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All questions with the tag “SERPs”:

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1. Should I disallow Googlebot from crawling slower pages? 1,671
2. Will Google remove a page that I don't like from its search results? 1,660
3. Does Google try to return results based on signals other than popularity? 1,563
4. Is it good to put a "coming soon" page for new domains? 1,254
5. I have a client who was hacked. The SEO consultant said things were cleaned up, but they weren't correctly. All 30,000 viagra/cialis type and paid links have been removed, but no improvement in SERPs. We send reconsideration. What do we do now? 1,235
6. Can you confirm if the Google SERPs are moving to AJAX, if so how do you think it will affect analytics which rely on the keyword information being in the URL? 1,221
7. A site for my client's competitor shows up on a SERP for keywords that never show up in the site anywhere (not even hidden in the source code). How is this even possible, and isn't this spam? 1,200
8. If I use Google Analytics to track conversions on my ecommerce website, would that have a negative effect in Google SERP? 1,171
9. If it appears that your site has been penalized in SERP position, but you have done nothing wrong and cannot diagnose what the problem is, how do you proceed? 1,154
10. Can Google provide a way to mark a section of our pages as being less important for being indexed/snippeted by Google? 1,140
11. Can I tell Google not to display the date in my site's snippets? 1,111
12. Do your SERPs return the exact same results on all browsers? 1,090
13. Does stripping file extensions from URLs ( versus have demonstrable benefit in the SERPs? 1,059
14. Any updates on "site hierarchies display in search results" (aka breadcrumbs)? 1,037
15. Why are the UK SERPs still really poor with irrelevant non UK sites (US/AUS/NZ) ranking very high since early June? 1,020
16. I bought a domain 7 months ago. The website I put on it still doesn't show in the SERPs. Since 2000 it's had different owners – used by a co. in Oz, it's then served ads, then "for sale" with a company for 4ish years. Will it have trust issues in Google? 1,002
17. Google is showing breadcrumb URLs in SERPs now. Does the delimiter matter? 943
18. Love the new "real time" results displaying on SERP. Is it possible to distinguish these from the other results with a different background colour or surrounding border? 804
19. Is there a minimum number of spam complaints about a domain and/or SERP before Google reviews the complaint? 800
20. What's the deal with the state of the UK SERPs? 40

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