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How do tags influence Stack Exchange's SEO?

How do tags influence Stack Exchange's SEO? On RPG we've noticed we don't get as much traffic from Google as we would expect at this point. One of the reasons we think this may occur is that our ...
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Is it better for SEO for question titles to actually be questions (grammatically speaking)?

When asking or editing a question, is it better (from SEO or user perspective) for the title of the question to be an actual question? Do we even care? If the preference is for questions, is there ...
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Should invalid links be edited for better SEO?

I've recently come across a few questions on Stack Overflow that contain invalid links as examples relating to the question: http://domain-name.com/something http://website.com/something ...
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Missing Schema.org types 'QAPage' and 'Question' for question without answer

If a question has no answer, the structured data is missing the Schema.org types QAPage and Question. Example: question with answer The QAPage item is specified on the html element, and the ...
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How does internal linking of questions impact Stack Exchange SEO?

I don't understand the difference between linked questions and related ones on Stack Exchange. Are linked questions only put there for the sake of SEO? Does linking questions inside SE (or any other ...
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Search engine description with throwback theme [closed]

I searched DuckDuckGo just now and a StackOverflow question came up as a search result. Instead of a meaningful page description or snippet, below the DuckDuckGo search result entry appeared the ...
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Is it acceptable to rename a question if it improves SEO?

On Google, the first result for "blur image text" is Tool to quickly hide/blur/redact text in screenshot? on Ask Different. The question has over 100,000 views. The accepted answer recommends using ...
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Add canonical URLs to avoid duplicate search engine results

This is related to: Duplicate Results in Google Search - Is it a Bug? Duplicate google results Question appearing twice in Google search results Often when searching, I get duplicate results: ...
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Does bounty influence PageRank?

If a bounty is added to a question, it is added to the featured/bounties tab. I was a bit curious whether having the question prominently displayed influences how high the question will appear in ...
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Are there scenarios where an historically locked question can be moved to a different Stack Exchange website?

Questions may be historically locked when they have a high view count but are off-topic for a given community. In a situation where a historically locked question would fit better in a different ...
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Set canonical URL for questions

I googled an error message in quotes and got two results, both from Ask Ubuntu. Upon closer inspection, they were just the two different URL styles for the same question. I'd like to suggest that SE ...
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How does the system select which tag to show in the search engines? [duplicate]

One of the sources of visitors to Stack Exchange sites is search engines like Google. When we are shown the results of a question from Stack Exchange sites on Google, we are shown along with a tag. ...
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How are new Stack Overflow ques always at the top of a google search [duplicate]

I noticed an interesting thing today. I had posted a ques on the main stack Overflow website . This post garnered 14 views and 0 votes. Definetely not a popular PGE. Yet as I searched related ...
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Noindex questions without answers

This is mostly a follow-up/bump of noindex and nofollow "bad" questions?, but I have a slightly different proposal. It's been pointed out by some people * that questions without answers get ...
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Stack Exchange on port 8080

Some Google search results of Stack Exchange sites show URLs with port 8080. Curiously, other search engines I checked like Bing and Yandex aren't affected. It looks like Google has indexed various ...
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Improving search engine indexing for tag wikis?

As far as I can tell, full tag wikis do not seem to be indexed well by search engines, especially on beta sites. Tag wikis I made months ago on Genealogy & Family History SE cannot be found via a ...
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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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Why SO questions often pops up in Google Search while other topics do not? [duplicate]

I don't really understand this one. Every time I searched for a programming question, at least one SO link pops up somewhere in the first page of the search results. I read about this in this question....
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What is comanswer.com and why is it copying stackoverflow.com content? [duplicate]

I just did a search for "find out how much memory a python program takes" on Google and came up with two hits that contain the same content: www.comanswer.com/question/python-script-knows-how-much-...
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Remove the most popular tag from the title using JavaScript

So, I see that SO has moved to put the most popular tag in the beginning of the <title> to fight site scrapers. But, this is harmful to User Experience. With browsers like Google Chrome, all I ...
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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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Answering the Googlers - addressing the question Google searchers are likely to have

Often Google shows a Stack Exchange page first in search results (raise your hand if this is how you first discovered S.E.). Sometimes the interest inferred from the Google search terms is different ...
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Should we stop adding the most popular tag to the HTML title on every SE site?

Stack Exchange started a while ago to add the most-used tag at the front of the HTML title to prevent scrapers from being ranked higher on Google than the SE site itself. This makes a lot of sense ...
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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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How do new posts on Stack Overflow appear almost instantly on Google? [duplicate]

Are there API calls for sites to invoke when new content is submitted? I see that new posts on Stack Overflow appear almost instantly on Google.
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Remove nofollow on links deemed reputable

This is a followup to the following meta post: Remove nofollow on links at a certain age We have been in contact with Matt Cutts regarding removing nofollow: ... we’re trying to encourage sites ...
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Add meta descriptions to tag search pages

Add a meta description to the tag pages such as Firewall to avoid this ugliness: The text can simply read: Questions tagged firewall.
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Stack Overflow Sitemap implementation when question is deleted or updated?

As Jeff Atwood answers in "Does Stack Overflow have a sitemap?", Stack Overflow has a Sitemap, but they protect it. My question is about Stack Overflow Sitemap implementation when a question is "...
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Why do all questions link to themselves?

Every question links to itself in its H1 tag, and I was wondering why this is the case. This is also true for every post on Jeff Atwood's blog. Is this for SEO reasons? I was warned against this from ...
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Don't let bots index ephemeral pages

While googling for "Intellij GWT HTTP ERROR: 500 No realm ", I got a few SO hits with obsolete URLs: Newest 'gwt' Questions - Page 8 - Stack Overflow stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/gwt?page=8&...
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Why has traffic on my site spiked suddenly?

I've noticed that traffic on my favorite site (and a few others) has spiked recently: Why has this happened and is it going to last?
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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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First tag in the title of the page is not that convenient

After some recent changes whenever I open a question the page title reads <first-question-tag>-<question title>-Stack Overflow. Tags are often quite long - for example there's visual-...
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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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Is that still a SEO friendly URL if it has duplicates

I have been researching SEO and I am aware that Content is King etc. but now i come to a more specific thing, SEO friendly URL, which is widely discussed by public. I also read Google's Webmaster ...
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Are previous versions of a question/answer indexable by Google? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Q&A Revisions Should be Hidden from Search Engines Are previous versions of a question/answer indexable by Google ? Meaning, if a question is updated, there is still a ...
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rel=“canonical” on SO used incorrectly?

Isn't the rel="canonical" on SO used in a wrong way so that it prevents google from indexing every other page than the first of questions that have +1 pages? The rel="canonical" hint should be used ...
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Is it possible to reduce google noise excluding from indexing the right bar?

I was going to ask a question on SO, but I first searched for possible duplicates; did it through google, and indeed there was a previous question (altough different enough to allow me to dare to ask ...
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Does the question reflected in the URL change when a question title is edited?

I'm assuming that the end of the URL associated with a question is changed whenever a title is edited... is this correct? Does the original URL link to the edits page? If so, what are the ...
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Should tags take the form foobar or foo-bar?

Generally speaking, should tags be in the form of [foobar] or [foo-bar] ?
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Google now has a makeshift form to report high-ranking scrapers [closed]

Source: https://twitter.com/mattcutts/status/439122708157435904 Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) 11:39 AM 27 Feb 2014 If you see a scraper URL outranking the original source of content in Google, ...
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exclude related column text from index to avoid combined matches

Sometimes a search result only matches all the search terms because one of the terms is in the text of the related column. Example The search [evil whitespace mode dollar] currently has whitespace-...
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Add method to expand tags when used in the page title

Some of the tags we are forced to use on Gaming.SE are fairly awkward or acronymirific because of the plague of sequelitis rampant in the industry. As a result, it seems like our SEO can be pretty ...
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Why isn't stackoverflow using www in the URL?

Is there any specific reason to why stackoverflow isn't using www in their URL? When you type http://www.stackoverflow.com the site change it to http://stackoverflow.com. This is opposite to what many ...
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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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Informational questions and semi-duplicates for SEO

What is the best way to go about posting an informational question when there are existing near-duplicate questions but they do not contain keywords essential to people searching for the information? ...
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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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How does StackOverflow ensure its questions get indexed by search engines? [duplicate]

There's so many questions on SO and they quickly become hard to find unless you search for them. How does StackOverflow show all these pages to crawlers for SEO?
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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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Why is Stack Overflow the only Stack Exchange site with a search engine description?

Edit: Due to the new banner shown to new users, all sites now have an accurate search engine description. According to these posts, StackOverflow's description in search engines ("A language-agnostic ...