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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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Robots.txt and pattern matching

Adding this to my robots.txt User-agent: * Disallow: /*action=*$ How does robots not recognizing wild cards handle this?
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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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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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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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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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link rel=“alternate”, multiple languages and canonical urls

Context: We've got a website which is available in multiple language versions. However, the content is the same. Each translated version of the site is available on a distinct subdomain. On some ...
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Hide elements for Google

I have some elements which I don't want Google to see. Usually repetitive content, e.g. header and sidebar. As Googlebot doesn't handle AJAX requests, I load these resources with AJAX and insert them ...
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Hide your website links from search engne

My Website Link is posted in someone else website, i asked for removal but can't get reply, google crawl his website and my website link is posted on that how to control that is that is possible? i ...
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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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When using Mod_rewrite does google bot see the original url or the rewritten url?

If i use the bellow code in my .htacess file would google bot (or any other search spiders) see the example.tumblr.com url or would they see the same url as the user ie. example.co.uk/blog ? ...
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Anyone heard of 'tank tracking'?

Someone I know told me about some seriously cutting edge blackhat SEO that he called 'tank tracking'. He said that it is some sort of code (he believes written in Python) that 'sits' around the ...
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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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Does Google bot crawl unused tags?

If a website a called foo.com has the following css, #LinkBuilder{ background:url("www.LoremEpsum.com"); } and the css id LinkBuilder is actually not getting used anywhere in the html of foo.com, ...
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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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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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How to determine if Google's Crawl Rate for your site is eating up too much Bandwidth?

I was reading about changing Google's crawl rate and how there is a balance in which if the crawl rate is too fast, it will slow your site down; but if the crawl rate is too slow, then page ...
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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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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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How does Google feel about overflow: auto?

I am planning to add some keyword rich text to my homepage at the very top. I have written almost a mini essay and putting all this text at the very top left of my page wouldn't look too nice. I was ...
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Does duplicate content inside your own website matter for SEO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? I'm not referring to the duplicate content where you copy content from another site and ...
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Would a 403 page, a blank page and a page redirect be indexed by search robots?

I am wondering if a disallow directive needs to be issued to robots on pages that will generate: a 403 forbidden error; a blank page, or; a page redirect (to log in page for example). Would not ...
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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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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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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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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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IIS Dynamic IP Restrictions Module and Googlebot

I consider using IIS Dynamic IP Restrictions Module in order to make it hard for DoS (Denial of Service) attacks. But I am not sure how that would work out for search engine bots like Googlebot. Any ...
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Can google crawl an URL (say some static HTML file) that has no pointing link? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible for web crawlers to see static pages without following a link to them? I have some URLs (some pdfs and static HTML files) in my website that I want only ...
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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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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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Should I ping to Google sitemap-index.xml or only the sitemap file that has been modified?

I have a sitemap-index.xml with 7 files. After updating one of the 7 with new content should I ping Google with the index file or with the updated file? In my index I also use lastmod so Google can ...
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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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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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Confused by Fetch as Googlebot behaviour

I have a site that I 'm trying to index and I am a bit confused by what I should expect to see in the result of the Fetch as Googlebot tool. The site uses hashbangs, so according to Google it should ...
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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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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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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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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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Googlebot following invalid URLs. How do I troubleshoot the problem?

I'm getting errors generated by Googlebot while following invalid URLs. Checking with Google Webmaster tools confirmed that the problem was the bot: I've checked the source code and the HTML ...
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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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Will robots.txt block crawling things like menu and footer links?

If I am blocking a page called pay.php, google won't crawl this page. But what about the links that are on this page as default as menu and footer links? Will these links also be blocked from ...
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Bots and scripts [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will AJAX-fetched material be invisible to search engines? Can bots understand what's going on in javascript or vbscript? Most of the social networking modules and ad ...
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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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Is Googlebot case sensitive? Should I use a 301 redirect to choose a preferred URL case?

The Googlebot reports the following: Pages with duplicate meta descriptions /Default.aspx?p=2 /default.aspx?p=2 Should I use a 301 redirect from Default to default or vice versa? Is Googlebot ...
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nofollow doesn't stop crawling?

In my website, most of the pages has a linkedin sharing button written in this way: <li> <a id="share_linkedin" ...
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Facelets SEO advice

Before I deploy the new version of my site, I would like to know a little more about facelets and SEO. My previous version of site was written in JSF and I noticed that when I submitted it to the ...
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Crawl Errors (404) Showing Up in WMT

I see from WMT that my site has 4 (404) crawl errors, each Linked from 2 separate pages. As this is a small directory listings site it would be difficult to delete the missing URLs from the db each ...
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Googlebot fetching lots of URLs with a “workaround” parameter

A certain page on our website keeps generating entries like the following on our IIS6 logs: 2011-08-16 00:53:34 W3SVC943830190 10.20.101.146 GET /abc workaround=407707368055555 80 - 66.249.85.65 - ...
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Specifying crawlers to not crawl Links which are dependent on external API's

I have links on my site which lead to internal pages that depend on first bringing data from an external API. This only takes time the first time they are pushed. Links to pages which exists in the ...
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Preventing Adsense Crawling Specific Regions of the Site

In my website, I wan't adsense crawler to not consider certain parts of the HTML. Is there any snippet I can use. The reason is I am using a plugin from an external provider and as soon as I installed ...