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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Googlebot follows rel=“nofollow” links

I would like to hide all pages of our website from being read or indexed by Googlebot, except several thousand of pages which were selected for indexing. The site was launched in April 2015. The ...
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google displays wrong language on multi language website because it takes cookies into consideration

I have a multiple language website that uses both subdomains and cookies to display the right language. Here is the logic on the website: de subdomain will display the German version fr subdomain ...
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Prevent XML sitemaps from showing up in Google search results

How do I prevent my XML sitemap files from showing up in Google search results like this result of a site: search query: I don't understand why Google would choose to show sitemap files in search ...
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Remove all pages from site [duplicate]

I have a staging server that accidentally got indexed by google. I want to remove ALL pages from google for that site: i.e. stagingserver.mycompany.com. I added a robots.txt to the root of the site ...
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For how long does the google bot wait after document ready before taking a snapshot of the webpage?

As the google bot lets the JS do its work on the page while crawling, for how long does it wait to let the javascript execute after document ready ? Suppose I have an AJAX response that takes longer ...
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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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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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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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can google index/crawl random subdomains that aren't linked to from anywhere

Me and a friend are having a debate where she claims that every and all subdomains will get crawled/indexed by google unless you specifically tell it not to, and I'm saying that if a page isn't linked ...
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Soft 404 for smartphones

We have redirected all non-existing pages to home page. It was fine for some days. Few days back i saw increase in the number of soft 404 errors for desktop. And the errors were the page urls that ...
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Fetch as Google Bot not working for `www.` version of site but is for `non-www.` version - Webmaster Tools

Ive recently acquired a new domain that i want to point at our existing domain, ive setup hosting for the new domain and then done a 301 redirect in the .htaccess file of the new domain to my existing ...
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Testing server indexed in Google [duplicate]

Assume our website domain to be www.example.com. And we have created a separate testing environment within our main domain: Say : www.project.example.com. So we have two versions within our main ...
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How does an adsense bot determine the “Above the fold” space on mobile and desktop sites?

I ran an experiment last night by replacing a small ad for a mobile site thats located near the top of the page with a larger box ad, but I moved that ad towards the bottom of the page. Ten hours ...
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For webpages using jQuery, will the Googlebot index them on “page load” or after the “page ready” state?

Will the Googlebot index a webpage on "page load" or after the "page ready" state. The reason I'm asking is because I'm trying to change my h1 and h2 tags using jQuery on page Load.
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How do I prevent Google from indexing text that is generated by JavaScript?

Google is executing the JavaScript on my password creator website and indexing the random passwords that get generated by the JavaScript. The random text that is generated could look spammy to ...
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proper use google webmaster tools URL Parameters [duplicate]

There are some urls like http://domain.com/user/:username and http://domain.com/post/:id on my website, the username and id is the parameter from database. I try to let google crawler more efficiently ...
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Does Google now factor the prominence of how a link is rendered into their PageRank algorithm?

Google's John Mueller now says that Googlebot renders the pages it crawls to determine what content is on them. They do this because so many sites are now heavily JavaScript centric and this allows ...
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Are penalties applied if you have too many 404 errors on your site?

Do the search engines take the number of 404 errors returned by a site into account when calculating the site rank? For example I have 8,000 404 errors and I am thinking that that's affecting my SEO ...
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Duplicate Sitemap URLs

I'm in the process of replacing my old sitemaps with a new form which should better represent our site. However, as bots can take days or even weeks to scan all of our urls after submitted I do not ...
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Do Search Engine Spider's submit POST forms?

If I have content behind a POST form (a select box, in my case) will Googlebot, or other Search Engine Spiders be able to crawl the content behind that form? For example, if I were to have 4 ...
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Is this really GoogleBot, or is this a spammer?

I found this IP in my access log posting repeatedly thousands of times. Is this really GoogleBot, or is it a spammer? I hesitate to block it. 185.62.188.98 - - [13/May/2015:18:54:33 -0400] "POST ...
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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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Can you use googleon and googleoff comments to prevent Googlebot from indexing part of a page?

I've seen code like for preventing Google from indexing part of a page: <p>This is a paragraph that will be indexed by Google.</p> <!--googleoff: index--> <p>This is a ...
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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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Google Webmaster Tools can't access robots.txt and the home page is “temporarily unreachable”

My site http://goo.gl/xH2Ffy suddenly disappeared from Google search and Webmaster Tools says it can't access robots.txt. Fetch as Google says "temporarily unreachable" for robots.txt and even for the ...
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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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Am I doing .htaccess right to block google, bing and alexa bots?

I do not need bots at all. I bought my traffic and I do not want my sites to show up on search engine or anything. So I added this: <IfModule mod_setenvif.c> # remove most popular bot ...
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Google Bots Crawling my Site daily is this good or a bad thing?

Currently my site is being crawled by the Googlebot on a daily basis. Is a daily crawl from the Googlebot a good thing or bad thing?
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Block search engine from indexing Currency Words as content keywords [duplicate]

I have one website with currency converter on it and Google WMT is considering the currency words as Content keywords. Is there anyway to block search engine from indexing this Currency Words like ...
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SEO on AJAX based search site

I'm building a website which is basically a simple 1 page with a search box, and AJAX'd search results displayed in a table. I'm having trouble finding out the correct information about crawlability ...
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Webmaster Tools “Fetch as Google” doesn't fetch my js/css/images on a CDN

I've discovered that when I do Google Webmaster Tools --> Fetch as Google on a page on my site (let's call it http://example.com), it shows the static assets (js, css, and images) as Temporarily ...
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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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SEO - Responsive Website and Duplicated Menus

Whenever I create a Responsive Website I usually create 2 menus: 1 hidden and used for mobile and the other displayed as the main menu, then hidden to show the mobile menu. Whenever it comes to SEO ...
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Can Googlebot crawl and index data shown on a map (powered by Google)?

I have a web service that includes mainly data on map. Can Google fetch these data (asynchronously loaded )? The solution I'm opting right now is to set the data URLs in a regular sitemap, but there ...
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Why is googlebot trying to fetch click.php? [duplicate]

I see the following in my access log: access.log.1:66.249.69.81 - - [02/Apr/2015:23:03:13 -0400] "GET /click.php?c%3Ec4C%7B%5BHG%7BbD6kc31%3E'dmjdl(..more such snipped..) HTTP/1.1" 404 19 "-" ...
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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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Changing headers for small screens - SEO implications

I'm changing some of my pages to better display in different devices (tables, smart phones etc). I want to figure out a good way of handling headings. So far my options are hide headings for small ...
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Google ate all my bandwidth [closed]

Alright, I am new here and need some good help. I am running an e commerce build on magento called zumastic.com. The issue, I am facing is that google is eating a huge amount of my bandwidth. Last ...
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Google doesn't crawl CDN files

I've noticed that Google Webmaster Tools is reporting a lot of blocked resources in my website. Right now all the "blocked resources" are .css, .js and images (.jpg, .png) that I serve from Cloudfront ...
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Base64 encoded images and availability of their metadata for Googlebot

If I embed an image into a page as an img-src with base64 data URI, are image's metadata (EXIF, IPTC, XMP) still available for Google's imagebot?
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Conflicting test results when using The Mobile-Friendly Test and PageSpeed Insights

Our website uses an open source product to detect user agent and based on that, it servers mobile theme or desktop theme to users. I know the exact difference between mobile-friendly test and ...
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Google Crawler constantly reports ~2-3% errors

For the last year and a half, I have a constant 2-3% error rate while crawling my web site. Types of errors are "Server error: No response". I've switched ISP, but errors persist. Debugging of ...
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Question About Traffic From Google And GEO Location OF Website

I want to know lets say a person who lives in South Wimbledon, UK, runs a website and then outsource the website work (like writing articles and posting and other site management work etc..) to a ...
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How to hide a JavaScript popup for Googlebot?

I want to display a JavaScript popup when visitors access my website, however I believe Google will decrease my rankings when they detect a popup. So, is there any way to hide a JavaScript popup for ...
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Trigger Google (re)crawl with ping [duplicate]

I have a site A with daily updated content. Right after the update, I send a webblog ping using various ping services, like http://rpc.pingomatic.com. Moments later, the updated homepage lands in the ...
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How to let Google's crawler know about new Atom/RSS updates?

What is the right way of letting Google's crawler know about new Atom/RSS updates? The documentation about sitemap is clear about how to ping the crawler, but when it comes to Atom/RSS, there is ...
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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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Does Googlebot see dynamically loaded content? [closed]

Our modelling agency website uses the Photolux Wordpress theme. Our front page uses the same masonry template that the demo site: Demo. The only difference is that we've modified the masonry elements ...
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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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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 ...