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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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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Is there a way to Index/Map a non crawlable Website? [closed]

I want to get all users of a website. Every user has a page, with the format xyz.com/@username. So far I have tried the following things Tried finding sitemap.xml by trying normal locations, ...
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How can I created tracking redirects that are neither crawled nor indexed?

I have tracking redirects on my site. I use server-side tracking on them. They are used for things like: Advertisements Social media sharing The URLs are of the forms: /ad-click?id=12345 /...
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How do we stop Google Bot from crawling the paginated pages? [duplicate]

I just don't want to index paginated pages in the search result. I see there are already some pages like this one www.example.com/page/18/ being indexed. Maybe I can try setting a canonical Url but ...
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Hide /path from search engines, except for /path/that-i-want-indexed

In our robots.txt we have something like User-agent: * Disallow: /v6.0 Disallow: /v5.8 Disallow: /v5.7 Disallow: /v5.5 Disallow: /v5.1 Disallow: /v5.0 Which properly prevents search engines from ...
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How to change website display layout in search engines? [duplicate]

Pardon me. My question might be wrong. I didn't know what that thing is called and gave a try. Image below shows search result of a news site and you can see the layout. Site name is at top ...
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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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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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Why are bots repeatedly crawling pages of my site that I never created?

In my logs, I noticed that a lot of requests were coming from different bots and web-crawlers, but what confused me was that they were visiting pages such as /fpss/track/73/ that definitely do not ...
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Delivering a different version of website to Google robots (SSR)

I am working on an enterprise website project as an SEO manager. They were using Angular.js by now but I made them switch to SSR (server-side rendering) since Google robots were not able to render ...
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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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How to prevent hotlinking for specific domains using .htaccess?

I'm being heavily spammed by image scraper sites. There are more than 150+ domains targeting my images & sending spammed links to my site. I just want to prevent hotlinking from them. I just want ...
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Does the tag “data-n-head” negatively affect seo?

I have a site I am working on which is built in Nuxt. I believe this tag is Nuxt specific in which case I believe crawlers should ignore. Here is more info on it: https://midstride.com/seo-for-nuxt-...
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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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Why would Google Search Console report many times more indexed URLs than a Screaming Frog crawl finds?

I've just crawled my website in Screaming Frog and I have around 6K Internal URLs and 4K external URLs. Then I looked in GSC and saw that Google indexed 50K pages. How is that possible?
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How long it takes for new images to get indexed by Google in general? (now i'm on a Squarespace site if it makes any difference)

i'm wondering, if there is some benchmark out there on this info? I see many sources say it's about 4 days to 4 weeks to get new sites indexed But it's about general web crawling and not ...
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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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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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Does Google index page URLs with languages parameters as a different page?

If I implement multilingual access to the resource through the parameter: 1) https://example.com/en/article-1 2) https://example.com/article-1?l=en So, does Google index both of them as a single ...
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If a web crawler get a 404 error, will it not index that url?

Say I have a page page.example.com/page. In my (python) server, you only get served html if you are logged in, which you can do at page.example.com/login. If you aren't logged in, the server responds ...
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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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How can I distinguish users from robots to use server side rendering with all bots?

How can I reliably distinguish users from robots? We have an ecommerce shop that goes through some heavy traffic peaks at some times. We would like to move some/all of the load during these peaks to ...
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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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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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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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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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Can robots.txt be in a server's sub-directory?

I have a sub-directory that I would like to hide from the search engine web crawlers. One way to do this is to use a robots.txt in the root directory of the server (the standard way). However, anyone ...
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Google Search Console reports it is not crawling the hompage but it shows up in a site: search

I recently retouched a corporate site for a client. They also have an ecommerce version of their site at another URL. I've submitted the sitemap and did a manual re-crawl request for the homepage of ...
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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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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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Does Reverse proxy in IIS effects SEO in any way

I'm creating a website using Angular and have enabled server-side rendering which uses a Node JS server. Our site is deployed on an IIS server. To get content from the Node server we are using a ...
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SEO - Responsive Website and Duplicated Menus

Whenever I create a Responsive Website I usually create 2 menus: 1 hidden and used for mobile and the other displayed as the main menu, then hidden to show the mobile menu. Whenever it comes to SEO ...
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Google Search Console errors (nofollow?)

I have a web site where some internal links take you to another pages of the same site, passing some parameters. Eg.: <a href="/BookMgm/PreparePayment?quantity=1&itemId=123">Book</a> ...
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Using prerender.io for SEO on my AngularJS app - Dynamic and static web pages

I have a website that was built with AngularJS. I want the website to be crawled by search engines (with the dynamic content). I've tried to use Google services to do the crawl (from a sitemap.xml ...
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Google Search Console: URL is not on Google (page with redirect)

I have just created a personal website which I host as github page and recently hooked it up with a custom domain. (In this post I changed the actual URLs to webmasters-example.com and webmasters-...
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Can it be destructive to disallow all MediaWiki:Special pages in robots.txt?

I consider preventing indexation of all of MediaWiki 1.33.0's Special pages; (In Hebrew, "מיוחד" means "special"): Disallow: /מיוחד:* Disallow: /index.php?title=מיוחד:* Disallow: /index.php%3Ftitle%...
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How to properly tell Google they have no right to access the download. What status do I use?

I'm looking for the SEO way to tell Google not to download pictures. I have a script that generates one of two things based on who accesses the site: If an unauthorized robot accesses the site, they ...
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Limit search engines to indexing just one domain when multiple domains share the same web server and document root

I have multiple domains listening on same ports and sharing same document root. This is a limitation of my hosting provider that lets me have multiple domains for my GSuite mail routing without using ...
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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 I turn off my website at certain times to save money and schedule when Googlebot crawls to maintain SEO?

Is it possible to schedule Google crawlers' crawling at a time when my website it turned on? I host my website with Google's cloud product: Google Compute. To save costs I am thinking of turning ...
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Google keeps crawling pages that don't exist

I made a simple new website which went live about a month and a half ago (replacing the last one). The site contains new pages, like for example the navigation markup: <div class="header"> &...
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Web page crawling by Google for SEO

On Our website we have an angular component which have multiple tabs and loads all the data (of all the tabs) at once. As per our new requirement to increase the 1st load speed, we will be loading ...
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Is it problematic to include both decoded and encoded versions of the same directives in robots.txt?

This question is a follow up to this one: Should one hide RTL encoded URLs in robots.txt or not? Is it problematic to include both decoded and encoded versions of the same directives in robots.txt, ...
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Override robots.txt exclusion to allow Mediapartners-Google for AdSense

I use robots.txt to block all robots.txt compliant bots from a directory like this: User-agent: * Disallow: /sub/* How can I override this so to allow Mediapartners-Google (AdSense) to /sub/?
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Will this robots.txt file work? [closed]

User-agent: * Allow: /sitemapindex.xml Allow: /post_google_news.xml Allow: /news/ Allow: /category/news/ Disallow: / I want to exclude everything from being indexed by Google except for example.com/...
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Can the files robots.txt and sitemap.xml be dynamic through an .htaccess redirect?

I have a multilanguage and multidomain site. It runs through a unique CMS installation (Drupal), so I have a single root directory. So if I have a static robots.txt, there I only can show the files ...
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In robots.txt, why would there be “Allow: /*” below a Disallow rule?

I want to allow full access to all Google I am specially confused about Allow: /* below Disallow: # Google Image User-agent: Googlebot-Image Disallow: Allow: /* # Google AdSense User-agent: ...
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Do search engines crawl JavaScript generated pages?

I'm considering building a new website using react.js and am doing quite a bit of research before embarking into anything. I have found quite a few articles stating that websites that have content ...
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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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What user agent should I set?

There is Ask bot, which sets this header: Mozilla/2.0 (compatible; Ask Jeeves/Teoma) Considering this, I have the following questions: If I'm writing a web crawler named Goofy, what user agent ...