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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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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 to include Redirect URLs in the XML sitemap file [on hold]

I am trying to generate XML sitemap for an eCommerce website from xml-sitemaps.com All the URLs are being scanned but the footer URLs which have redirects are not being added in the sitemap.xml file. ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to remove bulk urls from google index

I have URLs indexed by Google and I want to remove them from indexing. I found that I can use bulk remove option by providing a CSV file including all indexed URLs to Google Search Console. I have ...
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How can I make Google crawl and index multiple pages?

There are several pages on the web that are not under my direct control but contain content about a product I'm involved with. I'd like make Google robots crawl and index those pages, is there a ...
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Can Angular project be indexed in Google without Angular Universal?

I'm working on an Ionic PWAprogressive web app (PWA) and forthere are reasons iI cannot use Angular Universal. Is there any way to index with success inget Google to successfully index the site ...
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Will having a sitemap ensure pages served by AJAX requests be crawled?

I have a website, where I publish articles, that I have started just 2 weeks ago. I want to keep the pages as clean as possible and load more content (links to more articles) by AJAX requests upon ...
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Disallowed “Search” results with robots.txt and Sessions dropped

I've started working on our website and I've found millions of "Search" URL's which I don't think should be getting crawled & indexed (e.g. .../search/?q=brown&prefn1=brand&prefv1=C.P. ...
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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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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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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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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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Does Google return to visit a page with 404 Error?

If a page indexed in Google shows a 404 Error, does Google return to visit it again? In other words, if a page that was indexed in Google continue to show the 404 Error for several years, will ...
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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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SEO impact of onclick handlers in place of links

I have a question similar to the one posted here. I'm building a React application which has very strict SEO requirements, so I'm wondering if the following approach is an issue: For all of our ...
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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 ...