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Embrace the non-Googlers

There seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to "easy" questions that involve quickly answering by copy/pasting embarrassing links to lmgtfy.com (or similar responses in comments, which aren't downvotable) ...
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SEO in Stack Overflow

We've been out of private beta for only two days, and stackoverflow.com is already ranking high in Google Search. Are there any specific techniques applied in the site? I've been researching the ...
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How does Stack Overflow work so well with search engines? [duplicate]

How does Stack Overflow work so well with search engines? It's really amazing; if I post a question, it'll show up in Google's search results within 15-30 minutes! What are the tricks? sitemap.xml? ...
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Google doesn't know how to count

So I was doing some Google searching today and actually saw one of my questions in the results. Something was wrong with what was shown by Google however, it is listed as having 3 answers: ...
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Employer blocks jQuery from Google, DOH!

UPDATE Just got off the phone with one of our network guys, it sounds like our credentials are not being attached to the actual call for the JS file from Google. Since the credentials are not there, ...
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I'm just going to throw this out there, but Google indexes Stack Overflow really quickly

For example, I posted a question on SO after using Google to try to find an answer. I then turned back to Google and did a search for netbeans validate jtextfield against regex and it was already the ...
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Google Search should not index “Related questions” lists

If I run Google search specifying "site:stackoverflow.com" I often get multiple duplicates in results for the following specific reason... Suppose I search for "Create GUID" and there're several ...
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Suggestion: Use rel=“canonical” to improve Stack Overflow's Google results

Google now supports <link rel="canonical">, which allow a page to point to the canonical version of itself. This would help to fix a problem with Stack Overflow's Google search results, in that ...
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Improper use of rel=canonical is hurting search

When a question has many answers, the Stack Exchange software will split them onto several pages. As of mid-2009, the second and later pages have included a rel=canonical link tag pointing to the ...
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As it currently stands, this summary is not a good fit for Google [closed]

I was poking about Google (search: groovy java) and came across this search result: (plain text of above screen shot, for the imgur impaired) Why would one use Groovy over Java? - Stack ...
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Should I ask a question that is easily Google-able?

Meta appears to have come to a consensus that when a user asks a question that is easily answered with Google that we should not close the question but rather answer it properly. Embrace the non-...
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Any way to support users who block Google APIs?

I block everything Google, including Google APIs, as I don't like to to have Google tracking all of my usage on the Internet. Is there any way to use Stack Exchange without Google APIs? I usually am ...
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How do Stack Overflow questions appear in Google search results in seconds? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: SEO in stackoverflow I have noticed that when I ask a question on Stack Overflow and I go into Google and search for the question, it comes up in Google in just a minute or so....
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How does StackOverflow get indexed by Google in such as fast manner? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does Stack Overflow work so well with search engines? I notice that every time I or some else asks a new question on StackOverflow it only takes a few minutes to a half ...
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Please give me a choice not to use Google's reCaptcha

I hate Google stealing book rights from authors and I do not want to help them doing so. I consider digitalization of books generally a good idea, but it should not be done with evilness and ...
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How do I Google the whole trilogy of StackOverflow sites?

Is it possible to Google the whole trilogy of StackOverflow sites at once? Google only gives me two hits from a domain before asking me to search in that domain only. So if I want to search both ...
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Does Google special-case for Stack Overflow?

I just noticed something which I think is pretty cool (link to reproduce): Inside the search results, Google includes the number of answers and the date a certain question was asked (even more ...
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How to deal with “Have you tried Google?” comments

When faced with a simple question, some users respond with comments that say something like, "You should have Googled it" and nothing else. These are often upvoted a few times as well. Is it ...
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To Google or not to Google…Complexity of SO questions?

Since I discovered Stack Overflow, it has been excellent resource for answering program-related questions. Lately, I actually find myself coming here before doing a google search to even answer the ...
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Google Baraza: impact on SO franchise?

Google has announced their SO attempt, Baraza http://www.google.com/baraza/en/ From the blogoscoped http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2010-11-16-n46.html: Baraza operates on a Points basis. You get ...
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Does StackOverflow have some sort of deal with Google? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How frequently are new questions indexed by search engines? I've noticed something pretty cool a few times over the past few weeks. A couple of users have posted error ...
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Withdraw questions with no useful answers from Google index

(Turning this answer into a feature request.) Stack Overflow is a repository of great and not-so-great answers. Three major causes for the not-so-great is misleading question titles, outdated answers,...
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Tom Ritter, Ngu Soon Hui what is your secret?

When you search for 'stackoverflow' on Google, you get the following screen: I'm curious what special abilities Tom and Ngu have to get on the Google search? I'd expect the top users to appear there.
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Switch Stack Overflow account from Google login to Stack Exchange login [duplicate]

Right now I have an account on Stack Overflow that was created automatically when I logged in using my Google account. The point is, what happens if I lose access to my Google account? It seemed ...
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Google indexing issue for keyword 'StackOverflow'

Maybe this is a temporary issue. I will check later in the night today and update/close this thread. [2013-02-27] For most of the world, this issue should now be resolved and non-repro, and the ...
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Permalink URLs disallowed in robots.txt, causing PageRank dilution

Below each question and answer on Stack Exchange, there's a "link" button which generates a short permalink URL to that post for convenient linking and sharing. These URLs look like this: https://...
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Should hidden community user profiles pop up in a Google search?

From another question related to the use of the Google search engine in combination with Stack Exchange, I found the following. I have some accounts I solely use for flagging. Those profiles are set ...
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Is there a way to hide my profile from Google search?

If you Google my name, it comes up with a link to my ServerFault profile first, then StackOverflow profile, then LinkedIn, then website, etc. I've heard it's common practice for employers to Google ...
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Tags appear in lowercase in Google search results — should they be capitalized?

Across the Stack Exchange network, tags appear before the user-given title of the question inside the HTML <title> element: <title>javascript - What does jQuery.fn mean? - Stack Overflow&...
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How is stack overflow optimized for Google? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: SEO in stackoverflow Related question: I'm just going to throw this out there, but Google indexes Stack Overflow really quickly So, I was watching a presentation about SO ...
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Show Google results along with related questions

A significant number of downvotes are given to questions whose askers didn't first check Google. This seems to be closely related to downvotes from asking a question with duplicates in the "Related ...
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What's this virus threat on Google Chrome when editing a Stack Overflow post?

When editing my previous post I got this: How does it come? It seems it only occurs on this particular post, Running Exe in Firefox why do I get an error, not on the one I am writing here for example....
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Why do Google present links to sitemap xml files?

Just runned this long query on Google: http://www.google.se/#q=telerik+mvc+grid+filter+template+unicode+500+Internal+Server+Error.+The+request+was+rejected+by+the+HTTP+filter The three top results ...
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In Google search results comments can count as answers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Google doesn't know how to count When a question with no answers - that does have comments - appears in Google search results, the comments can appear to count as answers. ...
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How long should I search for an answer before I ask on an SE site? [duplicate]

Naturally, before I ask a question on a forum or site like Stack Overflow, I'll first search the sites themselves and on Google for the answer. How long should I do so before I give up and post the ...
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New Stack Overflow Questions in Google Search Results [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does Stack Overflow work so well with search engines? Does StackOverflow have some sort of deal with Google? I noticed that Google indexes and presents Stack Overflow ...
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Can't login using Firefox 21 Nightly / 19 stable [duplicate]

I am using "Login with Google" and can't access stackoverflow from my account using Firefox. I tested this using 2 versions: At first I tried logging in using Firefox 21 Nightly, then I checked it ...
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How questions on Stack Overflow are indexed on Google as soon as they are posted? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: I'm just going to throw this out there, but Google indexes Stack Overflow really quickly… SEO in stackoverflow I have noticed one thing many times, as soon as we ...
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Highlight link suggestions when posting

I'm amazed I only found one relevant suggestion. Jon Skeet suggests a user interface for searching for a link on a selected 'API website'. I'd go one step further and use a mechanism as e.g. ...
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Is the Meta top bar, resembling Google's design, distinctive enough?

Now my meta top bar looks like this: It remind me too much of google's top bar, with these new grey icons, little "bubbles" and dark background. On more occasions I saw sites trying to copy ideas ...
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Severe traffic drop for some sites since the last Google algorithm update

The recent update from Google to their search algorithm seems to have hit a few sites rather severely. I can't say for sure that this change is responsible, but the traffic graph from Skeptics looks ...
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Stack Exchange communities are different! How? Speech bubbles!

When doing a Google search for 'stack exchange', you get this top result (at least I do): Under 'Stack Exchange: Hot Questions', we see the following line: Stack Exchange Q&A communities are ...
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Google “answering” my search with link to SE, but not showing the top answer(s)

I googled is html a language. Like (almost) always, SE was first. However, they actually answered my question in a fancy box! I read it, and clicked the link because I needed to know how many ...
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Can Google (search engines) “see” deleted posts or comments?

I have a vanity search set up on Google. Every once in awhile a post or a comment comes through that just seems ambiguous, outdated, or whatever... so I follow the link and I clean it up or delete it. ...
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Google query to find high reputation Stack Overflow users in your city?

How can I use Google to identify Stack Overflow users in a city with a reputation higher than X? I can get a list of Stack Overflow users in a city by doing a simple Google query such as the ...
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Duplicate Results in Google Search - Is it a Bug?

I searched something on Google. This is a screen shot of it. Link 01 : https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2974/is-there-a-way-to-remove-community-wiki-status/ Link 02 : https://meta....
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Why is https://meta.dev.superuser.com indexed by Google?

I'm subscribed to Google Alerts for my own name - for no particular reason that I can remember. Today I received an alert that pointed to https://meta.dev.superuser.com/ which has a different IP ...
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Why do I see permalinks instead of slugs on Google? (i.e. /q/ and /a/)

Lately, I've seen many search results in the form of https://stackoverflow.com/q/<id> and /a/<id> on Google. Why do I see these slug-less permalinks instead of the full URL? For instance, ...
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Are comments indexed by Google?

Are comments made on SE sites indexed by Google? Or is the site configured in such a way that only questions and answered are "seen" by Google robots? I know this question appears related, but its ...
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Does Stack Overflow have a special Google integration?

Does Stack Overflow have a new special kind of Google integration? How does this work? It looks great!