A computer program that accesses web pages for various purposes (to scrape content, to provide search engines with information about your site, etc.)

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Is this statement is right or wrong? [on hold]

"Neither your customers nor the search engines value content written for crawlers" Becuase i learn from a another SEO learning platform where total different opinion is written.
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Can I limit content scrapers by counting the number of hits from an IP?

I would like to ban aggressive scrapers that access x number of pages in an hour, say 1000. I plan to implement such a check via fail2ban and count the hits from the same ip via access logs. Should I ...
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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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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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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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Is there a difference between an empty robots.txt and no robots.txt at all?

On a webserver I now have to admnistrate I noticed that the robots.txt is empty. I wondered if there's a difference between an empty robots.txt and no file at all. Do crawlers behave differently in ...
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500 error returns website content

I'm using CloudFlare on my shared host. Recently all search engines and is-it-up sites have been getting a 500 error. I'm not sure who's to blame, my host or CloudFlare. I don't remember changing ...
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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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If I dynamically add a robots meta tag (via JS) will Google and other search engines recognize it?

I want to have a chunk of JS in the middle of my page insert a meta-robots element into the <head> based on some arbitrary condition. Will Google and other search engines recognize this tag the ...
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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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Do search engine robots crawl dynamic URLs that differ by only the value of a parameter in the query string?

I know there are a lot of similar questions and I searched around but I never completely found an answer, so here is my question: Do search engine robots crawl my dynamically generated URLs? With ...
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Adsense crawler login for dynamic page urls

I have a website that largely features dynamic content. Every piece of dynamic content has it's own url, such as "www.example.com/page/*/*" The problem I have is that many of these pages require a ...
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How can I force Google to re-crawl a link?

Google Webmaster Tools is showing thousands of links from a North Korean travel agency, but when I go to the link, they don't exist! How can I force Google to re-index that link so it drops off my ...
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Google's cache (text version) does not show hyperlinks

I have list of product links on one of our website's page. For some reason when I view the google's cached version of this page, google strips out all the product links. Links in the header and footer ...
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Allow crawl bots to only see articles and not index page?

I'm currently trying to improve my search engine results. I got a index page that lists all articles with a little teaser and then the article pages themselves. Now when I e.g. google "websiteXXX ...
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Why is GoogleBot crawling HTML pages as JSON using as referrer the one from my android app?

Recently, I started finding in my logs errors caused by missing templates for pages that reasonably should have them, i.e. REQUEST_PATH : /foo/bar.json HTTP_HOST ...
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Does Google penalize sites for showing a different menu for mobile compared to desktop?

I'm really concerned about a design I have been handed by a designer. It changes the menu for mobile and desktop. On mobile you can only access the main categories, that will lead to all the content ...
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Only allow Google and Bing bots to crawl a site

I am using following robots.txt file for a site: Target is to allow googlebot and bingbot to access the site except the page /bedven/bedrijf/* and block all other bots from crawling the site. ...
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Robots: block /lang/page from the index but keep /page

My URL structure looks a bit like this: /group1/ /group2/ /group3/ Group3 (and it's subpages) are also available in another language at the following URLs. A lang prefix was added to this URL: ...
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If a 302 redirect is implemented, would the old site still be indexed?

If a 302 redirect is implemented, would the old site still be indexed? I’m assuming as the redirect is in place, a user would not see the contact on the old page hence search/crawl bots would not be ...
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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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Fixing website title on Bing

I have recently created my own portfolio website, and the title meta tags specify the title of my front page as: "Thomas Russell's Portfolio and Blog", but when I search for "Thomas Russell's ...
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Are “embed” HTML tags significant for crawlers and preview generators?

I'm wondering if <embed> tags get used to crawl and/or affect SEO rankings. Say I'm making a "widget" of HTML (maybe eventually a Polymer web widget) but let's say it's just a plain old HTML5 ...
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How can Iframes be optimized for search engines?

If my site has an Iframe. What is the best way to optimize this for search engines? We want to keep the Iframe. I have read that blocking Iframes in robot.txt is a good way to go, but this seems ...
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Is it okay to block all user agents that start with “PHP/5.”?

I'm getting a lot of spambots from China (and elsewhere, likely botnets) accessing my blog which have a user agent string starting with PHP/5.. These include such nonsense values as PHP/5.3.70 and ...
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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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Does robot traffic visiting your website have any advantages?

What are the advantages of having bot traffic on your website? Will it raise your SEO ranking on Google? Real visitors would raise awareness of your product and site, but the visitors I'm seeing ...
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Notify search engine crawlers about user generated content so that our rankings are not biased by keywords used by users

Is there a meta tag or a way to notify crawlers that a page is generated by the user? To clarify the issue, We have a website already promoted by SEO and we want to add dynamic user generated content ...
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Is there a way to block off a single element from web crawlers? [duplicate]

Instead of using a meta no-follow no-index is there a way to block a particular piece of a website, say a span tag from being indexed? For example to include a company name while greatly reducing the ...
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Website not fetched by Bingbot: Unexpected Error

My website has been online for a couple years. It's on the first result for Google but it doesn't seem to be indexed by Bing. I tried to fetch it with bing in their webmaster tools and it always ...
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Having issues getting new pages indexed in Google

We are having issues getting our new pages crawled by Google and cannot figure out why. We've done lots of research and are still having trouble finding answers. Here's some information regarding our ...
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What are spiders trying to achieve on my site by fetching lots of non-existant urls such as various versions of phpMyAdmin?

I've recently set up a build server that compiles Java source on Github webhooks. I created a public page for downloading latest .jars with a top level domain and I'm logging requests to it. What are ...
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Private folders which are not indexable

I have a requirement where I need to distribute about 400 copies of a pdf document (about 6 MB) and .pub files, that are personalized for each user. Every user must have access to only his/her set of ...
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Semalt ignores robots.txt, does their own form actually do what they promise?

Semalt is blatantly ignoring robots.txt and the best way to block them as a webmaster seems to be blocking Semalt referral traffic through e.g. .htaccess. I just found out that they're also have a ...
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Sudden decrease in pages crawled per day (from 20k/day to 300/day) [duplicate]

I've seen large drops before (like the drop mentioned in this question), but I've never seen a drop like this before and am concerned that something is seriously wrong with our site's relationship ...
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Prevent image hotlinking from Amazon S3 and while allowing social networks

I'm using Amazon S3 to host some assets (mostly images) on a small project. I'm trying to find a way to prevent leeching (which can be very serious should someone tried to use a network of bots to ...
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google webmaster is crawling both file urls

webmaster is crawling both the urls, one which is SEO friendly and the one .php urls for the same page thus showing duplicate title and description for those pages. urls of .php were changed through ...
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Will banning bots make a site harder to find on search engines?

I'm running Apache 2 and a large part of our page views come from bots. Most of those are legitimate ones such as Google and Bing. I want to parse the logs and get accurate statistics as to how many ...
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What would prompt multiple web crawlers to scan a site?

I ask because a few of my servers are currently being scanned by 5+ bots: Bing, Google, Baidu, Sougu, and Yandex, along with Google's mobile bots and others. Is this just bad luck or could something ...
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Site's pages hasn't been indexed for more than 10 days, why? [duplicate]

I checked out and robots.txt doesn't block the pages that I've been reviewing. The cached versions of the pages I reviewed in Google are made 10 days ago or more. What could be the cause that a site ...
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Can Google crawlers/googlebot read CSS content in before and after elements?

I have a div and I am placing some text in it via content in :before and :after. Can Google crawlers read this? Example: div:after { content: 'This is from CSS'; display:block; } Working ...
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multiple encoded requests from crawlers

Some crawlers repeatedly try to access URLs on my page that are multiple encoded in a strange way. An example: Bing bot tries to access (which gives a 404) ...
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How to Keep “Good” Bots That Ignore Robots & Nofollow From Getting Into Honeypots?

We have a self generating honeypot that is designed to fill crawlers with junk data (among other things). Its protected with the right "treaties" and headers so 99% of good bots stay away. Today ...
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After the home page was redirected by a hack, it is no longer indexed. How long until it comes back?

My site was hacked, and the index page was 302 redirected. It took me a few months to get all this sorted. In the meantime, the home page lost its PageRank and was no longer included in the index. I ...
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BingBot hitting multiple subdomains all at the same time, causing panic

I have a site with multiple subdomains. On certain hours of the day, Bingbots would gather at my site and do a massive scan like this: 01:23:11 a.example.com GET /index HTTP/1.1 200 Bot.A 01:23:11 ...
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AOL search engine bot name?

Can somebody tell me the name of the AOL search engine bot? I need to allow only this bot in robots.txt.
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What to do about crawler errors after removing non-essential parts of my website?

So, recently I was re-building my website, putting on another CMS, optimizing and so on. Now I visited Google Webmaster tools and it tells I have a lot of Web crawler 404 not found errors. I am ...
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DNS mistake. Google crawled the wrong server. What to do?

Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair I have a couple of similar looking domains on Coudflare where I manage their DNS. An old forum and my new still MVP site. As many of you may have ...
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Understanding the maximum hit-rate supported by a web-server

I would like to crawl a publicly available site (and one that's legal to crawl) for a personal project. From a brief trial of the crawler, I gathered that my program hits the server with a new ...
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Will making my AJAX app serve HTML snapshots improve SEO?

Currently, a small ajax web app of mine uses an anchor hijacking method to display content. The user clicks an anchor, I cancel the default browser event and funnel the link into an AJAX call, after ...