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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Why does my IP address become Google's IP address when using Chrome on the mobile?

I am tracking every member's geolocation (using db-ip) and everything is fine except mobile phones with the Chrome browser. They always give me the result US Mountain View California ip:66.249.xxx....
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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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Does Google cache robots.txt?

I added a robots.txt file to one of my sites a week ago, which should have prevented googlebot from attempting to fetch certain URLs. However, this weekend I can see Googlebot loading those exact ...
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Is it possible to slow the Baiduspider crawl frequency?

Much has been made of the Baidu spider crawl frequency. It's true: "Baiduspider crawls like crazy." I've experienced this phenomenon at sites I work with. In at least one instance, I've found that ...
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What bots are really worth letting onto a site?

Having written a number of bots, and seen the massive amounts of random bots that happen to crawl a site, I am wondering as a webmaster, what bots are really worth letting onto a site? My first ...
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How is Googlebot finding URLs that are only visible to authenticated users?

Here is one of my customers, performing some action after having logged in to his account. The unique token is simply an encrypted user id + timestamp. 94.254.xxx.xxx - - [02/Jul/2011:22:25:46 +...
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How did Google manage to crawl my 403 pages?

I had a couple private files in a directory on my school folder. You could see that the files existed by going to myschool.edu/myusername/myfolder, but trying to access the files themselves via ...
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Should we drop AJAX crawling scheme?

So now Google has deprecated AJAX crawling scheme. They say not to bother implementing it in new websites, because it's no longer needed since Googlebot has now no problem watching dynamic content. ...
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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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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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Is it worthwhile to pay for boosting SEO for a new wesite?

I have come across a couple of websites today that claim to boost your website index in a matter of days. There are 1000s of reviews and all of them seem quite positive showing off results and stuff. ...
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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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Does Googlebot support SPDY?

When SPDY is available for a site, does Googlebot use it? If so, sites which are SPDY enabled would appear faster to Googlebot.
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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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Informing Googlebot for deprecated pages

I publish timetables in my website. For example last year I published Number 2 bus Summer 2013 timetable. I has pretty good ranking on Google SERPs for number 2 bus timetable But this year I added a ...
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Does Googlebot support TLS v1.2? If not, what will my TLS v1.2-only site look like to it?

I currently redirect all non-HTTPS connections to HTTPS, and support TLS v1, TLS v1.1, and TLS v1.2. I reconfigured my testing server to accept only a very limited and secure cipher suite and TLSv1.2 ...
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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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Are indexed Wordpress admin pages a security threat?

Because it was blocking Googlebot from accessing important files, I recently updated our /robots.txt file and removed most of it, including wp-admin. Now, the people on charge of hosting and SEO ...
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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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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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How soon Google is supposed to include new pages to search

I'm using Google CSE on my site. As soon as new entity is published, it's immediately added to sitemap.xml rendering script too. How soon after Googlebot fetches new sitemap new entities should be ...
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How does “Noindex:” in robots.txt work?

I ran across this article in my SEO news today. It seems to imply that you can you use Noindex: directives in addition to the standard Disallow: directives in robots.txt. Disallow: /page-one.html ...
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What happens if I try to set a cookie on a bot?

I'm building my site to include some user-identifying cookies. When a visitor chimes in, I will set a cookie with a unique visitor id (a guid) and the date-time of the visit, and save a visit record (...
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How to deal with non-relevant keywords in Google Webmaster Tools

Google webmaster tools is showing keywords such as "cookies" in my keyword list. This is probably because we have links to our long legal disclaimer on cookies. We're a B2B service, so clearly I don'...
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Google-bot sees “Sorry, we have no imagery here” on pages with Google Maps

I have a site with Google Maps on most of the pages. When inspecting content keywords in Google Webmaster tools, content keywords identified by Google-bot for the site include "imagery", "sorry" and "...
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How frequently does Googlebot fetch sitemaps? Does it depend on PageRank?

How frequently does Google fetch sitemaps? I am now working with a high traffic website that normally has 30 new posts per minute. It currently it provides a sitemap which only includes the 100 ...
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Should I block agent Wget/1.12 (linux-gnu)?

Is that a scraper? It tried accessing my site which is currently password protected for testing purposes. shall I block it?
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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 few ...
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Does htpasswd authentication prevent Google from crawling my site?

I have a site that I want to continue testing before I make public, so I don't want Google to start crawling the site as there will be a large amount of garbage content during testing. I currently ...
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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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Which tools can help limit maximum page view per IP to limit scrapers and bots?

I would like to prevent scrapers grabbing all my content except Google, Bing and other search engines. I am thinking of going with Fail2ban and limiting hits from an IP maybe at around 1000 per day. ...
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301 and no-index tag don't work

Almost 3 months ago I've put no-index tag to about 3,000 pages on my website and 301 redirect (which is permanent redirect) for almost 15,000 pages. (The all site is about 50,000 pages) And yet as ...
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How do I get google to prefer one branch/directory of my site over another?

I write a software library that maintains "latest" and "beta" branches: gojs.net/latest gojs.net/beta Ideally all of this content would be available via Google search, so I'm reluctant to disallow ...
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Is it expected behaviour that Google also crawls #! urls?

I'm a developer for an AJAX webapp and, following Google's specification for crawlable webapps, we use #! to indicate that it's a AJAX application such that we can serve a static page to Google ...
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How to interpret Google policy on crawling and indexing search results pages?

I just learned that we can be penalized for letting Google crawl and index our database search results. http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/a/55599/33777 Question: If they don't want to list Yellow ...
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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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Am I covering the major search engine spiders in my anti-crawl protection white list?

I've a system which blacklists users who request too many pages too fast if they are not in my white list. We are just worried about the main search engines and to be honest Google is the only one my ...
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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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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 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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When Googlebot sees a link, will it click it or navigate to it?

My site uses pushState and JSON data to display content. So, for example, this might appear on my page: <a href="/some/page">some page</a> The JavaScript then prevents the default ...
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Is it bad for SEO to submit a partially finished site to Google?

Hypothetical Situation 1: I have a plan for an amazing large-scale website with lot's of really cool features, animations and interactivity. This will take a several months to completely develop. ...
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Hijacked meta description

On my site: faithhopeandfiction someone hacked into my website and now it's displaying wrong Meta description on Google search results. I've verified this using "view source" that meta description and ...
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How does Googlebot find a new page on a website?

I was wondering how Google identifies a new article or piece of content on a website. What is the method it uses to do so for all websites?
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Hide joyride (intro javascript) for Googlebot

I am using a joyride script for new visitors. Example here: http://foundation.zurb.com/sites/docs/v/5.5.3/components/joyride.html After the vistior is done with the intro, a cookie will be created ...
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Bingbot requests from Google IP address

We have some suspicious requests to our server, 74.125.186.46 - - [24/Aug/2014:23:24:11 -0500] "GET <url> HTTP/1.1" 200 16912 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/...
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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 ...
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Indexing too many pages good or bad?

We have a football website, in the website each football match has a separate page (for match details), and we decided to make unique title for each match page. Now I find many of these matches ...