Googlebot is the bot software that Google uses to crawl over 20 billion pages each day, the data obtained during a crawl is then analyzed and ranked on Google Search.

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Google is not indexing my site although it is crawling it

I have a site that has around 12,000 pages. A couple of days ago I uploaded the site, I removed the disallow option from my robots.txt, I run "fetch as Google" and I got the message: URL and ...
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Is offering Google Bot a lite version of site skin considered cloaking?

If you have multiple templates a user can choose from on a site (like a forum), and you offer Google Bot a "lite" skin, is this considered cloaking? Or is this considered okay? The actual content ...
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How can I prevent Googlebot from indexing web service URL's?

I have a problem with googlebot and bingbot accessing our web service. We have a search application created in aspx that is integrated into a drupal website. Users perform searches based on postal ...
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Indexed webpages stopped rising, while Submited keep rising normally

Last months I have noticed a strange behaviour in Google's Webmaster Tools. Although I provide a valid Sitemap for my website, which is normally processed and without any issues from Google, while ...
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How to tell Google my content will expire after a certain period? [duplicate]

Right now I'm facing issues with 404 (Not Found) errors, because my content will deleted automatically after two months. I cannot change this behavior, because it is a real estate web site and once it ...
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Foolproof way to ensure Google news pulls the correct image for its thumbnails?

Google news results have an acompanying thumbnail next to articles that show up in the results. If Google's crawler can't find a thumbnail to pull from our site, it uses its next best guess from ...
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Is having content on the 'above the fold' area of webpage good for SEO?

I have content (article) which is visible only when scrolled down. I have dedicated the 'above the fold' area of all my article webpages for visuals - graphics and H1 (header 1). Is there any ...
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Odd/faulty page links being served to Googlebot

Yahoo recently bought Tumblr, where I write fairly long form scientific pieces. I noticed recently that a new script had been added to the end of pages, and it seems to be interacting badly with the ...
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Using a canonical link with non-duplicate pages

I want to use canonical tag for index.php and all versions of index.php below: index.php index.php?something index.php?somethingsomething I also have URLs like: someproduct.html ...
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Can I use meta refresh instead of 301 redirect?

I have submitted my site with ugly URLs to Google, and now they are appearing as mysite.com/show.php?id=42. Now, I know that I can 301-redirect it to mysite.com/article/42. However, my site uses the ...
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Google 404 errors on webmaster page

I have a lot of 404 errors on my webmaster's page. I don't know how google ended up on those urls. I checked my site many times to see if any links to those pages appear, but found nowhere. Is google ...
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SEO problems with multilanguage site [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get search engines to crawl my site and see a localised view of my data? I have recently started a CMS project in PHP, the site will be multilingual. ...
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Personalized content (authenticated with a cookie) and impact on SEO

We have a big website with a lot of content, that is doing pretty well in terms of SEO. Google likes the site, visitors like it as well. Our problem is that there is a lot of content that would only ...
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Google crawl rate is climbing but still no indexing?

This might belong on another stack site but idk. Soooo.... A year ago I started two sites that I didn't want indexed by Google or any other search engine since both sites were being developed based on ...
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Is Google less likely to index URLs that don't match the directory structure of the page they are linked from?

Worded the question title the best I could. I have a website. The site has a category of articles - award winners. the URL to this category, a page with a list of winners, is: ...
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Is there a way to stop a keyword from appearing in Google Webmaster Tools?

I added a web site a while ago to Google's index and it contains lots of links with the text "Permalink" that, well, link to permalinks of different content/pages. Now "Permalink" is the #1 keyword ...
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'Buy the app' landing page implementations: redirect or JavaScript popup?

My site (using Django) has an app that I'm trying to push - I currently have a piece of middleware that redirects the user to a page advertising the app if they're accessing the page on the iPhone, ...
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Google crawlers screen size

Imagine a I have two types of images (A and AAA(heavier)) for the same website: depending on the size of the screen it will show one image or other. Now I'm wondering what images (A or AAA) loads ...
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Directing crawlers to content in language per language sub-domain

I have a site with multilingual website with many pages (40M). The site has UGC, and each translation is actually for the titles. Each sub-domain points to the same content with different titles per ...
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Webmaster Tools show the “Total Indexed” number to be zero

I recently switched my domain from yannbane.blogspot.com to www.yannbane.com, and added my new domain to my Webmaster Tools account. After a few days, I went there and checked the data, and I was a ...
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Is feeding Googlebot and Bingbot crawlers with “special” data common thing in rich internet applications?

So I faced next problem: my server and my rich internet application (RIA) client are using/generating so much JSON data that is rendered on fly even on just page creation complete that standard dull ...
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Google bots are severely affecting site performance

I have an aggregate site on a linux server that pulls in feeds from a universe of about 2,000 blogs. It's in Wordpress 3.4.2 and I have a cron job that is staggered to run five times an hour on ...
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Is hiding content with JavaScript or “text-indent: -9999px” bad for SEO?

So apparently hiding content using "display: none" is bad for SEO and seen by googlebot as being deceptive. This according to a lot of the posts I read online and questions even on this site. But ...
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How to decrease the frequency of Google/Search-engine bots crawling my site?

My server handles my visitors ok, but recently I found there are many search engine bots crawling my site and my server gets quite busy serving these bots. My site generates over 1000 posts each day, ...
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Will Googlebot crawl HTTPS URLs that are encrypted by SSL?

This question was asked at StackOverflow, but it doesn't have good references. Does Googlebot crawl HTTPS? (Please provide references.)
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Will multilingual content on same page works to avoid content duplication

We have a website, which is having old/new vehicle deals for purchase. We are getting these data from third party website (legally) and all the pages are in English language. So, Here our issue is ...
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Does updating site too frequently hurt SEO rankings?

I recently updated my site, like 3-4 times in 2 months. At first everything was good, (i.e., Google was updating my pages' SERP content in 2-3 days). But now I did kind of a major change, I switched ...
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How much time does Googlebot take to crawl the page after submitting it to index

I've a daily changing job site and I've also setup a dynamically generated XML sitemap for the search engines. But Googlebot indexes the at it's own priority. I've a page linking to newly added jobs ...
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Why isn't Google crawling on my blog? [duplicate]

I have a blog. I made it in August, 2010. It has been awhile, but I am unable to make Google crawl on my site. I have requested Google to crawl but there is still no response. Are there any reasons of ...
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Using table tag to structure a web page decrease referencing quality? [duplicate]

I am student in web programing. I use massively <table> ... </table> to structure my web page. My professor once told me it could decrease the referencing quality for my websites, so I ...
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What's the smallest page size for Googlebot to not go “Soft 404”?

Google appears to have two documents for Soft 404: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/181708?hl=en&ctx=tltp https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/2409443?ctx=MCE&ctx=S4 ...
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Does Googlebot determine the value of a link by its position on the page?

It's well-known that the SEO value of a website basically depends on how much it has been referenced, linked, and shared. From Googlebot's point of view, is a link at the top of a page more valuable ...
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Webmaster Tools word count

Is there a way to somehow verify that the Googlebot finds the headings and the content, for example by word count? I'm asking this because I tried a program called Screaming Frog, which fails to even ...
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Google Webmaster Tools complains about missing robots.txt

Nine days ago, I got a message Google Webmaster Tools: Over the last 24 hours, Googlebot encountered 1 errors while attempting to access your robots.txt. Well, but I don't have a robots.txt on ...
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What does Google do with indexed pages returning 403?

I guess that Google removes already indexed pages that are now returning the HTTP error 403. Unfortunately I can't find any definitive statement on that matter. Do you know the answer?
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Stop bots from crawling old links with extensions

I've recently switched to MVC3 which is extension-less for the URL's, but Google and Bing have a wealth of links that they are crawling which no longer exist. So I'm trying to find out if there is a ...
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Prevent crawling of mobile site

I have an issue with bots crawling the mobile site and returning hits on the mobile site for desktop users. The mobile content is in /mobile/ The regular site will redirect mobile users to the ...
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How to present videos for Google Bot

i have a website which streams Flash Videos. For Google i have a special page due to using AJAX for normal Users (see articles on "_escaped_fragment_" for this). What i want to know is how i should ...
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Google webmaster Verification failed

I have a site created by Ruby on Rails. I had successfully verified the site with Google Webmaster Tools some months ago. However, recently Webmaster Tools has been asking me to verify my site. I ...
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Hiding duplicate content - should I use meta tags or robots.txt?

Last week my site was utterly pummeled in Google's rankings - losing 95% of impressions overnight according to Google Webmaster Tools. It now only shows up if you search for the URL/site name itself. ...
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Can Googlebot handle robots.txt with a 302 redirect?

In Google Webmaster Tools, I get an error: Google couldn't crawl your site because we were unable to access your site's robots.txt file The associated help says: If your robots.txt file ...
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Is there any benefit to put rel='nofollow' on mailto links?

Since bots have a fixed budget to spend to crawl websites on a regular basis, does it makes sense to mark mailto links with rel='nofollow' to make sure them don't spend time on these (especially if ...
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Googlebot algorithm for crawling?

Is there some general description telling how Google crawls your website? I mean, not the frequency, but which URL is it going to explore next?
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Get google to index JavaScript pages as separate pages

I have a product page with say 10 products, that loads up all the content when the page loads. Then JavaScript hides content till a product is selected. Then JavaScript hides and unhides information. ...
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Google on capital letters in url

I created one of my websites with the following url structure: http://domain.com/Animal/Pig http://domain.com/Pigs If I change the url map to lower case letters instead, will google reindex those ...
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Making JSON page which renders on document ready indexable

I have a page which is pretty much 99% on document ready generated by various JS files. It then gets and renders tons of JSON (I use tempo JS for rendering). It all happens on document ready. So ...
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robots.txt for a CodeIgniter based website?

I am working on a php site that uses Code Igniter framework and has the following folder structure on the server. public_html application public sql style system design images ...
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suspicious crawler activity

I'm noticing that I get accesses 66.249.66.198 - - [01/Jul/2011:17:13:46 +0200] "GET /img/clip.incubus.torrent.phtml HTTP/1.1" 404 143 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; ...
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Backlinks: How does a company's name as the anchor text help with SEO?

Often I see footer links like: SEO by COMPANY NAME How does this help with SEO other than helping a company rank for "Company Name"? When nearby words like "SEO by" get picked up by a search engine ...
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Google Webmaster Tools reporting crawl error 404 (Not found) for a page which has never existed

Google Webmaster Tools is reporting a crawl error "404 (Not Found)" for an .html page which has never existed on a web site I developed. The page being reported is "tyuiabmog.html", which doesn't ...