I have built a new site, submitted my homepage URL to Google, and my sitemap(I have about 6,300 pages.).

Now when I type site:mydomain.com, there have 1,992 pages have crawled. But they were all crawled at Jul 20(The day I sumbitted sitemap).

In my sitemap, I set different changefreq and priority for my different page URLs. But I have 3 pages set changefreq:hourly and at least 120 pages set changefreq:daily, 3,000 pages set changefreq:weekly and the rest are changefreq:monthly. But why does Google not crawl my pages as I set changefreq:hourly, changefreq:daily?

My site is about news(from Bing api). Community, forum, photo, etc. now are in testing. In www.google.com/analytics every day I get about 15 visitors (most of them are our stuff) And in www.google.com/webmasters, my site now has 58 queries, 2,500 impressions.

How can I improve Google's crawl frequency?

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You cannot control crawl frequency except to reduce it in Google Webmaster Tools if you feel you are being crawled too much. Otherwise you have no direct control of increasing crawl rate. changefreq is a "guide" to the search engines for how often a page's content changes. But that doesn't affect how often they will crawl it.

Basic rules for anything Google: want Google to rank you better, index more pages, crawl you more frequently? get more high quality links to your pages.

  • yes, I want Google to rank me better, crawl you more frequently, get more high quality links to my pages. Do you have some good experience to show me? Thanks.
    – cj333
    Commented Aug 3, 2012 at 14:54
  • ,BTW, is <lastmod> important in a sitemap?
    – cj333
    Commented Aug 4, 2012 at 6:33
  • @cj333 lastmod will probably slow down crawling of that page, ie if a page has a date long ago it will be crawled less, but if it has a more recent date it will not necessarily speed up crawling. But it's worth adding. Commented Aug 4, 2012 at 10:44
  • @DisgruntledGoat, ok, i will try to add lastmod and test again, thanks.
    – cj333
    Commented Aug 4, 2012 at 10:52

Are you updating and adding pages on a daily basis? Because companies like Twitter and Technorati get updated instantly on the basis they update everyday and are considered a valuable source for info. Try enhancing the content along with the frequency of updates/crawls.

  • because my site is new, so in current, less pages be added every day. but at least 120 pages are updated daily.
    – cj333
    Commented Aug 4, 2012 at 6:26

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