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 search : pubdate issue

At some point this year, Google Search started to show the publication date. When I updated my website, I noticed that the publication date was actually my birthday, simply because it's the first ...
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Serious Googlebot crawl spike using up a ton of bandwidth

One of the sites I maintain has seen Googlebot use 23gb of bandwidth this month. This seems utterly mental to me, what can I do about it? I have reduced the crawl rate on webmaster tools, and ...
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Can web crawlers that visit my site fake their user agent?

I want to write a robots.txt file for my website and allow the famous bots (Google, Bing, and Yahoo) to crawl my website, but deny the rest. I want to know if I add User-agent: Googlebot, will fake ...
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How can I make Google crawl content behind an AJAX load more button

I have a feed that has 10 questions and answers loaded when you first open the page. And then I have a "Load More" button that gets you 10 new questions and answers everytime you click on it. How can ...
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How does Googlebot crawl a webpage? [closed]

Today I had a silly fight with my colleague. My friend told me, "Googlebot crawls a web page only through the links present in webpage or through the number of page views (by text ads)." But I ...
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When will my old page stop appearing on Google? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Old pages still appearing in Google? I recently bought a new address for my Blogger blog, from yannbane.blogspot.com to www.yannbane.com. However, www.yannbane.com ...
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sitemap and crawler

I am still newbie in the entire world of SEO. Let's take a look at my example. I have a website very similar to blog style site. There few patterns for urls, all of the are very simple and allowed to ...
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Does Google ignore robots.txt

I know that here www.w3.org/TR/html4/appendix/notes.html#h-B.4.1.1 it says spiders always check the robots.txt before going to page. However I have recently been told that Google crawls every single ...
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Is it bad to hide content for SEO?

I'm designing a mobile CSS file for my website. It normally has a top navigation bar, like in here, Stack Exchange's sites. In my mobile version, I plan to hide the topbar, and put a button, which ...
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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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Should I expect Search Engines (particularly Google) to crawl epub and mobi files

Some of our content we are publishing as epub and mobi eBook format files. Will search engines crawl and index these in the same way as PDFs currently are. If the answer is yes, could you point me to ...
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How to disallow indexing but allow crawling?

In the front page of my website, I have some previews to articles (with a small introduction to them) that link to the full articles. I want to disallow the front page to prevent duplicate content. ...
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hide some area (sidebar/footer) from googlebot. causing any SEO problem?

For example, I have a product page http://www.myshop.com/product/iphone.html in this page, normal users will see: content area (about the iPhone itself) sidebar links (links to other products: ...
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Older post not indexed, new post indexed right away?

I have a post I created yesterday that was indexed rather quickly by Google. However, I have two other post that I created within the past 4 days that are not indexed and I cannot find a trace of ...
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Should my site be AJAX crawable?

I'm developing a website that uses a lot of AJAX. Now this is the first time I use AJAX and read something about making an AJAX website crawable I don't have any experience of SEO, but I read about ...
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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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New or same URL on reactivation of user generated content?

We run a classified ad website. Our users can temporarily deactivate their classified ads. From a SEO point of view, when they reactivate it, should the ad use the same URL or use a new one? Each ...
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Stop Google crawling links completely

I would like to stop Google crawling certain links on a site. When I say this, I mean completely stop the crawling. I'm aware that I use noindex/nofollow and other methods in robots.txt, but, I'm told ...
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I don't think my site is being detected/crawled properly/having backlinks, and it's ruining SEO [closed]

This is really frustrating. I'm setting up a computer repairs business called Darley Tech. I have listed my site on many online directories to encourage backlinks. I have relevant and useful ...
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Do or can robots cause considerable performance issues?

At work we are in a discussion with team members who seem to think bots will cause us problems relating to performance when running on our services website. Our setup: Lets say I have site ...
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Is using Progressive enhancement, overriding links with .js considered cloaking and can it be see by search engines?

I'm using .load to load content from a page /about.html, so that search engines can see what is going on. I've made the links that trigger the .load <a> tags to the page /about.html but for ...
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Why google isn't updating my site title in search results? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Google doesn't seem to update the description or title of my homepage I had my domain for few days before I uploaded site to it, and it had one title, and then when ...
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Subdomain and Googlebot can't access your site

I have a subdomain and Google Webmaster Tools, told me this: Googlebot can't access your site This is not the first time that I receive this message from Google's Webmaster Tools. I need to ...
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Creating sitemap for Googlebot - how to mark dynamic content / dynamic subpages?

I have a website that is an Internet forum. This forum has many categories, and a single category page that contains a lot of subpages with listed threads. This Internet forum is brand new, and about ...
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Somehow Google considers a properly 301'd URL as 200 and is still indexing the new content in old page?

We redirected all the old URL's to new ones properly using .htaccess. The problem is Google, somehow is still finding content in the old page (which it shouldn't) and stores it in the cache rather ...
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Will Google index a PHP header redirect?

I have a new domain which has an index.php file. Inside this file, I get user's IP, save it and redirect to another page on another domain. So there is no output, only header info. Will Google index ...
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Screen resolution of Googlebot mobile?

Does Googlebot-Mobile have a viewport resolution it sends across? If so, what is it? It's a general question with broad relevance, but I am asking with reference to responsive design: particularly ...
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Google attempting crawl of URLs with parameter randomly placed in URL

We have a weird SEO issue; In Google Webmaster Tools we are seeing a huge spike in Not Found Server Errors. There are a set of several hundred dynamic pages which we need to maintain (though not ...
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Google visits on Statcounter. How?

In my website’s Statcounter report, I found page views from Google. I thought it may be a Google bot’s visit but I found that particular visit comes through a search query (example.com+keyword) and it ...
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Does specifying full webpage path in robots.txt would affect my website?

It may be a silly question but I need to clarify my doubt because it's related to robots.txt. I need to prevent some label path of my website using robots.txt file. User-agent: * Disallow: ...
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Googlebot getting “301 Moved Permanently” according to “Fetch as Googlebot” in Webmaster Tools

I launched a website four days ago, and now when I try to crawl the website like Google bot in "Google webmaster tools" I end up with a response like this: HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently Date: Thu, ...
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Googlebot fetches my pages very frequent, rel-nofollow, meta-noindex or robots.txt-disallow

Googlebot fetches pages in my site very frequently. And this slowens my website. I don't want Googlebot to crawl too frequent. I decreased crawl rate from Google webmaster tools. But I'm supposing to ...
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How to resolve “Google can't find your site's robots.txt” error?

I've recently found that "Google can't find your site's robots.txt" in crawl errors. When I tried Fetching as Google, I got result "SUCCESS", then I tried looking at crawl errors and it still shows ...
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Could this be considered duplicate content? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? I'm building a dating site at the moment. On the homepage I have a paginated list of all ...
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Should i use a 301 redirect? Is Googlebot case sensitive?

The Googlebot reports the following: Pages with duplicate meta descriptions /Default.aspx?p=2 /default.aspx?p=2 So my question is, should i use a 301 redirect from Default to default or vice ...
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How to fix Google 404 not found Crawl Errors?

I was checking on Google webmater tool for my blog site to see if there's any indication on why my blog traffic decreased to half in one day and i saw 43 Not Found crawl errors and 5 in Sitemap Not ...
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“Restricted by Robots.txt” in Google Webmaster Tools when no robots.txt exists

In Google Webmaster Tools, I have 832 errors in the sitemap with the error being "URL restricted by robots.txt". I don't have a robots.txt file, and the robots meta tag equals "index, follow". I did ...
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google webmastertools will curtom crawl rate affects indexing what are the effects of custom crawl rate

My site was running well for the past three years. Recently googlebot's request my server got increased. and at one time i got network unreachable error. When i contacted my hosting company they asked ...
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How to recover after malicious code removal?

I just removed some malicious code from one of my client's website's theme. It was a result of a pirated theme the client was using and had ignored some hidden code with hyperlinks to betting sites. ...
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Google bots and iframe

Here is the problem: Let say I have mydomain.com. The externaldomain.com/article/mydomain has an iframe with mydomain.com inside but the externaldomain.com robots.txt contains: Disallow: /article/ ...
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Create a way for Googlebot to find the deep pages in my site when users would find these pages via site search

I have a website like Foursquare, where users search for business in a specific location. The users can click on markers inside the map to view details about the companies/stores, and these details ...
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Can Google bots interpret hyphen separated words as a single keyword?

I have a french website which frequently includes the word rendez-vous. But, Google Webmaster Tools content keywords tells me the #1 keyword is rendez which is not what I want. Even worse, the word ...
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Forum is removed but still being visited by Googlebot

I've removed Simple Machine Forum (SMF) from my blog and from Google's index . I've even removed the sub-directory /forum from my blog techwayz.com and blocked it through robots.txt file. ...
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Do web crawlers/spiders index azure web sites?

For somebody who wants their web site to be as discoverable as possible (and who doesn't?), are Microsoft's Azure web sites (azurewebsites.net) a feasible domain to host sites? I have a site that is ...
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In robots.txt, why would there be “Allow: /*” below a Disallow rule?

I want to allow full access to all Google I am specially confused about Allow: /* below Disallow: # Google Image User-agent: Googlebot-Image Disallow: Allow: /* # Google AdSense User-agent: ...
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What are the problems of httponly and secure cookies?

We would like to set: all our cookies (session id, etc.) as "httponly" all security (session token, "remember me", etc.) cookies as "secure" Except compatiblity issues, what are the know problems ...
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Will Google crawl a news/RSS aggregator site?

I know how to code. I know how to set up a news/RSS aggregator site. But I don't know if Google will crawl it. Will Google crawl such a site? The site will have a listing of all the aggregated news ...
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Why old (301) links stay on Google when breaking site down to multiple domains

Some background: We did have single site and single domain (let's call it mainsite.com) with product information, however things have changed since and product database has grown fast. So we decided ...
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Googlebot is blocked from my domain

My robots.txt is: User-agent: * Disallow: / Sitemap: http://example.com/sitemap.xml Sitemap: http://example.com/sitemap.xml.gz It has been the same for well over a week now, but when I go to ...
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How to make image only website friendly to googlebot? [duplicate]

so I making this portfolio site for some artist. She draw all the menus and texts manually(on paper), then scanned, some "post processing" in photoshop and that's how the whole layout was created. ...