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SEO is search engine optimization, altering a web site so as to improve its ranking in search engines.

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How to update a Google's URL to a portion of my site?

I have wordpress server contoso.com/blog. I want to retire the server so I created blog.contoso.com and set dns redirects to point all contoso.com/blog to blog.contoso.com. Now when I Google "...
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Two same pages www.example.com and www.example.com/index.php

Can someone help me how to fix this problem, seobility shows me that i have two same pages www.example.com and www.example.com/index.php
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Google search showing AWS elastic IP instead of domain URL

I have a web platform on AWS elastic beanstalk with domain name. However, google search shows IP address instead of domain name. It also directs to HTTP instead of HTTPS, even though I have made so ...
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Redirections, but only on a certain web browser

I have found some cheap SEO pages, whose only purpose is to promote some other sites by feeder links. On Chrome and Safari and Firefox, they show the SEO web page, but on Kiwi Web Browser on my ...
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Setting noindex some pages on NGINX

I want to set noindex some URLs. If any URL contains ?lang= | (start with) /plugin | (start with) /account it should be noindex by adding HTTP header in NGINX configuration. I tried below code before,...
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Google is indexing urls from another site hosted on the same VPS

We have a VPS hosting 2 websites. WebsiteA.com has SSL. WebsiteB.com doesn't have SSL but google indexes WebsiteB.com with HTTPS URLS from WebsiteA.com Example: https://www.websiteB.com/url-from-...
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HTTP client is redirected, but the old address is shown in address bar

I have a pdf file available on www.example.com/pdf/something. On httpd configuration I have a redirection to www.example1.com/pdf/something. In both cases pdf is downloading, but the redirection to ...
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stop ssl redirect going to home page

A site we are working on siterequires forcing to https and www removal When we make that happen using this .htaccess code RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\. RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://safe.org.nz%{...
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Is ssl CName important for search engine?

My site is under cloudflare and of course I am using free ssl from their side. So, what what can I have sanctions on the site from the search engines while using free ssl? Or what benefits will I ...
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Wordpress - Yoast SEO - robots.txt

I was just reading up on Yoast website here on how the correct robots.txt file should look like with the latest SEO practices. In their example Yoast uses the following: User-Agent: * Disallow: /...
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URL rewriting and indexation by search engines

For a website, I want using URL rewriting to allow easy access to pages and better indexation. For instance, assume the page about Mozart is: www.site.ext/composers/index.php?cmd=composers&id=...
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How to check is canonicalized domains are being used? Apache 301 redirect does not preserve referrer

I have multiple domains which are setup to redirect (301) to my main domain. However I know some of these domains have little to no value in terms of SEO and I would like to get rid of them. But a ...
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acceptable level of crawl / 500 errors

I wonder if there is any industry stats on what is an acceptable level of server errors e.g. crawl errors or total server errors or both, either as an absolute number or as a percentage of requests?
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IIS Rewrite with optional query string or adding defaults

I am using IIS 8 and just learning about rewrites as I haven't ever written anything that cared about SEO. I have the following rules that is working assuming the url looks like this: /survey/abc123/...
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Best way to redirect a bad-rated domain to a new one?

I recently bought a domain that has an Alexa rank of ~50000. However the domain has a poor history as the previous owner didn't responded to abuse emails nor any DMCA notices. Long story short, the ...
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Need help on Nginx redirects for old url pattern now 404

How to redirect old urls with capturing only the variable end and add multiple possible targets before OLD URLS domain.com/product/product-link-xyz ... TO domain.com/products/brand1/product-link-...
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Enabling TLS/SSL with SNI on a subset of websites, without losing SEO ranking on the non-TLS sites

We run a number of LAMP servers on AWS with a few dozen websites on them, that customers pay us to design, build and host. They're Ubuntu 14.04 servers with Varnish, Apache and PHP. Currently, if a ...
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Nginx with SSL connection error

I'm trying to migrate a site from HTTP to HTTPS, however, my nginx (version: 1.10.3) config seems not to be working. The following behavior is desired: http://www.example.com/path/to/content should ...
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How to safely and properly switch from a naked domain to a www. subdomain?

I am interested in technical considerations I should mind to safely switch my naked domain to a www. subdomain. By safely I mean things like not loosing SEO (redirects will suffice?) or avoiding some ...
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Apache directive to force https

I would like to force all visitors to access my website on https:// Does this look standard and SEO friendly? <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on ...
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Nginx How remove jsession id from URL

I'm using nginx with wildfly behind. Nginx i'm using as reverse proxy and add Expires Header When i access my static files in my browser the Expires Header is present, but when i run the SEO test on ...
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Change webserver's IP address depending on the hosted domain TLD

I'm looking to build a CMS to manage several websites. Some will have a Spanish content and will be accessible via the domain domain.es, others will be in french, via the domain domain.fr, etc. Since ...
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htaccess mod_rewrite for SEO URLs are incorrectly rewriting

What I am attempting to do, is have pretty URLs. I have achieved this for the case where I want the entire string to point to one PHP script. I do not. So, this works: example.com/login/1/2 => /index....
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Redirect absolute URL Server 2012 IIS

We are moving to a new domain and need to redirect users from the original to the new domain. One of the things I need to do is have it set up so if a user has a saved link such as www.domain.com/...
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old URLs to new URLs using nginx

I need to: replace old SEO unfriendly URLs with new SEO friendly URLs e.g. replace http://../products/?type=genre.main.key&key=DAN&title=Dance&page=1 with http://../genres/dance?key=...
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How to prevent opening /index.php or /index.html urls?

DirectoryIndex index.html index.php # -- INIT RewriteEngine on RewriteBase / # -- PRODUCTION # RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.assist\.loc$ [NC] # RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://assist.loc/$1 [R=301,L] # -...
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How to hide elasticbeanstalk.com address from public(search engine crawlers)

I have purchased a domain from godaddy( mentioning here as xyz.com ). I have hosted my website on aws using elasticbeanstalk which has generated a cname (mentioning here as abc.elasticbeanstalk.com). ...
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htaccess without redirect HTTP & HTTPS non-www to HTTPS www

i have SEO problem for http to https and non-www to https://www Please help me how to solve this problem? this is my htaccess code: RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 RewriteCond %{...
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Hyphen character encoded as “%2D” with IIS6

A customer has set up a website on a server IIS6. In older versions of Firefox, they have a problem with a URL containing a hyphen character. When they request http://www.example.es/mas-info they ...
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Googlebot requesting pages of 1 site on another site

Problem: Using Prerender.io to index/store pages of one site, I keep getting path requests that only exist on my old site Example: on Prerender I'll see that Googlebot requested http://www.new-site....
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.htaccess rule to change hosts for SEO

I want to migrate one of my client's website from a free host to paid host. Currently, the site/domain is being hosted inside a sub-folder (used this tut: https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/help/347) at the ...
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How to forward to Amazon S3 when in maintenance mode with nginx using 503?

During website maintenance, it is sometimes necessary to shutdown our website. Our current method is to touch a file which will trigger the web server (nginx) to redirect traffic to a maintenance ...
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How to efficiently permanently redirect 150.000 images?

For SEO purposes I need to rename around 150.000 images, then I'd like to permanently redirect the previous url locations requests to the new locations. The current url to every image is something ...
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Amazon S3 - Options for routing naked URL

Problem I am using a custom domain to host a static index.html on amazon S3. That all works fine on my domain: site.com. However, when I visit www.site.com I get an error. From what I understand I ...
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htaccess, errordocument and joomla rewrite

I need to setup a 404 error handling in my .htaccess, besides handling some 301 redirects for the links of an old website. The new site is made with Joomla, the old site was written in asp. Sef urls ...
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Ip-failover and geolocalization

I have a server (from OVH) located in France with French ip. However most of the people coming to my website are from Poland. From what I read having a Polish ip address could lead to better search ...
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DNS wildcard entry from *.domain.com to www.domain.com

If a user enters ww2.domain.com he should be redirected to www.domain.com. This should be possible for all sort of subdomains (e.g. xxx.domain.com, ww.domain.com, ...). How should I set up the DNS ...
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Get google to stop crawling old pages

Ok, so I have a bit of an odd problem. Our site is crawled by google a LOT. There are a few reasons for this, that aren't really easy to change. One of which being you can access localized versions of ...
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Another website in a IIS subfolder

A friend of mine has an ASP.NET site hosted on windows server with IIS7 web server. He wants to install a wordpress blog without using subdomains for SEO reasons. In practice, he would like to have a ...
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Prevent users to access to website using port 8080 (apache) when using Varnish (on port 80)

My configuration is very simple : To avoid duplicate content, I want to prevent user to go on my website by hitting directly apache (which is running on port 8080). I have setup a Varnish server ...
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How to deal with downtime of web server without losing SEO ranking?

I am having a website which I'm planning to keep in maintenance mode for about 2 days without losing SEO ranking. According to Google blog post, we can do this by having a 503 Service Temporarily ...
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set all apache sites offline with temporary static cached original pages

I would like to set all virtualhosts on my server down for maintenance for some time. The temporary page should contain something like sorry, the page www.xxx.com is down for maintenance. you can ...
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A record for www [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the point in having “www” in a URL? My present DNS configuration for my website's A record is as below Name Value --------------------------- example.com ...
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Is 301 redirects enough for RSS feeds, or will some readers fail?

I am in the process of moving an entire site from ID based pages to user friendly / descriptive urls, and I would like to move the blogs as well. My problem is then, that I am uncertain if 301 ...
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Sticky Load Balancing with AWS

I have just setup a load balancer with AWS for a few instances as search engine crawlers were bringing down the site (it has millions of pages). Parts of the site allow you to login so I selected: ...
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Apache2 - rewrite a bunch of specified pathname URLs to one URL

I need to rewrite a bunch of urls (about 100 or so) for SEO purposes, and there may be more being added in the future (probably another 50-100 later on). I need a flexible way of doing this and so ...
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Blogger custom domain - pitfalls of domain pointing?

This is quite a common topic to come up - wanting to use a custom host for a blogger blog. My personal reasons are due to issues concerning iframes, SEO and the specific address of the blog. I have ...
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SEO Consultant Wants System Credentials

An SEO consultant has asked (demanded) credentials to the web environment so he can do ... Whatever it is that they do. I'm new to the company but an experienced Systems Engineer. I've just now been ...
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Should a "temporary" redirect page use a 301 redirect?

Let's say that foo.com is where I eventually want to host a website, when it's ready, and blog.foo.com is where I'm currently hosting a website. Until foo.com is ready, is it okay to do a permanent ...
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Emailing hundreds of thousands of users for a newletter, company server or service? [closed]

My company has a website with a lot of visitors per day. We are planning to email hundreds of thousands of users. I read somewhere that your email reputation is build on your domain, we have very good ...
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