Questions tagged [googlebot]

Googlebot is the bot software that Google uses to crawl over 20 billion pages each day, the data obtained during a crawl is then analyzed and ranked on Google Search.

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GoogleBot crawls thousands of urls like 2487763877595434670.htm that doesn´t exist

in our serverlogs there are thousands of requests (50-100k) from googlebot every day for urls like /2487763877595434670.htm (as I can see always 19 random digits with .htm at the end) First the bot ...
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How to stop google from indexing old URLs of a website which redirects to new URLs

My old WordPress configuration added index.php to the permalinks of all my pages. e.g: https://example.com/index.php/contact etc., It was indexed already by google crawler. Now I reconfigured ...
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Get Google to forget site [duplicate]

Is it possible to make Google "forget" a site and reindex it? I have a site that I changed dramatically, and I want to do SEO on my new site, but Google isn't deindexing the old site. How could I do ...
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GoogleBot doing POST requests

Why has GoogleBot started last Friday to do POST-requests on a page. I can see in the logfile (just an example, had about 10.000 entries over the weekend - the url in the log is changed): 66.249.79....
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Should I be worried about 461K pages crawled but currently not indexed [duplicate]

I found a huge number of crawled and not indexed pages in my Google webmaster panel. On the other hand, I had 220K valid links. When I searched about most of articles which were listed in the ...
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Google Custom Search showing redirect URLs to external links despite rel=“nofollow noopener” on those links

I have a website which contains a list of all businesses in my region. They all have a profile page that can include a Facebook or website URL. I added rel="nofollow noopener" to all external links ...
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Can i use 301 redirect for sitemap.xml file location

I want to keep the autogenerated sitemap.xml on a different server. Will google follow 301 redirect while trying to fetch sitemap.xml? https://example.com/sitemap.xml --301--> https://static....
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Google Search Console - Verification Failed

I am trying to add my website to Google Search Console but failed, it returns The connection to your server timed out The file is there, I can open it on the normal browser, all meta tag set to ...
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Googleboot keep crawling non-existing page, not my actual page

I started to build my website 6 months ago. Since I started until now for 6 months. Googlebot keep crawling non-existing page on my site. Googlebot randomly generates those links. They accessed to ...
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How does googlebot indexing javascript mixed links (href & onclick on same element)

It's been about 5 years since google indexing javascript and I'm still confused about details. I read here ( Does Google perform onClick actions? ) basics. And then I know that javascript created ...
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Serving static HTML pages generated using Rendertron - Is it considered cloaking?

Preamble Hello, I'm trying to improve SEO of a web app built with Angular 7. Unfortunately, I can't (not allowed to) install node on the server it's being hosted on, so I cannot implement server-...
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How exactly does GoogleBot discover internal search result pages?

I know internal search result pages can be indexed sometimes but what I don't get is how it is crawled? Crawler only crawls links. Does that mean that someone would have to link to an internal search ...
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Does it matter if I use a different design elements for desktop and mobile versions of my site?

My question is about responsive designs (HTML + CSS). Does it matter if I use a different elements for desktop and mobile versions of my site? I mean that my page isn't really responsive, it only ...
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Do search engines index folders and subfolders regardless of pages?

I know search engines first index the main page, then follow by its links and do the same with the pages by the links as the main page before. Ok, but what about folders and subfolders? Do search ...
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Google Search Console reports crawl anomaly but the pages got traffic?

I am very confused to what is the current status of our website pages because the Google Search Console reports "Crawl Anomaly" and not-indexed status before and after using the Inspect URL tool - yet ...
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URL will be indexed only if certain conditions are met

I've got a few pages of my site that are coming up in G Webmaster Tools with errors. The pages are fully working, not restricted by noindex or robots.txt file. The pages don'r have a lot of content, ...
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How to improve Googlebot's indexing frequency? [closed]

I am experiencing low indexing issues on our website from several months. Google is not indexing the website fast enough. The changes we make take 1 or 2 months to get reflect in search engine. It's a ...
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Flag my website as a single page application?

Is it possible to flag my website as a SPA? The reason I want to do this is because on Google Search Console I see my links indexed without canonical links, but if I try for a live version the ...
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Is possible to prevent third-party links to web page from appearing in Google Search results?

We have a situation in which a sensitive website is blocked from being crawled using a robots.txt file. This works well, however the problem is that for a period of time the team used semantic urls in ...
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How to deal with IP redirection and Googlebot? [duplicate]

My client wants country-based domains for their customers. For example, all customers from UK will be taken to the .co.uk site, even if they visit the .com site. And same for other countries. I have ...
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Do I need to disallow mediapartners-google in robots.txt for SEO?

I found that most of the websites disallow mediapartners-google in robots.txt. Why do I need to do block mediapartners-google? Can blocking it help withp better SEO or does it not matter for SEO?
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AngularJS based SPA page indexing

I recently worked on a AngularJS based portal. One of the main areas of portal is to list available job opening for the organization. Right now, Google does index some of our job listings. Since jobs ...
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Do Google crawlers/extractors read attributes in React props?

We have a use case where we are displaying a certain product price when a page is rendered. And when a radio button is clicked on the page (product upgrades), we display additional prices. The "...
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Shrinking site's size by removing pages from sitemap and from internal links

We are an eCommerce site with about 50,000 pages. We decided to focus on about 2,000 so google will crawl our site better. We planning to remove 48,000 pages from the sitemaps and from the site links, ...
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How to verify that Googlebot can access the URL of a video thumbnail?

I need to check if Googlebot can see my image thumbnails. When I use the URL Inspection Tool, Google cannot see my images in the page. In the rendered screen shot, it displays a black box instead of ...
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Googlebot intermittently fails to download ressources from AWS CloudFront CDN

I have a weird issue and after a few weeks of investigation I think I may have found the cause : Cloudfront & Googlebot. Context : I launched a French website that compares and combines all ...
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Will google still index a page if I use a $_SESSION variable?

For a couple of pages on our site, I'm writing a widget that relies on what it displays on other pages to determine what it displays on the current page. Basically, the purpose is just to ensure there'...
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How to get whitelist my IP address in GMAIL? [duplicate]

How to get white-list my IP address in GMAIL?
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Google desktop crawler showing unreachable - mobile crawler is working

I noticed a sharp drop in Adsense earnings on one of my sites this week and after a bit of digging in the Search Console found errors suggesting there was a problem with my robots.txt. I checked this ...
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How to force a view of meta data as Google or Bing sees it?

I'm having an extremely peculiar problem with a site (WordPress) that just suddenly started exhibiting an issue where Japanese is showing up for all the metadata in Google and Bing - only: Google: ...
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Google is marking as duplicate my unique URLs powered by Angular Universal

I have a problem in the search console, and google is marking my unique urls as duplicate The application is build with Angular Universal and is rendered in the server Note: This site is only ...
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SEO Ajax loaded pages - noindex X-Robots-tag

I have on my homepage (page A) html content (ajax) loaded on click of a button (load more) from multiple pages (page B). Googlebot does see content and does follow links loaded from the ajax calls on ...
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Googlebot crawl anomaly due to blocked resources by Zopim

I am using Zopim live chat to enable chat support in my website, but Googlebot is showing error due to some unreachable resources from zopim service. I have attached a screen capture of the error. ...
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Cookie consent overlay - Does it affect SEO?

I have a german website with Adsense integrated. To meet Google's compliance requirements, I ask users to accept cookies for personal advertising. To achieve this, I created an overlay which stays in ...
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Is blocking googlebot from accessing portions of the site with robots.txt penalized by Google?

I was reading this question. Let's say i have a div with something useful for users but i don't want it to be considered by Google. If i put this on an iframe and block the googlebot with robots.txt ...
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Is crawl budget and link juice being wasted to URLs with hashes?

On my site I have internal links to URLs with hashes in them, like this one: https://example.com/page.html#music https://example.com/page.html#music has canonical tag with URL pointing to https://...
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Googlebot can't index my hbs based SPA website

As part of a school project, I have made a single-page application website using server-side rendered handlebars. However, when inspecting the site using Google Search Console, all Google can find is ...
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Referencement issue with irrelevant suffix

I have a problem concerning the "coverage" on Google Search Console. The website on the company I'm working for have weird errors on this page. Google is telling that it had issues referencing pages ...
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Would using mouse movement to change how the page is rendered be considered “cloaking” to Google?

My site can enhance itself to client side rendered (CSR) (ish) if a prediction can be made by mouse movement analysis. It can gauge a visitor's familiarity with the site, confusion, etc. The content ...
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Will keywords written into a page using JavaScript replacing placeholders in the page source affect SEO?

Website pages use SEO content (words) that are dynamically generated. Like the store name (on a multi store site). However the dynamically generated words only show when you inspect element, as below....
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Google's Inspect URL shows incorrect source code for my page's “Google Index”, but correct for “Live Test”

My web page is incorrectly indexed and is showing a different header than the one that is actually updated in my website. When I used the URL Inspection Tool in Google Search Console, The index shows ...
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Crawled page's screenshot is blank in the Google Search Console

I set up a SPA page through Angular, and achieved the effect of Server Side Render through Rendertron, In the facebook debug tool, I could get my dynamically generated Meta data, but the preview of ...
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Redirecting a user but not Googlebot to solve problem with iFrames in content

TLDR To work around a problem with a third party documentation writing software I need to redirect a page to another page but only if a user in browser is looking at it. I want the google bot to see ...
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New Google Search Console does not load any resources such as CSS and JS while it worked fine in the old Search Console tool

When using URL inspection and Live Test in the new Google Search Console the Googlebot does not load most resources (Javascript, CSS and Images). This results in the Search Console telling me my pages ...
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When using an image server on a separate domain, should we link directly to the image URL and restrict crawling, or redirect through our domain?

I have a large number of images stored on a separate server, these URLs currently go through a 302 redirect. I think these additional pages are a total waste of time for Google to crawl. At the ...
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Do non-existent 'category' pages in URLs present a problem for search engines?

Say for example if I have a news site and my URL structure is: example.com/news/random-article If there is no page at example.com/news/, in other words it results in a 404 error, is that problematic ...
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Google not showing cache option on the following url in SERP results?

Google is not showing option to check cache on the following url that I have mentioned below in SERP results.
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Can I use robots.txt to allow Google to access some folders, but disallow everything else?

I want to allow Google bots to crawl only my index.php and the content of some folders. Would that work? User-agent: * Allow: /index*.php Allow: /folder1/ Allow: /folder2/ Allow: /folder3/ Allow: /...
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Why are some google snippet results bold? [closed]

Recently, when I search for keyword "best mlm software" I got a featured snippet having "List of Multi Level Marketing Software". I noted that two of list's item were BOLD text. Didn't know why??? Can ...
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Does Google Crawl Rate have an impact on Google's Image Bot

I have a relatively large website. Each page has several images. Google indexes my website very slowly, but it actively crawls my pictures. Does changing the Google Crawl Rate have an impact on Google'...