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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What means the “average Bytes” metric in logfiles?

I'm currently studying the logfiles - namely those from Googlebot access. I realized, that the average Bytes metric is in the majority of cases (urls) 10-20% of the page size. Many questions were ...
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Googlebot-Image incorrectly crossing domain URLs

My website (www.example.com) has all of my images hosted via CDN under a different sub-domain (cdn.example.com). We've noticed an odd behavior recently, that seems as though Googlebot-Image/1.0 is ...
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What headers used in request by google bot?

What headers used in request by google bot? Must be user agent, but what else? I'm interested in cache control headers, does bot try to get fresh page, but not from cache? The related question: Do ...
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Allow all bots except Googlebot which should only be able to crawl the home page

I want to allow all bots to crawl and index a site, except Googlebot. I want to allow google to index only the home page (/) URL, but nothing else. I'd prefer to do this in robots.txt. How can I ...
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What are the SEO implications of an established website shifting from server-side rendering to client side?

I run a decently established website (20k monthly users, already indexed by Googlebot, etc) that has been built on Django a year and a half ago. The vast majority of traffic on my site comes from the ...
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Is a child element set to visible while its parent set to hidden bad for SEO?

To modify the style of a component within a framework, I need to set the visibility of the parent container to hidden and the visibility of its child that contains the content to visible. Is that bad ...
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Can a JS redirect to a not found page work in place of a real 404?

I need assistance with some issues on a Big Commerce site. To preface, it is not my site and the IT team has a complex technology stack being utilized to build the site. The issue is that adding an ...
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In a sitemap, should I update the lastmod tag of a url based on the text content or html content? [duplicate]

Imagine I have this blogging / ecommerce website with 1000 posts / products. And I've built a sitemap for it, which is dynamically generated. Basically it's a list with a bunch of <url> and <...
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If I make changes in the template I use for a product page, do I need to update all <lastmod> tags for all product pages in my sitemap.xml?

I'm currently building a sitemap for my web app. Note: my app is a single page app built with React and Firebase. Basically I wan to index blogPost and product pages. So I intend to generate my ...
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Can I Prevent Adsense Loading For GoogleBot?

I have been working on lots of performance updates to my site and I have gotten pretty much every page type to load in under 2 seconds. Most single post pages are coming in at around 1.5 seconds.When ...
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Would Google accept a text sitemap if the URL had a .php extension?

Google accepts a sitemap as .txt file with a list of URLs separated each by a newline. Would Google also allow the same text file format with a .php? Ie.mysitemap.php instead of mysitemap.txt?
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Will lengthening our URLs change how Googlebot crawls our site?

Currently we are using URL fetched from main title of article (55 characters). We are planning to increase title of article up to 100 characters which tends to increase length of URL to 100+. Will ...
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Page cannot be reached in Google Rich snippet test

When i test my webpage in google rich test, it say page cannot be reached. My website is on shopify so i guess there should be no issue from server side. I need your help please... I cannot figure out ...
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Can alternate URLs for hreflinks be in different XML sitemap files when using <xml:link rel=“alternate”

Regarding the XML sitemaps (that use alternative languages), in this page it is specified the following: Common Mistakes Here are the most common mistakes with hreflang usage: Missing ...
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Can robots.txt be used to prevent bots from seeing lazily loaded content?

Let's say that googlebot is scraping https://example.com/page. example.com has a robots.txt file that disallows /endpoint-for-lazy-loaded-content, but allows /page /page lazy loads content using /...
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Is there a way to use js templating with wordpress without impacting seo or ux?

I have one JSON file that contains the text content for my hundreds of Wordpress posts. I am using templating, mustache.js, to insert the text content and render the posts. This saves me a lot of time,...
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Google Crawl Stats: What's included in “time spent downloading a page” metric?

Background I'm the owner of a quite large site (millions of pages). I'm trying to optimize the site for "time spent downloading a page"-metric in google search console. Currently my stats in Search ...
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Is it OK for SEO to remove 10 of 16 translations of our site in subdirectories?

Our website has 16 different languages, each in a subdirectory. hreflang is not implemented. We are now trying to redesign the website and we want 6 languages to be active. The rest of the languages ...
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Googlebot crawls my page too often

I have one article in my blog that crawled by Google too often. My blog is new and I have about 100 articles in my blog with 50-80 page views (including Google bot). But I have 1 article that have ...
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How does a live test in Google search console affect ranking if it doesn't pick up all the images and other content?

In google search console I conducted live test URL for my site's home page. However, the screenshot of the live test does not look like my home page. There are not many images and text. My home page ...
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404 errors as a result of …/false urls

I have been reviewing 404 error logs on a WooCommerce site I have been working on (logs held within the website server) and there are a lot of requests to product pages which have /false on the end of ...
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How does google treat h1-3's that are styled to be smaller than a lower class of heading?

For example: You have you h1 <h1>Epic SEO Keywords</h1> then right below <h2 class="Massive text">Enjoy the future of you, visualise your dreams</h2> Will Google render ...
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How to change Google crawl rate in new Google search console?

Google has now completely removed the old search console (https://searchengineland.com/the-old-google-search-console-is-no-longer-available-321650) where you used to be able to request a custom crawl ...
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Can Google crawl dynamic structured data added in a window.onload() event?

I inject some JSON-LD into a page dynamically via Javascript, when I test the page using Google's Structured Data Testing Tool, the expected output appears and I can see the Product Element is ...
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URL crawlable in old Google search console, but blocked in new

Google stopped crawling images for our site, when we moved images to cdn subdomain. Old search console states image is crawlable, but new one states it is blocked by robots.txt (for same link). our ...
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Google live test can't load AngularJS XHR resources due to CORS policy

I implemented my website using AngularJs, It works correctly on any browsers and locations I've tested. Although they claimed that Google Search Engine sees exactly what modern browsers display, my ...
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Can I hide ads for Googlebot so it loads my site faster?

I have ads which load sometimes slower, I want to hide those ads for Googlebot. I plan to hide that ad code for googlebot only and show them only to users. Do I risk a Google penalty if I hide ads, ...
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Crawl anomaly caused by googlebot crawling secure_link mp4 files with md5 and expires parameters

Googlebot continues to crawl mp4 files in the format www.example.com/video/12345.mp4?md5=2029zanlkdain312on&expires=1523327783 which has obviously expired (only valid timestamp+30minutes, after ...
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Googlebot keeps on crawling stale/nonexistent(410) resources and then shows a crawl anomaly followed by de-indexing pages

We have been experiencing constant crawl anomalies caused by googlebot continued crawling of 'rnd.js?asdfasdfasfs3423' (hash is random on each pageload). It has been 3 months since we removed rnd.js ...
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Pantheon Dev Site Trapped in Google Index (with injected robots.txt)

We have a bizarre scenario I'd like opinions on. A site at example.com is being built on pantheon, using their example.pantheon.io staging / dev URL*. Pantheon's development platform injects a ...
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Google is ignoring meta tags and robots.txt

I have the following meta tags on my website (dev server): <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> <meta name="googlebot" content="noindex"> And I also configured a robots.txt (...
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Google Search Console says URLs blocked by robots.txt even after robots.txt is updated [duplicate]

Yoast SEO had created a sitemap and robots.txt that did not suit my page. I have since replaced both and waited a few weeks but my robots.txt is still blocking 13 pages. Can anyone help me with what I ...
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Stop googlebot crawling URL more than once?

I have a site that usually creates a few thousand pages a day, which don't change after they have been created. Recently my dedicated server has crashed due to googlebot crawling the site too often. ...
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How to submit and get links indexed faster on google search console? [duplicate]

I've created a website which has a lot of links. I've added it to google search console in order to show them on google search but it is indexing around 2,000 links every week. I have 200,000+ links. ...
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Robots.txt, php.ini, .htaccess, etc

This will be my first website, so I am completely new to all of this. I cannot seem to find an answer anywhere, as to whether or not I should disallow configuration files like /php.ini or hidden ...
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What are the seemingly obvious things to improve search engine rank? [duplicate]

One thing that seems like the most obvious thing I can think of, at least when it comes to businesses, is to register your business with Google My Business. I can't think of anything more obvious that ...
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How to resolve Google “Indexed, though blocked by robots.txt” warning for a user login protected page?

Or, in other words, how can I tell google this is a user login protected page? The website is basically a single page app with server side rendering. That said, if the visitor is asking for a web ...
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Will I get penalized by Google for cloaking if I redirect mobile users to a sub domain?

I have a website https://example.com which is responsive but it came a time where it displays too much text. So I decided to create a progressive web application version and would like to deploy it ...
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Which page speed google SEO uses? [duplicate]

My SEO team told me Google SEO engine uses the page speed in its algo to rank the pages. It is confirmed by this blog too. In my case, page speed is different for end-user coming from browser than ...
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Huge differences between webmaster tools' crawl stats and apache logs

We noticed huge difference in the metrics. For example, last saturday : According to Webmaster Tools : 6,082 pages crawled 76,119 kilobytes downloaded 1,550 ms in average to download a page Now ...
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Angular 7 - will removing hash on my angular app make my website SEO friendly?

I have an angular website thats been running for more than 2 years but sadly when i checked, only the homepage was indexed. My about us, contact us page which are serving static content was not also ...
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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 ...