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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Preventing robots from crawling specific part of a page

As a webmaster in charge of a tiny site that has a forum, I regularly receive complains from users that both the internal search engine and that external searches (like when using Google) are totally ...
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Does the Google spider render JavaScript?

Does the Google spider knows how to render JavaScript, or only HTML?
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How does Google find a domain with no links to it?

I recently registered a new domain, pointed it to my existing server, and set up a minimal page just saying "test" and nothing else. I just discovered tonight that the page is already indexed in ...
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Tactics for dealing with misbehaving robots

I have a site that, for regulatory reasons, may not be indexed or searched automatically. This means that we need to keep all robots away and prevent them from spidering the site. Obviously we've had ...
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Good tool to crawl my site and help me find dead link and unlinked files [closed]

I have a pretty big legacy site with literally thousands of PDFs that are sometimes accounting for in a database, but often are just links on the page, and are stored in most every directory on the ...
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How To Track Down and Stop Rogue Bots?

Most of the bandwidth of one site is being consumed by an unidentified bot. According to AWSTATS it says: Unknown robot (identified by 'bot*') consumed 164 GB this month. By comparison, Googlebot ...
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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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404 errors showing in Google Webmaster Tools

My Google Webmaster Tools account, shows that I have crawling errors that are caused by links to pages that do not exist (404 not found). But when I look at the source pages that are accused of ...
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Status of Crawlable Ajax?

I saw that Google had a nice proposal/standard for making Ajax applications crawlable, via #! (hash bang). http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/10/proposal-for-making-ajax-crawlable.html ...
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Why does baidu crawl my site like crazy

When i'm checking my apache log I can see that baidu has been crawling my website 10 times a day for the last 2 weeks. It's not that i care much about it but I'm really curious about why he's doing ...
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Do I need robots.txt?

I want to allow all bots to crawl everything, do I need to create a robots.txt? If the file is missing will it have a negative influence on some crawlers? If I need to create it, what should it look ...
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Understanding Ajax crawling of search site

I have a couple of questions about Ajax crawling of a website, which is kind of search engine itself. The base article explains the mechanism of making AJAX applications crawlable. All this stuff ...
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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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Is it possible for web crawlers to see static pages without following a link to them?

If I create a static page on a domain (http://www.domain.com/page.html), can a crawler still see it if there aren't any links to it anywhere on the site?
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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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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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Why isn't Google crawling on my blog? [duplicate]

I have a blog. I made it in August, 2010. It has been awhile, but I am unable to make Google crawl on my site. I have requested Google to crawl but there is still no response. Are there any reasons of ...
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Sudden decrease in pages crawled per day

During the last few days, Googlebot has crawled much less page in my site than it normally does. I'm not seeing any new errors, and haven't identified a reason for this. Is such a hugh and sudden ...
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Does a “nofollow” attribute on a link prevent URL discovery by search engines?

I know that nofollow prevents link juice from being passed across a link. But if search engine robots discover a link with a nofollow on it, will they add that link to their crawl queue? In other ...
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Fake Links Showing up in Google Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster tools is reporting a large increase in 'not found errors' on my site, and I see approximately 1700 'Not Found Errors over the past 2 months. All of them are for a url that is ...
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Is Yahoo Search the same as Bing Search now?

We had some serious issues with Yahoo's (incredibly) badly written spider in the past, and as a result we blocked them. Marco Arment of Tumblr also shared his frustrations with us on 8/31/2009, which ...
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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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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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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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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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How long did it take for your new website to be indexed by search engines [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why isn't my website in Google search results? I have added my website to the webmaster tools of some major search engines already, and supplied the sitemap for the ...
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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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How often are sitemap.xml checked for updates by crawlers?

How often do crawlers check for updates in submitted sitemap.xml? Every hour, day, week, month, more?
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Is there any reason to allow Yahoo! Slurp to crawl my site?

I thought a year or more ago Yahoo! would be using another search engine for results, and no longer using their own Slurp bot. However, a couple of the sites I manage Yahoo! Slurp continues to crawl ...
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Serve a different robots.txt file for every site hosted in the same directory

We have a global brand website project for which we are only working the LATAM portion. There is a website installation process here that allows to have one website installation with several ccTLDs, ...
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Redirect Google crawler to different robots.txt via .htaccess

I have googled for the answer all day and still couldn't find an answer. I have a virtual subdomain www.static.example.com which is a mirror site of www.example.com. It means I have just one root ...
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Google keeps crawling pages that don't exist

I made a simple new website which went live about a month and a half ago (replacing the last one). The site contains new pages, like for example the navigation markup: <div class="header"> ...
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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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Ask.com sitemap crawler down (for good)?

I have been using Ask.com as one of the search engines to ping my sitemap. When I went to ping my sitemap today to have my sitemap re-indexed, the website (http://submissions.ask.com/ping) says it no ...
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Should we still care about ajax-crawling specification?

It seems google crawlers run js. But documentations of ajax-crawling techniques are still available on Google Developers site. Are they still valid and necessary to be followed?
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Googlebot crawler: URL restricted by robots.txt - how to fix the entries in robots.txt?

I noticed recently that Google is not caching all of the pages on my website. Upon using the Google webmaster diagnostic tool, I realized that some of my pages were being restricted by entries in my ...
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Will Googlebot crawl HTTPS URLs that are encrypted by SSL?

This question was asked at StackOverflow, but it doesn't have good references. Does Googlebot crawl HTTPS? (Please provide references.)
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Page load speeds effect on crawl rate

We've noticed a big drop in the total pages crawled per day on our site, we have no control over the crawl rate in Google Webmaster Tools so it's possible this has been changed by Google. However ...
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Mysterious visits to privileged URLs from anonymous user/bot

I maintain a Rails app. Every page except login and "forgot password" requires user authentication. Yesterday I noticed entries like this one in the access logs: 54.209.60.63 - - ...
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can google index/crawl random subdomains that aren't linked to from anywhere

Me and a friend are having a debate where she claims that every and all subdomains will get crawled/indexed by google unless you specifically tell it not to, and I'm saying that if a page isn't linked ...
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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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301 redirect causing Bingbot to crash, redirection limit reached

Inside my .htaccess file, I have the following script: RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301] <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> ...
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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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What are the future implications of blocking a search engine now?

At a question asked previously at this site regarding Baidu's overactive crawling tendencies, one user comments: I'd only block a search engine spider if you never want to receive any search ...
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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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How to disallow indexing but allow crawling?

In the front page of my website, I have some previews to articles (with a small introduction to them) that link to the full articles. I want to disallow the front page to prevent duplicate content. ...
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Adult website crawlability issue

I got a mission and asking for some help with this scenario for a new website. The site is an adult escorts advertising service. It is developed fine, works and looks good, but the issue is with ...
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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 ...