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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What do I need to be aware of when running a web crawler?

I am getting into more holistic data analysis and would like to use a web crawler to extract data from websites for use in my analytics. To be clear, I don't want to mirror data and republish, at most ...
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Dynamic product filter and SEO

I have a "product selector/filter" that uses an external data source (JSON) for product information. The user can adjust checkboxes or range sliders in the sidebar, and the pure front-end application ...
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How is my SEO affected if I make all outbound links on my website rel=nofollow?

We have a lot of outbound links on our website to various high DA websites. Would it help or damage our SEO if I make all of the links rel=nofollow?
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Google crawl some pages, but not exist on website

Google Webmaster Tools is reporting a crawling error. 403 Access Denied for an ".html" such as "vy81TYYP/lraynb-20151123-dkd04-2290.html" page which has never existed on a my developed website. This ...
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How google crawls webpages without actual page files

For example, I have an index.php file on my server, google will crawl this and retrieve the information. I also have a file named product.php, this dynamically gets content from a database to ...
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How to keep friendly URLs consistent?

I downloaded a site with a crawler script (HTTrack) and now have a few hundred HTML files that need to be edited and re-deployed. The original site ran on a combination of Drupal and a lesser known, ...
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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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Is it possible to make a crawlable AJAX web application WITHOUT using HTML snapshots?

Is it possible to make single page application (SPA) crawlable without HTML snapshots with help of HTML5 History API pushState? I have found contradictory meanings. Can you support or refute one of ...
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Optional query string specification with “Disallow” in robots.txt

I'm creating a robots.txt file for my website which now has a lot of pages. I'm disallowing all the pages that I do not require to crawl by so: Disallow: /folder/file.aspx I've quite a lot of ...
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Commission Junction links are registering tons of (probably false) clicks

I have a sidebar of commission junction ads, and they are plain text links (a-tags) with rel="nofollow" attributes in them I'm getting hundreds of "clicks" per day in my daily stats on CJ's ...
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What is a tolerable request rate for bots?

I'm writing an indexing crawler for my hobby search engine. What would be a safe figure for requests per second so I wouldn't be mistaken for a DOS attack and I wouldn't get blocked by firewalls and ...
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What is the best way to exclude bots from view counts?

My website is counting visitor views on certain pages. I noticed that Google and other Bots are "clicking" to my site like crazy and some of the pages get unrealistic view counts (compared to those ...
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Can I safely block Google AdsBot from spidering specific links?

My question is similar to Google Adsbot suddenly crawling odd pages, but my use case is different. I'm running a price comparison website. I have ads directing users to my home page, and other ads ...
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Homepage not being crawled by search engines [duplicate]

My website is using WordPress with the following robots.txt User-agent: * Disallow: /cgi-bin Disallow: /wp-admin Disallow: /wp-includes Disallow: /wp-content/cache Disallow: /trackback Disallow: ...
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We want to change the URLs of an entire section of the website, what all can go wrong with SEO?

We have the following URL sections: http://www.movie-website.com/movies/movie-name/trailers And we want to change it to: http://www.movie-website.com/trailers/movie-name/ Of course we are looking ...
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What is a good approximation for a page's (Google) search rank to come back to it's original rank, after it has fallen due to technical errors?

Say we had a web page, which initially had a google rank on the first page. Say these errors occurred after some time: load time Meta title changes Some data not being visible to the crawler etc. ...
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Calculating requests per second within bing

In Google Search Console, I am able to set the rate at which google crawls my site and it tells me the details such as the requests per second and seconds between requests. In Bing Webmaster tools, I ...
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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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Is buying domain names for property addresses and redirecting them to a realty website a viable SEO strategy? [duplicate]

I'm a Linux engineer, and I know quite a bit of programming languages, and can create a website pretty easily, but what I suck at, is SEO. That's an art all by itself, and that's what I need some help ...
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Should I disallow crawling of HTTP after moving to HTTPS?

I am migrating my well indexed website from HTTP to HTTPS only. Steps planned: All HTML pages canonical to be HTTPS now All HTTP pages will 301 redirect to HTTPS with the same URL All sitemaps will ...
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How to tell search engines to lower the robots.txt scanning rate on obsolete subdomains?

After putting my site into one domain instead of multiple subdomains, I checked my logs and noticed that search engines (particularly google) are scanning robots.txt several times a day for each ...
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Incorrect backlinks listed in Google Webmaster Tools (Search Console) from my other website

I have two websites hosted on the same server (same IP), say www.example1.com and www.example2.com. Google Webmaster Tools has been set for both the websites years back and everything was fine till ...
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Googlebots request types

Does Google's bot send HEAD requests as well as GET requests? I wondering about this because I'm running a Tornado application that does not support HEAD request and I have a lot of 404 errors in ...
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Is it possible to ruin your SEO by cross-linking, overly structuring a website?

We're trying to categorise our website data more and more. This will lead us to have many many categories for differect setions of information. Can doing too much of this lead to bad SEO? My ...
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How to properly (dis)allow the archive.org bot? Did things change, if so when?

I have a website that I mostly don't want to be indexed by search engines, but I do want to preserve it for eternity on archive.org. So my robots.txt starts with this: User-agent: * Disallow: / ...
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Increase in 5XX errors and 404 errors on GWT, are we under attack?

A lot of URLs are suddenly giving us 404s and 500s. On closer inspection, these URLs do not exist on our website and are being linked from random sources. As more URLs were inspected on GWT, a ...
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SEO effects of H1 carousel slider

I maintain a website for a law firm. Originally their main desired keyword was "zoning attorneys." So I created a small banner that has an h1 "ZONING ATTORNEYS" on every page with the attorneys' names ...
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Prevent robots from indexing specific word

I need to prevent robots from indexing specific word on my webpage. Here is what I did: Let's say I need to prevent JOHN GALLOW from being indexed. For that purpose, I wrote this pararaph: Over the ...
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If I rename a sitemap, does it affect my SEO?

I would like to rename my sitemap: Would it affect my SEO at all? Would I have to resubmit it on GWT? If I have a sitemap-index.xml file, that remains the same, but I change the name of one of the ...
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Does Google prefer HTML sitemaps or XML sitemaps? And does it hurt to implement both?

I just read that Google prefers HTML sitemaps. We have so far, only implemented an XML sitemap. Would it hurt to add an HTML sitemap, and not remove the XML sitemap? Also, can you submit the HTML ...
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Why do some websites hide their sitemaps and exclude mentioning it from the robots.txt file? Does this affect SEO at all?

A lot of websites hide their sitemap.xml file. What I mean by this is that they make the URL something that a person cannot guess and then do not mention them in the robots.txt file. So my question ...
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What affect, if any, would buying domain names with high volume search terms have on SEO?

Assume the following: I have a website: www.example.com. I want to rank www.example.com/searc-term-1 on the first page of Google. Would it help the SEO of www.example.com/searc-term-1 if I bought ...
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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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Using Ajax #! for Google but site is not being crawled any more

Our pages used to be formulated using the ? string but since we changed to AJAX loading we now use #!, for example: Old link: /post.php?idPost=5326 New link: /post.php#!idPost=5326 The snapshot ...
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Is finding and using expired domains for backlinks considered Black-Hat?

http://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/tutorials/build-expired-web-2-0-networks-increase-rankings/ This guide shows how to identify and generate backlinks for a website. If one was to follow this guide: ...
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Can you find out when Google will next send Googlebot to crawl your website?

I can find the last date when Google crawl of my website but I can't find the next crawl date. Is there some place I can look to find out when Googlebot is scheduled to return?
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How to exclude Bots from Google Analytics (sudden rise of them in the last weeks)

Since a few weeks, one of my Google Analytics Accounts shows a continued rise of Visitors and Pageimpressions what seams to be bots. They have a Average Session Duration of «<00:00:01» and by now ...
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cookies and useragent is not enough ? to emulate browser?

I am building kinda a search engine for online shops, and several website are blocking me although I check the robots.txt Let's take an example, I need to get this page: ...
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Does site structure/URL structure impact SEO? [duplicate]

We would like to change the following URLs as follows: (old versions to the left, being changed to new versions on the right) www.ex.com/xxx/full-seo-term -> www.ex.com/half-seo-term1/half-seo-term2 ...
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Preventing a link on a page from being indexed and followed

I have read the post about how nofollow value impacts on crawlers/indexing. However the information from the post answers end on 2012. In my case, a have a file page that is indexed by Google. On ...
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BingPreview user agent

I'm getting several invalid requests from a "BingPreview" user agent. The complete user agent header is: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/534+ (KHTML, like Gecko) BingPreview/1.0b The ...
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4 URLs lead to the same page content, are 301 redirects better or setting rel canonical better?

All the following pages have the same exact content: http://www.example.com/seo-url (rel canonical URL) http://www.example.com/ID1234 http://www.example.com/content/ID1234 ...
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Is it OK for SEO and user experience to 301 redirect self-generated param URLs?

I am using a CMS which offers a wide range of options which lead to many additional special pages mainly in a way duplicating the same content as the original article. These generated pages are ...
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Googlebot encountering JavaScript errors due to rendering outdated HTML files with newer JS files

We recently encountered an issue where we added a JavaScript variable (e.g. var GLOBAL_VAR = true;) to an HTML page (e.g. /Search/Index) and updated the separate JS file (e.g. ...
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Webmaster Showing Desktop Pages in Mobile Usability errors

I have same URL for both desktop and mobile content, but changes their format according to User-agent. Google search console is showing error as "Touch elements too close" for some pages which are ...
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How to control old indexed page crawling rate

I have a site where user can create their profile page with their specific URL. Each specific URL will be available to public which means that it will also be ready for search engines too to crawl. ...
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Fetch as Google not rendering single-page application (AngularJS) - how to show console logs output

I have an SPA application, and it is not being rendered correctly by Google. I tried going to Google Web Master toolkit, and use the Fetch as google feature. This is showing just the HTML output ...