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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The only articles I can find on these common tags, which are supposed to sort of replace meta keyword tags, are so dense and confusing that I give up.  for instance.

Can someone show me a real-world use for these, and maybe give a simple explanation? Thanks!
Cloaking is a search engine optimization (SEO) technique in which the content presented to the search engine spider is different from that presented to the user's browser. This is done by delivering content based on the IP addresses or the User-Agent HTTP header of the user requesting the page.

matt cutts of google states that websites who have two different websites (one for google to see) are punished in the search engine does not show googleBOT a pay-wall or ask googlebot to sign up for their website

so is cloaking

Is this word used anymore or does this word only apply to flash websites (no words) where a totally different text page was for bots to see
This is our first Wordpress project and we are using Yoast SEO.   We opted for the Custom Homepage option of the theme instead of the Static Homepage.  Never used or wanted latest blog post to be the homepage.  

Yoast SEO tool works great on the rest of the pages, relatively a WYSIWYG deal.  But modifying the Home page in the SEO tool has no bearing on the Customized Home page appearance.  But it DOES affect the meta information displayed in Google's Search results.

So which page am I supposed to optimize; the Custom Page which is visible to the public, or this "phantom" page for which Google sees  Meta information?  Right now I'm doing both as best I can.  The page done through Yoast tool isn't pretty, but it seems to score well with Yoast.  The Customized page looks OK, but not sure if Google sees or cares about it's  SEO attributes.

Our homepage is
Thanks for your help,
Gale W.
Google Analytics Speed Suggestions continues to give me this error--Eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content.

It really seems to affect my Mobile page scores (60-75) but also somewhat for Desktop (70-90).  I've looked for the scripts and CSS Google identifies, but they appear to be part of the Theme.  It concerns me to keep experimenting for fear of messing it all up..  

So #1- Are these scores and scripts worth trying to address?
And #2 - How can they be changed?  I've tried moving what I could to load later, but no luck.

Our site is
Gale W.
In terms of SEO and search engine rankings, is there any difference between using SEO'd Folder Names:
           /    (with the index.html file in this folder)
verses SEO'd File Names:
I am designing and developing a new project with two very distinct parts. In the past I avoided using a landing pages as I believed it would have a detrimental effect on SEO.

 The landing page will simply allow the user to go to one of the two distinct sections. Each section will have its own home page, articles etc.
I will perhaps use a cookie to direct visitors back to their own section on return visits.

Will this lose me google ranking?

Kind regards

There is a website that has my name, address and home information.

I was reading this article but it doesn't really answer my question.

What are general steps I should take into getting this information removed in addition to reaching out to Google?
What if the website does not comply with my request; who do I contact if they do not heed my request?
How do I prevent the pages in my site from showing up in a google search? I think the pages have already been indexed. Some of the links that show up in the google search results are broken. Others are PDFs that live within a directory within the site structure that have information that I would rather not be accessible if the person hasn't signed into the site.
Hi Experts,

Can anyone tell me what SEO entails?Is it just meta tags, or is it much more?

What do you think about SEO Power Suite, and how different is it from Google Analytics?

Do you need to worry about SEO if you use WordPress?

How much does PPC cost?

Thank you,
I have a plain old php/html static site. No WordPress. No database. No framework (other than Bootstrap).

Many modern websites are able to display URLs without an extension. I suspect they are using some sort of MVC routing, but my site is old fashioned page-based.

For example:
- the contact form is
- the 'about us' page is

What is the BEST PRACTICE way of hiding or removing the .php extension?

I'm doing this for SEO reasons, not necessarily for security. In other words, I know there are techniques to make php pages look like .py or .aspx ... I'm not looking to do that. I just want to HIDE the extension altogether.  

ALSO *(important)* - if someone types in  (without the .php), I still want the page to load.
Learning more about managing Wordpress and websites as we go along.  Finding something new that we are concerned is hampering us with SERP rankings.  Analytics reports are listing many 301 redirects for pages that somehow are rooted to our websites, but certainly are not our pages.  Here is a sample of the 1300+ pages in the list;

tps://​1       301      7       301      7       301      7​89       301      7​1.0       301      6​r-5.2       301      6​-home-edition-       301      6       301      6       301      5​eo-1.5       301      5​-tools-professional-edition-2.7       301      5​-0.4       301      5       301      5​ar-2       301      5       301      5​1       301      5​.0.1.0 

If I paste just the page desciption (ex-minmaxextender) into my address bar, usually seems to go to search results page of sites that wants you to download something.   These usually end up being 404 pages.  We do employ a 404 to 301 redirect plugin that lands back to our site, so we don't lose the user (right?), but do the popular search engines …
If you do a Google search for 683422223143 , which is a barcode number, you get four entries in the search results:
 Search ResultsThe first entry is the page that we generated at TheBarcodeRegistry, using information the barcode owner entered about the product associated with that barcode.

The second entry is an internal page of ours that shouldn't have been indexed, that I've blocked since with noindex,nofollow.

The third and fourth entries are what puzzle me.  Neither of these have the search term:  683422223143. So I'm thinking that Google must have looked at the contents of the page it got from us, saw that 683422223143  was about the book "Drawing Dead" and then done a further search for that term, to turn up entries three and four.

Does that make sense, or is there a better explanation?

I’d be grateful if anyone could provide advice on optimal domain structure strategies for international SEO.

My company is located in Japan and plans to have three websites. All three websites have completely different content and target audiences (note: two will be in English and one in Japanese), although all fit under the business activities of the company. Please see attached table for more info on these sites. Site-Info.docx

The company owns the domains and, and would like to stick with these for brand recognition.

Given this, what would be the best domain structuring strategy for organic recognition over time by search engines in the respective target regions ? I can imagine several potential combinations but am not sure which would be the best. For example:

Strategy A: “using only domain”
Site 1 -
Site 2 - http://
Site 3 - http://

Strategy B: “use for Japanese site and for English sites”
Site 1 -
Site 2 -
Site 3 -

I realize many other things affect SE rankings, but want to start off with the basic domain structure, the sites are under construction and will be ready to go live before too long. Thank you in advance for any advice.
I have some google reviews but was wondering how I can have some of the reviews displayed like in this image.  Is that some sort of setting?
Dear Experts

it is observed through the search engine that is google , the agents or brokers to earn the commissions have registered our brand domain with different top level domain that is our domain with TLD as .com the agents or brokers are creating the domain with TLD as .in and etc and show casing our product in their website and confusing the prospect, by reaching them and they come to us for the brokerage commissions.

1. we have many projects and every project is named with our brand and project name but one of the broker/agent has created the domains with minor change of our brand project names and as well with different top level domain as said like .in and hosting the web content of our project and with different contact number and email , he is attracting the prospect and once they reach him then he is trying to bring them to us and ask for agent commission,
Please suggest what action we can take on him also what measures to be taken to avoid such and also can we inform the search engines for example how and where to inform so that search engine will not consider them, please suggest all possible best practice to handle the present situation and how to avoid such, thanks in advance.

I know Adsense etc (did a blog) well, and I'm meeting this girl from "firstMet" dating site in 3 hours,
and I said I'd ask how best to promote her cleaning service? She said that work has thinned out, which isn't a surprise
Are you thinking a location grounded adsense ad?
Isn't adsense promotion now very unappealing? Too much cell-phone/tablet browsing?
What might be best. - Other than probing around our neighborhood handing out flyers?

Her site is
I had this question after viewing mimic google as my ip.

Googlebot/2.1 (+

I want to use a browser plugin

but do not understand google chrome modify headers for google chrome

where do I put Googlebot/2.1 (

I do not understand how to use a code a php code sample to run all browser pages as google bot so I think a browser solution is easier

I have used safari developer tools to see what a page looks like in ios
how to find similar website

as example .....similar there are so many websites bbc ...skynews etc etc
as example .....hotelscombined etc

similarly to find similar website of a website , how to get ?  is there any good website to explore this

I would like to improve the SEO on my website. I understand that SEO strategies change quite a lot over time.

Can anyone suggest the top 7-8 things to focus on, in order of of priority / effectiveness. Here is what I understand to be important:

- responsive website
- fast website / server
- good clean code
- using keywords in your titles and content
- blog posts with your keywords
- getting other people to mention your site on their site
- keywords in meta tags are irrelevant (google now ignores them?)

Any help or steer on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
We just created a new website on an existing domain.  Of course there are now broken links as some of the old pages no longer exist on the new site.
What is the best way to mange this.
This is a wordpress site, so is there a plugin you can use that will automatically redirect the old broken links to a new page....??

Recently i have reconstruct a website to be responsive and mobile friendly,i know that google will index our new webpages,but i want to know that is there a faster way that we announce google to index our webpages (around 50,000 records) faster?

I have about 100 pages in a site, and 13 were "Indexed" by Google, according to Search Console.  I cannot figure out how to drill down and identify the reason for any 1 page.   Does Search Console or anything else identify the reason why any 1 page was not indexed?
Before submitting the sitemap, I ran Screaming Frog and cleaned up all tags, fixed the canonical issues, etc. According to Screaming From and a couple of other SEO Utils I have, the code itself is clean & correct in terms of SEO.
Hi all -
I have an ecommerce site where I noticed that *none* of the common XML Sitemap generators found any pages. The site is and here's a typical Product Page:
A credible source of mine took a look and came up with this:
1) All of my "http://" pages are redirected to their "https://" equivalent (via .htaccess)
2) My "canonical" URL tags setup to point the "http://" version of your pages (not the https version)
and he gave me a workaround and a tool to generate an XML sitemap.
I can get an XML Sitemap now, BUT this makes me think that the Search Engines won't find these pages either.
Should I correct items #1 and #2 above for SEO purposes, or do these things not matter to the Search Engines?
I setup in google search console my domain for

i also setup for the non-www version to be the preferred version.

However, i just did a Domain Authority check using Moz tools and found that the www. has an authority of 12, and the non-www how 0.

i'd prefer the non-www to be my primary, but what do i need to do to fix and update everything?
I am checking error results in Google Search Console and trying to find the best practice.

I have a few 404 not found errors that are posts that don't exist on my site.  They did however exist on an old site (separate domain) and I just updated that Canonical link to my new site (separate domain as well)

Google is looking for the post at, but the post exists at  The original post was at (where I updated the canonical link to the new)

What can i do to update Google's error result with the new link?  I can't seem to find a way to do that in Search Console.


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.