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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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 ...
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How do I “noindex” a text (.txt) file?

I have a directory full of .txt files that are used as part of a larger javascript application. The text files are not inteded to be directly accessed, and are used as includes on separate pages as ...
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Will web crawlers be able to crawl nested sidebar menu for mobile web

I have a simple question. One clicking on any of the breadcrumbs, an overlay appears as per design. For example, in the above image clicking on Physics will bring up all subjects to choose from and ...
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Remove large amounts of pages from Bing Index Explorer

I have a website that I took over in my business. We redid the whole website (which was previously a mix of ASP and HTML) and is now a WordPress site running on nginx. I submitted the sitemap to ...
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Can google index site with js? [duplicate]

I want to start optimizing and SEO a website that seems render in client side. in "view page source" I just see links for CSS and Js. none of the html tags are there. Can Google index the ...
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Blocking bad bots based on useragent in apache conf

I am proposing blocking bad bots using the following code in /etc/sites-enabled/site.conf and I have a few questions. RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} useragent1|useragent2|useragent3 [...
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Google search says No information is available for my GitHub page

Today I search my GitHub page in Google Chrome and Firefox (Through Google search) and for the first time, it says no information is available (it says 2019- GitHub under that it says no information ...
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Why Google Cache Showing 404 on my React Base Webpages?

My web page is client-side rendered with React. On hitting the cache, it is showing 404 instead of a rendered page. Example Screenshot When I inspect the Page URL on Search Console, Its parsing and ...
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Googlebot encountering JavaScript errors due to rendering outdated HTML files with newer JS files

We recently encountered an issue where we added a JavaScript variable (e.g. var GLOBAL_VAR = true;) to an HTML page (e.g. /Search/Index) and updated the separate JS file (e.g. /Scripts/search/index.js)...
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Google crawl speed — how fast can it go?

I have a huge website with 5 million pages. Currently Google indexes about 10,000 pages per day. This is very slow, I still have lots of pages that I can't get indexed. Does anyone know what is the ...
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List of potential origins of host domains through which google bot crawls?

What is the potential list of origins of the host domains through which google bot crawls? e.g.: Like Google cache uses the following domain to crawl the APIs: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/ I ...
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Google not indexing product pages of my website [duplicate]

After many months and many changes to sitemaps/pages trying to solve the problem, Google still is not indexing the product pages of this site (link removed). Here's the sitemap i'm using (link removed)...
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Website crawler returns hundreds of 404 errors for pages that do not exist containing duplicate directories

I just completed a website crawl on my site to vet SEO, which should return 119 pages. The results are around 490, with errors being returned showing hundreds of 404 pages with strange URLs. These ...
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How do irrelevant parts of restructured URL affect SEO?

I'm new to SEO and not sure how exactly google crawler works If I use the following format for URL: example.com/category/id/name The content of the page is loaded by only the id part, the other ...
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What is the best practice for old pages that no longer exist on an Angular site?

We built our eCommerce web site using Angular as a single page application. We have implemented a spinner that runs until the page is responding with the expected content. We have some category pages ...
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infinite loader with console error on a page will harm SEO [duplicate]

I have a single page application where some of the category and brand pages are infinite load on the screen (those pages are older now no more available) I want to avoid them. should I use 404 not ...
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Why is Azure pinging my site?

I have noticed more and more, traffic from IPs assigned to Microsoft Azure/Microsoft Corporation hitting my WordPress site many times a day. It's direct traffic to just the home and privacy policy ...
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spider my website for a line of code

I want to find out which pages on my website (I use blogger) have a specific line of code. For example, I want to know which pages contain the code: "div class='sss'" Does anyone have an ...
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I have 2.1 million pages, how to get crawled by googlebot more frequently? [duplicate]

I have a project which aggregates public information on companies, startups, founders etc. for a total of >2 million tracked entities worldwide. Yes, every single page is high quality, manually ...
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Does crawler index duplicate page which has canonical URL?

Suppose I have two pages with the same content: example.com/a example.com/b so I put a canonical tag <link rel="canonical" href="example.com/a"/> at page example.com/b. I ...
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What is difference between robots.txt, sitemap, robots meta tag, robots header tag?

So I am trying to learn SEO and I am honestly confused and have following 8 questions. Do I tell a bot not to visit a certain link through X-Robots-Tag or through robot meta tag or robots.txt? Is it ...
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Can I access the old version of Google Search Console to see crawling and indexing?

I remember google webmaster console had a crawl and indexing, But in new version, I couldn't find crawling or indexing. Everything is different. Can I access to old style of google console?
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Disallow root but not 4 subdirectories for robots.txt

I have a project and I would like to disallow everything starting with root. From what I understand I think I can do so by doing this Disallow: / Disallow: /* However I would like to allow 4 ...
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Why don't SEO tools such as Screaming frog crawl some of my links?

I have several internal links in my inner pages, for example Interlaken, Switzerland. I used several SEO tools including Screaming Frog to generate sitemap. All SEO tools index links under the "...
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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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Why are Bing and SEMRushBot ignoring crawl-delay in my robots.txt file?

We host a large number of sites that have a large number of catalog pages. We would like to slow down several bots because the traffic is quite excessive from those bots. Specifically, we get quite a ...
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Only allow Google and Bing bots to crawl a site

I am using following robots.txt file for a site: Target is to allow googlebot and bingbot to access the site except the page /bedven/bedrijf/* and block all other bots from crawling the site. User-...
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What is the time interval that reputable search engines can hit pages of your website during a crawl?

I'm trying to implement some protection against automated attacks on my website (mostly via scripts, probing for SQL injection, etc.) So I'm checking if two consecutive visits from the same IP fall ...
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SEO for blog with async content

I have a blog website and I want to perform Search Engine Optimization on it. My website, which is built in Angular 8, takes part of the URL route and uses that to search for the blog. For example, ...
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Disallowing a handler in robots.txt while adding its dynamic URLs to the XML sitemap

I'm using ASP.NET webforms, and I have a page lets call it Subjects.aspx, I don't want crawlers to crawl that page but I want them to crawl the dynamic URLs that are powered by it. For example /...
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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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Robots.txt for a multilanguage site where root is redirected

I have a site which offers two languages, English and Spanish. When the user navigates to the home page, let's say www.example.com the page redirects you to either /es if your browser language is ...
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Is it SEO problematic to create footnotes with frontend JavaScript?

I have an RTL (Hebrew) MediaWiki 1.34.0 website in which I am having a serious problem creating footnotes for articles with the core Extension:Cite because its de facto lack of support in Hebrew, as ...
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Google image crawler won't respect my robots.txt entry to not crawl images

I was looking for a way to prevent reverse image searching (namely I didn't want for people who had a copy of one of my images to upload it to google and discover where it originated from). I created ...
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Too many hits from GoogleBot

The last week I have about 500.000 hits/day from googlebot in one of my websites. As a result, the server has serious issues to handle the rest of the requests. What I have done Verified that it is ...
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Can robots.txt redirect to a different domain?

I would like to know if I can put a 301 redirect on robots.txt file and have it hosted in a different location. I'd like to have it on a cloud front layer. example: https://www.mydomain.example/...
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How will Google treat my site if 90% of the URLs redirect and the internal links still point to the old URLs?

Our newly redesigned website version has so many redirects, because there were so many structural errors, SEO issues, and thin content. 90% of the URLs on the Website redirect. Total number of ...
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How to get rid of unnecessary url's from google search console?

66 pages of my website which are all deleted still appears in page report of google search console. My eagerness is knowing all the possibilities. Questions include: 1. does this affect SEO? 2. How ...
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Bing attempting to index URLs that have never existed

I have several sites with dynamic links to products, where the product attributes are encoded into the URL. e.g. https://example.com/products/{"product_code":"Widget","size":"gargantuan"} https://...
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Will Googlbot and other crawlers see content inserted by JavaScript on the window load event?

Many robots, especially Googlebot, can read content written by JavaScript on sites. There are some methods developed especially for site speed. At the beginning of these, do some operations after the ...
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Does Google index hidden pages based on direct visits on Chrome?

Suppose I have a "hidden" page on a website, but I don't explicitly tell bots to ignore it (no noindex tag, not disallowed in robots.txt, etc). It's not linked to anywhere, doesn't appear on the ...
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A Hash Link should be indexed and crawled

I am building my TOC manually by specifying the anchor and build my bullet list. The links are shown as https://example.com/posturl#test1 Do you think these Hash links should be crawled and indexed ...
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Are web crawlers able to find a secondary robots.txt in a sub-directory?

I have a sub-directory that I would like to hide from web crawlers. One way to do this is to use a robots.txt in the root directory of the server and add a rule to exclude that sub-directory. However,...
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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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Ahrefs reports “Fetching robots.txt took too long”

My robots: User-agent: * Disallow: /wp-admin Disallow: /sistema Disallow: /site Disallow: /old Sitemap: http://www.example.com.br/page-sitemap.xml In the google test tool: https://www.google.com/...
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Robots.txt isn't preventing my site from being crawled

I'm having problem with robots.txt. I put the robots.txt file in the website main directory (and also in /var/www/html - to make it work on all the server) but robots still keep crawling my websites. ...
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How to properly (dis)allow the archive.org bot? Did things change, if so when?

I have a website that I mostly don't want to be indexed by search engines, but I do want to preserve it for eternity on archive.org. So my robots.txt starts with this: User-agent: * Disallow: / ...
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Deny access to Archive.is

I would like to deny archive.is from having access to my website. (I do not want this website to cache mine without my consent). Do you know if it is possible?
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Why is my meta description blank in SERPs?

My client's site, which runs on Nuxt and Vue, is not showing meta descriptions on Google SERPs. They used to and as of last week they don't. Any idea why meta description tags would be stripped from ...
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What are the SEO ramifications of duplicate content on the same page?

My question has some similarities to this one. But since I am asking about a very specific type of section on the page I think it warrants some thought as to whether the approach I am looking to take ...

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