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Questions tagged [web-crawlers]

A computer program that accesses web pages for various purposes (to scrape content, to provide search engines with information about your site, etc.)

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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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SEO consequences for using IIS Rewrite rule to redirect to static content for crawlers only

I have an AngularJS site that's pretty slow which is causing the SEO to be rather poor. Not to mention, the metadata doesn't render correctly. To fix this, my thought was to use IIS rewrite rules to ...
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MediaWiki: Hiding drafts from Search engines without changing any file in the website directory

MediaWiki: Hiding drafts from Search engines without changing any file in the website directory, Is this possible or I must change robots.txt for drafts starting as draft:myDraft?
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How do I access an entire website list that is continually generated when scrolling? [closed]

I am trying to acquire all the information from a list of songs on ranker, however as I keep scrolling down new songs appear in an ever growing list, as the name suggests its a voting website so I am ...
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Robots.txt allow directory root while disallowing all deeper URLs

I would like to allow a path and disallow everything else in the directory. User-Agent: * Allow: /example/ Disallow: /example/* Will this work? If not what would be a better way of doing this?
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Website wrongly categorized as “Adult Content”

I have in the last few months I have placed my website content for micro blogging like zapier, tumblr,etc and pitching the same on many such sites. However few of these sites have not allowed the ...
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What happens if we forgot to write meta tags?

If we forgot to write meta tags, especially meta title and meta description, how will search engines crawl and index?
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Thousands of bot hits for retired domain

In May of last year we retired a domain and redirected it at a new one. This was done to consolidate two sites from a company merger into one site. We shutdown the CMS for site1.com and pointed its ...
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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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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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How to preserve ALL website's URLS when transferring to a new CMS as well hosting

I am in a position where I have to figure out how to preserve all of the website's pages URLS when transferring it to a new CMS, perhaps potentially Joomla (hasn't been decided yet). New hosting is ...
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Google keeps crawling old site, ignores new (& better) one

Searching 'Dragon Notes' in Google predominantly yields (1) rather than (2) - even for images; (2)'s almost non-existent. Differences: (2) is more up-to-date, has a better sitemap and source code (2) ...
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How to deal with great number of URLs that will not be in anchor and should be known only for friendly crawlers?

I have a hypothetical page, that contains pages like: example.com/see/cat example.com/see/mouse example.com/see/<basically anything> I can have thousands of such pages. The number of pages ...
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Two pages have same title, same description, different content. Are they duplicates?

We have release our website from our mobile app in a very short amount of time. The website is quite good, but not at all optimized for SEO. For example, there is absolutely no care for meta tags. All ...
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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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Ok to use meta noindex on 404 pages?

I have a custom 404.html file on my website that gets served with a 404 status code when a URL is not found, standard stuff. But if you visit the exact path /404.html on the server, the server says "...
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Clients from Microsoft IP address ranges seem to be spoofing Bingbot

I routinely get hits from Microsoft-owned IP addresses in the 13.x.y.z ranges of AS8075 (in these ranges) that present as Bingbot in the User Agent, but these addresses are listed on several block ...
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changed site from http to https and now its unreachable by google [closed]

I move my website from http to https and now it does not appear in the google search resutls, it was appearing on the top search resutls. In google search consolte when I do fetch for the website it ...
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Visitors using multiple IPs and determining if they are human

I'm seeing some obvious bot/script traffic that is bloating our Google Analytics(GA) data. I figure the traffic is using something that loads JS, CSS, etc. which is why it's affecting GA. So I put in ...
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Only one page got indexed in the submitted sitemap [duplicate]

Google indexed only one URL in the sitemap I submitted. Please let me know if there's anything wrong with my sitemap. Any help appreciated. Example sitemap.xml <!-- language: xml --> <?xml ...
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Prevent dynamically generated thumbnails from being crawled

I have been using Raven Tools, and I want these dynamically generated thumbnails to be not crawled or not be flagged as No TITLE images. I tried adding X-Robots-Tag "noindex, nofollow" on each image ...
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How to prevent a competitor from cloning my website

I run a website that provides meta-data from specialized electronics (data like weight, dimensions, applications, voltage, etc). It also compare products using all this data so user can see the ...
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301 redirects to a similar domain

My company has two similar but not identical sites. Similar page hierarchy and content but different brands. We want to shut one down and 301 the pages to what we feel is relevant on the better site. ...
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Detecing bots by visits per second

Certain visitors on my site request more than one webpage per second on average. For example, I see the following statistics: ip visits timestsamps visits per second 1.2.3.4 500 500 ...
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Is email obfuscation still helpful in 2019? [closed]

Historically, even simple tricks would prevent mailto: links from being harvested by web crawlers, but I'm curious to know if modern bots are too advanced to be beaten. Is the effort to obfuscate ...
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How does changing an HTTP referrer header help circumvent crawler blocking

I have been researching different ways a web crawler might be blacklisted/blocked from a web-server and how to potentially circumvent that. One of those ways is to change the referrer header on the ...
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Facing a challenge with the “Fetch As Google” feature in my webmaster

I am facing a challenge with the "Fetch As Google" feature in my webmaster Steps to reproduce bug:- 1. Goto webmaster , click on "Crawl" -> "Fetch As Google" 2. Select "Crawl this URL and its direct ...
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Why would a bot net keep loading my site?

In blocking a lot of scrapping activity, I found a puzzling situation - that my site is accessed about 35,000 times per day by around 30,000 different IPs. I started blocking these IPs with a script, ...
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Is bad for SEO if browser need to run synchronous JS to get content?

I'm developing a site using symfony + Vue. The problem is that this HTML with non-standard tags (components) gets into the browser. All that contained in the <div id="app"> element must ...
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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'...
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Is it good for SEO to change an article's slug when changing its title?

I have the following URL view: example.com/article/{slug}-{id} If I change the title of the article, then the slug will also change so that there is no disagreement. Please note that the article ...
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How to add robots.txt to my WordPress site?

How to add robots.txt to my wordpress.com site?
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Should we Put Coupon Pages into sitemap because they do have a faster expiry rate?

Is it a good practice to keep coupons/ voucher pages into a sitemap. because they do have a faster expiry rate. Case: We are updating our sitemap once in 24 hours so, will it be a good practice to ...
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How many levels of sub-pages do Google bots crawl to when fetching and indexing linked pages in Google Search Console?

Let's say I submit a sitemap page that contains all the links I want Google to crawl, but instead of submitting a sitemap, I fetch the page and linked pages and let Google index them. How many levels ...
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Can Google crawl .TS (MPEG2-TS) video format?

We are using the tool mp4hls (https://www.bento4.com/developers/hls/) to prep the hls stream. Basically, I think it can conver any video format to .mp4 then it convert to .ts. However, Google only ...
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SPA website, would making an HTML-only version for SEO be worthy?

I made a Vue.js SPA, and since it could affect SEO (specially because a large portion of my client base is not using Google), I was thinking: why not providing an HTML-only version for it? Would ...
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Pages uploaded to WordPress as media are causing mobile usability errors in Google Search Console [duplicate]

the new search console is pointing out usability errors on mobile devices on WordPress upload pages, that is, pages where I can not change font size, viewport window and things like that, how do I ...
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Google Bot Crawls using expired cookies and fails to get response

We are using a cookie on our website which is to fetch some information through an API. The cookie becomes invalid after a very small duration. Google Bot uses the same cookie again and again to ...
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htaccess 410 url spam hack requests excluding site generated request

Our site was hacked and links to random content where added to the site. We completely removed the hacked site and put a new one in its place. Everything new including images and content, no other ...
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Deleted tags & categories from my blog still come up in Google search results

I am a newbie in blogging. I've deleted some of the unwanted tags and categories from my wordpress blog but they kinda still come put in the search results when I search my website on Google. How do ...
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Will forbidding “bad bot” user agents via .htaccess add a layer of protection against email address scraping beyond the existing captcha?

I was reviewing the security/protection measures for the websites I manage (one is for a small consulting firm, the other for a not-for-profit art association), and I came across the topic of bad-bot ...
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Can many single page hits from a variety user agents from the same VPN with the same screen resolution be hurting my search rankings?

I am trying to clarify what is happening with the traffic on my site. Lately I am being flooded with many strange hits, mostly from US and they seem to only open 1 page or visit for few seconds. The ...
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SEO - Custom error pages & status codes

My website uses a custom error page with the <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> meta tag. Am I right in thinking this tag will tell crawlers, such as Googlebot, to remove the page from ...
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how do i search for certain word in a website? [closed]

Is there any way to search within a website without manually checking out every link? Suppose there is some website www.somewebsite.com and I want to search for a word in all of the pages www....
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Major Crawlers not honoring robots.txt?

few of my websites were compromised, there were thousands of links submitted to google, bing etc which are not relevant to my site. I cleaned the websites in question and updated the robots.txt. the ...
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Alternative languages redirecting

Serving a page in English, EG: https://www.example.com/en/make-games Has the following meta tags: <meta rel="alternate" href="https://www.example.com/fr/make-games" hreflang="fr" /> <meta ...
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Ampersand (&) in actual URL and sitemap

I have a sitemap (which is submitted to Google for indexing) in which I am adding URLs which have an ampersand (&) in it. Since in sitemap & has to be escaped I replaced & with &amp; ...
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How to hide HTML tags from SEO spiders

I understand and know how hiding things from your website works and how the search engine spiders will still be able to ¨see¨ this hidden element and penalize your website for it. Thing is, I did not ...
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Google started to reports root url blocked by robots.txt - but it's not -

My website has been running for multiple years without problem, however I recently noticed my root url on Google does not show any description/title. The Webmaster Tool reports this error: Crawl ...
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Should I publish an empty ads.txt file for a site that does not run any ads?

I have seen a few 404 errors when ads.txt is requested on some of the sites that I manage. I Guess the answer may be identical to the question about an empty robots.txt file or no file at all (just ...