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Questions tagged [seo]

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

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Is it possible to remove the .php extension WITHOUT using mod_rewrite?

I'm managing an e-commerce site for a customer that was built using JShop on Apache. For SEO reasons links are like: http://www.domain.com/shop/section/3151/1/flowers http://www.domain.com/shop/...
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The proper way to redirect from http:// to /www in IIS7

I've noticed recently that Google and a number of other SEO tools are a little confused about where my site is located. They seem to be unsure about whether it's www. or non www. SEO Moze's Site ...
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Domain Masking / Cloaking?

I don't know whats the correct term for it, but what I'd like is to forward users visiting domain1.com to domain2.com without changing the url in their address bar at all, ie. show contents from ...
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What is difference between ALIAS domain and MASK redirect and CNAME?

Please explain someone to me, what is difference in terminology between ALIAS domain and MASK redirect and CNAME settings? What are they used for, with some examples please. And what are their ...
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Nginx simple redirect old uri to new uri

I've got problems with simple SEO friendly redirect. Web page has changed and I'd like to redirect old uris to new ones. For example I'd like to redirect /contact to /contact.html I've tried ...
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IIS7 Multiple Sites with redirection on domains for SEO purposes

For SEO purposes with IIS6, I had always set up two sites, one bound to www.domain.com and another site to domain.com that redirects to www.domain.com where the actual site lived. I really hate the ...
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Is there an advantage to redirecting vs rewriting when “hiding” the 'www' domain prefix?

Using virtual hosts I have gotten into the habit of using this: <VirtualHost: *:80> ServerName www.example.com Redirect permanent / http://example.com/ </VirtualHost> Yet I often ...
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Serving images from another hostname vs Apache overload for the rewrites

We are trying to improve further the speed of some sites with older HTML in order as well to obtain better SEO results. We have now applied some minify measures, combined html, css etc. We use a small ...
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301 redirect or disallow on robots.txt?

I recently asked for 301 redirection on ServerFault and I didn't get a proper solution to my problem, but now I have a new idea: use the robots.txt to disallow certain URLs from my site to be "crawled"...
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Is this a valid robots.txt file?

I have this robots.txt file: User-agent: * Sitemap: Path_to_sitemap.xml My Q is, should I have something else in there as well? Like allow All or something? Thanks
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Does hosting multiple sites on one server hurt your SEO?

I have a handful of (content unrelated) sites with decent PRs and I'm considering hosting them all on the same server. I've heard that if you do this, internal linking between two seperate domains on ...
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safe 301 redirection using htaccess for two domains

I have two domains, a new domain (newdomain.com) and and old legacy domain (olddomain.com). I want to safely redirect the old domain to the new domain. Easy enough. At the moment I am doing this ...
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Lighttpd redirect from www.domain.com to domain.com

I need to permanently redirect all www.domain.com to domain.com in Lighttpd. Here's relevant part of my lighttpd.conf: $HTTP["host"] =~ "^www\.domain\.com$" { url.redirect = ( "^/(.*)" =&...
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Subdomain is preventing my search results from rising as expected in page rank

My problem is that I have a site which has requires a dedicated page for every city I choose to support. Early on, I decided to use subdomains rather than a directly after my domain (ie i used la....
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What happens if a website does not have a robots.txt file?

If the robots.txt file is missing in the root directory of a website, how are things treated as: the site is not indexed at all the site is indexed without any restrictions It should logically be ...
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Domain name change with minimum seo impact

I am owner of an existing (3 yr. old) domain http://www.22shrutiharmonium.com and my website appears at the top of the search results in case of some search phrases like "22 shruti" , "22 shruti ...
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.htaccess file? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Mod_Rewrite Rules but Were Afraid to Ask? How to create .htaccess file for 301 permanent redirect. I am looking for exact code that we ...
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seems to block /my-beautiful-sef-url-123

I have robots.txt that looks like this: User-agent: * Disallow: /system/ Disallow: /admin/ Disallow: /index.php The obvious goal has been to prevent all the ugly URLs from being indexed, as they all ...
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How long does it take Google to update all links from R 301?

I just changed the location of my blog, and have done the appropriate redirects. Does anyone have knowledge or experience for the delay in updating all the links across Google? Reason I ask, I wish ...
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Forward domain for flavors.me yet retain own_domain.com/blog

I wish to have my flavors.me use my own domain, yet still wish to retain access to own_domain.com/blog The way flavors.me works now is that I must have the DNS A record point at their IP. Which ...
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Redirect folder to different server

Just for clarity, I already posted this on StackOverflow and got advice that this better fits in ServerFault.com so here goes: I know you can redirect subdomains to a different server, but can you do ...
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Can nameserver issues affect SEO?

take a look at the DNS errors on this site. Might it affect how google indexes the site? The site is not even returned in searches http://www.intodns.com/legacytrustuk.org
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Do CNAME DNS entries affect SEO?

I am setting up a website for a client that I will be hosting and maintaining, and I am trying to determine what will be the most pain free setup. My thought is to do the following: Set up the ...
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Trying to test Domain Collapsing / Consoldiation validity for SEO purposes

At work, we're trying to determine the effectiveness of domain collapsing for SEO purposes. Our current structure is to have multiple web apps served from different servers, such as PUBLIC URLS - ...
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IIS 301 Redirect from “/index.html” to “/” for SEO Canonicalization

I used the technique explained here for IIS (http://www.webconfs.com/how-to-redirect-a-webpage.php), but this appears to result in an infinite loop when applied to "/index.htm" and redirected to "/". ...
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HTTP: 204 No Content Header

I just registered a new domain and at the moment it sends a 403. Is the HTTP-Header "204 No Content" a good header for a domain with no content at the moment, because I'm working on the site and the ...
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What SEO software do you use to analyze your websites? [closed]

I'm looking for a tool that would help you manage the SEO work like improving and tracking things like keywords, description, pages links, analyze concurrent websites. I'm not looking for black SEO ...
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301 redirects and SEO [closed]

I have a site which uses the following structure, domain.com/12/43/45/some-post/ When people link to my site some cms's remove the trailing slash and turn it into, domain.com/12/43/45/some-post ...
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Can I protect my sitemap.xml so that only searchengines can download it?

I'm planning of adding a bunch of aggregated lists of pages in my sitemaps that I don't want make it too easy for outsiders to screnscrape. Can I protect my sitemap.xml so that only searchengines can ...
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Search-engine friendly DNS redirection

Is it possible to redirect one domain to another using DNS protocol (and not HTTP prococol), and that redirection being friendly to search engines?? i.e. such that search engines know that the two ...
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IIS 6 permanent redirect to deal with a google indexing issue

My company changed domain names about an year ago. When searching for the company name, Google still displays the old url (for the purpose of this post, oldsite.com) I have used IIS 6 to set up a ...
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Local internet presence for SEO

I have a website hosted in the UK, but we're starting websites in other countries around the world. I've heard that if the French version of your website is physically hosted in France, then it gets ...
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Google index troubles

I have set up this simple blog, which is about travel from a girl's point of view. The site is based on a Wordpress template and the content is pretty straighforward. When the site was launched on ...
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IIS 6 - Setting up 301 redirect for non-www to www for SEO

Someone in the marketing department ran an SEO tool against our public website and found that about half of the links to our website go to www.mycompany.com, and half go to mycompany.com. Both of ...
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Putting language selectors in the domain name or as part of the URL path

I mean what is better to have www.my-domain.de/start.html www.my-domain.com/start.html or www.my-domain.com/de/start.html www.my-domain.com/en/start.html I'm mostly concerned with SEO here (i ...
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SEO - Multiple URL Paths

I have a web application that provides information related to the weather. I am trying to make this information as discoverable as possible. My question is, is it a good idea to post the same content, ...
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Subdomains vs multiple domain names

I have the domain name for www.foo.co.uk. I am looking to use it as a landing page that will allow people to go to 1 of 2 sections of my site (both having separate blogs). So I have the idea I could ...
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How can I return a 503 status in apache without invoking external scripts

I need to return a 503 status code from one of my sites while it's down for maintenance, in the time-honoured SE_firendly fashion. I can't seem to work out how to do this without invoking external ...
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Is there a way to tell robots not to look at a directory?

I have a directory full of images, that I do not want viewed by robots, is there a way to make this directory private? Thanks!
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odd query strings in Googlebot requests

Google's indexing bot (edit: yes, it's Google, IP resolves) seems to be adding arbitrary query strings to our home page. xx.xxx.xx.xxx - - [30/Jun/2009:10:14:37 -0400] "GET /?key=61680 HTTP/1.1" 200 ...
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URL Dash Disadvantage

Anyone know any hard facts about the disadvantage of having a dash in your URL? Heard some disparaging words about having dashes in your URL and it just so happens that our company has a dashes in ...