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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Can you use googleon and googleoff comments to prevent Googlebot from indexing part of a page?

I've seen code like for preventing Google from indexing part of a page: <p>This is a paragraph that will be indexed by Google.</p> <!--googleoff: index--> <p>This is a ...
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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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Prevent XML sitemaps from showing up in Google search results

How do I prevent my XML sitemap files from showing up in Google search results like this result of a site: search query: I don't understand why Google would choose to show sitemap files in search ...
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How to fix “404 Not Found” crawl errors reported by Google in Search Console

I was checking on Google webmaster tools for my blog site to see if there's any indication on why my blog traffic decreased to half in one day and i saw 43 Not Found crawl errors and 5 in Sitemap Not ...
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Are penalties applied if you have too many 404 errors on your site?

Do the search engines take the number of 404 errors returned by a site into account when calculating the site rank? For example I have 8,000 404 errors and I am thinking that that's affecting my SEO ...
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Need Google to recrawl the pages

I've changed the meta description tag in many of my site pages. Should I select Fetch as Google->Fetch->Add to Index->URL and all linked pages in GWT? Will Google recrawl the whole site faster than ...
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Why is the number of pages on my website indexed by Googlebot decreasing?

I am monitoring the number of pages indexed by Googlebot for one of my websites . I noticed that since last week, the number of pages has dropped by about 60 or so. Now to be fair, I have not added ...
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Google Webmaster Tools reporting crawl error 404 (Not found) for a page which has never existed

Google Webmaster Tools is reporting a crawl error "404 (Not Found)" for an .html page which has never existed on a web site I developed. The page being reported is "tyuiabmog.html", which doesn't ...
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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 pace,...
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How do I prevent Google from indexing text that is generated by JavaScript?

Google is executing the JavaScript on my password creator website and indexing the random passwords that get generated by the JavaScript. The random text that is generated could look spammy to Google ...
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What does Google use 173.194.90.xxx IP's for? Why is it not a googlebot.com pointer?

I've been noticing this new Google range hitting our feeds over the last couple weeks. It's bordering on abusing our resources with multiple hits in short timeframe. The 173.194.90.xxx IP's fall under ...
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Changing URLs in Google's Index

I recently submitted a sitemap.xml in Google's Webmaster Tools and some of the pages already got indexed. The problem now is, that I cleaned my URLs with MOD_REWRITE in the .htaccess file afterwards ...
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Older post not indexed, new post indexed right away?

I have a post I created yesterday that was indexed rather quickly by Google. However, I have two other post that I created within the past 4 days that are not indexed and I cannot find a trace of ...
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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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Does Google cache robots.txt?

I added a robots.txt file to one of my sites a week ago, which should have prevented Googlebot from attempting to fetch certain URLs. However, this weekend I can see Googlebot loading those exact ...
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Base64 encoded images and availability of their metadata for Googlebot

If I embed an image into a page as an img-src with base64 data URI, are image's metadata (EXIF, IPTC, XMP) still available for Google's imagebot?
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Google crawlers screen size

Imagine a I have two types of images (A and AAA(heavier)) for the same website: depending on the size of the screen it will show one image or other. Now I'm wondering what images (A or AAA) loads ...
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Google Search Console: 404 errors on existing pages

There is a few years old small website with very few pages (~5), which were indexed and ranked by Google. A few days ago 4 of those pages disappeared from SERPs and Search Console gives me 404 Not ...
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What's the smallest page size for Googlebot to not go “Soft 404”?

Google appears to have two documents for Soft 404: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/181708?hl=en&ctx=tltp https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/2409443?ctx=MCE&ctx=S4 ...
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Webmaster Tools shows URL errors linked from http://com.example.www/:http

I have a bog standard WordPress 4.2.1 site. I recently added it to Webmaster Tools and it is showing me URL errors (404s) that are linked from a weird URL: http://com.example.www/:http (I have ...
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Foolproof way to ensure Google news pulls the correct image for its thumbnails?

Google news results have an acompanying thumbnail next to articles that show up in the results. If Google's crawler can't find a thumbnail to pull from our site, it uses its next best guess from ...
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Should i noindex low/quality duplicate content tag pages?

Google have indexed 300k tag pages of my site, these are automatically generated based on the words on the title of each entry so it's likely to see pages which doesn't make much sense like: www....
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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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Is it worthwhile to pay for boosting SEO for a new wesite?

I have come across a couple of websites today that claim to boost your website index in a matter of days. There are 1000s of reviews and all of them seem quite positive showing off results and stuff. ...
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Preventing Adsense Crawling Specific Regions of the Site

In my website, I wan't adsense crawler to not consider certain parts of the HTML. Is there any snippet I can use. The reason is I am using a plugin from an external provider and as soon as I installed ...
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How to update the date on Google search results?

For a blog entry, I have this meta tags: <meta property="article:published_time" content="2015-09-07T21:54:43+00:00" /> <meta property="article:modified_time" content="2015-11-13T13:28:21+00:...
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Does Googlebot support SPDY?

When SPDY is available for a site, does Googlebot use it? If so, sites which are SPDY enabled would appear faster to Googlebot.
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For how long does the google bot wait after document ready before taking a snapshot of the webpage?

As the google bot lets the JS do its work on the page while crawling, for how long does it wait to let the javascript execute after document ready ? Suppose I have an AJAX response that takes longer ...
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Controlling robot crawling concurrency using robots.txt and the undocumented setting “host-load”

I'm not much of a network guy, and I am troubleshooting an issue where one of our sites intermittently becomes unresponsive to a reverse proxy: it simply starts turning down connections, and then ...
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Will Googlebot have trouble crawling a site if we have such international redirects based on location and cookie?

So, we have an international site with multiple subdomains for each language. We have hreflang markup in place (+ sitemaps), but we also detect where users come from and redirect them to appropriate ...
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What does Google do with indexed pages returning 403?

I guess that Google removes already indexed pages that are now returning the HTTP error 403. Unfortunately I can't find any definitive statement on that matter. Do you know the answer?
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link rel=“alternate”, multiple languages and canonical urls

Context: We've got a website which is available in multiple language versions. However, the content is the same. Each translated version of the site is available on a distinct subdomain. On some ...
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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 soon Google is supposed to include new pages to search

I'm using Google CSE on my site. As soon as new entity is published, it's immediately added to sitemap.xml rendering script too. How soon after Googlebot fetches new sitemap new entities should be ...
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Are indexed Wordpress admin pages a security threat?

Because it was blocking Googlebot from accessing important files, I recently updated our /robots.txt file and removed most of it, including wp-admin. Now, the people on charge of hosting and SEO ...
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How can I stop Google from indexing embedded iframes?

I have iframe widgets of external sources embedded on my website. For some reason Google seems to be indexing the URLs of the iframes and showing 404 errors for such URLs in the Crawl Section of ...
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How to make Google index millions of user profile pages?

I have a website with a lot of user profiles (like LinkedIn or the like). I need Google to index each public user profile page. I have a few things on my mind: 1- There is no user listing on my page,...
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Does Google index images declared using 'srcset'?

As of Chrome 40, the srcset attribute is supported, but will Google index the images within it?
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Can Google crawlers/googlebot read CSS content in before and after elements?

I have a div and I am placing some text in it via content in :before and :after. Can Google crawlers read this? Example: div:after { content: 'This is from CSS'; display:block; } Working ...
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SEO: If another website uses a iframe from our website, would the links in the iframe appear to be coming from our website or from theirs?

we are creating a "app" on our website that allows affiliates to simply use a generated iframe on their website, which would produce a list of all our products (we sell event vouchers). The links ...
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How to tell Google my content will expire after a certain period? [duplicate]

Right now I'm facing issues with 404 (Not Found) errors, because my content will deleted automatically after two months. I cannot change this behavior, because it is a real estate web site and once it ...
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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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How is my SEO affected if I make all outbound links on my website rel=nofollow?

We have a lot of outbound links on our website to various high DA websites. Would it help or damage our SEO if I make all of the links rel=nofollow?
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Is hiding content with JavaScript or “text-indent: -9999px” bad for SEO?

So apparently hiding content using "display: none" is bad for SEO and seen by googlebot as being deceptive. This according to a lot of the posts I read online and questions even on this site. But ...
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How does an adsense bot determine the “Above the fold” space on mobile and desktop sites?

I ran an experiment last night by replacing a small ad for a mobile site thats located near the top of the page with a larger box ad, but I moved that ad towards the bottom of the page. Ten hours ...
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How long does it take for Google to remove page from index? Or, why aren't these pages excluded?

A set of pages are marked as noindex and nofollow, both in robots.txt and with X-Robots-Tag: noindex, nofollow When checking with Google Webmaster Tools, the pages are reported as "Denied by robots....
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How does Googlebot crawl a webpage? [closed]

Today I had a silly fight with my colleague. My friend told me, "Googlebot crawls a web page only through the links present in webpage or through the number of page views (by text ads)." But I argued,...
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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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Google-bot sees “Sorry, we have no imagery here” on pages with Google Maps

I have a site with Google Maps on most of the pages. When inspecting content keywords in Google Webmaster tools, content keywords identified by Google-bot for the site include "imagery", "sorry" and "...