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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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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 Three major causes for the not-so-great is misleading question titles, outdated answers,...
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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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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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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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Protecting a question shows mistaken authorship in Google search results

Today, I was searching on Google for a resource on viewing the JavaScript console in various browsers. As it turns out, there was a good overview on Webmasters.SE: "Thanks, John Conde!" I thought to ...
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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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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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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 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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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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stackexchange.com search no longer working

When you search the entirety of Stack Exchange from stackexchange.com, it displays the following error message: Linked CSEs are no longer supported. See https://goo.gl/Gs1KIc. Use this link to ...
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Are suggested edits indexed by Google?

I was trying to get some more information to complement an answer, and I found this odd link in my search, linking the suggested edit history of a question. Are those pages intended to be indexed by ...
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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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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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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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Can one log in using multiple Google accounts with Stack Overflow?

I don't see an option anywhere though, perhaps some hack. If not, can this be a feature request?
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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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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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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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Bug: Google search result entry cites a closed question's closure reason as “Top answer”

While testing some queries to see how a few money SE questions are ranking in Google's search results, I came across the following. Witness:        Is this inference of ...
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Is there any official Google support in Stack Overflow? [closed]

Today I flagged this question as off topic. It's to do with deleting service accounts from Googles Cloud console. This looks like an admin issue to me, and certainly not a programming question within ...
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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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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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Please Noindex 'Recently Active XXX,' 'Newest XXX,' etc

I was recently looking for an old post on gaming.stackexchange.com, and one of the things I remembered was that the game "SingStar" was mentioned. Thus, I typed "singstar site:gaming.stackexchange....
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Even Google knows SO is the one

Doing a Google Search this evening I noticed the following interesting first result. It seems that even Google knows that SO always has the answer, except the link points to the question C# Automatic ...
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Better Google and Bing search results from Stack Overflow

I commonly search Google or Bing for questions related to programming, and often I get results from Stack Overflow. That's a good thing, of course. Recently, however, a lot of these results are ...
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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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“Hot Network Questions” cross-linking is causing issues with Google Search Results

The way Stack Exchange cross-links sites via "Hot Network Questions" is causing Google search results to be pretty useless... so I'd like to request that "Hot Network Questions" be removed from all ...
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Google logo is out of date (follow-up)

Related: Google logo is out of date The Google+ logo associated with logging in is still out-of-date. Here's a view of the desktop login screen: Here's a view of the mobile theme login screen: ...
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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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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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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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How do we prevent spam from appearing in Google searches?

At the time the community deleted a spam message by flagging we can see that these unfortunately were already indexed by Google: Examples: spam deleted within 5 min.: video - Where to Watch ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it ok to google and answer the question in Stackoverflow

Is it good to search and answer the questions? Sometimes I don't know the answer, but i know how to find one (due to familarity or previous experience). When i find a solution (which is not really ...
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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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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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Do you google before asking on StackOverflow? [closed]

Duplicate: How to deal with google questions? Do you google for answers to put on SO? There are a few posts which make me wonder if users google first before asking questions on StackOverflow. ...
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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!
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Google is showing only one result of Stack Overflow (per query) for the last 2 days?

I typically use Google to search answers for my questions on Stack Overflow. Sorry to state that Stack search is not as powerful as Google and hence I typically rely on Google. For that last 2 days, ...
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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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Why do I get redirected from HTTPS to HTTP when using the Googlebot IP range against the StackExchange API?

These things redirect https to http (which causes my access token to be revoked and fail the request). Googlebot user agent Googlebot IP range (I think) It would be really nice if this didn't happen,...
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How Stack Overflow questions appear on Google as soon as you post [duplicate]

As soon as you post a question on Stack Overflow, in 5-10 seconds it starts to appear on Google Search Results. How that works? Is that the result of a very high page rank or there is some kind of ...
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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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When making a search on Google with the word 'POST' in it, many irrelevant results are returned

I made the following search: https://www.google.tt/search?q=sharepoint+OpenPopUpPage+POST on Google and all of the SO results contained the following text on the search results page which indicates ...
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Will Stack Exchange traffic be affected as Google now shows an answer right on the search page

I searched the terms "JavaScript Closure" in Google search and the very first result I found contains content from an answer posted on Stack Overflow. How this will impact Stack Exchange?