Questions tagged [seo]

For questions about how Stack Exchange sites are indexed and ranked by search engines.

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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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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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Need tag abbreviation expansion/synonyms for SEO purposes

On RPG.SE we have a significant SEO problem stemming from our use of (semi-) standard abbreviations for RPG names in tags. This is exacerbated by tags not taking special characters and having a 25 ...
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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 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 ...
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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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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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Are there plans to include pingback functionality in SE 2.0?

The pingback protocol specifies a method for CMS software to alert another Web site that someone's posted something linking to the other Web site. This might have some value for SE sites -- there's ...
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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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hottest questions by tag is found by google search

I search on google for: "autofac nested ienumerable flatten" and found: https://stackoverflow.com/tags/namevaluecollection/hot The page contains a lot of terms that are very loosly related, ...
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Does Google index other answer pages (page > 1) of long threads?

I had a liberty of experimenting with two "heavy-weight" questions: What's the most egregious pop culture perversion of programming? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/140270/humor-in-code If ...
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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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Improve SEO for the “funny” site name of SE websites

I'm sorry for the very cryptic title but I couldn't come up with a better wording. Many SE websites have two names: The first is basically a description of what the website is about, such as Food ...
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Suggestion: rel=“canonical” should point to the migrated question when it is migrated

As suggested, rel=“canonical” was added to improve SO results in Google. It would be even better for this canonical link to directly point to the migrated destination if it is migrated. That way all ...
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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 ...