Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of web content in search engines using an understanding of search engines' processes and algorithms. Also known as "natural" or "organic" search, it is distinct from paid web advertising. Performance is typically measured by testing the appearance of a website for targeted search terms, and more specifically, ranked positions in search for important keywords. Techniques focus on content optimization, technical optimization and link building.

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How do I permanently remove my google my business listing from google maps ? I've created a new one in place of that & i want to permanently remove the old one from google maps also. Help me resolve this. I don't want both of the listing to be displayed on google maps.
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Hello,

I have a client who has 60 hospital clients throughout the US. They are looking to grow but we want to see what attributes these 60 clients might have in common as compared to all of the other hospitals around the US. We'll have access to all kinds of volume, demographic, and other financial information to use in this comparison. What would be the best tool to have the system try to suggest where there might be a disproportionate amount of hospitals that have xyz characteristic in the 60 existing clients as compared to the rest of the US? I have access to IBM Cognos, Tableau and even a free trial of Watson. I just would rather not go through all 200 characteristics of all potential hospital clients one by one manually in order to stumble into one that might be a key attribute we can use to target other similar clients for sales efforts.

Thanks!
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Is this an optimal robots.txt file?

# This file can be used to affect how search engines and other web site crawlers see your site.
# For more information, please see http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/appendix/notes.html#h-B.4.1.1
# WebMatrix 2.0

# ----------
# -- bingbot, microsoft indexer
User-agent: Bingbot
Crawl-delay: 10
# ----------
# -- msnbot, microsoft indexer
User-agent: msnbot
Crawl-delay: 10
# ----------
# -- Googlebot
User-agent: googlebot
# ----------
# -- Slurp, Yahoo indexer
Crawl-delay: 10
# ----------
# -- Default for all others
User-agent: *
Disallow: /
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I am working on my web site's SEO and I noticed I have this in my head:  <link rel="canonical" href="http://www.gopherstateevents.com/calendar/calendar.asp">?view_list=y&amp;year=2018">

What does that do to my SEO if I want this page crawled?

Thank you!
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Need to do 301 redirect for some well-ranked URLs.  Sort of terrified to lose ranking.  

Read that Google claims to no longer penalize 301 redirects / impact your SEO.  Need some SUPER failsafe practices to how that's ACTUALLY done.

 Seems like it could be a sort of "Ah!  Yes!  Well...you did the 301 redirect correctly BUT...you used your left hand, so...."  and then your ranking falls to pieces.  

Please, the inside scoop step-by-step for a low-impact 301 redirect vis-a-vis Google ranking.
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I have a race timing website.  I built the home page, contact page, and about page in Mobirise (static html).  Most of the rest of the site is results pages, staff logins, and other classic asp/sql server driven pages.  I want to increase my SEO.  I am afraid that my other pages (which is the vast majority of my site) are hurting my SEO.  I would like to know if it would help my SEO to only have search engines crawl my static html pages and, if os, how would I do that?  The site can be found at www.gopherstateevents.com/

Thanks in advance.
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I"m creating a Spotify clone of open.spotify.com.

I will use it to stream live recordings of bands that allow taping (i.e. jam bands).

I have pages that use URL paramaters to fill data.

So for example you have artist.php?id=1 and it fills the artist data.

Do I need to create a sitemap of every GET id for the site?

If the GET ID isn't set then it redirects to index or 404.
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A user wants to change his listings on many informational websites, because they have written him up as being a partner of a company that he was never a legal partner of.

Can someone recommend an established and professional service that can make corrections?

I suppose that I can contact every website I find with this incorrect listing, and request a change, but I assume that there must be a corporate service of some sort that has experience, and can accomplish this rapidly.


Thanks
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Does an old domain that points to a replacement domain and website hurt the search ratings?

I heard it does.

What is the best way to accomplish this?

Thanks.
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I have searched for a keyword "MLM" in Google Trends (location - Benin) which shows me there is some rising searches about this term but when I search this keyword in Google Keyword Planner Tools with the same location (Benin), I didn't get any result. What is the reasons can anyone tell me? Which data is correct Google Trends or Google Keyword Planner Tool for keyword analysis?
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Hi experts,

we redesign our website and moved to a different hosting company, in our old site we have some dynamics url with some SEO attached to that, we would like to make sure we are not loosing are SEO ranking so we wanted to use the htaccess file (with 301 redirect) in order to map the new locations for each one of the link. the htaccess file created is about 36MB so I am pretty sure it is too big to be efficient and for the server to time out. how would you accomplish this task without loosing are ranking and also by making sure all the old links are mapped to the new ones?
Thanks
David
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I need to understand how to manipulate the htaccess file for a website.

Hi experts,

we are currently hosting a site at one location for quite some time. we redesigned our site and going to a different hosting company. I know the htaccess file is a key element to keep are rating for SEO.
my questions are the following:
1- is the htaccess file created has a limitation in size?
2-is the htaccess file needs to reside on the old hosting company or the new one?
3- I also have quite a few domain name pointing to my old hosting company , how do I handle the htaccess file for each one of those domain?

I am sorry I have tried to educate myself on how Htaccess file works but I didn't find a good site that explains how this whole htaccess file works.
any help will appreciate.
Thanks
David
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Hi all - I have a web page that was not designed by us.  I am adding some basic SEO.
I notice in the H1 tag something I haven't seen before ... an image and no text. The code looks like this:

       <h1>
       <a href="index.html"><img src="example.com/logo.png" alt="Example Inc" /></a>
      </h1>

Before I take the image outside of the H1 Tag and change the H1 to contain Text only, is there a good reason why someone would write the H! this way?
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A customer of mine complaines that she has fallen down on her Alexa ranking. On 01/05/18 she was on rank 36.699 (approximately).
On 01/08/18 she was on a one >70.000 !
This is really weird. On 01/05/18 (during the night) there was heavy load (load average over 30). So I blocked 2-3 IPs. (but I am not aware of blocking Alexa spiders).
Any ideas what could have happened ?
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Does anyone know of a tool that will look at a sitemap and report how many pages and how many images the site has?
Thanks
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I need to find and fix the following CSS errors on my site...

https://validator.w3.org/nu/?doc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fortressharvard.com%2F

but am not sure where to begin.

I do have an Admin log-in and am curious how and where to make these fixes. I will do a push to BitBucket before I do any experimentation...

I was told it would take 6-8 hours to complete, and suspect that removing things flagged as unnecessary may not be as simple as it sounds.
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Recently, I disavow some bad links by google disavow tools for my site (Maxtra Technologies) but they are still visible in Google SERP. Can anyone give me suggestion how to fix this.
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Hi There,
A site I manage got a google alert shown in the attached image.
I have no idea what this alert is about?
Can anyone shed any light on this?
Thanks in advance,
 A
GA.jpg
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So we're re-naming all the categories and product names on our website. Which means we need to do redirects for each page, hundreds of them.

We want to test it on our dev site. What the boss is asking for is a linkchecker that will create a sitemap, then once we run the scripts to rename it all, the linkchecker will test the sitemap against the live site to see if there are any broken links.

I think that's what he's going on about, but basically any way that we can run a scan on the current site, then run the scripts to change the names, then check to be sure that all the 301 redirects are there.

Any tools out there you know of? Thanks.
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In our office the website https://barefruit.com.au/ is working for everyone except one computer user.  A Mac.  No watter what browser used, the video doen't play, just an image.

Can anyone give me an idea as to why this might be happening?
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Hello,

If I want to ONLY allow SE bots to index files that are in directory "dir1" and matching a filename pattern *_files.asp, what syntax would that be in the robots.txt file?
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Hi, It looks like our sitemap lists pages which have a canonical tag, like  www dot magickitchen.com/menu/get-well/7601.html.

Is that something not allowed by Google? Will it affect search results? Because the site map generator just adds them in, and I update it every few months. It will take some extra work to list all my pages with canonical tags and remove them from the sitemap each time.

For instance, this is listed five times in different categories, the highlighted one is the canonical page.

Capture.JPG
Thanks, looking forward to your advice!
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I have website that allow anyone to fill out their information and get e.g. Commercial auto insurance and the last page will show their companies. The user is free to select any companies he or she wants.

Recently, I have those insurance broker who like to put their name on the list and I want to learn how I should charge them ...

Any ideas?
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I have a picture of a company's logo but I don't remember the name of the company.

This logo is unique and I have several saved digital pictures of this logo.

How can I perform a Google search to see what websites contain this logo?
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All of a sudden when I enter a from and to destination in www.google.co.uk, like this for example:

"Madrid-New York"

I don't get any link to Google Tickets in the search results any more (I always got that earlier).

Another thing that also happened in relation to this is that when I do a Google search in my own language (Swedish), using www.google.se and advanced settings where I have selected to only display search results in my own language, is that now it doesn't say that the search results are in the Swedish language (but they seem to be). Earlier this was always displayed.

So what has happened with my Google (both www.google.co.uk and www.google.se), and what do I need to be able to go to Google Tickets again? Does anyone have the URL?

I use Google Chrome on a Windows Home 7 Premium.
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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of web content in search engines using an understanding of search engines' processes and algorithms. Also known as "natural" or "organic" search, it is distinct from paid web advertising. Performance is typically measured by testing the appearance of a website for targeted search terms, and more specifically, ranked positions in search for important keywords. Techniques focus on content optimization, technical optimization and link building.