Googlebot is the search bot software used by Google, which collects documents from the web to build a searchable index for the Google Search engine.If a webmaster wishes to restrict the information on their site available to a Googlebot, or another well-behaved spider, they can do so with the appropriate directives in a robots.txt file, or by adding the meta tag to the web page. Googlebot requests to Web servers are identifiable by a user-agent string containing "Googlebot" and a host address containing "".Currently, Googlebot follows HREF links and SRC links. There is increasing evidence Googlebot can execute JavaScript and parse content generated by Ajax calls as well.
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  • What You Need to Make Your Blog Mobile-Friendly

    …). For TOKYOezine, the niche site I use as example in this post, runs on Spectrum, from WooThemes. Both are mobile responsive templates, with HTML5 markup. Aside from having a beautiful design, they are both easily customizable. I prefer Genesis, but Spectrum from WooThemes was updated in July of last year and now it looks really professional…

    Erik Emanuelli/ 20 readers -
  • Chilling Effects Blocks Search Engines from Indexing Entire Site

    …, but with the “A description for this result is not available because of this site’s robots.txt – learn more” as the description for each page. In all, 1.5 million pages are indexed with that description. Users can still go directly to the Chilling Effects website to search for notices however, they just can’t use Google or other search engines to find them. …

    Jennifer Slegg/ The SEM Postin Google- 7 readers -
  • Advanced SEO for JavaScript Sites: Snapshot Pages

    … to address parts or all of the prerendering approach. Several that I am familiar with include: runs a service that works with PhantomJS to host and serve snapshot pages. They take away the headache of running your own prerender server. They are reasonably priced based on the number of pages hosted and the frequency…

    Andrew Delamarter/ Search Engine Watchin SEO- 4 readers -
  • 2015 Planning: What Does Your SEO Strategy Look Like Next Year?

    … site should be technically structured. There are great guides out there, but to touch the highpoints if you’re not using responsive design: Do not block Googlebot from your mobile site On your desktop URLs, add rel=alternate pointing to corresponding mobile URLs On mobile URLs, add rel=canonical pointing to corresponding desktop URLs Create a mobile…

    Erin Everhart/ Search Engine Watchin SEO- 5 readers -
  • Responsive Design Improves SEO

    … additional website versions were necessary for the content to translate well on mobile devices and tablets. Now, no matter what device a website is displayed on, responsive design automatically adjusts a page in a way that webmasters can retain their content on the same URL. This is less work for Googlebot, as there is no requirements for them to crawl…

    SEO Nickin SEO- 27 readers -
  • Site Audit: Indexing Tips & Tricks with Screaming Frog [VIDEO]

    … and type in /robots.txt. Not sure what a robots.txt file is? “A robots.txt file is a text file that stops web crawler software, such as Googlebot, from crawling certain pages of your site. The file is essentially a list of commands, such Allow and Disallow, that tell web crawlers which URLs they can or cannot retrieve. So, if a URL is disallowed…

    Tori Cushing/ AuthorityLabs- 25 readers -
  • Optimising Demandware for SEO

    …What is Demandware? Demandware is an e-commerce software platform for retailers. It allows them to grow and manage tailored digital and mobile commerce sites. Founded in 2004 by Stephan Schambach, the platform was launched in 2005 and went on to raise $88 million in its initial public offering (IPO). As of today Demandware boasts over 200 well…

    Sophie Webb/ SEOgadgetin SEO EMail- 37 readers -
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