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Googles bot will stick around as long as it needs to unless it times out or is stupidly slow. Regardless what the content is 5 seconds is far to slow and your site will suffer a user experience algorithm against it, which in term will effect your rankings, after-all, no one likes a slow website or page. Rough idea on page speed: 0-1seconds awesome ...


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Here's what I've done in the past with a similar situation without any issues in URLs (404, canonical etc). So I added a dropdown with a bit of js to take away the submit button like this: <select onchange="window.location.href = (this.options[this.selectedIndex].value)" name="rows"> <option selected="selected" value="">Please ...


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Googlebot crawls your website with a mobile user agent: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 6_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/536.26 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/6.0 Mobile/10A5376e Safari/8536.25 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html) It uses that crawl to determine how your site is configured for mobile users. Because the user ...


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We have redirected all non-existing pages to home page. It was fine for some days. That's a bad idea because if search engines indexed all those now non-existing URLs that were working several days ago (or whenever the links did work), then people who use the search engines will be misled because they will show what is in their cache to describe the ...


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This seemed to resolve itself. I ran the fetch again several hours later and it worked.


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Yes. Add a robots.txt file that disallows either all robots or just the Google bot.


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Redirecting urls which should respond as 404 to the home page are considered to be soft 404s. Return a true 404 response. They will be noted in Google's Search Console, though you can marked them as fixed and generally they wont bother you again unless recrawled. Soft 404s


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Yes, Google can do that and it is best to assume that anything that is publicly available on the internet may be indexed by Google. Linked to or not. Of course, if you don't link to it the chances of it being indexed go way down. However, Google uses a multitude of tools to gather URLs for indexing. Recently there was a news item about Dropbox links that ...


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Think of the linking as a chain reaction. Google won't link to domains if it has no way of accessing it or even finding it. If a friend advertises your URL on a popular forum site that Google always indexes, then there's a chance Google will scan your URL and possibly index it, thinking the link may be part of the site. Is the fact I've installed ...


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I think we should start from these facts: This algorithmic change noticeably affects less than 1% of searches globally. ... On a typical website, it can take several weeks for Googlebot to crawl and process enough pages to reflect layout changes on the site. http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.it/2012/01/page-layout-algorithm-improvement.html ...



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