Google Crawl

How Google Crawls and Index the Website?

The Crawl Stats report in Google Search Console is a great tool to see how Google crawled your website in the last 90 days. It has information on the number of crawl requests made and if Google encountered any host issues while crawling.

Note: Not ‘All’ Crawl requests are shown in the report, only samples.

What is Google Crawling?

Google crawling is the process by which Google discovers new or updated web pages and adds them to its search index. Crawling is done by the Googlebot, a program that visits web pages and follows links on those pages to discover new content. Once a page is found, Google will analyze the content and add it to its index, making it available to users through search results. The frequency and depth of crawling can vary depending on the popularity and relevance of a website, as well as other factors such as the number of links pointing to a page.

What is Google Crawl Statistics?

Google Crawl Statistics is a tool provided by Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools) that allows webmasters to see how often Googlebot is crawling their website. The tool displays information such as the number of pages crawled per day, the average time it takes for Googlebot to crawl a page, and the number of pages that were blocked by robots.txt. This information can be useful for understanding how frequently Google is indexing a site and identifying potential issues that may be impacting the visibility of a site in search results.

How Google is crawling your site?

Step 1: Go to Google Search Console.

Step 2: Open the Settings page.

Step 3: Thereafter go to the Crawl Stats.

Step 4: At last Open The Report.

Here are ‘some’ things you can check here:

  • Total crawl requests Google made to your website.
  • Host Status: Are there any robots.txt fetch issue, DNS resolution issue, or Server connectivity issues? These are reported as issues if the errors exceed a certain baseline number per day.
  • Crawl Requests by Purpose: Refresh – Is Google recrawling a known web page? Discovery – Is Google able to find and crawl new pages?

If you have new content on a page, you can request Google to recrawl using the URL Inspection tool. Also, ensure that your sitemap is up to date with all important indexable URLs, to make it easy for Google to find all your pages.

How Google effectively crawl a website?

Here are some points you need to keep in mind when it come to effectively crawling a website.

  1. Ensuring that your website is properly indexed and has been submitting a sitemap to Google Search Console.
  2. Making sure that the website has a clear and organized structure, with a hierarchy of pages.
  3. Using appropriate tags and structured data to help Google understand the content of the website.
  4. Avoiding using techniques that could be considered manipulative or deceitful, such as hidden text or link schemes.

It’s also important to keep in mind that Google’s crawling and indexing process can take some time, so changes to a website may not be reflected in search results immediately.

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