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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Does decerasing crawl depth affect SEO?

We are planning to relaunch our website and I have noticed that certain pages that receive good visibility are just too deep (4 and above). I'm planning to make these pages easier to access and reduce ...
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Will human visitors visit through Amazon AWS?

My website gets visited at least once a day or so from IPs that give Amazon AWS domains for reverse DNS requests. The User-Agent strings are those of browsers, not bots. Could these be real people, or ...
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Secure way to share unfinished web-page with a customer?

What are the options to share unfinished web-page with a customer without allowing third-party to see the work in progress when developer has control over the web-server? I could come up with ...
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Will adding a random letter to the end of the URL prevent content from being scraped and stolen while allowing SEO?

I have built a website which is a directory of venues / places in a country and client has asked me to make URLs more SEO friendly. There has been some misunderstanding in communication and I have ...
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If all web pages are interchangeably linked by taxonomy (categories), do I still need a sitemap for SEO?

I have a mediaWiki web site with about 350 web pages. If all web pages, without exception, are interchangeably linked by taxonomy (categories), and moreover, there are also other indicators for web ...
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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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Should we apply “noreferrer” on “Read More” or “View All”?

I experienced years back a search engine crawler issue that Google started showing "Read More" as title of the page in it's search results. Because that page was linked through "read more" link on new ...
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Will blocking bots other than those from the major search engines affect SEO?

I read a lot about this but I'm a bit confused since it looks like it's not a black or white thing. In some posts you can read that the more backlinks the better and other ones claiming the opposite. ...
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We are blocking bots, crawlers, spiders and scan tools in our servers. Can this affect DA (domain authority)?

I didn't know the concept of domain/page authority in SEO until 1 hour ago. We have been blocking bots, crawlers, spiders and scanners in general directly from Apache through ModSecurity rules (custom ...
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Form-locked PDFs in JSON-LD

I'm setting up downloads functionality with form-locked PDFs - available after the user fills-out a form. I want the PDFs to be indexable by search engines though. Im trying to create a JSON-LD markup,...
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Disallow URLs with an ID from being crawled

I have a website with around 100K URLs. I want to disallow crawling for all URLs that have an ID with this pattern: www.example.com/node/sport/category/id but not those without the ID: www.example....
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Invalid traffic coming from Sogou

I have not indexed my website in Sogou. I have only very less visitors. But i am getting traffic from Sogou daily. The search keyword is "site:mywebsitename" and is from China. Just visiting main page....
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Crawler web form submissions with “Crawler typing text” in field

We have a form on our public website that users can use to request an account from us. Just today we had hundreds of form submissions that said "crawler typing text..." in the email and name field, ...
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Do search engines crawl links with query strings?

If I were to have a url like https://example.com/books, that contained several links to urls such as: https://example.com/books?id=foo https://example.com/books?id=bar https://example.com/books?id=...
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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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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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Am I getting DDOS from crawlers?

My website is currently getting hit with spamming bots (Example: 66.249.73.*) that are causing high CPU usage. Is it common for Google/Bing to crawl a website 10/sec? I have done reverse look ups on ...
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Robot.Txt File interpretation problem?

I have a Joomla/Shopware For an eCommerce website, but I see some problems and I think google didnt crawl pages: {block name="frontend_robots_txt_user_agent"} User-agent: * {/block} {block name="...
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What are the potential side effects of the “nosnippet” robots meta tag?

Just recently I noticed our Search Console CTR drop from 4% to 2%. I noticed that we had an ever increasing number of impressions, but despite the increase in impressions, our clicks had decreased. ...
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Can search engines index webpages with path after “.html”?

Are search engines able to index a webpage which has a path after .html? Example: http://example.com/about.html/abc/123 Is it an acceptable implementation for SEO?
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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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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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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?