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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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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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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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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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Do Lifehacker and Stack Exchange have some sort of partnership? Why is Lifehacker replicating SE questions in full?

I love Lifehacker as much as any other fan but I am a bit confused as to how they are creating posts (which do give credit) that mimic SE questions in full. How Do I Stop My Fire Alarm from Going Off ...
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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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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 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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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 a down vote affect SEO for stack overflow? [duplicate]

I think I understand why someone would down vote a poor question or especially a poor answer, but what does that down vote do to the long term SEO of that question? For example, does a question with ...
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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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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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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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Why are clones ranking higher than Stack Overflow for questions and answers?

I find myself running into a number of Google queries that have Stack Overflow clone sites ranked higher than Stack Overflow. They link back to Stack Overflow, but are extremely spammy with the ads. ...
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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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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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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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Stack Overflow's robots.txt is completely useless

User-Agent: * Allow: / Disallow: /posts Disallow: /posts/ Disallow: /tags Disallow: /tags/ [...] Wikipedia says: Some major crawlers support an Allow directive which can counteract a following ...
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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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What do we do now that stackoverflow.com has usurped the term “stack overflow”?

I'm actually trying to google some information on real, honest-to-goodness stack overflow error that is happening deep inside an app, and all I'm getting is unrelated topics from stackoverflow.com or ...
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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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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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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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Getting feedback from anonymous users

Considering that anonymous users coming from Google make up 90% of Stack Overflow's traffic, maybe there are ways to track how satisfied these users are? Since upvotes aren't an option to ...
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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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How frequently are new questions indexed by search engines?

How frequently are the trilogy sites indexed by search engines? Are the more popular trilogy sites indexed more frequently than the others? What I've asked is a search-engine-independent question, ...
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stackexchange.com is too long; can we have something shorter?

It seems like each SE site having its own domain is no longer possible. All sites are under the banner of the United States of Stack Exchange. And I am fine with that (actually, I am not. But since it'...
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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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Strip titles from canonical URLs

The canonical URL used for a question currently includes the title, e.g. http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/9134/jon-skeet-facts That means if the title of the question ever changed, the ...
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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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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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Is this question SEO spam?

I honestly can't tell but it feels like it is link bait for health supplements. Like Button Width Not Working
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Improving SEO on Answers for Increased Findability

Great answers answer technical questions helpfully, a necessity for answers that become reputation bedrocks. But mother lode answers benefit from a near continuous stream of page views resulting in ...
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Google crawling policy for Stack Overflow [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How frequently are new questions indexed by search engines? I was just curious about Google's crawling policy for Stack Overflow. One of my friends posted a question on Stack ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Could StackExchange embed original questions and answers in their duplicate links?

Over in the AskUbuntu meta, I found it worrying that many search engines direct people to duplicates because their titles are more searchable. Often (or so I guess from looking at the viewcounts), ...
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Why doesn't SO use meta tags and how does it ping Google so quickly?

Today I opened the source page of Stack Overflow' home page, but couldn't find any meta tags in the <head> section. As meta tags are very important to SEO, and highly recommended by web ...
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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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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.