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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Should we still care about ajax-crawling specification?

It seems google crawlers run js. But documentations of ajax-crawling techniques are still available on Google Developers site. Are they still valid and necessary to be followed?
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Why is the date displayed in the Google search result is 3 days older than the actual publication date?

Yesterday I published an article on my website, if I go on Google it says that it has been published 3 days ago. Why? I've WordPress, on a Centos 6,5 VM. System time is wrong of 20 min of my server, ...
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Using rel=canonical and noindex in a 1-n partners environment

We sell complete sites including the domains to several partners that create content that is shown together at the main site. What we want to achieve is that the main site copy is the original but the ...
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How Googlebot discovers new website? [duplicate]

I have purchased a domain and uploaded with HTML Page and When I search in Google it shows my website. Now my question is How Google will discover my new website? I have not used ...
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Prevent Duplicate content when using CloudFlare

I have a website which uses CloudFlare CDN. At the CDN setup, CloudFlare created a sub-domain like direct.example.com to my website, which can be used to override CloudFlare and access the site ...
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Replace all images when search engine crawler visits site

I have written code that will detect when a user is a search engine and i dont include css files when this happens to save bandwidth. I was also thinking i could replace ALL images on the page with a ...
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How to make sure that Google indexes your site in less than a day?

I am thinking of creating a website where the content will be only useful for a max of one week. I am also assuming that I will be getting most of the traffic thru search engines basically Google. For ...
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How to make Google index millions of user profile pages?

I have a website with a lot of user profiles (like LinkedIn or the like). I need Google to index each public user profile page. I have a few things on my mind: 1- There is no user listing on my ...
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Will Google follow link if anchor tag content is blocked?

This is a followup on a question I was asking here: Cropping images & SEO Basically, if I have something like this: <a href="<Full_Res_Image>"><img ...
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Do error pages get indexed?

I have just started to put custom error pages on my site. But then I started wondering if google will index these error pages. I searched this up and I didn't get anything, even searched this site, so ...
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Relative URLs confuse Google crawler

I'm having some odd problems that are apparently being generated by Google crawler. Bing isn't these errors, so it's kind of confusing. The problem seems to be because of relative links. Google ...
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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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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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Does every page HAVE to be mobile friendly even if its almost unimportant?

I received the following regarding a URL of a page recommending a feature that only applies to desktop users: Faulty Redirect URLs redirect to an irrelevant landing page instead of the ...
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Facets: Googlebot encountered extremely large numbers of links on your site

We are encountering the following issue: Googlebot encountered extremely large numbers of links on your site. The site is an ecommerce site and has around 12M pages indexed in Google. From the ...
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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 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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Does Google index images declared using 'srcset'?

As of Chrome 40, the srcset attribute is supported, but will Google index the images within it?
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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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Should I return a 429 or 503 status code to a bot?

We are doing some work to block excessive bots. We are throttling requests based on IP. In the past, using IIS, we have returned a 503 error to the client. Someone suggested that a 429 is more ...
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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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Fetch as Google says my page is “Temporary Unreachable”

When looking into it in WebmasterTools, I saw that there is a "Fetch as Google - Temporarily Unreachable Issue". It is for an image, and font. How do I resolve this issue?
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Webmaster Tools shows URL errors linked from http://com.example.www/:http

I have a bog standard WordPress 4.2.1 site. I recently added it to Webmaster Tools and it is showing me URL errors (404s) that are linked from a weird URL: http://com.example.www/:http (I have ...
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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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Googlebot encountering JavaScript errors due to rendering outdated HTML files with newer JS files

We recently encountered an issue where we added a JavaScript variable (e.g. var GLOBAL_VAR = true;) to an HTML page (e.g. /Search/Index) and updated the separate JS file (e.g. ...
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How to visually see frequency of GoogleBot / BingBot access of my website from apache access logs (per 15 mins / etc)?

I am experiencing high traffic on my website at certain times of the data, at regular intervals. I am trying to determine whether GoogleBot or BingBot access of my website correlates with the high ...
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Should I remove Google indexed pages before requesting a review after thin content manual action

Following on from my previous question - NOINDEX large number of pages to fix Google thin content manual action? Firstly, If I noindex all pages causing the manual action, is that enough for me to ...
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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 ...