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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Avoiding crawl time for noindex pages

I have pages with noindex in robots meta tag (specifically inner site search results pages). Because my site has many pages and Google hasn't crawled them all and I'm trying to help his crawler focus ...
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Google AdSense crawler unable to crawl my image-based website

I have recently set up a website and applied for Google AdSense. However my website is being not crawled properly. It is basically a image-based website with text under each image. It contains a lot ...
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Right way to allow all access to website in robots.txt?

user-agent: * disallow: Is this the right way to allow all access to all content of a website to crawlers in a robots.txt?
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What is the proper SEO way to add and remove links to our site and sitemap?

As content fluctuates on our site, we will obviously add the titles to the new pages to our sitemap, and link list for search engine indexing. Through time, certain links will become less relevant, ...
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How do I block a user-agent from Apache

How do I realize a UA string block by regular expression in the config files of my Apache webserver? For example: if I would like to block out all bots from Apache on my debian server, that have the ...
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Is it possible for Google to discover a website that is not linked to anywhere? [duplicate]

My colleague claims that he has seen cases where websites were "discovered" by Google without having a link to them anywhere on the web. For him, this means that the only way to not being indexed ...
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How does Googlebot crawl a webpage? [closed]

Today I had a silly fight with my colleague. My friend told me, "Googlebot crawls a web page only through the links present in webpage or through the number of page views (by text ads)." But I ...
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Do you really need robots.txt and sitemap.xml if I want bot to follow every link? [duplicate]

I wonder if I really need robots.txt/*sitemap.xml* files if I want bots to go through every link on my website without any restrictions? And if I do, what should I write in there?
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Will Google and other search engines follow IP address only sites (i.e., no URL)

Will Google and other search engines follow links to and index sites that don't have a URL, but instead just use their IP address's (obviously they would need a unique IP) ?
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Appropriate robots meta for “printer friendly” pages

We have many printer-friendly pages that have a link that adds ?pf=1 to the URL. On the ?pf=1 page would it be better to have noindex,nofollow or noindex,follow. I think that it would be better to ...
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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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How can Google crawl content accessed via filter check-boxes?

I built a website that is divided into many categories. Each page displays the main category, and within that there is a check-box filter (like Amazon and eBay have when searching for items). I want ...
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Will Google crawl session based website

I have a website, it is split into 3 categories but using PHP its an all-in one kind of style. When a user chooses a category on the home page a session is set, this is then used to set the style and ...
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Bingbot Crawling URLS Like Folders, Causing Thousands Of 404 Errors

I first started seeing this a little over two months ago on a site I run but now I am seeing it on several others I manage. It appears the bot is trying to parse the URL into folders and this is ...
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Ahrefs is checking my site for backlinks all the time

I have a Magento site and I realize that the ahrefs.com crawler visits my site all the time everyday. I visit ahrefs.com and I check my backlinks (they are good). Is it good or bad, something like ...
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Using Ajax #! for Google but site is not being crawled any more

We used to have all links in a normal way (thus with parameters?), we changed to AJAX loading cause we installed a music player. Here's an example: Old link: ...
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How to make “crawl-delay” works for all “user-agent” in robots.txt or in .htaccess?

I have this line: Crawl-delay: 50 in the robots.txt file at the root of my website. But it seems that it is not working at all. I get 400 visits from the Yandex user agent in a few minutes. I ...
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Google Webmaster Tools reports fake 404 errors

I have a website where Google Webmaster Tools reports 15,000 links as 404 errors. However, all links return a 200 when I visit them. The problem is, that eventhough I can visit these pages and return ...
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Prevent Duplicate content when using CloudFlare

I have a website which uses CloudFlare CDN. At the CDN setup, CloudFlare created a sub-domain like direct.example.com to my website, which can be used to override CloudFlare and access the site ...
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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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Can the .htaccess file slow down a website to a crawl? If so, are there better ways to solve these problems with different rewrite rules and such?

here is my htaccess file...... RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/patients/billing/FAQ_billing\.html$ [OR] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/patients/billing/getintouch\.html$ RewriteRule ...
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Does Google bot always treat dot as word separator?

One of our products is a grid control called iGrid, and we have two versions for two different platforms. One is iGrid ActiveX, the other is iGrid for .NET Framework WinForms called "iGrid.NET". At ...
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Ajax crawling : snapshot page dissimilar with user page

For ajax-crawling purpose I make snapshots pages. My problem is user view pages and snapshot pages are dissimilar (tags h1, h2...). Example: user view page: http://www.meomap.net/#!/place/1 ...
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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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Which meta “robots” tag gets preference?

My wife works at a high school in Germany. I recently noticed that it's extremely hard to find that school's homepage using Google. I looked at the source code of the page and I believe I've found the ...
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Prevent Advert Images Appearing in Search Spider Crawls

While testing out how web pages on my site appear to search engine spiders using http://www.browseo.net/ I noticed that advert images appear in the view. However, when I test a site like ...
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Am I being hacked or harvested? [closed]

I just did some log analysis of Q1 for one of my client's sites. There were about 30,000 sessions created for this site for each of the five separate IP addresses starting with 79.171.81.xxx. 150,000 ...
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Googlebot ignore my new site [duplicate]

I have the following situation: I had a blog (made using Joomla) that in some month was pretty indexed by Google. For some technical problem I have delete it and I have newly created using WordPress ...
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Is this Google proxy a fake crawler: google-proxy-66-249-81-131.google.com?

Recently I discover that some variants of a google proxy visits my sites. I doubt these are legal Google crawlers because these crawlers are NOT always behind a proxy (like the hostname describes) and ...
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Do i need to have a separate page for each article on my website?

I am using a database to store data such as articles, titles, meta and so on. Do I need to Have a separate page for each article so that my articles show up in the list when searched on Google? Is is ...
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Do other search engines support Google's “hash bang” syntax for crawling AJAX applications?

Google has a really nice document explaining how web developers can get Google to crawl non-AJAX versions of their web applications to make it possible for Google to index AJAX-heavy websites. Do ...
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What is a good open source web crawler? [closed]

I'm looking for a good open source web crawler and i found these: DataparkSearch, GNU Wget, GRUB, Heritrix, ht://Dig, HTTrack, ICDL, mnoGoSearch, Nutch, Open Search Server, PHP-Crawler, tkWWW Robot, ...
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SEO preparation for upcoming new site

I booked a domain and I created an image saying that the site is soon to be launched. What SEO preparations should I make to avoid harming my SEO ranking? Because my page is blank, the image itself ...
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google removed links from the index [duplicate]

I asked google to crawl a site through webmaster tool and include it to the index. How actually it was done: Firstly, i picked some urls manually. Approx. after half of a day those pages were ...
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Different blocked URLs stats in Google Webmaster Tools

Just want to know I got different blocked URLs stats at Google Webmaster Tools. I blocked entire site for revamp and latest builds implementation. Here are different stats Under Health tab > Blocked ...
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Fake links cause crawl error in Google Webmaster Tools

Google reported Crawl Errors last week on my largest site though Webmaster Tools. Here is the message: Google detected a significant increase in the number of URLs that return a 404 (Page ...
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Spiders crawling broken links

Tl:Dr Unknown bot crawling the same broken (HTTP 400) URL over and over again. Different User Agent and different country of origin. The Problem It seems at least once a week we're getting a big ...
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Bingbot request for trafficbasedsspsitemap.xml which does not exist

The logs for a website I manage show a request for a non-existent file by Bingbot. The details of the request are Path: /trafficbasedsspsitemap.xml Useragent: "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; ...
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Can Google show some pages deleted six months back and blocked using Robot.txt?

If I have deleted some pages on my website six months back and blocked these pages using Robots.txt, can that non-existent page show up on Google?
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Is there a spider / link checker that can start deep inside a login-protected site

We use vendor hosted Blackboard for our distance education courses, but host course multimedia on our own servers. The multimedia server has been moved and the domain has changed. Blackboard DBAs have ...
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Crawling retail websites to use as templates

I'm setting up a commerce website. I really like the Overstock website, and I was wondering if could simply crawl the website for the webpages, remove Overstock's logos, and use their website as a ...
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How can I prevent Googlebot from indexing web service URL's?

I have a problem with googlebot and bingbot accessing our web service. We have a search application created in aspx that is integrated into a drupal website. Users perform searches based on postal ...
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How to remove Ever crawled web Pages by Google

I know that we can use noindex, nofollow and robots for excluding the pages from Google Index. This process takes a long long time to clean up website from Google Index. In Webmaster Tools => Index ...
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Should I block bots from my site and why?

My logs are full of bot visitors, often from Eastern Europe and China. The bots are identified as Ahrefs, Seznam, LSSRocketCrawler, Yandex, Sogou and so on. Should I block these bots from my site and ...
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Google Webmaster Tools is reporting crawl errors for URLs with “joomla” on a WordPress site

Google Webmaster Tools is reporting crawl errors for links that never existed, and if i check the "Linked from" tab for a given error link, it shows another that never existed. They all mention ...
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Google Webmaster Tools - Crawl errors with 500 status code

I will try to explain the situation: In December 2012 I deployed a website with a sitemap.xml, etc... there were circa 2000 URLs. After a while I changed something on my website, upgrading my pages ...
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Total Indexed 0, 99 not selected in webmaster tools

I recently changed domain names from xxx.com to xxx.ca I created all the 301's submitted sitemaps and submitted a change of address to google webmaster tools on Dec 16th. I've since seen urls change ...
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Is there a way to make Alexa's ia_archiver slow down its crawling of my website?

Alexa's ia_archiver bot is the main contributor to the Internet Archive's "Wayback Machine" web collection, and there are advantages to having my website included in that collection. There are other ...
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Why is Verisign spidering my website?

In my logs, I keep noticing that 69.58.178.57, which is Verisign, is spidering through every page on my website, excluding pages of forms. Does anybody know why they are doing this?
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Are the following assumptions about indexing and ranking correct?

Are the following statements true or false: If a page is crawled by Google, it automatically gets into the index (unless explicitly blocked by robots.txt) An indexed page always gets a ranking (high ...