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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How to build link in meta tag?

I want to know how to build link for the purpose of SEO using meta tags. Suppose I have build site for my client and i want to create meta tag in client's website so that link could be crawl by search ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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tabindex and its effect on SEO

For a given anchor tag, does the tabindex attribute affect SEO? If it does, how do different crawlers handle these links?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What does crawl-delay: 1 mean if it is interpreted as is?

I have a problem of understanding what crawl-delay: 1 means if it isn't ignored and actually being interpreted as is by a given web crawler. I understood from this answer by Stephen Ostermiller that: ...
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New hostile web crawler from China throttling server

My server has been crashes several times the last 24 hours by a new extremely aggressive hostile distributed web crawler. It is hitting over 1000 pages per minute and seems to be crawling all content ...
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crawl-delay: x ------— has someone here managed to understand how the math works there?

From prior research of reading different articles, I understand that a robots.txt crawl delay such as crawl-delay: 1 allows a given search engine to crawl x number of webpages per one second, and than ...
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When setting up a campaign, Facebook is crawling my website using an Iphone user agent

Whenever I'm I'm setting up a campaing on Facebook, I get two visits from Facebook's auto crawlers. The first one I can identify as a robot and serve the SSR (HTML) version to it. The user agent is: ...
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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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bing doesn't index my site.why? [duplicate]

i have been indexed my site to bing webmaster ,i submitted urls manually for many times .everything is fine but i don't know why it doesn't appear in search anything form my site. These two picture ...
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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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Is it normal that URL's are getting crawled in Screaming frog Still they have a no-follow and no-index tag on them

I'm getting a lot of URL's in screaming frog where the URLs are no-follow no-index but, they are still getting crawled in screaming frog. Is it fine or should I change anything in this?
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How does Google choose “Desktop” or “Smartphone” for the “primary crawler” of a site?

How is the "primary crawler" selected for a site in Google Search Console (coverage segment)? This picture belongs to 2 different websites:
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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