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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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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Is google penalizing SEO of websites with non device-width viewports?

These articles make it look like they are: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6101188?hl=en https://developers.google.com/web/fundamentals/layouts/rwd-fundamentals/set-the-viewport This ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Will googlebot misinterpret my site if I had no spacing between anchor tags?

Some sections of my website involve displaying a list of photo thumbnails. The source code to that is similar to the following when condensed: <div> <a href="1">1</a> <a ...
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Disallow Crawling of All Search Pages

Using robots.txt I am attempting to stop all crawling of search URLs Disallow: /rest_of_url/search&tour* Above is what I am using. Our URL looks like the following for all search results. ...
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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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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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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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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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Will setting a custom crawl rate in Google Webmaster Tools affects index or have other negative consequences?

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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Googlebot requesting invalid URL

I have a web app which emails me exceptions automatically. This morning there was an error relating to a url: /Catalog/LiveCatalog?id=ylwpfqzts id is invalid (should be a guid) and caused an error ...
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Will Googlebot have trouble crawling a site if we have such international redirects based on location and cookie?

So, we have an international site with multiple subdomains for each language. We have hreflang markup in place (+ sitemaps), but we also detect where users come from and redirect them to appropriate ...
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Why my webpages body content is not taken into account to display in google SERP?

It's confusing for me that I have content on my webpages, however, when I search with the site: operator it is not taken into account. There is something like "Thank you for contacting us...." ...
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SEO: If another website uses a iframe from our website, would the links in the iframe appear to be coming from our website or from theirs?

we are creating a "app" on our website that allows affiliates to simply use a generated iframe on their website, which would produce a list of all our products (we sell event vouchers). The links ...
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How to convince Google to list HTTPS version of website? [duplicate]

Having finally configured HTTPS for my company's website, I'm wondering now if there are any steps I can or should take to convince Google's search results to list the site as an HTTPS link rather ...
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Google not indexing my Mediawiki's jpg files description pages

My website es.wikineos.com has been running for a few years with the MediaWiki Content Management System like the one they use at Wikipedia. Google seems to be indexing my site correctly at a quick ...
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Does the Instant Preview in Google Webmaster Tools take robots.txt in account?

Is that the way to go if I want to visually see what the googlebot sees? I'm trying to check a folder which I have just blocked in my robots.txt. If I fetch the folder as googlebot, it fetches ok, ...
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I have a DoFollow backlink but I can't go directly to my site without a confirmation to leave it

I have a DoFollow backlink to a forum and I checked it. My concern is before I can reach my site using that link, there is a message: You're leaving the site, are you sure you wanted to continue? ...
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Is “Identity not verified” a problem? If so, how to solve it?

When I select the context menu item "View Page Info" on my site (using Chrome), I see "Identity not verified" Should I be: (a) concerned (b) angry (c) nonchalant ? If one of the first two, what ...
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New URL after doing redirect using 301

If we do a redirect 301, one my expired job to another URL in my site, Google will record this redirection. But what if this original job URL appears again say after 1 year. Will Google remember this ...
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“Google couldn't access your site because of a server connectivity issue”

In Google Webmaster Tools on my dashboard I have a notice that appeared 2-3 days ago that says "Googlebot can't access your site". Under the Current Status it has: DNS - SUCCESS Server Connectivity ...
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Googlebot craw rate is too slow for a huge site

I have a new website with 140k pages, according to my sitemaps. After submission of my sitemap index to Google, the Googlebot has started crawling the site a couple of hours ago, and at a steady ...
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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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Forbid content in google results summary

I put a professional directory project online since few weeks, Google has started to index some pages but i just noticed a flaw in the design of the pages. Each page have an adress, some content and ...
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How to tell Google to stop crawling my website via IP?

After a database server migration, I've noticed that GoogleBot started getting errors when trying to crawl my site. The reason seems to be that it is hitting my site via IP address (and due to my ...
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HTTP 303 redirection and robots.txt

On a site I'm working on, we're using the HTTP 303 redirect pattern (see this article for background) to distinguish between information and non-information resources. So: some URL's under /id get ...
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Google Structured Data and sitemap resubmit?

I've submitted sitemap in google search console a few weeks ago and slowly being indexed. I just implemented Google Structure Data to all the pages. How strong does it for the data to show up in ...
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English content on International page templates: how to mark it up with lang=“” attributes?

So, I have translated page templates to various languages so it's easier for users to pick their language for easier navigating and understanding the site. The pages have similar markup to this ...
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Changing pagination, and having more sections per page

I'm upgrading an old website, from having 25 results per page (40 pages), to having 50-100 per page (5-10 pages) This will change the pagination, and maybe affect search engines in a bad way.. So I'm ...
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rel=“prev” and rel=“next” inserting using javascript

does adding the rel="next" tag after the page is loaded with a small javascript still useful for SEO and google? i have a problem in my code, basically the total number of pages in the catalog is ...
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Using Fetch as Google on AngularJS

I am working on an eCommerce site and I have been asked to look at the SEO implications of our product listing page. I have done all the necessary steps to get the webmaster tools working fine on one ...
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How can I stop Google from indexing embedded iframes?

I have iframe widgets of external sources embedded on my website. For some reason Google seems to be indexing the URLs of the iframes and showing 404 errors for such URLs in the Crawl Section of ...
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URLs for dialogs from Bootstrap modals popups are getting indexed in search engines, but without nav they aren't good landing pages

On my side, I use bootstrap modals (aka dialogs / overlays) with remote content to display the detail view of some things (for example for detail view of user reviews/comments). The code looks like ...
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For performance reasons: have different pages for search engines and users

I have a SEO question for single page applications. We're working on a SPA (not yet public) that displays tables of numeric data to users. The data volume is large, number aggregations are costly ...