Need to add 30K new pages to a 10K page website - troubles ahead? (SEO)

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 ...
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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 ...
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Wrong site name when searching

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 ...
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How can Google find my company if my company name intentionally has a typo in it

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 ...
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How do I exclude PDF file from a Google site search?

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?...
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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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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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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 ...
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Need to add 30K new pages to a 10K page website - troubles ahead? (SEO)

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 ...
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Strange text appearing before meta description in search results page

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 ...
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Are search-based sites bad for SEO, and should I link to all posts instead?

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 ...
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Google thinks my domain doesn't exist or is misspelled when users search for it

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 "...
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Train search engines to learn domain names that are not spelt correctly

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' ...
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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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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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How do I get google to prefer one branch/directory of my site over another?

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 ...
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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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How to get multiple form field values in Google Analytics site search report?

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 ...
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Do the internal searches need to be by GET for SEO purposes?

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 ...
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Do the internal searches need to be by GET for SEO purposes?

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 ...
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What value do comments and ratings have anymore?

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: ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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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