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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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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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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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 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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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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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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GWT: reporting crawling errors for non existing links

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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Is there a way to opt out of Alexa rankings or prevent them from gathering data about my site?

My competitor is using Alexa to see what I am doing. I need to get stop Alexa from including my sites in their rankings. How can I do so? Is it possible to deny access to any visitor with the Alexa ...
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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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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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Pages crawled with Cloudflare

I activated Cloudflare on my blog a few days ago and in their Analytics it shows me that there are 255 pages crawled by Bing, 16 by Yandex and only 1 by Google. Why only one page for Google? Should I ...
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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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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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How to make page content crawlable when it is usually requested via AJAX on page load

I hope that the contents which is pulled on page load could be crawled by google robot, how to do that ? I went to Google Webmasters tool to ensure that whether Google crawler could see the 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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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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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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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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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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Does Google crawl and index AJAX on HTTPS sites?

We made transitioned out website to HTTPS. We also now use nearly AJAX to load almost all the content. Therefore all URLs of existing pages have changed. We used 301 redirects as recommended and we ...
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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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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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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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How long is the penalty for Duplicate ecommerce content after it has been ressurected

I am fixing all of the duplicate content on my ecommerce site with all orignal descriptions etc. How long does it take google to start ranking it again? I used to have a good ranking that converted ...
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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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Does Google ignore robots.txt [duplicate]

I know that here www.w3.org/TR/html4/appendix/notes.html#h-B.4.1.1 it says spiders always check the robots.txt before going to page. However I have recently been told that Google crawls every single ...
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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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robots.txt blocking specific files also block unnecessary URLs

I am using Magento for one of my site. In Magento there is a file mage (no extension file name is mage only) to block this file I write robots.txt as # Files User-agent: * Disallow: /mage But this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can AdSense crawler view pages that require cookies?

Details I require users to agree to terms and conditions before they can view several pages on my site. Once they have agreed a cookie is set and they can proceed to the webpage. If a user somehow ...
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How to block baidu spiders

Most of my visits are from baidu spiders. I don't think it helps search engines at all so I'm thinking of how to block them. Could this be done via iptables? I'm using nginx as my webserver.
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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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Webmaster Tools word count

Is there a way to somehow verify that the Googlebot finds the headings and the content, for example by word count? I'm asking this because I tried a program called Screaming Frog, which fails to even ...
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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 ...
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Why are nonexistant files listed in the TRANSFER log?

This snippit from my apache log reflects some piece of malware casually browsing through my site for some unknown purpose. The most puzzling thing to me is that the GET address doesn't correspond ...
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Is using !# for AJAX URLs the standard when it comes to SEO?

Will URLs like this site.com/!#users only be crawled by Google's search engine bots, or is this a standard adopted by all search engines (e.g., Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuckGo, etc...)?
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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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Robots meta tag with “noimageindex”

I have some doubt regarding noimageindex value in meta robots tag. If I add this tag on my page say http://www.example.com/somepage/someaction.php and on that page the images are served from another ...
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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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What does “Disallow: /search” mean in robots.txt?

In my blog's Google Webmaster Tools panel, I found the following code in my robots.txt of blocked URLs section. User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow: /search Allow: / I know that Disallow will ...